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

We're taking this GPU to 2.1 GHz!

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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:

Multi-Projection
VR Ready
NVIDIA Ansel
NVIDIA SLI® Ready SLI HB Bridge Supported
NVIDIA G-SYNC™-Ready
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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    May 6, 2016 8:40 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, NVIDIA's GTX 1080 will cost $599 and launch on May 27th

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      May 6, 2016 8:44 PM

      The bigger story is its little brother and that price IMHO.

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      May 6, 2016 8:48 PM

      I may pick up the 1070 but I'll probable wait for AMD's announcement before buying.

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        May 6, 2016 9:07 PM

        AMD doesn't have anything high end in this range coming out soon. The cards being announced soon are all mid-tier. What i would do is wait for numbers on the 1070 and see how that compares next to the Fury X etc because prices on those cards are going to have to DROP, REALLY DROP.

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          May 7, 2016 12:46 AM

          Well, the rub here is that Nvidia don't have anything high end coming out either, the 1070 and 1080 are the midrange pascal parts; GP100 is big pascal.

          We might find ourselves in a 4870 vs GTX280 situation however.

          Oh it feels soooo good to be off 28nm!

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            May 7, 2016 6:29 AM

            For me the hype from last night's nvidia presser has worn off, and I'll likely sit tight on this FuryX & 1440p monitor until next year

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      May 6, 2016 8:50 PM

      it's not that much more powerful than the 980ti, looks like a 14% increase of power? Great Price Point though.

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      May 6, 2016 9:12 PM

      I'm glad I didn't buy a 980ti a few weeks ago when I first started thinking about building a new computer.

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      May 6, 2016 9:34 PM

      Fuckers never announce the sub $300 model

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        May 7, 2016 12:06 AM

        I think that model is supposed to be the last-gen's premium models falling rapidly into our price range.

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        May 7, 2016 12:24 AM

        Don't worry AMD has got you!

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      May 6, 2016 10:56 PM

      Bottom line. Performance boost not worth the upgrade. Current gen will last awhile. Whatcha got AMD? Anything?

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        May 6, 2016 10:58 PM

        Has it ever been worth it to upgrade to the very next iteration in the last like 10 years?

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          May 6, 2016 11:08 PM

          if youre running 3440x1440 or higher, yes.

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        May 6, 2016 11:06 PM

        Wait, what? The 1070 is more powerful than 1 titan X, which means it's more powerful than a 980ti.

        At $379 that is a fucking bargain considering the 980ti is $600

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          May 7, 2016 12:00 AM

          The proof will be in the benchmarks. I never believe press releases until some trustworthy website gets silicone in hand. I've read some comments at tech websites that some of the claimed performance increases are for specific scenarios. That being said, can't wait until these hit the shelves. I have half my next build sitting in boxes right now. Just waiting on the right price for a case and motherboard.

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            May 7, 2016 12:26 AM

            ^^^This NVidia is a sleazy company, lets see the benches. If they beat current high end cards in DX12 I'll be impressed.

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              May 7, 2016 12:31 AM

              This is why I stayed away from comparison claims and just provided the specs in the article.

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                May 7, 2016 12:33 AM

                Are they going to use ref cards for benchmarks this time haha?

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                  May 7, 2016 6:43 AM

                  I bet Nvidia will send out Founder's cards... Or we'll see whatever board partners come up with.

                  I do wonder if the release date is just for the Nvidia branded cards or will EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, ect... have cards available.

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              May 7, 2016 8:11 AM

              How so? Having worked there for nine years, I never was asked to do anything in considered remotely sleazy or unethical. From an insider's perspective, it was about the least gross place I could imagine working.

              So what have they done to earn your belief that they are sleazy?

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                May 7, 2016 9:05 AM

                That's exactly what you would expect a sleazy employee to say.

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            May 7, 2016 6:16 AM

            *silicon

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          May 7, 2016 12:41 AM

          That sounds way to good to be true, was that only in vr?

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          May 7, 2016 3:08 AM

          No way 1070 outperforms a 980ti

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          May 7, 2016 6:52 AM

          Holy shit, thats pretty nuts. Man, awesome!

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        May 7, 2016 2:57 AM

        When is it ever worth upgrading if you already have top-of-the-line current gen? I'm running a GTX 780 and it's a no-brainer upgrade decision for me.

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      May 6, 2016 11:32 PM

      I think I'm going to get the 1070. A 1080 will be nice but I usually keep video cards for 5 or so years. The 1070 will be damn good for many years.

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        May 7, 2016 9:43 AM

        Got a vive and oculus hence I feel obliged to go for 1080. Got a 760 in there right now, so should be quite a difference.

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      May 6, 2016 11:52 PM

      I'll be all over that. I have a GTX 770 right now and this seems like a pretty solid upgrade.
      Now to pick a processor to go with it. I think my Intel 2500k is gettting long in the tooth.

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      May 7, 2016 12:29 AM

      When can I StepUp?

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        May 7, 2016 12:51 AM

        This. I guess I might as well jump to the 1080 from the 980ti

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          May 7, 2016 3:47 AM

          Yeah, this is my question. I bought my card the first of March. Think EVGA will have something out in the next few weeks?

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      May 7, 2016 12:39 AM

      680 ti to 1070 LETS DO IT

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      May 7, 2016 5:41 AM

      I wonder when cards will be going out to reviewers...

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      May 7, 2016 6:31 AM

      How long is evga's step up program good for? Got a 970 a little bit ago.....

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      May 7, 2016 6:34 AM

      haha my EVGA step-up expires on May 24th. So close. Oh well nothing wrong with my 980ti

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        May 7, 2016 6:41 AM

        Normally if you within a couple days of it expiring and want to use it they'll extend it out for you.

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          May 7, 2016 6:43 AM

          yeah I'll see if they are going to go out on the 27th from them I'll request it. Curious what they'll work out on the price point because I paid $600 for the 980ti

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            May 7, 2016 8:09 AM

            Not to give your hopes up, but the 27th is for the Nvidia reference cards. Third party manufacturers haven't announced theirs yet, and they are likely to be at minimum a week later.

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              May 7, 2016 9:01 AM

              I'd still check with EVGA. They have excellent customer service.

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        May 7, 2016 9:20 AM

        Mine expires a month later. Yes....

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      May 7, 2016 6:48 AM

      What's the Founder's Edition stuff? Just a different cooler?

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        May 7, 2016 6:52 AM

        binned GPU for better overclocking and better cooler

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      May 7, 2016 6:49 AM

      Would the 1070 be a significant boost from evga gtx750ti?

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      May 7, 2016 7:00 AM

      Dev questions - the promised VR performance boost isn't going to be automatic, right? Your engine will have to support their viewport stuff? And that would mean it's proprietary?

      I assume Unreal and Unity will implement this quickly?

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      May 7, 2016 7:29 AM

      So this Card will run 4K at almost Ultra settings @60fps?

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        May 7, 2016 7:33 AM

        Depends on the game. Probably can do 4k on some games with more basic geometry and textures, but this isn't your 4k Witcher card.

        They will market their 4k card as a 4k card when that era arrives. The goal of this card is providing insane performance at accessible prices plus offering a significant boost to VR.

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          May 7, 2016 7:39 AM

          ”insane performance boost" meaning for people upgrading from a 700 series card or maybe a 970. Waiting for the benches to see whether a 980+ to 1080 or 1070 is worth the dollaries.

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        May 7, 2016 7:34 AM

        Nothing can do that but sli. But its the closest thing to getting that. 4k is another generation away id think. Maybe with the hbm2 some miracle can happen.

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        May 7, 2016 8:04 AM

        No, it's not. That's why I'm going to get a 1070 now and wait for big pascal with HBM2 that will probably be out next year. I figure I can drop $379 and then sell the card for $200 and buy whatever 4K @60 becomes available.

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        May 7, 2016 8:30 AM

        i doubt it... 1440p @ 60fps yes. Probably still need SLI for 4K Ultra @ 60fps.

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          May 7, 2016 8:36 AM

          Who the hell knows. Probably not on newer games.

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      May 7, 2016 8:01 AM

      Sweet. Low power consumption on the 1080 makes me happy.

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      May 7, 2016 8:06 AM

      So what's this "Founders edition"? why is it more expensive?

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        May 7, 2016 8:11 AM

        They are much faster at artisanal JavaScript.

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        May 7, 2016 8:11 AM

        Better binning so better overclocking

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        May 7, 2016 8:13 AM

        Looks like it has a better cooler, and you have to buy it direct from Nvidia.

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        May 7, 2016 8:14 AM

        It gets you into Alpha and gives your character a special horse color

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        May 7, 2016 8:22 AM

        You get to pay extra for the privilege of a chip that is out first but also will probably die first. It has been this way with Nvidia cards since at least the 5800FX.

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          May 7, 2016 8:24 AM

          Sorry I wasn't referring to the Founders Edition specifically just the new chip in general.

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            May 7, 2016 8:33 AM

            If you say so.

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              May 7, 2016 8:36 AM

              Every Nvidia card that I have bought when they fist came out has generally died an early death. My longest lasting one was my poor 470 GTX at about 5 years but I bought it midway through its product life cycle.

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                May 7, 2016 8:44 AM

                I should also clarify I am referring to after a major process change. Mid cycle release cards have been fine in my experience.

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                  May 7, 2016 8:59 AM

                  I've never had an nvidia card die ever so there's my anecdotal evidence as well.

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                    May 7, 2016 9:06 AM

                    I've had one die... was a 8800GT card.

                    Granted I did return one 980Ti due to a broken fan but that was busted on arrival.

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                    May 7, 2016 10:50 AM

                    Same here. I've always ended up retiring them before they start acting up.

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        May 7, 2016 8:57 AM

        It comes with a free copy of Prometheus.

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        May 7, 2016 12:52 PM

        its default state is liquid , together they all form the great link. best frame rate in the delta quadrant

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      May 7, 2016 8:58 AM

      BOOM.. Pascal has Async Compute!!!


      http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/a-quantum-leap-in-gaming:-nvidia-introduces-geforce-gtx-1080

      * Superb Craftsmanship. Increases in bandwidth and power efficiency allow the GTX 1080 to run at clock speeds never before possible -- over 1700 MHz -- while consuming only 180 watts of power. New asynchronous compute advances improve efficiency and gaming performance. And new GPU Boost™ 3 technology supports advanced overclocking functionality.

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        May 7, 2016 9:00 AM

        Makes sense, that is the real explanation for all that multi viewpoint stuff.

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          May 7, 2016 9:01 AM

          yah they would be dead with DX12 if they didn't implement that.

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        May 7, 2016 9:04 AM

        That might be where they are claiming their gains. AMD has this in almost all cards. I'm more interested than ever now to see reach benchmarks, I'm predicting an improvement of the 980ti but nothing like Nvidia is claiming here.

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          May 7, 2016 9:13 AM

          Even if the card had the same perf, it still much cheaper

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        May 7, 2016 12:45 PM

        Eh... We'll see.. It's not that hard to claim to have some async compute when you really don't. I.e. is this just the driver pre-empting the main graphics queue

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          May 7, 2016 12:47 PM

          Like maybe they can pre-empt at finter granularity now? But that's not really the same as having a true independent compute command queue... Either way, I'm getting one as soon as they'll take my money.

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      May 7, 2016 9:24 AM

      might replace my 980 with the 1080.

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      May 7, 2016 10:01 AM

      Think I'm gonna replace my 660 Ti SLI w/the 1080. Forza Apex said I couldn't even run low, probably cause of the low VRAM.

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      May 7, 2016 10:05 AM

      This mass produced garbage isn't nearly as good as the locally sourced small batch artisanal gpu chips I get from my local semiconductor fab

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        May 7, 2016 10:27 AM

        Free range, grass fed, gluten and GMO free GPUs FTW!

        Make GPUs Great Again!

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        May 7, 2016 2:08 PM

        The 2010 batch with its hints of apple had a stronger silicon taste. The 2011 batch was a bit disappointing despite its longer finish.

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      May 7, 2016 10:22 AM

      How long is it before they typically release the TI versions on a fresh release, 6-9m?

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        May 7, 2016 10:36 AM

        Correct.

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        May 7, 2016 11:04 AM

        Just wait for the 2080! It'll be 2x faster than the 1080Ti.

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        May 7, 2016 12:37 PM

        TI is generally based on the Tesla chip not the consumer chip. Might be awhile for HBM2 memory to come down.

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      May 7, 2016 11:36 AM

      Good news: Amazon has 30 day return policy so I'm sending back my 970 that I bought for VR. Vive's not getting here til late May anyway, so perfect timing

      Bad news: I just started Witcher 3 and now have to suffer through May with no PC gaming :(

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        May 7, 2016 11:45 AM

        No problem, just play through Witcher 3 this weekend before you send it back.

        It will only take you 300 hours to beat, so you must first start by building a time machine.

    • Zek
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      May 7, 2016 11:49 AM

      Is PCIe 3 still the slot for everything for the foreseeable future? What's the math on how often it's worthwhile to refresh your CPU and motherboard?

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        May 7, 2016 12:19 PM

        Pcie 4.0 is planned but won't be finalized until 2017.. Probably 2018/2019 to show up on motherboards, ect...

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      May 7, 2016 12:10 PM

      I NEED BENCHIES

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        May 7, 2016 12:19 PM

        I just hope they have benchmarks of both the 1080 and 1070 at the same time to allow people to decide properly.

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      May 7, 2016 12:20 PM

      Nice. I might step up to it since I just got my 980ti the other week.

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      May 7, 2016 12:44 PM

      if I can get $150 for my 970 on release date the 1070 will be mine and I will be happy! 8gigs here we come

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      May 7, 2016 1:10 PM

      Zotac already lists a Reference model - https://www.zotac.com/us/product/graphics_card/geforce-gtx-1080

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      May 7, 2016 2:12 PM

      I have a strix 980 ti.

      Worth upgrading?

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      May 7, 2016 2:34 PM

      How long before my 970 is obsolete I wonder?

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        May 7, 2016 2:37 PM

        I figure running at a 1080 resolution I've got a year or two of pretty good graphics before I really have to consider replacing it.

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      May 9, 2016 10:14 AM

      The Ansel thing worries me, it can potentially really slow down games for just a gimmick.