While enthusiasts eagerly await to coming of the next-generation of high-end Radeon cards, AMD shores up its starting lineup with the RX 500 series, featuring small but significant improvements over last year’s RX 470 and RX 480 graphics cards.
Last year Nvidia introduced the top-of-the-line GeForce GTX Titan X, a $US1,000 ($1,358) beast of a graphics card that blew just about everything else out of the water. Well forget that old thing. The newly-announced GTX 1080 is nearly twice as powerful for several hundred dollars less.
About three years ago we got our first look at Nvidia’s Kepler architecture that powered the GTX 680, a $US500 card packing 3.54 billion transistors and 192GB/s bandwidth. It was the end of the line for the GeForce 600 series, but it wasn’t the end for the Kepler architecture.