Reviewers Call GeForce GTX 1080 “Badass,” “Crazy” and “Insane” — We Think They Like It

by Brian Caulfield

The most badass graphics card ever. Insane. A beautiful powerhouse. A dramatic leap forward. Crazy. The reaction to the launch of the GeForce GTX 1080 from the press has been surpassed only by the shocked reaction from fans when we launched our new flagship GPU earlier this month.

That was mass hysteria. The press, by contrast, have had a little time to think things over, rather than screaming at our CEO to “shut up and take my money,” as fans did during our launch event at DreamHack, in Austin, Texas.

Kind of a shock, considering everyone knew we would be introducing a new GPU, based on our Pascal architecture. Many even guessed — correctly — that we’d call it the GTX 1080. What no one outside NVIDIA knew — until the technical reviewers got this thing back to their labs — is the kind of performance it would unleash.

Now they do.

  • PC World: “This beast is badass,” they wrote. “[T]he new GeForce GTX 1080 surges ahead by a whopping 70-plus percent in every game tested. That’s crazy. The entire time I was testing this monster, I felt like David Bowman at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, staring wide-eyed into a new world full of stars. Moving on from 28nm GPUs is every bit as wonderful as gamers had hoped, and the GTX 1080 is everything Nvidia promised and more.”
  • Forbes: “[T]he GTX 1080 isn’t just an iterative improvement that makes you question whether or not the price-to-performance ratio justifies a purchase,” their review wrote. “It’s one hell of a part, and an astounding generational leap forward.”
  • TweakTown: “NVIDIA has absolutely blown the doors off of the GPU game with the GeForce GTX 1080. This is the card you’ve been waiting for …”
  • HardOCP: “It performs amazingly, it’s power efficient, there’s potential for higher clocks, and it is feature rich. And the GTX 1080 is not just a little faster than yesterday’s flagship GPUs, it is a lot faster.”
  • Hot Hardware: “NVIDIA has essentially hit every bullet point hard-core gamers and enthusiasts consider.  If you’re shopping for a high-end graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 is the one to get – bar none.”
  • Polygon: “The Founder’s Edition of the GTX 1080 graphics card is just as beautiful on the outside as it is in its Pascal-powered guts. If you’re picking up a new card, this is the one you should buy.”
  • Engadget: “After testing it out over the past week, I can say the 1080 is clearly something special. It’s not just an incremental upgrade for NVIDIA: It’s a dramatic leap forward.”
  • PC Perspective: “[T]he GeForce GTX 1080 clearly sits alone at the top of the GPU world.”
  • NeoSeeker: “The beast offers insane levels of performance, even when compared to cards that are at the top of the food chain of the previous generation. … Those who usually go for the latest and greatest will want this card.”
  • Forbes: “The GTX 1080 is an absolutely amazing enthusiast GPU from virtually any angle you look at it.”

We think they like it. Got a few superlatives you’d like to share with us? Hit us with them in the comment box below.

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  • Kanavi

    I still want to know how to get it in Mexico….

  • Tom

    I need to get one for me. This card is a monster 🙂

  • Dru

    Toss it over the border?

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  • Ed

    When Trump throws out all the illegals, just get one of them to bring it over for you.

  • Salman H

    Hey is there any way to get this card btw im from middle East

  • Zorthgo

    Don’t worry about it Kanavi, Ed and Dru are just being racist d-bags! As Federico had mentioned before, you can probably purchase the cards from Amazon.

  • Zorthgo

    Let me echo the article’s sentiment… “Hey NVidia, shut up and take my money!”. I am counting down the days for my dual GTX 1080 rig to be up and running. 😉

  • PC Master Race

    Overpriced rip off is how I’d describe the FE version.

  • Travis LeBlanc

    Once they get released, that is.

  • Cragdoll

    1070 for me. My rig is going Graphic cardless till that honey drops. Going commando baby….

  • Kanavi

    you might be right about the amazon part, but it would mean getting an imported card, and taxes always hurt when getting imported products, it would be nice to get somethings without that high impact in price

  • David Mayers

    Pissed as i just bought two 390X cards and full water blocks last month. Cannot afford to change again for now.

  • Ryan Knuth

    3rd party benchmarks, please. Reviews are pretty useless. Numbers speak the truth.

  • JamRam83

    Thank you Nvidia for every bit of hard work & money invested into making our gaming worlds so ridiculously awesome! I am proudly awaiting launch day to purchase the new irrisponsible performance that only Pascal can dish out! This new 10 series is going to be beyond amazing, especially for my Oculus Rift VR! I’m still as always green team for life!

  • Think about

    “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The NVIDIA Blog.”

  • Jesus Diaz

    Can you get these in Mexico? I am originally from Aguascalientes and I love to play video games even at age 48. LOL

  • Kanavi

    si se puede, pero hay que esperar hasta que revendedores lo importen y asi poder facturarlo, de otro modo tiene que ser por importacion sin factura, de cualquier modo salimos perdiendo:
    1.- lo importan, le suben el precio mas iva y te lo facturan
    2.- lo importas, no te lo facturan y pagas precios de importacion

  • Edward Taggart Jr

    I built a computer just for the 1080
    I’m cardless right now awaiting to buy dual, 1080s

  • Chad Weed

    Please be in the evga step up program by June 15th. PLEAAAAASE. Looks amazing I want it so bad for my occulus.

  • saintheretic

    its overkill, its gonna be completely bottlenecked by the rest of the system

  • saintheretic

    pay me to mail you one from california or meet me at the border in S.D

  • saintheretic

    they are released

  • saintheretic

    you built a bottleneck! now your waiting on the cistern and you’ll have a whole bottle

  • saintheretic

    pay me,pay for the card, and shipping and i’ll ship you one

  • flynismo

    Maybe if you have some crap system from five years ago.

  • saintheretic

    DDR5 OR DDR5X………….DERP!! its pretty lame that they have come this far with the pascal chip, and are not even gonna offer the card with HBM tech…………………GOOD JOB NVIDIA, you’ve bottle necked a card that will bottleneck a system, DERP

  • flynismo

    I feel your pain; just got a pair of GTX 970s and waterblocks right after Xmas, now it’s on craiglist so I can grab one of these when they drop

  • saintheretic

    …………… you have a CPU that can out perform this GPU? Not only out perform it, but that can double the processes that this GPU can? as of RIGHT NOW AS I TYPE THIS there is 1 motherboard available that has pipes wide enough to not bottleneck the data from the card slot, so when you say “Maybe if you have some crap system from five years ago” trying to be cool, like you know what it is your talking bout, it makes me and anyone else thats done the math think your a moron!!!

  • The Agent

    will i7 4790k 4.4ghz gonna be bottleneck?

  • The Agent

    it will release on 27th may?

  • The Agent

    goodluck.. happy beast gaming !!!

  • The Agent

    i am also in middle east and i dont know how do i get one….

  • The Agent

    lol.. between your dual gpu is faster then gtx 1080 so chill and play unless you are thinking of gtx 1080 sli…..

  • saintheretic

    yes it will, there is not a CPU made in the world at the moment that will not bottleneck it in one way or another, get you hands on one of the 32core Xeon’s that was unlocked, cooled in a mineral oil tank or with liquid nitrogen overclocked to 9.9ghz on all 32cores and it would still be bottlenecked, this card is OVERKILL………..albeit some badass overkill! CPU’s are measured in GHZ, this is measured Teraflops, google the difference, why do you guys think they use GPU’s for bitcoin mining?? because they can process SOOOOOO SOOOOOOOO much more then a CPU can, or ever will be able to, Google search “Moore’s Law”, and “CPU diminishing returns” read up on this cardon it, pay attention to what they are,and how they apply, and you will see what i am talking about, this card was made because they could, and whats funny, is the CHIP they made it with, isnt even used to its full potential with the memory they have chosen for it, DDR5 & DDR5x is obsolete GPU memory now that HBW memory is here, ok look, the chip is being bottlenecked before the processed data ever leaves the card, plus waiting for the CPU, just look up “MOORE’S LAW”

  • Prajwal V S

    Can this card beat AMD polaris GPUs ? I’ve heard AMD can pose a real problem to NVidea with HBM 2 and ZEN CPU would put Intel into real trouble!!

  • Kory Graham

    or not everyone has a best buy computer! 5930k with a intel 750 m.2 baby! i been w8ing for this card, some of us like to be upto date

  • flynismo

    Very cute. Yet another keyboard thug. The irony is that you call me a moron, but do not know the difference between “your a moron” and “you’re a moron”.

    Let me inject some common sense here. If you really did your research, and knew half of what you think you do, you would already know the differences between the processing unit on a GPU, and your typical Intel / AMD processor. You would then understand why GPUs seemingly process data at a higher rate. More to the point, you would understand that the CPU does not need to match the GPU in raw output, SINCE IT IS NOT PROCESSING THE SAME DATA.

    Let me put it in simple terms that even you can understand. If a 5930k is more than enough to run THREE GTX 980Ti then yeah…I’m not worried about bottlenecking anything.

  • flynismo

    You will get 60+ FPS in pretty much any game with this GPU and a 4790k…does it really matter if the 4790k bottlenecks it or not?

  • flynismo

    Don’t mind saintherectic; not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • William Néron

    Been holding onto my 580 for years, now I think the upgrade will be massively worth it 🙂

  • Travis LeBlanc

    So why are media outlets reporting that the 1080 will be released on May 27 and the 1070 on June 10? That tells me that they aren’t released.

  • The Agent

    you guys are saying that 5820k will outperform 4790k? I agree that 5720k has more cores and more l3 cache but 4790k has a lot better overclocking.. higher turbo clock speed…. higher clock speed and low power consuption…. isint clock speed more important for gaming than cores? sorry i am noob in technical stuff but think from a neutral perspective and a gamer, i think what we exactly need for gaming is the clock speed and turbo or overclock speeds… … something which is giving u 4.8 ghz with water cooling is somewhat better than a lower speed cpu?
    correct me if i am wrong.
    i have a 4790k but seriously i dont have enough technical knowledge….. please convince me if 5820k is really better then 4790k in terms of “only gaming”…..? I am not a renderer nor a graphic expert… I just use my pc for gaming….. i have a 980ti right now and of course i ned to upgrade to 1080 but i wasjust curious about my cpu if it is gonna bottleneck…

  • Core

    … Well, look forward to actually being able to buy one… guess its just a game of wait right now.. ?
    “Coming soon” is what I’ve seen on most shopping websites, if its even up. Amazon doesn’t seem to have anything. Newegg doesn’t either yet.. *Sigh*

  • DEVILTAZ35 .

    This is not an enthusiast card, if it was it would have Titan or TI in the name. It’s impressive but a better one will come along in a few months

  • DEVILTAZ35 .

    Why not just wait for the 1080ti ?

  • DEVILTAZ35 .

    Not really i use an overclocked i7930 @ 3.8 and it’s fine with a 980ti so i doubt this would cause issues on older i7’s.

  • Dark_Kitarist

    And I wholeheartedly agree with you!

  • Gary_Rainville

    GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs will be available from NVIDIA, ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. Availability varies by region, but that gives you a lot of options to look for. You can also sign up to be notified of availability at

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    Any comment that includes a URL gets flagged as spam. Sorry it took a while to free it up.

  • Gary_Rainville

    @disqus_8pnt9hr0lV:disqus See reply to Salman above.

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  • Nasaus

    You retard. A cpu does not have to be faster than gpu to not bottleneck it.

  • Kalyan Kumar Neelendran

    I planning for an 1080 with 2640V4, I will be using it for computation with gromacs, I got great results with 980Ti, anybody have done any benchmark or any idea on 1080’s performance for gromacs or any computation ?