NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

Lower Cost Pascal Based Graphics Card Offers Great Performance

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder's Edition Graphics Card
GeForce GTX 1070 Founder's Edition. ©NVIDIA
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The Bottom Line

Jun 27 2016 - NVIDIA's second tier Pascal based card finally arrives a month after the GTX 1080 and offers performance that equals or betters previous-generation top tier cards. This is great news for those that want extra performance but it falls a bit short for those wanting 4K gaming without compromising detail. It is also disappointing that NVIDIA continues its Founder's Edition pricing that just makes it worse for those that want to get when it first launches.

Pros

  • Performance Better Than Previous Generation Top of the Line Cards
  • Great for Those with 2140p and VR Setups
  • Priced Less Than GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Cons

  • Founder's Edition Still More Expensive For No Real Benefit
  • Not as Well Suited for 4K Gaming

Description

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Processor
  • Base GPU Clock 1506MHz, Boost Clock 1683MHz
  • 8GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 256-bit Memory Bus
  • Single Fan Blower Design with Vapor Chamber Heatsink
  • DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DVI
  • 10.5-inch Long, Double Wide Card
  • 500 Watt Recommended Power Supply
  • Microsoft DirectX 12 Compatible
  • PCI-Express 3.0 Interface

Review - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

Jun 27 2016 - NVIDIA's release of the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with the new Pascal based processor was a huge wait but it finally brings 4K gaming to the single card design. At the same time they announced the GTX 1080, they also released the details on the GeForce GTX 1070 card, a scaled back and more affordable version of the same Pascal processor.

The downside was that it would not be available for a full month after the product release of the GTX 1080 card. This was likely designed to help drive some sales of the higher priced 1080 cards.

Physically, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder's Edition cards look essentially identical to the GeForce GTX 1080.

The cards are the same base size and dimensions being 10.5-inches long and being the standard double wide card typically to most these days. It uses the same single fan cooler covering all the components. It even has the same suggested 500-watt power supply requirement. The differences really come internally to the card. For instance, the chip has just 1920 CUDA cores compared to the 2560 of the GTX 1080. It comes with the same 8GB of video memory as well but uses the more traditional GDDR5 instead of GDDR5X which means it has less bandwidth. Finally, the clock speeds are lower.

So how does this translate into actual gameplay? The GeForce GTX 1070 is roughly fifteen to twenty percent slower than the GeForce GTX 1080. This is actually quite good when you consider the pricing and the feature difference between the two cards. In fact, the card is generally faster than previous GeForce GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti cards. The downside is this means that card is not as well suited for 4K resolutions. There are many games that it will still be able to play up to such high resolutions, but you might have to turn down detail and filter settings in order to get acceptable frame rates. Those wanting to get 4K performance would still be best suited to having either a single GTX 1080 or going with multiple GTX 1070's cards but that would be even more expensive than single GTX 1080.

In fact, I would say that this card is best for those wanting the great performance at the 1440p resolutions with high detail levels. It is also well suited for those that are looking to use several lower resolution displays in a multiple monitor setup. The card is going to work great for those looking to use it with VR systems like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. They recommended a minimum GeForce GTX 970 card and the GTX 1070 offers the performance levels of the previous top of the line cards but at a lower price point. This certainly helps reduce the cost of entry compared to the GTX 1080 but will still have limited appeal due to the costs of the VR setups themselves.

Just as with the GeForce GTX 1080, the 1070 will be released with a Founder's Edition card. This reference card design comes with a $449 based price tag while vendors will be able to have their own designs priced as low as $379. The cost difference is less than that the predicted GTX 1080 cards but it still is something that most consumers will probably want to wait a while for improved supply and an increased number of versions of the card to come out before really investing in buying one. It is nice that the prices are comparatively cheaper than currently GTX 980 Ti cards.