As Nvidia and AMD release their next generation graphics card, including the GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and RX 480, one of the questions we've constantly been hearing is - just how good are these GPUs?
Cutting through all the marketing bullshit, hype, and 'benchmarking', our goal is to give you a realistic perspective on the GTX 1070, how it stands up to the rest of the graphics cards on the market, and answer once and for all whether you should upgrade.
One thing is immediately clear. Nvidia certainly delivered with its new Pascal cards. Both the GTX 1070 and its older brother, the GTX 1080, outperform all current graphics cards on the market.
You name it: Titan X, 980Ti, AMD Fury X. These cards beat them all.
GTX 980 Ti
AMD Fury X
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Based strictly on performance, the pascal cards really don't compare to anything else on the market. Even AMD's new entry, the RX 480, which could potentially be competition, is rumored to be at the $200 range price point with performance similar to Nvidia's Maxwell cards (GTX 980). In other words, its aimed at a different section of the market, and isn't a great comparison.
Taking another look at the GTX 1070, we find that it has higher clock speeds, more memory, and to top it all off, reduced power consumption than the 980 Ti, Titan X, and Fury X.
Should You Buy It?
If you're on the market for a new card, and you have the roughly $400 to drop on a 1070, its definitely worth it. If you're trying to decide between the 1070 and 1080, just look at the price to performance of the two graphics cards. The 1070 gives you significantly more bang for your buck.
GTX 980 Ti
AMD Fury X
While this is true of most mid-range cards (the 1080's price point is definitively in the high end range, where price isn't a limiting factor), there's something to be said for being cost effective with your money. And if you're wondering, yes we know that the GTX 980 gets you better price/performance, and yes, the 980 Ti gives you almost identical performance (according to passmark)
Does that mean you should hold off upgrading if you already have a 980 Ti? Probably.
But if you're on the market for a high end card, the 1070's for you.