NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 release date, price roundup

(Official Twitter of Nvidia GeForce)New graphics cards will hit the markets on May 27 and June 10.

PC gamers should prepare and mark their calendars because May 27 and June 10 will be the release dates of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, respectively. The prices of these graphics cards will be $599 for the 1080 and $379 for the 1070.

From a consumer's point of view, these prices are relatively friendly since the GTX 1080 is priced between the GTX 980 and 980Ti. Gamers that prefer a powerful upgrade but don't want to drain their wallet can choose this option instead. Likewise, the GTX 1070 is sandwiched between the prices of the GTX 970 and the 980.

In addition, these new pieces of graphics cards are a form of the company's transition from a-one-fits-all approach to an application-specific silicon that fits well with the tech industry's trend, according to VRWorld. Tom Conte, co-chair of IEEE's Rebooting Computing Initiative and a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, said that the requirements for different applications are growing and there has to be a hardware capable to run complex computations wherein NVIDIA may deliver with the GTX 1080 and 1070.

"We are going to define different application domains, and in those domains there will be very different selection criteria for architectures and devices. For machine learning, we've been running those as convolutional neural networks on GPUs, which is inefficient. And if you're doing search optimization or simulation, you want a different architecture that does not look anything like high-performance, low-power CMOS."

Those who are wondering, the GTX 1080 is clocked at 1.66 GHz and can be boosted to up to 1.73 GHz. This is quite an increase in power, making this probably the ideal graphics card to use together with the VR gear of either Oculus or HTC. At this point, console gamers are hoping that NVIDIA would also create a custom GPU and partner with Sony and Microsoft to produce the speculated PlayStation 5 or Xbox 2.

More NVIDIA news and updates coming soon.

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