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Then and Now: 6 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

With the venerable GeForce GTX 980 having celebrated its third birthday already, in the world of GPUs that places it squarely over the hill. To additional affirm that notion, its successor, the GeForce GTX 1080 is over a yr previous already and presents 60% extra efficiency. The efficiency bump on this final era was very vital and that’s the reason the Pascal-based GTX 1080 stays the GPU to beat except cash is burning a gap in your pocket.

Whether or not you need to improve from an older GPU or just recognize the statistical significance of the info offered, this text ought to provide you with a transparent perspective of graphics playing cards efficiency spanning a number of years. This characteristic was a comply with as much as the ‘Then and Now’ article we printed shortly after the GTX 980’s launch. We gathered then that in 5 years we had seen near a 3x bump in graphics horsepower.

However with the discharge of the Pascal based mostly graphics playing cards and the GTX 1080 which was the structure’s flagship board, the time has come to revisit historical past and see how six generations of Nvidia GeForce graphics playing cards examine.

The desk under reveals the eight GPUs that comprise our take a look at. The checklist contains 4 main Nvidia architectures launched between March 2010 and June 2016: Fermi (GTX 480 and GTX 580), Kepler (GTX 680 and GTX 780), Maxwell (GTX 980 and 980 Ti) and Pascal (GTX 1080).














GeForce GTX 480 GTX 580 GTX 680 GTX 780 GTX 780 Ti GTX 980 GTX 980 Ti GTX 1080
Codename GF100 GF100 GK104 GK110 GK110 GM204 GM200 GP104
Fab (nm) 40 40 28 28 28 28 28 16
Transistors (Billion) three three three.54 7.08 7.08 5.2 eight.zero 7.2
Die measurement (mm2) 529 520 294 561 561 398 601 314
CUDA Cores 480 512 1536 2304 2880 2048 2816 2560
TAU 60 64 128 192 240 128 176 160
ROP 48 48 32 48 48 64 96 64
Reminiscence (MB) 1536 1536 2048 3072 3072 4096 6144 8192
Bus width (bit) 384 384 256 384 384 256 384 256
Bandwidth (GB/s) 177.four 192.three 192.2 288.four 336.four 224 336 320
Launch date Mar-10 Nov-10 Mar-12 Could-13 Nov-13 Oct-14 Jun-15 Jun-16
Worth at launch $500 $500 $500 $650 $700 $550 $650 $600

Be aware: This characteristic was initially printed on 06/20/2016. We’ve got revised it and bumped it as a result of it is as related right now because it was earlier than. Half of our #ThrowbackThursday initiative.

The GTX 480, GTX 580 and GTX 680 had been clearly the single-GPU flagships for his or her sequence, whereas the GTX 780 was really an extension of the GTX 600 vary and when it landed it was second solely to the GTX Titan — this card is excluded from this write-up as a result of at $1,000, it was in a special class and hardly made sense to the typical gamer for the worth.

Six months after the GTX 780 shipped we bought a good quicker 700 sequence GPU, the GTX 780 Ti. This was adopted nearly a yr later by the GTX 980, and once more this main launch was finally accompanied by the quicker 980 Ti variant together with the flagship Titan X.

It’s value declaring that the GTX 1080 was solely the start for the Pascal structure. A quicker, extra polished variant within the kind of the GTX 1080 Ti noticed the sunshine in March 2017, as reviewed right here. Different releases within the GeForce Pascal household embody the GT 1030, GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, 1060, 1060 3GB, GTX 1070 and the overkill Titan XP.

Nevertheless as we have executed prior to now, to streamline testing we’re sticking to flagship playing cards for his or her respective sequence and testing in DirectX 11 titles solely, as supported by all GeForce sequence, previous and new, so we are able to precisely examine them. With out additional ado, let the benchmarks start…

Take a look at System Specs


  • Intel Core i7-6700Okay @ four.50 GHz (Skylake)
  • Asrock Z170 Z170 Extreme7+
  • G.Talent TridentZ 8GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000
  • Samsung SSD 850 Professional 2TB
  • Silverstone Strider Collection ST1000-G Evolution
  • Nvidia GeForce Sport Prepared Driver 368.39
  • Home windows 10 Professional 64-bit
 

Benchmarks: Crysis three, BioShock, Tomb Raider

First up we’ve Crysis three and like most of the video games featured on this article this title is getting on a bit now at three years previous. Even so, at 2560×1600 it nonetheless presents a problem and with anti-aliasing disabled the GeForce GTX 1080 averaged simply 68fps, although that made it 42% quicker than the 980 Ti.

It’s loopy to look again and see GPUs such because the GTX 480 averaging simply 16fps on the identical decision, making the 1080 over 4 occasions quicker. What’s extra, the GTX 480 averaged 42fps on the lowly 1366×768 decision. Do observe the GTX 480 was launched three years earlier than Crysis three, however the outcomes are nonetheless stunning.

BioShock Infinite isn’t almost as demanding as Crysis three and for that motive the GTX 1080 is ready to common nicely over 100fps at 2560×1600, as did the 980 Ti. This time the GTX 1080 was solely 23% quicker than the GTX 980 Ti and 57% quicker than the GTX 980. The GTX 1080 additionally remained over 4x quicker than the previous GTX 480.

When testing with the favored Tomb Raider reboot the GTX 1080 averaged 122fps at 2560×1600, making it fairly a bit quicker than the GTX 980 Ti. Simply as attention-grabbing is the truth that at this decision the GTX 1080 was 6x quicker than the GTX 480 and nearly 5x quicker at 1366×768.

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