NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Video Card Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

After using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video card over the past week we’ve seen it excel in our performance tests and we are very happy with the graphics card. Our testing showed that it won every test that we ran and this is without a doubt the fastest single desktop graphics card today. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is a formidable competitor with 4GB HBM memory, but the GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X memory proved that it has what it takes to lead the way. The GeForce GTX 1080 also managed a respectable overclock just shy of 2.1GHz after minimal tweaking and that gave us a free performance boost that made this card even faster! If you want a card that can run both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 game titles and be the best on the market, look no further than the GeForce GTX 1080.


We didn’t do any VR game testing in this review, but we did run the SteamVR Performance Test and found that GeForce GTX 1080 scored 11, which is a very high score. We have no doubt that the GeForce GTX 1080 is going to be a solid card for VR and plan on looking into that down the road!

When it comes to pricing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition card that we looked at here today will be available on May 27th for $699. The custom cards for board partners will be available after Computex in June and will start at $599 and go up as high as they want. We expect that there will be some water cooled versions being released around that time and we can’t wait to see how those perform.

LR Recommended Award

AMD better hope that Polaris is a home run as NVIDIA just showed that they were able to move to the 16nm FinFET process and GDDR5X for the very first time with impressive performance and a handful of nice new features. It’s only fitting that the GeForce GTX 1080 came out 30 years to the week after ‘Top Gun’ came out. Because we all feel the need for speed and the GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest graphics card ever made!

Legit Bottom Line:  The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest video card around!

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  • Nick G.

    I have the amp extreme 980ti, and I really love it. It’s boost clock sits at 1445 constant. Since I knew it would go there, I just disabled the auto boosting and manually overclocked it to 1655 with just a small bump in power (105%). After that, it’s dead even with a 1080. I bought it in January 2016 (This year as of this writing) and been super happy with it. I would say if you have a lower card, then the 1080 is the way to go now, but If everything is fine it’s not worth the jump.

    With all that said, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Zotac does with the 1080Ti, that’s when I’ll jump to the 1080 series, or something newer. I usually upgrade every 2 years or so.

  • Jose Suarez

    Small typo in the overclocking page. “By overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB reference card we were able to take the score of 17,114 on 3DMark Fire Strike and raise it up to 17911.”

    Nice article legitreviews. Keep up the good work.

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    can you please add the division into the benchmark if possible :{ as well as ashes of singularity as a dx12 async compute test xd.

  • Cordell Hughes

    The Nvidia GTX 1080 vs. the AMD Radeon Pro Duo. I’ve looked on over a dozen reviews sites and the Radeon Pro Duo is nowhere to be found with the GTX 1080 which just came out this week. is there some kind of restraining contract that keeps reviewers benchmarking the two together or what?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      AMD didn’t sample us with an AMD Radeon Pro Duo since it’s really not aimed at gamers. If you know of someone that would let me borrow one for 24 hours I’ll happily benchmark it and overnight mail it back!

  • Dicehunter

    The GP104 isn’t partially disabled as you say in the overclocking section, It’s the full GP104 chip.

  • Ali D

    thanks for the review Nathan.

  • Wookie Groomer

    THANK YOU for reviewing it against the Zotac AMP! Extreme. That’s the card I have and no one seems to use it as a reference card for fastest off the shelf 980ti against the new 1080. I suspected it wouldn’t be too far behind like all the other stock 980ti card reviews I have read. I hope with the new 3rd party cards with “extreme” factory overclocking and better cooling the numbers will skyrocket when used in sli.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      My pleasure… Not sure why more sites didn’t use some of the factory overclocked AIB cards as those were by far the most sold variant for the 980 Ti series!

  • Khaled Mohamed Gharib

    The 1080p Fallout and Tomb Raider Charts has the Average and Minimum Colors swapped, and there is no 1080p chart for GTAV.. Time for me to buy a 4K monitor I guess. J/K

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Fixed the chart colors just now after you pointed out that two had the colors switched. Thanks for pointing that out! The GTAV 1080P numbers will be up after spot checking a odd number!

  • Khaled Mohamed Gharib

    In BF4, Average is Orange. In Fallout 4, Average is Blue. In GTAV, Average is Blue, Again. Tomb Raider: Orange. Too frustrating for me.