Speculating the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Performance

As you all know the GeForce GTX 1080 was announced today and the world (mostly gamers) are all excited about this new offering that costs less than a GTX 980 Ti and performs faster, and some even claimed that it’s 2x faster than the Titan X!

*image taken from videocardz

Well, that’s true but only for Virtual Reality experience, at least that’s what’s shown on the slides and mentioned on the Nvidia press release for the GTX 1080. What about gaming performance then? How would it perform on this aspect?


NOTE : Whatever I’m going to say here is mainly a speculation.

Nvidia has a mini-site for the GeForce GTX 1080 (click here) and on that site is where you will see the performance chart above. Now as I analyze the chart, I see that it’s about 65% faster than the GTX 980 on The Witcher 3 and 75% faster on Rise of the Tomb Raider.


The % is very close and I believe that’s what Nvidia wants to tell us about the GTX 1080’s performance in relevance to the GTX 980 so if I were to base on the above, the average point is about 70%. I do not have an updated benchmark result for a reference GTX 980 Ti but I do have a fairly recent benchmark of the GTX 980 on stock clocks, and based on there I came up with the chart below to estimate the GTX 1080’s performance by adding 70% more performance to that of the GTX 980.


One thing to note is that the score I got from the GTX 980 on GTA V were with settings that starve the video memory (meaning the settings require more VRAM than what’s available) so the performance gap may actually be closer than what I speculated here.

The GTX 1080 is rated to run at 180W according to the site but that’s for the reference model, from my experience with non-reference Nvidia cards typically draw some 20% more power that what’s written on Nvidia’s product specs pages. I’m still hoping (and expecting) it to perform within the confines of the single 8-pin PCI-E configuration with a total maximum power draw of 225W (that’s 75W from PCI-E slot, 150W from 8-pin PCI-E).

All in all, the GeForce GTX 1080 is one exciting card. Current price estimation is that it’ll be in between the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti while giving much more performance than the GTX 980 Ti. At 70% more performance than the GTX 980, I reckon that it’s safe to say the GTX 1080 performs like GTX 980 SLI.

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