The list of partners that have so far announced reference versions include EVGA, Zotac, Gigabyte, Galax and Inno3D and all will share the same specifications as well as use the same new reference cooler. As we wrote earlier, Nvidia will actually sell its reference versions at a premium and has now decided to brand them as Founders Edition graphics cards while custom versions, which should end up closer to the suggested price tag, should come later.
Priced at US $699.99, the reference GTX 1080 uses GP104 GPU with 2560 CUDA cores, works at 1607MHz base and 1733MHz GPU Boost clocks, has 8GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 2500MHz (10GHz effective) and paired up with a 256-bit memory interface. It needs a single 8-pin PCI-Express power connector features DVI-D, HDMI and three DisplayPort outputs.
Availability of the Geforce GTX 1080 is expected on May 27th, while first reviews should be live on May 17th. Custom GTX 1080 graphics cards which should also have a lower US $599 price tag, should come in June.