GeForce GTX 1070: Price, performance and features compared

With 8GB of RAM and plenty of grunt, the GTX 1070 delivers high-performance gaming at 1080p resolutions and beyond.

GeForce GTX 1070 at a glance

How powerful is the GTX 1070? It delivers high-end gaming performance at 1080p resolution and 60fps and has the capacity to support VR and 4K gaming.
When did the GTX 1070 come out? Nvidia launched it on 10 June 2016.
How much does the GTX 1070 cost? The base model retails for $699.

What is the GTX 1070?

The GTX 1070 is the most affordable high-end graphics card within Nvidia's GTX 10 line. Like other GTX 10 cards, the GTX 1070 is built on Nvidia's custom Pascal architecture using 16nm FinFET technology. It is designed to handle not just standard 1080p gaming but virtual reality and 4K as well.

In its standard configuration, the GTX 1070 includes 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 256-bit memory bus capable of running at 8Gbps. The base GPU clock speed sits at 1506MHz while the boosted clock speed goes up to 1683MHz.

As with all modern graphics cards, the GTX 1070 supports the PCIe 3.0 interface and typically requires at least two free slots on the motherboard due to its large size, although there are some slim variants of the card that only take up a single slot.

Most variants of the GTX 1070 draw roughly 150W of power and are intended for systems with at least a 500W power supply and a free 8-pin power connector. However, some variants may require more or less power depending on their specific designs.

What features does the GTX 1070 support?

Thanks to its underlying Pascal architecture, the GTX 1070 supports a wide array of hardware and software technologies, including the following:

  • Nvidia Ansel
  • SLI
  • G-Sync
  • DirectX 12
  • HDCP 2.2
  • OpenGL 4.5
  • Display Port 1.4
  • HMDI 2.0b
  • DL-DVI
  • Simultaneous multi-projection
  • Driver-level triple buffering

How powerful is the GTX 1070?

The GTX 1070 is designed to meet the demands of modern gaming and as such is capable of delivering average frame rates well above 60fps in most games at 1080p resolution and high to ultra settings. Specific performance will vary from game to game, of course, and some titles may push the GTX 1070 harder than others. In general, though, the GTX 1070 has little trouble delivering top-notch performance at 1080p.

For resolutions higher than 1080p, the GTX 1070 is still a serious contender. At 1440p, it is able to hit and maintain a solid 60fps across most modern titles, while at 4K it offers anywhere between 30fps and 60fps depending on the particular game.

VR enthusiasts will be happy to know that the GTX 1070 more than meets the minimum requirements for powering a virtual reality rig like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. Outside of a handful of especially-demanding titles, most VR games will play just fine on a GTX 1070 without any need to lower graphics settings.

GTX 1070 availability and price

Nvidia kicked off the GTX 1070 line with the launch of its Founders Edition GTX 1070 on 10 June 2016. In Australia, the Founders Edition model retails for $699, but other variants from brands like Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI can be found at both higher and lower price points depending on the features of the specific variant.

GTX 1070 specs

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Dual slot
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No. HDMI ports
No. Display Ports
No. DVI ports
DirectX support

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