In 2016, the big names in nVIDIA are the GTX 1080, the GTX 1070, and starting July 19th, the GTX 1060. With the new lineup, the company managed to demonstrate that when it comes to graphics, a gamer only needs three choices.
The GTX 1080 acts like the star athlete. It is the most powerful GPU nVIDIA was able to affordably (from a relative point of view) put together. The GTX 1060 is the low budget but high standards model. The world looks at the GTX 1070 and sees the dreaded middle child, doomed to a life of self-doubt and unreciprocated love.
nVIDIA GTX 1070 – The Good, The Bad, There Is No Ugly
First of all the issue of quality for the nVIDIA series 10 cards needs to be addressed. All three cards are amazing GPUs for their price. Each of the three has been built with a certain target audience in mind, and the GTX 1070 is definitely not the middle child or jack of all trades of the set.
Most of the times when it comes to nine out ten games from 2015 and previously, the differences between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 will be as perceivable as the differences between a game running at 100 fps and at 120 fps. Because those are the exact values that Overwatch was running on at 1440p.
And when it comes to 1440p, the GTX 1070 is the go-to choice. It runs most present games on Ultra Settings at 45 fps and above without any issues (as long as the drivers are installed and up to date). It also handles VR impeccably and no initial testing resulted in any obvious flaws.
Even nVIDIA stated from the very start that they expect the GTX 1070 to be the year’s top seller. The GTX 1080 is a GPU addressed to a certain type of person and we all know that type of person.
Individuals who want to stream with Ultra settings at 100 fps in 1080p, who want to record with Ultra settings in 1440p, or who want to bask into the glorious nirvana of Ultra settings in 4K at just a smidge over 30 fps. The GTX 1080 is a trophy that is also a GPU, while the GTX 1070 is nothing more or less than a perfectly competent GPU.
The GTX 1070 is priced at $379 and is meant to keep most games running in 1440p at Very High or Ultra in 2016 and 2017, at least.
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