After a couple of great years living with my NVIDIA GTX 980, the time has come to upgrade to the GTX 1080 and get into 4K and HDR gaming. The card is out for delivery and I plan to make the swap this afternoon. Shortly thereafter I'll begin a separate hands-on thread that's all about gaming on a 55" TCL P-Series 4K HDR TV ($650) using the GTX 1080.
The TCL P-Series is a great TV to get started with for HDR and 4K gaming. For one, it features extremely low lag, even when upsampling 1080p HDR. And its HDR performance is dazzling for a FALD LCD thanks to a screen with high native contrast. But I also have a Samsung Q9F QLED and a Sony X930E on-hand with which to test the card, and soon I'll start checking out HDR gaming monitors as well.
But the foundation of this whole enterprise is the video card, and specifically the GTX 1080 with its ability to render 4K at decent frame rates and its support for HDR. To that end, I picked the Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 8G REV 2.0 graphics card ($540) because it has enough HDMI ports to accommodate both a VR rig and a 4K HDR display.
Currently, there's not much out there in terms of HDR games for PC. But, I plan to get started with Mass Effect: Andromeda. As for 4K, I can't wait to play Grand Theft Auto 5 at 60fps with graphics settings that the GTX 980 could not handle.
So for now, I'm literally sitting here typing while waiting for UPS to arrive. I'll be back.
OK card is here and installed. Very pleased with the huge boost in performance. The only minus is now my PS4 Pro doesn't even come close to this level of quality.
Out with the old GTX 980 (top), in with the new GTX 1080 (bottom)
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