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  • All Things Pascal and the Cost of Being an Enthusiast
  • All Things Pascal and the Cost of Being an Enthusiast


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 35:14

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    Originally recorded July 2016

    Show Notes

    The new GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 have been on the market for a little over a month and they are flying off the shelves, so much that it makes you wonder if the demand is really that high or is there a push to only produce a limited number of cards in an attempt to maximize profits.

    In this episode the duo talk about most everything Pascal.  It is a high-level look at the exciting new video card from nVidia starting with prices for common cards from EVGA to a rumored price ceiling that not only impacts nVidia partner profits but makes you wonder why the ceiling is set on which amounts to a reference video card.

    Some reference notes:  GTX 980 has a TDP of 165w, GTX 1080 has a TDP of 180w.  GTX 1080 is rumored to be faster than 2x GTX 980 in SLI giving a performance and power advantage to the GTX 1080.

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    GTX 1080 at EVGA

    The Cost of being an Enthusiast
    In this second segment Dennis talks about the impact Pascal has on hardware enthusiasts including how SLI is handled with Pascal and overclocking.  The SLI discussion does not make headlines much but has bounced back and forth between yes 4-way SLI is supported to, no only 2-way is supported.  Well, the official statement has been released and as of this recording you can run 4-way SLI but since it is up to the software mfg to support multiple cards only benchmarking applications will be able to benefit.  nVidia will handle 2-way support like it has in the past.  On top of that the mainstream midrange card, the GTX 1060 has no SLI fingers meaning it will not support traditional SLI. 

    Overclocking is also a big segment in the enthusiast work and let’s face it Pascal sucks at overclocking.  Sure you can run 2Ghz but the chip will max out on aircooling and no matter what you do it will not go any faster.  This will have a profound impact on the sport of overclocking and has killed off extreme overclocking using Pascal.

    As a side note, back in the day Intel locked their processors in an attempt to battle chip piracy which was a huge problem.  The locking solution solved that problem however created modern day overclocking and when they created a system to solve they were forward thinking enough to also create the X and K sku processors.  nVidia has done the same however skipped the part where they give enthusiasts a way to have fun.

    Episode 66 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)