There are those who are excited to own the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 as it delivers optimal gaming graphics performance unlike, possibly, any other GPU that’s out in today’s market; but the thing is, many gamers cannot spend money for the asking price for the 1080, which is why the tech company kicked off the mid-Memorial Day weekend with the launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Brings Great Graphics to Games, Minus the Humongous Asking Price of the 1080
What’s great about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is that it is based off of the same Nvidia GP104 GPU that is found inside the GeForce GTX 1080 high-end video card. Furthermore, it also supports all the same latest rendering technologies of which the company’s Pascal architecture for its GPUs offers. Its feature offerings include Simultaneous Multi-Projection, a more advanced memory compression, and the company’s own Ansel in-game 3D VR photography engine, just to name a few.
Still, the GPU that is powering the GeForce GTX 1070 is a level down of sorts as one of its Graphics Processing Clusters (GPCs) is disabled. What does this mean? It means that it can only enable 1920 CUDA cores. In comparison, the GeForce GTX 1080 is able to make use of 2,560 CUDA cores. Furthermore, the texture units are also scaled back a bit. It is also clocked down a notch as it delivers 1,506MHz base frequency (1,683MHz when boosted), in comparison to the 1080’s 1,733MHz. Furthermore, the 1070 employs the standard GDDR5 memory as compared to the 1080’s top-of-the-line Micron GDDR5X memory.
So is it all bad? Not really, as regardless of all its comparatively scaled down hardware and feature offerings when comparing the 1070 to the 1080, the former can still offer a ridiculous 6.45 TFLOPs of single-precision floating point performance. Furthermore, the card is also able to achieve this in a modest 150 Watt Thermal Design Power (TDP) envelope, along with a single 8-pin PCie power connector.
To summarize things for all of these technical jargons is that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 offers approximately 85-percent of the power and performance being brought by the GTX 1080. However, and much to the delight of many gamers everywhere, the price point is significantly lower as well. In more good news, the 1070’s Hot Hardware benchmark results show that the card beats the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X.
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