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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging and Specifications
  2. Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  4. Futuremark Benchmark
  5. OpenGL Benchmarks
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. Hitman
  9. DOOM
  10. GPU Computation Benchmark
  11. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  12. Overclocking Impressions
  13. Conclusion
  14. Online Purchase Links
  15. View All

Remember 9800 GT? Good times, eh??

The Nvidia GTX 970 is what I regard as a proper mid-end card. You can max out on many games available at the time and even now for 1080p 60 FPS. In a country like India, its still a rare sight to see anyone buying monitors beyond 1080p because even with 1440p panels, it’s a hard to reach. This applies even to people who buy mid-end performance components- from processors to SSDs, power supplies, cases.

We’re still waiting to see 21:9 and expecting to be easily available locally. A 2560 x 1080 display never really pick up at the time when it was relevant (but now you do), and the current standard 3440 x 1440 isn’t something that’s encouraged here. Most who want widescreen here will end up buying 2-3 panels and putting it together, enjoying the gameplay with bezels in the middle. It may not affect those who play racing sim since they can look like a roll-cage.

Those who have larger resolution 4K or ultra-wide 3440 x 1440 panels will consider this card for SLI. It’s simply made for such userbase. Two-way SLI users would also appreciate this card, though I wonder if GTX1070 would be considered as the best choice for SLI. Those with 1440p or  2560 x 1080 resolution panels will max out any games now and in the future for a long time, but I doubt those with GTX 980 and GTX 980Ti would be keen on making the jump. They have what they want for now.

The cooling performance is something I am not very happy about. With Hitman’s highest setting on DX12, the card did touch 80-82 degrees celsius on load. This is without the overclocking. Nvidia should consider better air cooling options.

Then there’s the issue of the price tag. Oh my God! Look at the Indian price tag!

The cheapest GTX 1080 founder’s edition is from PNY, which costs $834.99– this translates to Rs. 55,679.18/-. In India, the cheapest is from Zotac for Rs. 68,300/- which translates to a jaw-dropping US $1,024.26. That’s the price where people will riot at Amazon. Oh wait, that did happen with EVGA at the time of launch. That’s a difference of Rs. 12,620!! You can buy a good 240GB SSD and still save cash!

Yes! Taxes and custom duties play a role. But it’s cheaper for an individual to get a single unit from there- or buy it during vacation. It’s bragging time for those who have relatives in the US!

Which is why a lot of people will be keen on waiting for newer generation Radeon cards. Those are even waiting for GTX 1070 may even end up delaying their purchase decision at least until June 29th when the Radeon RX 480 will be officially launched. You already get fast cards from mid-to-high end cards. People want to see cheaper cost cards now. A good number of GTX 970-to-980Ti users will chill out and wait for the storm to pass over.

One of the three things will happen after AMD Radeon 4xx series launch and reviews that show the reality of things- either Nvidia drops the price or people would consider the shift to RX 480 and wouldn’t mind the difference in performance between two cards, assuming it’s not that bad. The third would be Nvidia pushing GTX 1060 launch as quick as possible. In the midst of all this, GTX 1080Ti will descend from Nvidia land!

In either case, AMD’s show-off of RX 480 Vs. GTX 1080 Ashes of Singularity is confusing to understand, though there have been convenient benchmark chart leaks. But it does give some benefit of the doubt. What could you possibly lose in waiting for a month, yeah??

Many would claim foul on Intel and Nvidia for selling their products at a premium due to lack of competition in CPU and GPU. But if tables were turned, AMD would do the same. At the end of the day, it’s business. Which is why it’s important for AMD and Nvidia (AMD and Intel for CPUs) to have head-to-head competition both in performance and value. Better the competition, better it is for the gamers! Nvidia GTX 1080 is a good card, but I hope AMD RX 480 does some magic to make itself look good and make Nvidia look GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 ever better with lesser pricing.

  • Performance boost post overclock.
  • Ideal for certain ultrawidescreen setup.
  • Excellent OpenGL 4.5 performance for DOOM.
  • Minimal performance difference between DX11 and DX12 API.
  • Temperature under load.
  • Price tag due to the lack of competition (for now).
  • Still a long way to go for 4K with 60 min FPS with a single card.

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