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When it comes to graphics card, there are only two names that usually tops the list – NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon, with the AMD Radeon R9 NANO vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 pitted against each other. But because both cards have different functions and objectives they can’t really be compared head-to-head.

The R9 Nano, for example, is intended for Mini ITX users, while GTX 950 is designed for all PCs. In terms of power consumption the former takes the cake and not the latter. Heat output of the GTX 950 is a problem, however. It requires a cooler to be installed in your computer. But this has been remedied with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

Slovenia-based manufacturer of premium liquid cooling gear EK Water Blocks has introduced a full cover liquid cooling solution for the GTX 1080 series graphics card. The design is cool. And the performance? Even cooler.

Based on the Pascal GP104 graphics processor, it is designed to cool the GPU, RAM and voltage regulation module (VRM) directly. It is made up of four different blocks that allow water to flow directly over these PC parts. Even with high overclocks, the graphics card and its VRM would remain stable.

In terms of performance, the new GeForce GTX 1080 has a lot to offer.

  • It can handle video content in 4K HDR.
  • It can process simultaneous projections from a single viewpoint.
  • It can double the performance levels of virtual reality apps and devices.
  • It comes with the new Fast Sync technology that allows the GPU to render as many frames per second.

Specs as provided at GE Force

GPU Architecture: Pascal

Frame Buffer: 8 GB GDDR5X

Memory Speed: 10 Gbps

Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 320

Boost Clock: Relative @ 1.4x, Actual @ 1733 MHz

Maximum Digital Resolution:

(1) 7680×4320@60Hz RGB 8-bit with dual DisplayPort connectors

(2) 7680×4320 at 60 Hz YUV420 8-bit with one DisplayPort 1.3 connector

Graphics Card Dimensions: 4.376″ x 10.5″ x 2-slot equivalent

What does this all mean for users?

You can play old games like Counter-Strike without the latency spike. You can also play games while running multiple applications in the background. The resolutions might drop a little bit, but only because there are plenty of things going on.

Despite its amazing features, the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is not for everyone. Those who don’t need a bigger and better display we’ll find it less practical. Do you need it?