Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 review: The new people's champion topples Titans

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 is one hell of a graphics card, delivering Titan X-level performance at a price real gamers can afford.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 features

The GTX 1070 also benefits from all of the Pascal GPU’s new under-the-hood and software/hardware-derived features.

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Pascal GPUs support a hardware feature dubbed dynamic load balancing that lets it utilize idle resources to complete other tasks faster.

On the more hardware-centric side of things, that includes the Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology capable of supercharging performance in games and VR, as well as rendering images on multi-monitor setups more accurately. Pascal also packs new asynchronous computing tricks to improve VR and DirectX 12 performance, though it remains to be seen how effectively it counters the dedicated asynchronous shader hardware in Radeon graphics cards. (We detailed SMP and Pascal’s async abilities in depth on page two of our GTX 1080 review.)

The GTX 1070 also supports HDCP 2.2 for transmitting protected 4K content over HDMI, Microsoft’s PlayReady 3.0 DRM for streaming 4K content to PCs, and high dynamic range video technology, including HEVC HDR video encoding and decoding.

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Fast Sync versus Vsync on and Vsync off.

Nvidia’s new graphics card will also support the powerful Ansel “in-game 3D camera” when games begin supporting the supercharged screenshot tool later this year. Other notable Pascal additions include GPU Boost 3.0, which can scan the overclocking capabilities of your GPU at different voltages to create a custom overclocking profile tailored to your individual card, and Fast Sync, which uses frame buffering tricks to eliminate screen tearing with a microscopic latency hit in games where your GPU is pumping out hundreds of frames per second—far more than your monitor can actually display. That’s more for use in DirectX 9-based e-sports titles like League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, though.

Want to know more about Ansel, Fast Sync, GPU Boost 3.0, or the GTX 1070’s HDR and streaming content support? We dig into all four technologies on page three of the GTX 1080 review.

But enough chit-chat! It’s time to put the GTX 1070 to the test.

Next page: Performance tests begin

At a Glance
  • Meet the new people's champion. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 delivers more performance than the $1000 Titan X for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the power.

    Pros

    • Faster than a Titan X
    • Meager power requirements
    • Attractive design
    • Killer performance for the price

    Cons

    • Beaten in performance by Radeon Fury cards in heavily AMD-optimized games
    • GTX 970 was a better value in relation to the GTX 980
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