nVidia’s GTX 1080 -How fast is it really?


With the release and the media hype of the new nVidia 1080, we decided to put it through its paces up against it own previous model rivals, the GTX 980 and the GTX 980ti.


nVidia claim “GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards are powered by Pascal to deliver up to 3x the performance of previous-generation graphics cards, plus innovative new gaming technologies and breakthrough VR experiences.”   3x the performance of previous generation cards is a big claim, but I suppose if you put a 1080 up against a GTX 950 this would be true, but definitely not up against the GTX 980 or GTX 980ti, it seems that the marketing department has been working overtime!



First of all we need to look at Power Consumption (max) as claimed by nVidia (above chart). The Gtx 1080 does consume more than the GTX 980 but less than the GTX 980ti.


Now on to the testing. The test system we used was a Skylake 6700K @4.0 Ghz with 8 gig of 2133mhz RAM.


We ran Futuremark’s Firestrike,  Sky Diver & Cloud Gate.



The first test we ran was Futuremarks’s Firestrike Ultra.

We started with the GTX 970 and moved our way up.


Futuremark’s Sky Diver (above chart)



Futuremark’s Cloud Gate (above chart)


Well the GTX 1080 is certainly faster, but what was the hype all about? It isn’t that much faster than the GTX 980.

The hype has been caused by the line fed to us by the  nVidia marketing department “3x the performance of previous-generation graphics cards”,  and we automatically think of the GTX 980 or the GTX 980ti, but what they actually mean is the GTX950.

This reminds me of the other great nVidia marketing scam… mobile graphics with similar numbering of desktop graphics cards, but absolutely nowhere near the performance.  Click here for the article




nVidia’s GTX 1080 -How fast is it really?