Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 boards on sale now

While Nvidia had originally indicated it would be releasing the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition boards, its first-party implementation of the first consumer-centric Pascal GPU, up to a month before its hardware partners could get a look-in with third-party implementations, it has changed its mind: sales are now open for both the Founders Edition and third-party partner boards, with prices starting at £529. The card is monstrously big too, taking up two slots in space to fit its fin aluminium heat sinks and sturdy metal back plate. The SuperClocked card appears to pair the reference board with EVGA's ACX 3.0 cooler and only requires a single 8-pin plug.

Amazon started pre-selling the EVGA GTX 1080 last May 20, and it went out-of-stock after 6 minutes, while ZOTAC's version lasted for 12 minutes before stocks went out. The Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080 starts at £608.99 meanwhile the Asus DCU III Strix and Zotac AMP! cards start at £619.99.

Unfortunately, it's still hard to tell at this stage just how accurate the recently leaked specs truly are, especially since NVIDIA has yet to offer any official details about the GTX 1080 Ti. Asus says the card does this while being "three times" quieter than the reference design. TORX Fan 2.0 is the enhanced version of the patented TORX Fan technology which generates 22% more air pressure for better cooling performance while further reducing noise levels. The most interesting of the new designs is the GTX 1080 Sea Hawk, which includes a closed-loop liquid cooler alongside a rear-exhaust radial fan. This ensures that the SEA HAWK stays at least as cool as it looks while providing extreme gaming performance thanks to vastly increased clock speeds out of the box.

Going now to the GTX 1070, VideoCardz reported that the new GPU performs slightly faster than the GTX TITAN X, GTX 980 Ti and Fury X during a 3DMark FireStrike bench test. Performance on different resolutions such as 1080 p, 1440p and 2160p all resulted in a 100 percent performance rating. The new flagship will be available in both GamingOC as well as iChiLL editions. Palit also announced two custom 1080s, the GameRock and Super JetStream, but didn't provide many details. In all, these prices are very encouraging with a lot of attractive options below the founders edition price. Look forward to hearing about it here when they do.

  • Patricia Jimenez