Part of that’s no doubt because the GTX 970 was such a remarkable deal, delivering roughly 85 percent of the GTX 980’s performance for a mere $330—an incredibly unique value proposition. The GTX 1070 delivers roughly 70 to 75 percent of the GTX 1080’s performance for $380.
And with performance always falling just the slightest bit above the Titan X, it feels like Nvidia intentionally held back a bit, giving the GTX 1070 juuuuust enough oomph to justify the “Faster than Titan X” headline—but that’s it. Because of that, the GTX 1070 doesn’t necessarily vanquish AMD’s heavy-hitters in heavily AMD-optimized games like Hitman—though it equals them for considerably less money, and devastates them in other titles.
A few questions also remain: Will you even be able to find $380 versions of the GTX 1070 on launch day, or will the release be limited to the $450 Founders Edition? Will Pascal’s new async capabilities level the playing field with AMD’s dedicated hardware, or will Polaris-based Radeon cards blow away their GeForce rivals in DX12 games that lean heavily on the asynchronous computing? Will developers embrace new Pascal-only tools like Ansel and Simultaneous Multi-Projection? We simply don’t know yet.
But put all those nitpicks aside. The GeForce GTX 1070 delivers Titan X-level performance for $380 and that’s amazing—full stop. The people have a new champion. Don’t hesitate to buy one immediately if you’re looking for the ultimate 1440p gaming experience… unless AMD hard launches the Radeon R9 490 and 490X at Computex, that is.
It sure is a thrilling time to be a PC gamer.
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