NVIDIA's GTX 1080 will cost $599 and launch on May 27th

NVIDIA just announced the GPU we have all been waiting for: the GTX 1080. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that the GPU will sell for $599 with a special Founder's Edition priced at $699. The company also revealed that the GTX 1070 will be released June 10 for $379 with the Founder's Edition priced at $449. The specifications of the GTX 1080 are quite impressive: 

GPU Engine Specs:

NVIDIA CUDA® Cores: 2560 
Base Clock: 1607 MHz
Boost Clock 1733 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Speed: 10 Gbps 
Standard Memory Config: 8 GB GDDR5X 
Memory Interface Width: 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth: 320 GB/sec

Technology Support:

VR Ready
NVIDIA SLI® Ready SLI HB Bridge Supported
NVIDIA GameStream™-Ready
NVIDIA GPU Boost™ 3.0
Microsoft DirectX 12 API with feature level 12_1
Vulkan API
OpenGL 4.5
Bus Support: PCIe 3.0
OS Certification: Windows 7-10, Linux, FreeBSDx86

Display Support:

Maximum Digital Resolution: 7680x4320@60Hz
Standard Display Connectors: DP 1.42, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI
Multi Monitor
HDCP 2.2

Graphics Card Dimensions:

Height 4.376"
Length 10.5"
Width 2-Slot

Thermal and Power Specs:

Maximum GPU Temperature: 94 Celsius
Graphics Card Power (W):180 W
Recommended System Power (W): 500 W
Supplementary Power Connectors: 8-Pin

NVIDIA is setting the pace for innovation in the space of GPUs. Although they do face some competition from the likes of AMD's ATI line of GPUS, I think their pace of innovation is being driven by emerging display techologies as well as the demands of virtual reality headsets. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang even mentioned emerging holographic projector technologies that would benefit from the company's current GPU roadmap during the presentation. The GTX 1080 is the "largest GPU endeavor, largest chip endeavor, largest processor endeavor, in the history of humanity," said Mr. Huang also mentioning that NVIDIA has spent billions on the research and development of the product. "I'm pretty sure you can go to Mars [for that]," he added.

Be sure to check out NVIDIA's website for more information about the GTX 1080 here.

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