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Which Is The Best GTX 1070? 

High-performance tasks call for high-powered components and with the great leaps made by modern technology in the way of raw computing power and speed, there’s very little that we can’t do with the computers of today. When people talk about high-performance systems – powerful workstations built for super-productive professional use and scientific computers designed to make rapid calculations to solve complex problems – it’s always been up to the latest and greatest processors to deliver the performance needed. While most systems can get the job done with the latest CPUs and just integrated graphics, the consumers of today’s world which demand graphics, visual representation, and video content, call for more powerful dedicated graphics processors to keep up. Luckily for us, the technology is readily available and constantly being developed, paving the way for higher resolution graphics, more immersive and realistic content in entertainment and gaming, as well as more power to run the systems and technologies that industries around the world rely on. 

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When Nvidia released their tenth generation GPUs with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 Series, they revolutionized the computing industry with some of the most powerful commercially available graphics cards ever. The GeForce GTX 10 Series cards came out in Nvidia’s own Founder’s Edition chips, and later on, a slew of cards manufactured by Nvidia’s partner companies, each with its unique take, design, and approach to the greatest line of graphics cards ever built at that time. What blew everyone away was the newest Nvidia Pascal architecture that each of these GPUs was built on, featuring much better performance and much lower power consumption, all in a smaller form-factor build compared to previous generations. 

The flagship of the GeForce GTX 10 Series is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, which has been the top-of-the-line graphics card since it came out in 2016, and it’s even more powerful refresh, the 1080 Ti, which came out in 2017. However, at over $700 at launch, it was obvious that the GTX 1080 was also one of the most expensive consumer GPUs ever built, and well outside of a lot of people’s price range and budget. 

Luckily for the budget-conscious (including us), there exists an option that provides consumers with almost as much power as the GTX 1080 that they can get without having to break the bank. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 Series number two card, the GTX 1070, is priced at around half what the GTX 1080 cards cost, but still deliver some of the best power and performance that trumps even last generations top-of-the-line GTX 980s.  

The GTX 1070 is powerful enough to run current generation content for years to come and is the best option for consuming Full HD (1080p) and Quad HD (1440p) content with ease. Unless you’re aiming for 4K content, then the GTX 1070 will have more than enough for your needs for a lot less than the GTX 1080. But with all the cards available from all of Nvidia’s manufacturing partners, there’s a whole lot of options out there for anyone in the market for the GTX 1070. 

We’ve come up with this catered and curated list of the best GTX 1070 GPUs regarding performance and value to help you figure out which of the best GTX 1070s available on the market right now is the best for you. 

What to Look For 

Before we continue to our list of what we believe is the best GTX 1070 options on the market, we want to talk about the most important factors on which we based our evaluations. When you’re looking for a GPU, it is important to make sure that you get the hardware that can satisfy your needs and do the job you intend it to do. There’s no worse feeling than investing in a GPU and then finding out later on that your money could have been better spent on a different one, or that your GPU of choice doesn’t play well with the rest of your build, or doesn’t blend in aesthetically. To help you avoid the dreaded buyer’s remorse, we decided to point out exactly what to look for in the best GTX 1070. 

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Clock Speed 

When deciding from among the plethora of GTX 1070 graphics cards available on the market, it’s important to understand that clock speed is that determines how fast the hardware can process graphics. While clock speed is not necessarily the main determinant of performance in a GPU, since we’re talking specifically about the GTX 1070s which are all built on the same Nvidia Pascal architecture, then the higher the clock speed, the better the performance. Typically, if you want to be able to crank out the most frames per second in your video games or improved rendering for professional graphics work, then you’ll want to get the fastest clock speeds you can from your choice of GPU. 

Memory 

Dedicated GPUs have their memory capabilities to help them better run graphics-intensive programs and tasks. Computers use RAM to run applications and processes, and systems with more RAM can run more applications simultaneously and more smoothly. Nvidia GeForce GTX cards come with dedicated memory called VRAM, which is the memory that is used specifically for running video and graphics. Typically, higher VRAM cards offer better performance at a higher price, but industry experts suggest that the sweet spot when it comes to VRAM is 4GB. You’ll be able to do a little more with 6 or even 8, and little less with just 3, so keep that in mind when you’re looking for the best GTX 1070 for you. 

Cooling 

Higher-powered GPUs tend to produce more heat which could end up throttling performance and possibly damaging your hardware. That said, it’s important to note that GPUs are only as good as their cooling solutions. No matter how much power and performance a graphics card is packing – super fast clock speeds, expanded VRAM – if the cooling is sub-optimal, the hardware will overheat, and performance will be throttled. While most PC enthusiasts build their cooling solutions around their GPUs, it’s still very important for most people to have a graphics card that has good built-in cooling. The GTX 1070s included in this list come with blower-type cooling, dual fans, or even triple fans, so depending on the workload you’re planning on putting on your GPU, choose one with the cooling solution that can keep up with you.   

Connectivity 

Most GPUs come with built-in ports that allow users to plug their devices directly onto the graphics card. GTX 1070s usually come with any combination of DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and DL-DVI-D connections. If you’re only planning on hooking your GPU up to a single output device like a monitor or a TV, then connectivity is the least of your priorities. However, if you’re planning on using multiple displays or accessing VR content with a VR headset, it’s important to consider how your choice of GPU can handle multiple connections via different ports. 

Power Consumption 

The GPU power consumption affects more than just your monthly electric bill. It also touches on a few other things such as heat emissions, thermal design point, and more. If for nothing else, understanding how much power your GPU can consume while running real applications also determines how much power you’ll be needing from your choice of PSU or power supply unit. 

Overclocking 

Most people won’t need overclocking, but for hardcore PC enthusiasts, gamers, and professionals who deal in high-performance graphics work, overclocking options allow them to squeeze out as much power and performance as they can from their graphics cards. We’ve talked about clock speed and what overclocking does is it increases the hardware’s clock speed to deliver faster performance, at the cost of a few things such as heat, power consumption, and if done poorly, longevity. 

Aesthetic 

The GTX 1070 is a high-end graphics processing unit that can provide enthusiast-level performance, which means that a lot of the people who are in the market for the GTX 1070 cards are going to use it to build custom rigs and workstations. A big part of PC building is about looks, feel, and overall aesthetic, so it’s important for such buyers to consider how the hardware looks, and whether or not it’ll fit in with other components of choice. Apart from the color scheme, size, and design, some GTX 1070s also have the option of RGB lighting. 

 

Our Picks for the Best GTX 1070 Graphics Card 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition 

Nvidia went all out with the release of the GTX 10 Series GPUs, renaming its line of reference cards to the Nvidia GeForce Founders Edition GPUs, featuring the iconic design and the original manufacturer’s take on the revolutionary GPUs. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition delivers great value and performance directly from Nvidia’s manufacturing line, and while there are plenty of options out there that are bigger and flashier, we can’t help but love the original. 

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 The Good 

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is more than just a capable GPU – it’s one of the most powerful GPUs ever built. The Founders Edition may just be the cheapest variant of the GTX 1070, but in no way does it lag behind the competition. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is a very robust card that dominates Full HD content and runs QHD (1440p) content without even breaking a sweat. It’s VR Ready and has more than enough power to run most titles on Ultra settings, and it’s got plenty of connectivity for up to four concurrent displays. Its signature blower makes not just for an aesthetically pleasing exterior but also a very effective cooling system that generates very little noise and consumes very little power. 

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is the standard. It’s Nvidia’s reference card against which all other manufacturer cards are measured. If you’re not looking for anything too fancy – no RGB, limited overclocking – and want the baseline GTX 1070 experience, then you can’t go wrong with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition. 

The Bad 

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is by no means the most powerful GTX 1070 GPU available on the market, and neither is it the quietest nor most efficient. There are options available that provide much better performance, with better cooling, higher overclocks, better power efficiency, and more. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is the baseline rendition of the GTX 1070 – it’s the most affordable option, and it’s still very powerful in its own right, but not as much as it could be for those willing to pay a higher price. 

The Verdict 

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is an excellent GPU that does justice to the Nvidia name. It’s a reference card manufactured by Nvidia, and it sets the bar high for performance and efficiency, showcasing exactly what makes the GTX 10 Series so revolutionary. It’s the most affordable variant of 1070, and for us, it’s the best value option that delivers an unparalleled price-to-performance ratio. 

Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed  1506 MHz Base | 1683 MHz Boost 
Overclock Speed  No Factory Overclock, OC Speeds May Vary 
VRAM  8GB GDDR5 
Connectivity  3 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  150W 
Recommended PSU  500W (400W Minimum) 

 

ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC 

From ASUS line of dedicated gaming hardware comes the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC. If the GTX 1070 Founders Edition was the best option for a budget GTX 1070, then the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC is on the opposite end of that spectrum being the best GTX 1070 GPU money can buy. ASUS’ Republic of Gamers has been churning out some of the most powerful PC components and peripherals around, and the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC is nothing if not a testament to this manufacturer’s dedication to flashy and high-performance gaming systems. 

The Good 

The ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC is one of the most powerful GTX 1070 graphics cards available on the market. It features one of the best overclocking capabilities compared to all the other GTX 1070 GPUs we reviewed, and while most GTX 1070s often struggle with 4K content, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC does even the GTX 1080 proud with enough power and performance to deliver great 4K content while dominating 1080p and 1440p resolutions. The ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC is VR ready, too, so there’s not a lot that this graphics card can’t do. 

Regarding build quality, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC delivers. It had a full-blown cooling system with triple fans and patented fan blade design technology that promises 30% better cooling and 3x quieter noise levels. The dark gray finish is accentuated by bright RGB lights that are easily configurable with ASUS’ Aura Sync proprietary software. The ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC is built like a tank, made of durable and high-quality materials that give it a premium feel that is absent in cheaper cards. Not only is it built like a tank, but it packs just as much punch, and with the patented cooling technology built into this high-tech piece of hardware, you can expect the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC to stay cool and keep going even through gaming marathons and overnight rendering sessions.   

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The Bad 

For a GPU that offers as much raw power, performance, aesthetic, and quality as the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC, you have to expect a bigger price tag. We’ve been around long enough to make educated guesses at how much hardware is going to cost considering not just the hardware is going to cost but also the economy and current trends, and we have to say that the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC was more expensive than even we expected. That said, everything about the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC screams “premium” – top-of-the-line cooling with triple fans that don’t get too loud, which allows for some of the fastest overclocks without getting too hot, premium build quality, RGB lights, and more. The ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC is a no-brainer if you have money to burn, but for the budget-conscious, you have to keep in mind that you’re paying for a lot more than just graphics performance. 

The Verdict 

The ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC is a mind-blowing piece of hardware that comes with all the tools and toys a PC enthusiast could dream of. Unbeatable overclocking, great performance, ridiculously effective cooling, and customizable RGB make the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC a top-tier GPU, and one of the most powerful GTX 1070s. We wish the price were a little lower, but considering what you’re getting with the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix OC, it’s hard to argue. 

Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed  1632 MHz Base | 1835 MHz Boost 
Overclock Speed  1657 MHz Base | 1860 MHz Boost 
VRAM  8GB GDDR5 
Connectivity  2 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
2 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  150W 
Recommended PSU  500W (400W Minimum) 

 

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 

Gigabyte has long been one of the best PC component manufacturers around, and if you can expect one thing from its line of G1 Gaming graphics cards is that it provides the perfect blend of power and affordability. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming GPU isn’t the most powerful graphics card on this list, but with the power it delivers at the price at which it is being offered, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is an excellent choice for gamers, content creators, and graphics professionals alike. 

The Good 

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming offers users the perfect blend of price and performance – something that we’ve come to realize is characteristic of Gigabyte’s G1 Gaming hardware. It comes with a triple-fan cooling system that runs on Gigabyte proprietary WindForce fan design that delivers one of the best built-in cooling solutions available. The cooling allows for excellent overclocking potential so you can get even more performance for better framerates and render speeds. 

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is one of the lightest triple-fan GTX 1070 variants weighing in at just under 800 grams. However, that doesn’t stop this graphics card from feeling like a total premium with an outfitted metal back plate for better protection and durability, smart LEDs to display power status, and 16.7 million color combinations on its built-in RGB lights that provide aesthetically-pleasing accents on already sleek design. 

Gigabyte also provides proprietary software utilities to help manage the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming to control clock speeds, fan performance, voltage, RGB, and more for a tuned-up graphics experience. 

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The Bad 

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is the perfect embodiment of the marriage of great power and reasonable price. That said, there’s plenty of GPUs out there that perform better and can dish out more frames per second, and there is also a lot of option out there that’ll be easier on your wallet, too. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is not the most powerful, and it’s not the cheapest option available, but for the performance, it delivers at its price tag, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is tough to beat. We did notice in our tests that the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming had a harder time operating in SLI, so if you’re thinking of getting two GTX 1070s in tandem for an SLI configuration, you may want to avoid this specific GPU. But if not, there’s no reason not to get the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming if it’s within your budget. 

The Verdict 

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming gives credit to its manufacturer for once again pulling off a graphics card that delivers the best price-to-performance ratio in the market. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is the perfect middle ground between powerful but expensive and not-as-powerful but cheap and should be able to cater to the needs of most PC enthusiasts whether it’s for gaming or graphics work. As long as you’re planning an SLI configuration, you can’t go wrong if you choose the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming. 

Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed  1594 MHz Base | 1784 MHz Boost 
Overclock Speed  1620 MHz Base | 1822 MHz Boost 
VRAM  8GB GDDR5 
Connectivity  3 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  150W 
Recommended PSU  500W (400W Minimum) 

 

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 

EVGA is one of Nvidia’s oldest partners in GPU manufacturing, and over time it has earned the trust and respect of PC enthusiasts everywhere by delivering some of the best-value and best-performance graphics processors available. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 is yet another great component that earns our fourth spot for the best GTX 1070 graphics card. 

The Good 

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 is one of the most durable and long-lasting graphics cards available EVGA is known for the making graphics cards that are better built than most others, using higher-quality and more durable materials. Despite their emphasis on longevity, EVGA compromises nothing regarding power and performance, featuring clock speeds that can hold their own against the best of the best, and that is much faster than the Founder’s Edition. 

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 is superclocked, meaning that they come with slight overclocking right out of the box. While the performance increase is barely anything compared to the overclocking on the ASUS ROG Strix and Gigabyte G1 Gaming GPUs, it still provides a smoother and overall better graphics experience, especially for gaming. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 also comes with a dual-fan system with ACX 3.0 fan technology that offers the quietest fan performance we’ve ever heard in a GTX 1070, and with the 3-year warranty that EVGA provides, you can rest easy knowing that this card is built to last. 

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The Bad 

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 isn’t the most powerful GTX 1070, but even then, it could be a lot more powerful than it is. Granted, limiting the overclocks and not pushing the GPU to its limits is the reason why EVGA cards are among the most durable and long-lasting, and even with these limits it still delivers great performance. However, for PC enthusiasts looking to squeeze out every single frame per second they can from their GPU, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 would feel a little underwhelming. Combine that with the higher price and the strange and unwarranted omission of analog VGA support, and you have a GPU that is outclassed by a lot of other GPUs in every aspect except durability of which it is king. 

The Verdict 

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 is the “safe” choice when it comes to GTX 1070 graphics cards. It still performs at-par with many of the GTX 1070s we’ve reviewed, and outperforms the Founder’s Edition significantly, but it’s obvious that you’re paying a premium for the extended lifespan that it promises. If you want a GPU that will last long after other high-performance and overclocked GPUs would have worn out, then the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 is your best bet. 

Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed (Superclocked)  1594 MHz Base | 1784 MHz Boost 
VRAM  8GB GDDR5 
Connectivity  3 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  150W 
Recommended PSU  500W (400W Minimum) 

 

That’s it for our take on the best GTX 1070 graphics cards for PC enthusiasts on any budget. From the best budget Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition GPU, to the splurge-y power pick that is the ASUS ROG Strix variant, to the best value from Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1070, and the EVGA variant’s emphasis on durability and longevity, we hope that we were able to shed some light on which of the dozens of graphics cards available on the market today can really compete for the title of the best GTX 1070 for any purpose or budget. 

 

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