NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1607
  • Max video memory 8 GB GDDR5X
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 10 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2016
Performance 51.76

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 1080 sales 6 May 2016 at a recommended price of $599. This is a high-end Pascal architecture desktop card based on 16 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 10 GB/s are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 320 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (26.7 cm). 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 180 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

51.76%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 1080's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating61
Place by popularity67
Value for money27.56
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)
GPU code namePascal GP104
Market segmentDesktop
Release date6 May 2016 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$599
Current price$469 (0.8x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1080's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1080's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2560of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores2560
Core clock speed1607 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1733 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors7,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology16 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)180 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature94 °C
Texture fill rate277.3of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance8,873 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors8-pin
SLI options+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1080: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed10 GB/sof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth320 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1080. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsDP 1.42, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI
Multi monitor support+
HDMI+
G-SYNC support+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GPU Boost3.0
VR Ready+
Ansel+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 1080. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1080 51.76
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Catia
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Creo
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Medical
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Energy
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

GTX 1080 15327

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1080 29263

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1080 53598

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 119971

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 16623

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 21409

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 1080 54453

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1080 421474

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1080 65453

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1080 51531

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1080 269

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 141

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 61

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 8

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 34

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 76

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 98

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 54

SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

This part of SPECviewperf 12 workstation benchmark uses Autodesk Maya 13 engine to render a superhero energy plant static scene consisting of more than 700 thousand polygons, in six different modes.

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 140

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 8.6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 98

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 76

SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 61

SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 8

SPECviewperf 12 - Creo

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 54

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 34

SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 8.6

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

GTX 1080 3026

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1080. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 1045 Mh/s  
Decred / DCR (Decred) 3.09 Gh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 27.63 Mh/s  
Siacoin / SC (Sia) 2.28 Gh/s  
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.48 kh/s  
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 470 Sol/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1080 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD129
1440p80
4K58

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 92
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 166
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 134
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 118
Far Cry New Dawn 111
Forza Horizon 4 140
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Red Dead Redemption 2 96
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 108
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 83
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 142
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 113
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 113
Far Cry New Dawn 108
Forza Horizon 4 137
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 74
Red Dead Redemption 2 53
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 98
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 74
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 63
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 123
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 104
Far Cry New Dawn 98
Forza Horizon 4 112
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 81
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 74
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 45
Red Dead Redemption 2 35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 64
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 49
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 98
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 77
Far Cry New Dawn 82
Forza Horizon 4 93
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 42
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 28
Red Dead Redemption 2 21
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 32
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 56
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 33
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 53
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 42
Far Cry New Dawn 47
Forza Horizon 4 65
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 1080 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce GTX 1080's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 6600 XT, which is faster by 4% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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