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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Preview

The second video card in the NVIDIA next generation Pascal GPU architecture is finally here, we will explore the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition video card. In this limited preview today we will look at performance in comparison to GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury X as well as some preview overclocking.

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Performance Summary

Which exciting facts to get to first? There are so many. Well folks, today the veil was lifted off of gameplay performance on the new GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition video cards. The GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition has an MSRP of $449, but partner cards can start at $379. Naturally custom cards will be at the discretion of the add-in-board partner. That gives us a good range though, expect video cards been $379-$449, making this video card a high-end performance video card. Hardware availability will be on June 10th when we should see both Founders Edition and add-in-board partner video cards at the same time.

Given the price, we are excited about the performance delivered. It is clear that in every game we played here the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition matched the gameplay experience of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a $649 video card with 6GB of GDDR5. The GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is a $449 (possibly less for partner cards) video card with 8GB of GDDR5. Not only did it match experience, but was also slightly faster, between 4-5% for the most part. In the case of BF4 the GTX 1070 FE was 13% faster, that's the only game we've seen that big of a difference so far. Otherwise, just about 4-5% faster seems to be the norm.

Compared to the Radeon R9 Fury X the GeForce GTX 1070 FE is even faster. Depending on the game, it can be a lot faster, or a little. The Radeon R9 Fury X seems to drag behind the most, but there are some games it has the same experience. For the most part, the 1070 FE will have a greater performance advantage over the Fury X than the GTX 980 Ti. The Radeon R9 Fury X is also a $649 video card.

That Price Thing

Let's talk about the price thing for a minute. In this preview we did not have the chance yet to compare the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition to its price competitive counterparts it is replacing. We compared it to the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury X, $649 video cards, because on performance that is what it replaces.

If we look at the actual pricing though of $379-$449 the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition ends trading blows with the GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon R9 Fury on pricing if you take current discounts and rebates into affect. NVIDIA likes to compare the GeForce GTX 1070 FE with the GeForce GTX 970, stating things like "70% faster than the GTX 970" and the like. However, price wise, they don't compare. The GTX 970 debuted at $329. Today you can buy it as low as $280. Even at the lowest price here, using partner cards, the GTX 1070 FE is $379. The Founders Edition is nowhere near the pricing of the GTX 970.

However, if you look toward the GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon R9 Fuy then that is what make sense in terms of pricing. The GeForce GTX 980 debuted at $549, but prices have come down since then. You will see that prices are now right in-line with the pricing that GTX 1070 and Founders Edition is coming in at. The same can be said for the Fury non-X.

Given that we know the GeForce GTX 1070 FE performs with the same experience as a GTX 980 Ti and Fury X, then it should blow the doors off of the GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon R9 Fury. The GTX 1070 FE simply delivers an incredible amount of performance at its price range which has never existed before.

Overclocking Potential

As good as we have seen performance here today, eeking over GTX 980 Ti performance, it can only get better with overclocking. Just overclocking the GPU alone above 2GHz has yielded a 13% increase in one game. When we are able to spend more time overclocking and combine both the memory and GPU for the maximum overclocking potential we feel this video card may be able to rival the $1000 TITAN X. Considering this is a $379-$449 video card, that is an impressive feat. NVIDIA has managed to make Pascal a clock frequency beast on 16nm FinFET on the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070. We thought Maxwell was a great overclocker, but then came Pascal.


The Bottom Line

The GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition takes $650 video card performance and shifts it down to the $379-$449 price range. The GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition provides GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury X gaming performance to people who could never afford that kind of performance before. The fact that this video card is only pushing towards 250W of system power while giving us the kind of performance that use to come from video cards demanding 100+ more watts, is impressive. It is able to deliver an enthusiast top-end experience with low-midrange power requirements.

At $379-$449 NVIDIA has created a highly compelling video card for the masses looking for the best gameplay experience, but a price that won't put them out on the street. With the gameplay performance we have experienced in this preview the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is likely to go down as a major value in terms of balance of performance, features, power efficiency and pricing.

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