Hardcore Hardware: The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is irresponsibly fast

Seven point two billion transistors. State-of-the-art 16nm process. And nothing but absolutely pure bad-assery.

Seven point two billion transistors. State of the art 16nm process. And nothing but absolutely pure bad assery. Yup, get ready to throw your video card away.

Meet Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080, a graphics card so powerful, it’s been called irresponsible.

But that’s what you get when you build a GPU with billions of transitors, two thousand five hundred and sixty CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5X RAM. Even better, you can overclock the nuts off of it without heating up your entire house.

Too technical? Just say its frickin’ fast. It’s 60 percent to 70 percent faster than a GTX 980 in most games we’ve tried. And in VR, Nvidia claims a single GTX 1080 card outperforms two GTX 980 cards in SLI.
It basically makes all cards that have come before look like chumps. GTX 980. Overboard. GTX 980 Ti. Cut. Titan X? Get your thousand dollar ass out of here.

Despite the huge performance difference the GTX 1080 can run on the same 500 watt PSU over its predecessor.

There’s always a catch though and here it is: The price for the model with the fancy Nvidia cooler is now $700 which is $150 more than the GeForce GTX 980 with the fancy Nvidia cooler. Nvidia says you’ll be able to get models without the fancy cooler for as low as $600, but with this much performance, it’s hard to believe anyone will do that in the near future.

Still, if you absolutely, positively must have the most bad-ass GPU on the planet today, the only answer is the GeForce GTX 1080.