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    By making Pascal the meanest, mightiest, meatiest GPU in the history of the company.

    Maxwell was a bit of a screw-up. Let's just call it what it was and not put any butter on that stale muffin.

    No HDMI 2.0 on most of the cards and no HDCP 2.2.

    No compelling card designs or anything really advanced. No great compact variants either.

    They pushed 4K in the promotions, while not backing it up with what the customers wanted and needed.

    It was bad and a lot of people got burned trying to use those cards with UHDTVs.


    Today, NVidia apologized for it with Pascal and unveiled the GTX 1080.

    Every feature you wanted with Maxwell.

    Full 4K compatibility with HDMI 2.0B, with 8K capability using HBM and DSC on DisplayPort 1.4, with multiple DP outputs for those who like to go multi-monitor. That triple 4K/5K display set-up you were thinking about just got a whole lot closer to reality.

    Support for all next-gen video codecs at UHD resolution.

    Better single-card performance than two high-end Maxwell cards in SLI and it only requires a single power connector.

    Next-gen GDDR5X for increased memory bandwidth, lower power consumption and temps, and ultra-high-resolution texture pushing. HBM will likely be in the second generation cards that come next year and the inevitable Titan X replacement that we might see this year.

    We haven't even heard any whispers about the Quadro equivalent yet, but those high-end professional-grade cards should be beasts that pack HBM.
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    I love maxwell, but almost twice a titan x for $600 ... that's just insane. hmmm ... trying to figure out thier numbers ... I can't figure out the speed difference to the titan-x ... is just twice as fast as the 980, probably 30% faster then the titan-x.
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    Thanks for the rundown. Good to see they were addressing the new line of cards from a platform perspective rather than just an increase in processing power.
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    will this work in an older Mac Pro (tower)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Hastings View Post
    will this work in an older Mac Pro (tower)?
    Actually looks like we'll be able to use two of them, if you don't need the slots for anything else, since the power consumption is so low. However, the GTX980 and better already overrun the available bandwidth on those old PCIe 2.0 slots, so not sure just what sort of mileage you'll get with one of these. You won't be able to fully utilize one of these GPUs. The slots and memory within the Mac towers just are not up to feeding these new GPUs to fully utilize the performance. Mac Pro tower is now 5 years, 8 months old... The best CPUs available for that system are 4 iterations behind the ones coming out now and the RAM is quite a bit slower than the latest DDR4 options.
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    Seems this card runs very cool. Any ideas on a lightweight transportable build with TB3 and fast PCIe storage and fastest DDR4 ram?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott devitte View Post
    Seems this card runs very cool. Any ideas on a lightweight transportable build with TB3 and fast PCIe storage and fastest DDR4 ram?
    It's doable, with the portable cases that are out now. You could even put together a high-end mini-STX build with two NVME SSDs and TB3, when those boards launch in the next few months. But you're going to want to hold out for Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake chipsets, if you really want to get something really good. I daresay, you may even want to hold out for the next Xeon chipset just to get more for your money spent on a full-range portable PC.
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    how far behind are Ti versions typically and what type of spec improvements to expect (20%? 30%?)
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    The price is great too. Fairly reasonable relative to titans etc.
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    Memory is a lot lower than Titan X. 8 vs 12.
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