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The GTX 1070 might actually be the more important Pascal GPU

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GTX 1070 specifications revealed

Yesterday the big review embargo around the GTX 1080 finally dropped, and it seems Nvidia wasn’t lying. Their new top-tier Pascal GPU is a monster, delivering real-world performance metrics of up to 42% faster speeds over the GTX 980Ti, and more than 60% over the GTX 980. It’s an excessive card with an excessive price, which makes the cheaper 1070 yet again a more alluring option. And with the specifications now finally revealed, it’s all the more interesting.

The GTX 1080 is beefy, but the 1070 is no slouch either. Taking many hints from it’s smaller GTX 970 sibling, this cut down card aim to deliver near identical performance when pushed a little, and at the fraction of the cost. it’s going to feature the same 8GB of memory (although only GDDR5, and not the slightly faster GDDR5X of the 1080), the same 256-bit memory bus and just 1920 CUDA cores for processing. The GTX 1080, by comparison, ships with 2560.

It’s a marginal change in the real world, but what isn’t is the clock speed. Just as many reviews found out, the massive jumps in core and boost clocks is making a massive difference to performance, and that’s where the GTX 1070 really gets cosy with its bigger brother. Although Nvidia only revealed the boost clock, the GTX 1070 will sit somewhere around 1600MHz – identical to the 1080 core clock.

And considering the 1080 can push well into 2.0 MHz territory, I’m expecting the GTX 1070 to get close too.

The biggest factor to consider here, just as it was with Maxell, is price. The GTX 1080 is retailing for $599 (or $699 for Founders), while the closely lagging 1070 is nearly half that at $379 (or $449 respectively). If it’s anything like the last generation, the GTX 1070 might be the more logical purchase, especially if it still manages to outpace a Titan X and GTX 980Ti as Nvidia claims.

But since the card is only out on June 10th, those reviews are still a while off. But it might be smart to wait a little until then to make a more informed, and possibly better, purchase.

 

Last Updated: May 18, 2016

31 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    May 18, 2016 at 09:42

    It’s a good price for the power you get.

    Reply

  2. ElimiNathan

    May 18, 2016 at 09:44

    I have a GTX 980 Ti. Awesome seeing these new cards coming out and as tempted as I am to upgrade I think I’ll be waiting for the 1080 Ti if there ever is one

    Reply

    • Ottokie

      May 18, 2016 at 09:49

      Also got the 980Ti, the power is still way more than I need so skipping this generation and maybe upgrade again in 2-3 years 😛

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Protector

        May 18, 2016 at 09:51

        LOL so you already have NEO specs…….

        Reply

      • ElimiNathan

        May 18, 2016 at 09:52

        Ye or that. The bottleneck in my PC at the moment is my CPU, I’m still running a i5 3570k. So waiting for the next gen Intel/AMD CPU’s and will prob be upgrading when those come out

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        • Ottokie

          May 18, 2016 at 09:58

          When the itch hits for PC parts 😛

          Reply

          • ElimiNathan

            May 18, 2016 at 09:59

            Its bad

          • Ottokie

            May 18, 2016 at 10:00

            I’m already simulating assembling the rig in my head xD

          • ElimiNathan

            May 18, 2016 at 10:02

            Then the 1st time you run a hardcore game like Witcher 3 on new hardware to test it…

          • Ottokie

            May 18, 2016 at 10:03

            And seeing the GPU chilling at 40% on Ultra xD

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 18, 2016 at 10:06

            I’m getting a TecBoner just thinking about it

          • Pariah

            May 18, 2016 at 10:06

            Is this going to be another tmi situation?

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 18, 2016 at 10:08

            TecBoner is not the same as AdmiralBoner

            TMI would be telling you how me and the mrs woke up this morning…

          • Pariah

            May 18, 2016 at 10:10

            No… No no no no.

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 18, 2016 at 10:20

            My wife is awesome, just as naughty as I am

          • Pariah

            May 18, 2016 at 10:06

            I’d just be happy to be able to play the game. XD

  3. HeniQpotter

    May 18, 2016 at 09:48

    Mmmm, 10th of June, not a lot of time to save up for an upgrade. I’ll just call it “waiting for more info to make a better informed purchase”, XD Nice cards though, impressive stats.

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  4. Pariah

    May 18, 2016 at 09:59

    Want…. 🙁

    Reply

  5. Mossel

    May 18, 2016 at 09:59

    Meh. 970 still running strong.

    Reply

    • ElimiNathan

      May 18, 2016 at 10:12

      Haha, I read that in Rick’s voice

      Reply

  6. Stéfan le Roux

    May 18, 2016 at 10:33

    Can’t wait to see what AMD are going to reveal tonight. It’s a very interesting time for the GPU wars

    Reply

    • HairyEwok

      May 18, 2016 at 10:41

      AMD is targeting the lower class cards with Polaris so they’ll compete against Nvidia on bang for buck… Now Vega, that is a whole other story with great performance due to hbm2 memory being implemented.

      Reply

  7. HairyEwok

    May 18, 2016 at 10:39

    Well yeah, it’ll indeed be the more important card due to its price to performance ratio. It’s exactly the same as it was with the 970…. Its right in the sweet spot of performance at a reasonable price.

    Reply

  8. Raptor Rants

    May 18, 2016 at 11:12

    R6000 converted at current rates. Now add in import costs and local re-seller profit margins….

    Reply

    • DrKiller

      May 18, 2016 at 11:33

      You destroy dreams

      Reply

  9. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    May 18, 2016 at 11:21

    I am going to wait for the 1080 TI…

    Reply

  10. V@mp

    May 18, 2016 at 11:57

    Hey Nvidia, is that 8GB of vram or 7.5GB?
    :-p

    Reply

    • Button

      May 18, 2016 at 16:49

      Well played good sir! Well played!

      Reply

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