If you have been on the Internet in the past month, then you have probably noticed the wave of Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards. The most powerful graphics cards on the market, and the next step in gaming. So what is the GTX 1080, and what will it cost you to run the card? We’ve put together a guide for you so you can start saving your cash to buy one, be prepared though, this adventure will not be cheap.

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What Is The GTX 1080?

The GTX 1080 is the highest new offering in graphics cards from Nvidia. It delivers three times the power of previous cards, and at the same time is the most energy-efficient card every created. It is ready for VR and the next generation of gaming.

The GTX 1080 comes with ultra-fast FinFET and high-bandwidth GDDR5X (G5X) technologies, as well as support for DirectX 12 features to deliver the fastest, smoothest, most power-efficient gaming experiences.

Without going into the high technical details of the card, just know that it is a major step in the future of PC gaming and comes at the perfect time for VR.

It Packs A Punch

CUDA Cores 1,920 2,816
Boost Clock 1,683MHz 1,075MHz
Memory Speed 8Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Config 8GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth 256 GB/sec 336.5 GB/sec
TDP 150W 250W


The cards come in various editions. Although they are not available locally just yet, the cards can be pre-ordered through local retailers starting at R14,999.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB DDR5X – R14,999

GTX 1080

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition – R12,999

GTX 1080


GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition – R14,999

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Already Built PCs

Evetech and Rebeltech have a few PCs which they have assembled on pre-order. These are high-end and powerful PCs that really have everything in them you need. One of these for example is this build:

  • 6700 (8×4.0GHz) CPU
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 240GB Ultra-Fast SSD
  • GTX 1080 8GB Founders Ed.
  • DVD +/- Writer
  • Antec 700W PSU
  • 8 CH HD Sound
  • R27,499

Custom Builds

What about building your own custom GTX 1080 PC? What would that set you back? Let us take a look at some options:

  • Case: Bitfenix Comrade Window White ATX Gaminf Case – R799
  • Core i5 @3.9GHz (6600K 6th Gen) – R4,299
  • SanDisk 128GB SSD – R699
  • HyperX 8GB DDR4 (2400MHZ) – R899
  • EVGA NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition – R12, 999
  • Antec 700W R1,199
  • Gigabyte H110M Gaming Motherboard – R1000
  • R28,894

So with all these above components, our custom-built machine clocks in at R21,894. This is not that bad considering that the graphics card is half the price of the entire PC. We’ve excluded a DVD writer as many people do not use theirs due to the state of downloadable content. However you could pick one up for around R499.