Nvidia just announced a crazy cheap new flagship graphics card: the GeForce GTX 1080, more powerful than two of last generation’s GTX 980 cards in SLI. It also has a younger brother, too, the slightly less gutsy GTX 1070. What’s more surprising than these cards’ relative performance, though, is just how not expensive they are.
The new GeForce GTX 1080 has a $US599 recommended retail price, much cheaper than most fans were expecting. In Australia, we can reasonably expect that to translate into an Australian retail price of around $900, although there will likely be an early adopter’s tax on top of that too.
That’s still an expensive card, sure, but given the circa-$1200 retail prices of the GTX 980 Ti, Titan family and AMD’s top Radeon Fury X cards, it’s a big drop.
The release date, too, is sooner than expected — May 27th will see cards released “around the world” according to Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. There’s a specially-binned Founder’s Edition card coming too, with a $US100 more expensive RRP and “crazy overclockable” design according to the chipmaker.
If that price is too much for your wallet to bear, there’s also a slightly lesser Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with around two thirds’ the GTX 1080’s performance, and a $US379 recommended retail price and a $US449 Founder’s Edition. That card will be out around the world by June 10th.