First GeForce GTX 1080 driver out with new VRWorks features in tow

If you're one of the lucky b… er, few that have a GeForce GTX 1080 on preorder, you're in luck. The first official driver for the GTX 1080, version 368.25, is out now in preparation for the card's launch, and carries a WHQL certification badge.

The new driver is essentially similar to the 368.22 release we covered recently, but doesn't just add "GTX 1080" to its list of supported cards. Nvidia's new VRWorks features are now enabled in systems using the new graphics card.

What are those features, you say? Well, first there's Lens Matched Shading, which Nvidia says will offer a "substantial" pixel shading performance improvements by rendering to a surface that more closely matches the final warped version that your eye(s) will see.

Then there's Single Pass Stereo, which avoids having the GPU process the same geometry twice just because there are two viewports instead of one. According to Nvidia, Single-Pass Stereo ought to cut down the GPU's geometry workload in half when compared to current VR geometry shading techiques, as tesselation and vertex shading will only have to be done once for the whole scene.

Proud parents of GTX 1080 babies can download the new release here for Windows 10, or here for Windows 7 and 8.

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    • south side sammy
    • 4 years ago

    WOW, NEW DRIVERS……….. IF WE COULD ONLY BUY THE CARDS………..

      • Airmantharp
      • 4 years ago

      SS… S?

      What did you do with SSK?!?

        • south side sammy
        • 4 years ago

        maybe he ended up in a stew pot on some far reaching Pacific island.

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      They are up, but all out of stock, at least at newegg.ca

      [url<]http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126101&cm_re=gtx_1080-_-14-126-101-_-Product[/url<] $950 + $12 shipping + 13% tax = $1087 So basically a 1080 for $1080 lol

        • south side sammy
        • 4 years ago

        they always do that. advertise and mark as out of stock before the official release. helps keep the customer salivating.

    • Bensam123
    • 4 years ago

    Curious where the TR review is… You guys have had one for more then a week according to the ‘In the lab’ bit.

      • Krogoth
      • 4 years ago

      Patience my friend.

      • rxc6
      • 4 years ago

      Anandtech had theirs longer than that and no full review either.

        • Bensam123
        • 4 years ago

        Their preview happened 3 days after they received it though and it was pretty thorough. It’s just missing some bits on new background tech that’s in the 1080.

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      You might want to check Jeff’s Twitter feed.

      He took a little trip to Macau for the AMD event, which might put a delay into reviewing a GTX-1080 that’s on the opposite side of the globe.

    • DoomGuy64
    • 4 years ago

    So far it looks like Pascal is a refined Maxwell, and not a completely new architecture.
    [url<]http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/45056646-clarence-spurr/4884330-pascal-new-king[/url<]

      • Airmantharp
      • 4 years ago

      Which is a problem because…?

      • synthtel2
      • 4 years ago

      That guy gets an A for effort, but he obviously hasn’t done his research as well as he thinks he has. Of course more SPs = more “efficiency”, because that’s the very thing it’s measuring. Of course the 980 Ti is more “efficient” than the 1080, the 1080 is much more bandwidth-bound. Of course the 1080 sees smaller gains from overclocking, that just makes it even more bandwidth-bound. He’s also treating the OC numbers as if they’re all the same % OC, but they’re not. The numbers towards the end that lead him to conclude Pascal ~= Maxwell still don’t take into account the 980 Ti’s 5% bandwidth advantage, not that it makes much difference there. Pascal has been known of for quite some time, contrary to what he presents. What’s this TDP per die size stuff? The power dissipation is per transistor, not per silicon area. Aside from that, yeah the 1080 is clocked hot-ish, that’s where I’d put this product if I were Nvidia, and it doesn’t indicate any inherent problems. Also, when he brings GP100 into the picture, he completely forgets the extra FP64 units, and therefore ends up with wildly wrong conclusions.

      [quote<]The Opinions Written and Research Conducted are my Own and I'm not receiving any compensation for my work.[/quote<] It's obvious. [quote<]Upon the conclusions of my research, I no longer view AMD as a trading stock and I am now long AMD.[/quote<] LOL, yeah, have fun with that.

      • auxy
      • 4 years ago

      We already knew this – didn’t you read Rys’ Pascal deep dive right here on this site? Geez. (*´ω`*) Go shoot your Unmaker you dork.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 4 years ago

      Next you’ll be quoting TR for stock market advice and predictions.

        • morphine
        • 4 years ago

        Careful, we might end up making someone rich.

      • September
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]This means most of the time AMD and Nvidia are on the same or close to identical manufacturing processes, and the only difference between the two is the architectural designs of the chip itself.[/quote<] And drivers, don't forget drivers!

    • trek205
    • 4 years ago

    And where the heck is the TR review of the 1080? Everyone else managed to get one out when the NDA was up a week ago…

      • synthtel2
      • 4 years ago

      TR wasn’t initially sent a card to review.

        • Wildchild
        • 4 years ago

        Also – I’ve yet to see another website that’s as thorough as TR.

      • Ushio01
      • 4 years ago

      TR still does reviews?

      • Ninjitsu
      • 4 years ago

      Technically even AnandTech’s review isn’t out yet, so that’s two major sites still to put the numbers out.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        And the two sites I always wait on, woe is me lol. But, I’m glad they take their time, both of them tend to find particularities that others gloss over.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 years ago

    With videos showing the 1080 throttling below 1500 MHz, I’m not that impressed.

      • evilpaul
      • 4 years ago

      If you manually increase the fan speed from 50 -> 80% and the power limit by 5-10% and thermal limit by 10C that pretty much goes away unless your case is poorly ventilated.

        • synthtel2
        • 4 years ago

        That shouldn’t be necessary. While I’m not going to be unimpressed on the basis of it, it does show that someone did some sloppy work.

          • auxy
          • 4 years ago

          It’s been necessary on every high-end NVIDIA GPU since the OG Titan, which had really serious throttling issues due to a very low power limit.

      • yogibbear
      • 4 years ago

      Wait so Founder’s Edition is confirmed crappy edition? BRING ON THE AIB custom cards!

      • Flapdrol
      • 4 years ago

      Would have had to be some very bad airflow or something artificial. When it reaches the base clock of 1607 it’ll allow temperatures up to 95C before actually throttling.

      The stock settings are pretty sensible I think, lack of noise having a higher priority than ~10% higher performance. I’d say the only thing wrong with the reference cooler is the silly $100 high launch demand tax.

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