Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Reference Model And First Partner Graphics Card Pictured

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, May 12, 2016 12:45 PM

Nvidia seemed pretty reluctant to actually show us a GeForce GTX 1080 at the live reveal, but a number of the Founders Editions are finding their way into some people’s hands. The first shots have leaked of the full GeForce GTX 1080 graphics and the reference PCB, as well as the first partner card - the Galax GeForce GTX 1080. Nope, me neither.

There’s not much beyond what we already knew to glean from these images, but it’s always nice to get sneak peek at the latest and greatest graphics cards. Fabricated on the 16nm process, we can see the GP104 GPU alongside what is apparently 8 x 512MB GDDR5X memory modules on each side of the card. On the top there’s clearly a single 8-pin power connector.

Elsewhere there is the first look at a non-reference GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. This is the Galax flavour, and it will be arriving some time after Nvidia’s Founders Edition. In theory it should be $100 cheaper, hitting the MSRP of $599.99, compared to $699.99 for the early access Founders graphics cards.

In truth it’s not the greatest looking custom card, but I’m sure plenty won’t mind if it’s saving them $100. Those who have see--through cases and the like may want to look elsewhere, and it won’t be long until every Nvidia partner gets in on the action.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is out on May 27th, with partner cards expected a month or so later. 

 

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03:46 May-13-2016

Looks like a empty canvas to me, A little airbrush action, some clear coat, and ill have that bad boy looking like the fastest GPU on the planet. lol

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17:08 May-12-2016

oh come on, the gpu PCB looks sooo empty,
nothing to compare to my Classy :D

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16:48 May-12-2016

I wan to see what the 2 or 3 fanned cooler or the water cooling can do for the card

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16:41 May-12-2016

no one saw that 8x 512 = 8GB ? :) ill stick to my gtx 970 for a year more maybe

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23:32 May-12-2016

8 x 512MB on each side, so 16 x 512MB = 8GB

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16:16 May-12-2016

Almost the same card except in black stealth finish.

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15:11 May-12-2016

khmm sorry but this gpu is one from the ugliest gpus ever rip

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22:50 May-12-2016

haha, not the greatest looking custom card
yeah but the beauty on the inside you know XD

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13:54 May-12-2016

Isn't the partner cards supposed to perform better anyway? Paying extra just to get a gpu 1 month early is clear signs of impatience!

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13:56 May-12-2016

That extra money can go towards buying a second partner GTX 1080, which will give you better performance in the long run, but that's just common sense talking!

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14:30 May-12-2016

Stupid common sense buggering everything up

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20:16 May-12-2016

To my innocent mind the differences are in the cooling, sometimes memory amount and the VBIOS (say Classified cards can be flashed back with the regular official VBIOS to turn them back into reference cards). So that being said - why would one just not mod the VBIOS and be done with it..? That's what I did for my laptop to achieve increased stability and much better overclocks.

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13:51 May-12-2016

galax flavor? is this some sort of food item? i though pascal was some GPU. terrible-looking dish if you ask me.

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13:06 May-12-2016

Dunno if i should wait for custom board designs, or if i should just get a FE.

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13:59 May-12-2016

FE costs 100$, if you think it is worth it then why not

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12:59 May-12-2016

I wonder who designs the art on the gpu boxes at GALAX (rip Galaxy)

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13:10 May-12-2016

Galax's box art is usually garbage but their models are REALLY cheap,dont know how good the cooling tho but i cant be very bad i guess

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13:58 May-12-2016

Plus I guess cooling has become less and less of an issue these days with these ultra power efficient cards. Theyd have to be garbage for them not to work properly.

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13:59 May-12-2016

Back in the day, they were standing in the hall of fame :3

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15:12 May-12-2016

Norway has a 5yrs" warranty" by law. I`m a happy camper if my card dies within 5 years! ;.D

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16:46 May-12-2016

5years?????? in serbia we only get 2...and if the manufacturer gives 3 years the graphic cards dies after 3 years and 2 months.wish i had a good standard law in my country :(

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20:19 May-12-2016

My 9800 GT has a lifetime warranty. The fan died 2 years after I bought it and I got it replaced. Maybe if it dies again I can get a free upgrade to a DX11 graphics card but it seems that the replacement 9800 GT is well made :(

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21:59 May-12-2016

@Tonibendoni - you wouldn't have that problem with a Radeon card. Most of them don't survive that long (and I'm not kidding, some reviewers on YouTube have a hard time finding old Radeons for testing!) :)

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