Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (Founders Edition)

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070


  • Pros

    Terrific performance. One of the best video card values on the market.

  • Cons

    Founders Edition version adds a pointless price premium.

  • Bottom Line

    You can't get more bang for your video card buck than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, a Pascal-based that has almost everything going for it.


Matthew Murray

You love PC gaming and want to be able to play even the newest titles with all the details cranked all the way up—but you want to be able to do so without catapulting yourself into the poorhouse. Although Nvidia took a major step toward preventing this with its first Pascal-based video card, the GeForce GTX 1080, its follow-up release, the GeForce GTX 1070, is an even more eye-popping value.

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Although the main version of the GTX 1070 is expected to start at just $379, it offers most of the performance of the $599 GTX 1080. Like that card, however, it also comes in a reference-card-styled "Founders Edition" the costs more, in this case $449—an "early adopter" tax that may or may not go way anytime soon, depending on the card's popularity.

In any event, the GTX 1070 is technically close to the GTX 1080. It has three Graphics Processing Clusters to the more powerful cards four, 15 Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs) to its 20, 1,920 CUDA processing cores to its 2,560, and 120 Texture Units to its 160. The base and boost clock speeds are also slightly slower (1,506MHz and 1,683MHz versus 1,607MHz and 1,733MHz), as are the memory clock and data rate (4,006MHz and 8Gbps versus 5,005MHz and 10Gbps). The GTX 1070 also has a lower Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 150 watts (versus 180 watts), but is loaded with the same amount of video memory (8GB of GDDR5) as the more powerful card.

All this represents a jump over the previous-generation's second-best entry, the GTX 970: That card had 13 SMs, 1,664 CUDA cores, and 104 Texture Units, as well as a base clock of 1,050MHz, a boost clock of 1,178MHz, a memory clock of 3,500MHz, and a data rate of 7Gbps, and was loaded with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

The Pascal architecture uses a 16nm production process and 3D FinFET transistors that stack to allow for higher performance and lower power usage. Among the new technologies supported by Pascal, and that you can use with the GTX 1070, include Ansel, a system for taking superior in-game screenshots; Simultaneous Multi-Projection, which is designed to improve performance in multimonitor and VR gaming; and Fast Sync, a new monitor syncing mode that that can reduce screen tearing in gaming scenarios with extremely high frame rates. Note that Nvidia is deemphasizing the use of three- or four-card SLI going forward, and thus recommends only two-card systems. (You can add more cards if you want, but the process is more difficult and requires activating an additional feature with Nvidia.)

Unless you desperately need (or want) the added performance the GTX 1080 delivers, the GTX 1070 is an excellent choice for bringing top-notch gaming prowess to your PC and getting ready for the more intense 4K and VR titles that are soon to be coming down the pike.

For more details, check out the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (Founders Edition) review at our sister site, ComputerShopper.com.

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Matt Murray

By Matthew Murray
Managing Editor, Hardware

Matthew Murray got his humble start leading a technology-sensitive life in elementary school, where he struggled to satisfy his ravenous hunger for computers, computer games, and writing book reports in Integer BASIC. He earned his B.A. in Dramatic Writing at Western Washington University, where he also minored in Web design and German. He has been building computers for himself and others for more than 20 years, and he spent several years working in IT and helpdesk capacities before escaping into the far more exciting world…
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