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Six Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

By Steve
Jun 20, 2016
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  1. This feature is a follow up to the 'Then and Now' article we published two years ago, shortly after the GTX 980's release, when we looked at 5 generations of flagship GeForce GPUs. The idea is to give you a performance perspective of multiple graphics card generations spanning several years.

    Whether you are looking to upgrade from an older GPU or simply appreciate the statistical significance of the data presented, last time we were able to gather that in five years we had seen close to a 3x bump in graphics horsepower. Now with the release of Pascal the time has come to revisit history and see how six generations of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards compare.

    Read the complete article.

     
  2. Squuiid

    Squuiid TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    Great article, thanks!
    Nice to see some benchmarks at 1600p rather than the inferior, but more prevalent 1440p.
     
  3. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,180   +73

    I wanted to post a comment on the GeForce history article, but can't see a way to do that.

    It's a nice article, and amazing to see how quickly GPU's become obsolete.

    One thing I didn't find there was the specs of the benchmark system.

    Another things which caught my eye was that the GeForce 980 Ti gets 99 fps in Rise of the Tomb Raider, while in the benchmark article for that game got 75 fps for very high quality, 80 for high and 92 for Pure Hair disabled (and 84 for high in the CPU benchmark, for some reason). Is this a driver change, a settings change, or just something screwy with the benchmark?

    Moderator note: Moving.
     
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  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    I agree 1600p is much better than 1440p. Sadly I have been forced to test at 1440p for the most part now given it has become the more mainstream resolution.
     
  5. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Booster Posts: 190   +89

    Great job in doing this article! I was in grade school when I started to poke the inside of computers. I used tseng labs, cirrus, matrox. Nvidia did a great job in innovating and becoming a market leader in this field.
     
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    It is nice to know that on average my 3-year old GTX 780 is 2 times slower than GTX 1080. Something I will remember when I decide to upgrade next.

    Although by that time most likely GTX 1080 Ti will be out :)
     
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  7. fktech

    fktech TS Booster Posts: 121   +39

    Not a gamer... so???
     
  8. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Enthusiast Posts: 53   +12

    Why not test these cards using these games: Dirt Rally, Grid, Game Stock Car Extreme to name a few. They are very demanding on frame rates as well as all the other games. Last year racing gamers spend 265 million on games. Never mind how much they spent on computer gear.So they are worthy of being tested.
     
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  9. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    Very nice series of GPU's Nvidia has. I suppose I stuck with AMD due to familiarity and experience with a Nvidia chipset quite awhile ago. Yes we nitpick, but very impressive cards overall
     
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 831   +54

    That's a good article. Excellent. It must take a while to get all the cards and do the testing. I am still using a 460GTX and would love to see the same style article but comparing all the budget models instead. 460/560/660 etc. But only because I want to see where my card ranks compared to todays budget cards.
     
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  11. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 227   +48

    I am ready to retire my GTX 760. While I really want a GTX 1070, I won't eliminate The Radeon RX 480 from consideration. The prices for nVIDIA cards are being exploited right now, and I don't want to wait another month until prices drop.
     
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  12. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,457   +606

    Very informative review with crafty comparisons and information.
    The first page showing all the release dates really puts it in perspective.
     
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  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    The Witcher 3 result goes from 89fps down to 84fps here due to the resolution increase I would say. The rise of The Tomb Raider results aren't comparable as two different sections of the game were tested.
     
  14. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,202   +596

    Price at release for the GTX 1080 is $600 on this chart? Is this just taking all the MSRP prices of the card at launch? If so the 1080 should be $700, that's the price of the founders edition. Wouldn't be fair to compare as non-launch non reference 1080 to other launch reference cards.
     
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  15. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    The GTX 1080 MSRP is $600. Despite very poor availability we already have cards selling near the MSRP...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487246

    If it were $700 you wouldn't find an Evga version for $620 now would you ;)
     
  16. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,202   +596

    Yeah, I was wondering whether that was the Founders edition pricing or aftermarket pricing. Thanks for answering it.
     
  17. Fobus

    Fobus TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +15

    Would it be possible to do the testing since the earliest of cards like GeForce 256 and Geforce 2/3? I know it's impossible to test using the same set of games, but using multiple generations of games with overlap in few GPU generations it should be possible to establish a reasonable conclusion on the relative power of GPUs.

    I know it would be a lot of work, but it would be just so interesting. Pretty please?
     
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  18. kgh00007

    kgh00007 TS Rookie

    Is there any chance you could do the Witcher 3 benchmarks with Hair works On since there are no AMD cards being compared here?

    I'd really like to see that thanks!
     
  19. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Those line graphs tell a big story. The steep up-turn for the 1080 is very apparent. I wonder if GPU's can keep that momentum in the next generation of cards or will they flatten out in minor evolutionary upgrades as the 780 - 980 did? Only time will tell I suppose. But it's good to see the chips are in a much better place.
     
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  20. ausduckz

    ausduckz TS Rookie

    Really good review.

    How about a group shot? Would have been nice to see a picture comparing all the cards (physically).
     
  21. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    To what end? I am not sure digging up an old AGP system to show how badly these 16 year old GPU's perform in any game made in the last decade would be good use of my time ;)
     
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  22. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,180   +73

    Thanks for the explanation. I also see that the system specs are posted now, and I was happy to learn that these GeForce cards were tested with AMD Crimson Edition 16.6.1 Hotfix. ;)

    Also, the Core i7-6700K being run at 4.5GHz does explain some of the difference, as the original benchmarks were run at 4GHz.
     
  23. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,180   +73

    I just went to look at the old Then and Now article, and the benchmark results for the cards there look exactly the same. Exactly. As if they haven't been re-tested. I assume from this that all the cards up to the 980 have been tested with a Core i7-4790K @ 3.6 GHz and 344.75 drivers, as opposed to a Core i7-6700K @ 4.5 GHz and 368.39 drivers (plus a different OS, faster RAM). That wouldn't make it an apples to apples comparison.

    If that's really the case, and only the 980 Ti and 1080 have been tested for this article, I'd suggest that you at least re-test the 980 to see if performance changes with the newer system.
     
  24. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    No that is incorrect. The 980 and 780 Ti, 780 and so on were re-tested mate, the results were only updated where we found changes. There are a number of changes to most of the games so I am not sure why you are seeing the exact same results. There were a few instances where the 780 Ti and 980 were being bottle-necked on the old system and you will see slightly better performance now, particularly at the lower resolutions.
     
  25. Fobus

    Fobus TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +15

    To what end? There's already a reason stated in the article. "Whether you are looking to upgrade from an older GPU or simply appreciate the statistical significance of the data presented, ..."

    I haven't see it done anywhere. But wouldn't it help appreciate the advance GPU's have made over all these years? Besides, it's simply interesting. Why else this was done in the first place?
     

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