5 Reasons Why Nvidia’s 1070 Should Be Your Next Graphics Card

Nvidia recently unveiled their newest entry in the 1000 series, the GTX 1080. It blew every other high end card the company offered (including Titan X and 980Ti) out of the water with its performance and specifications.

The real attraction for majority of the PC gamers was the price, which was around $600 (Rs 64,000) to $700 (Rs 74,000). All eyes (or at least most of them) were on the GTX 1070, which would be a lower cost, better performing alternative that most were waiting for.

The lower end card is expected to cost $380 – $450 (Rs 40,000 – Rs 47,000). Some sites have already received test versions and based on extensive testing periods of a week, it really delivers on the hype and promises made by Nvidia.

Here’s 5 reasons why you should consider the Nvidia 1070 as your next graphics card.

Price

This should be the most obvious reason as most PC gamers aim to buy cards around the Rs 30k range. Although it would cost around Rs 40,000 when it arrives (possibly more due to import charges and what not) the rest of the specs for this graphics card warrant a purchase even if its a bit higher than your budget. It holds up well even to the 980Ti, which costs over PKR 80,000.

Performance

When comparing performance with other graphics cards, benchmarks are often the go-to comparison tools, especially the ones which use games to compare performance, rather than benchmarking tools. The following graph compares the GTX 1070 against GTX 1080 and GTX 980Ti.

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With performance close to (and sometimes surpassing) the GTX 980Ti, the 1070 is no slouch. As mentioned earlier, it costs half the amount 980Ti costs, all of it while offering similar performance. The numbers speak for themselves. Here’s what PCGamer had to say about it:

If you were wondering about Nvidia’s claims of beating a Titan X in performance with a $380-$450 GTX 1070, well, we can safely put any concerns of cherry picked benchmarks to rest. It’s the real deal.

Power Usage

Polygon mentions that GTx 1070 draws 150 watts of power, a lot less than the 250 watts consumed by the Titan X and the 980Ti. This should help people who are thinking about a graphics card upgrade without adding a bigger power supply unit. Less power usage also means lesser impact on your power bill.

Overclocking

Some of us like to push what we have to the limits to gain that extra bit of juice out of the graphics cards, and sometimes even a boost of 5 – 7 fps can make a game smooth (from 52-3 fps to 60). GTX 1070 includes GPU Boost 3.0 which adds the option to change “frequency offsets for individual voltage points” which would increase the efficiency while adding more power. GPU Boost now also allows for  overclocking scanners.

Future Proofing

Having a graphics card which performs as good as the GTX 1070 would mean that you wouldn’t need an upgrade for quite a while. It can easily play any modern game at 1440p and comes with a host of technologies which will ensure that it doesn’t get outdated. Add to it the fact that it seems to be the best FPS per dollar card out there and you’ve got an enticing package.

What do you think? Will you be buying the Nvidia 1070 or waiting to see what AMD has up its sleeves? Let us know in the comments below!

A techie, Overwatch and Street Fighter enthusiast, and Sub Editor at ProPakistani.


  • Muhammad Ashraf

    better to buy console instead of paying huge amount for graphics card, console will void the worry for hardware requirements

    • Haamiz Ahmed

      Just like the PS4K huh?

    • Taha Najam

      Yeah, and have an inferior graphical experience.

      • Muhammad Ashraf

        i dont think so

        • Taha Najam

          Yeah, i bet you don’t lol.

        • No.

          You may “think” it doesn’t because you either don’t pay attention to detail or are easily impressed.

          As far as price is concerned, you end up paying more for less on a console because you’re stuck with what that particular console has to offer, $60 price tag for new games, subscription based online services, less freedom in terms of components and well… playing at the equivalent of a $300 used PC.

          Oh, and did I mention you can’t upgrade one at a time if you feel like upping your experience? Yeah, that.

          Stick with consoles all you like but saying that buying a console is economical as it voids the worry of hardware requirements is well… invalid.

      • Umer

        Are you sane?

        • Taha Najam

          I am. What about you though?

      • Fayez Najeeb

        Though you’re right to some extent but it does not in anyway make your experience less enjoyable.

        • CozYolo

          any TRUE gamer would rather throw his money on a PC which can be modified at any level rather than buy and stick with mass produced same lame ass spec console.

      • Salman Qureshi

        Peasants do not understand the PC Master Race my friend.

    • Akai Oni

      yes console are great and all, but you cannot take anything from PC gaming as its on a whole different league.

    • Muhammed Ovais Alam

      It’ll void the worry but there are people who love playing games on their PC.
      I am a console fan though and (almost) hate playing games on PC.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      haha … while you are somewhat correct , the Consoles only cost less in the short term.

      PCs benefit you in the long term and are MUCH more capable.

      #PCMR

  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    I will wait for amd as they have been promising better bang for the buck cards and usually they do deliver such ones.

    • CozYolo

      Same here ill wait to see what amd has to offer later this year with their Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs technology. they recently gave a teaser of their new upcoming yet unannounced Radeon RX 480 graphic card with their new 14nm FinFET graphics processors that supposedly is in league with what 1070 and 1080 has to offer. Lets see how well do they market their new products in term of price.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        that R9 480 IIRC .
        and yes , the polaris series are supposed to up directly against the current Pascal GPUs from Nvidia.

        i hope Polaris beats them for price AND performance so we pakis can benefit from price drops :D

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        They had also teased that these cards will be targeting price points below 300$ to make “VR more affordable”.
        This will be exciting ;)

  • Akai Oni

    The price is way too much, and I will wait for Vega 10 come out.. I am a Red Team loyalist but this card is great but the price tag is way high given the performance jump on 4k isnt that high

    • Naru-hudo

      of course it’s a GTX 1070 the price is good for this level of performance. It can play any game @4K not ultra settings but on high settings @ 50fps+ also this card has 120watt consumption which is nice.Anyway you can wait for RED team to release their beast.

      • Akai Oni

        Yeah but sadly I have my doubts with the red team as they are way behind in GPU tech. But their new processor shows good promise. As for watt, we all have 1000+ PSU thanks to our old GPUs running in Corssfire/SLI. The only problem for me running my FuryX on corssfire is the heat problems when I always give Green Team a praise for making cool temp cards. But their price is damn high and now for 3 way SLI you need to pay for the code and also there will not be any support that makes me angry.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          wow … you have a FuryX ?!

          • Akai Oni

            yup working on crossfire

            • Muhammad Yasir

              wow … teach me how to get rich like u :p

      • Muhammad Yasir

        Polaris is supposed to be really good. but third party reviews will tell …

        • Akai Oni

          Polaris is lower and mid ranger not high end. Vega 10 is for the high end. And think it will come next year or end the end of this year. Oh well think AMD will present its tech today on computex or maybe I actually missed it. But we will see everything more clearly.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            while i agree on the Vega part , i’m still convinced that not everyone is super rich , so most of the market battle is in the lower mid-range and mid-range section itself. any card offering 60 fps and everything GPU setting MAXED out on the LATEST and UPCOMING AAA titles on 1080P should win the battle.

  • SUPER BRAINS

    why isnt AMD operating in Pakistan any specific reason?

    • Akai Oni

      AMD manufactures GPU chips not the complete cards they will manufacture on the reference cards so that other Component manufacturers like MSI, Asus and others can make cards using their GPU chip

      • Muhammad Yasir

        i think he;s asking about the CPUs as well. we hardly see any APU systems or any Bulldozer CPUs in Pakistan. they’re a novelty nowadays due to intel’s dirty monopoly. while you’re right about the GPUs , they do have ORIGINAL AMD branded GPUs in USA.

        @superbrains:disqus , IF your question concerns CPUS , then let me tell you that AMD was here in PAk , but it shut down its business with its last official distributor after becoming disillusioned in the current Pak market which bowed down to Intel. Hopefully , they’ll bring some explosive CPUs with Zen and re-enter the local market with KILLER Budget CPUs
        if your question was about Radeon GPUs , the Akai already answered that.

  • sam

    please someone help me i want to play GTA V, Battlefield 4, COD Advance Warfare, NFS Rivals, Which card i need, also economical.

    • Azeem Ullah Hasan

      Among newer cards, I suggest you look at the Radeon R7 360/370 or the GTX 750Ti, but not any lower for an enjoyable experience and sustainability. This could help:
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

    • Drako

      Gtx 750ti OC

    • Akai Oni

      well these games can run some one good graphics some in normal with Radeon 6990 or 6995(which you can find in very cheap prices in second hand) yes these old old gen cards are actually very powerful. or yeah 750ti is also great.

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  • Muhammad Yasir

    if ONLY i had money :’D

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            that’s just downright disparaging man :/

            its hard to manage when you’re doing BE and the uni manages to squeeze every single ounce of energy outta u !

  • Nadeem Shahzad Chaudhry

    Though I am a PC gamer myself, but if you have a PS4 and a 4k ULTRA HD TV, you certainly can enjoy some games. Nevertheless, don’t forget, PC players are over and done with the graphics you get to experience, long time ago. I’ve had a 4K screen on my GTX 980 card for a holy smokes long ass time. Running Dota at 4K is sweet.