Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review: The most badass graphics card ever created

Hail to the new king of graphics cards, baby.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

The gorgeous Rise of the Tomb Raider scales fairly well across all GPU hardware, though it clearly prefers the Titan X to the Fury X once you reach the upper echelon of graphics cards. But that doesn’t really matter, because the performance gains with the GTX 1080 are insane—especially once you overclock it.

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The GTX 1080 pushes 70.5 percent more frames than the GTX 980 at 4K resolution on the Very High graphics setting (Nvidia’s HBAO+ and AMD’s PureHair technology disabled). The gap increases to a whopping 94.5 percent after overclocking. That’s damn near twice the performance.

Wow. Just wow.

The performance increase over the Titan X is a more modest 29 percent, but that leaps to a full 47 percent overclocked. The Fury and Fury X’s defeat here is likely limited to HBM’s 4GB memory capacity, as the game specifically warns that enabling Very High textures can cause problems on cards with 4GB or less of memory.

We didn’t include performance results from RoTR’s DirectX 12 mode here because running it actually causes average frame rates to drop across the board, but it’s important to note that DX12 also caused minimum frame rates to increase by double-digits across the board. That means playing the game in DX12 results in fewer frames, but less stutter.

Next page: Far Cry Primal

At a Glance
  • The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is the first graphics card built using 16nm technology after GPUs stalled on 28nm for four long years. The performance and power efficiency gains are nothing short of astounding.


    • Outrageous performance leap over GTX 980
    • Hugely power efficient
    • Attractive premium design
    • Numerous new features


    • Doesn't blow away Radeon cards in heavily AMD-optimized games
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