October 28

Best GTX 1070

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The GTX 1070 is a wonderful mid to high-end card with more than enough juice to handle any modern game’s system requirements. Because it’s over three years old and has been rendered nearly obsolete by NVidia’s RTX 20-Series, it’s more affordable than it’s ever been.

While you can’t consider it a budget gaming graphics card, but because of its ability to deliver smooth 1440p playback and VR, it’s still worth the purchase. The question is who is getting the best out of NVidia’s GTX 1070 GPU?


Top 5 GTX 1070 Graphics Cards

While you can purchase the card directly from NVidia, buying it from a third-party manufacturer has its benefits. For instance, you can potentially get a better warranty, better cooling, and better customer service experience. You may also be able to get it at a reduced price.

In this guide, we will introduce you to the best GTX 1070 iterations. We have also included a buying guide and a FAQ section. Therefore, if you want to learn more about the GTX 1070 series and graphics cards in general, I suggest you read on until the end. Alternatively, check out the overall best GPUs for gaming if you might be interested in another model.

Related: Best GTX 1070 Ti GPU

Best Choice: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Black Edition

Pros & Cons

  • Covered under EVGA’s 3-year warranty
  • Exceptional cooling
  • Easy to install
  • Compatible with EVGA Precision XOC
  • Perfect for overclocking
  • Still pricey
  • A bit bulky

Key Features:

  • Adjustable RGB LED lighting
  • DX12 OSD Support
  • Dual Bios Support
  • 360-degree image capture

Specifications:

  • Full Name: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming ACX 3.0 Black Edition Graphic Cards (08G-P4-5171-KR)
  • Base Clock: 1506 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1683 MHz
  • Memory Capacity:  8192MB
  • Memory Type: GDDR 5
  • Memory Clock Speed: 8,008 MHz
  • Bus Type: PCIe 3.0
  • Max Monitors Supported: 4
  • Height: 4.38 in/ 111.15 mm
  • Length: 10.5 in/ 266.7 mm
  • Width: 2.5 in/ 63.5 mm (Dual Slot)
  • Form Factor: Plug & Play

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Black Edition Review

EVGA has a nigh impeccable record and reputation among gamers. However, for discerning builders, reputation may not be enough motivation for purchase. A key reason as to why EVGA’s iteration of the GTX 1070 stands out from other manufacturers is its cooling.

Whether we are talking about the Black Edition or the FTW version, both offer quiet, efficient cooling. However, the Black Edition is just a little cheaper. It uses an air-cooling system with curved swept fan blades to reduce noise. EVGA’s SHP 3.0 implementation means more heat pipes, more heat sink coverage, and wider direct copper contact.

The motor and fan’s lower power consumption means there is more gas for the GPU to use (in theory). In terms of VRAM, you get a whopping 8GB. That is as much memory as you’d find in a decent budget gaming laptop.

The card comes equipped with RGB LED lighting that can be customized using EVGA’s Precision XOC software, which also supports DX12 OSD Support and 360-degree image capture. These are just novel extras though. The card is easy to plug-in and set up.

You won’t even have to go into your systems BIOS to make sure that it’s detected perfectly. But before buying this implementation of the GTX 1070, it’s important to note that you’ll need a power supply with 500 watts or more, a PCI Express compliant motherboard with at least one graphics card slot and one available 8-pin PCIe power dongle. Which is all pretty standard.

EVGA also gives you a three-year warranty. Since 1440p is the new 1080p, this card should be good enough to go toe to toe with the next generation of consoles – but don’t quote me on that. If you plan to overclock this graphics card, then check out our guide on how to overclock your GPU. It will show you how to get the best out of your graphics card safely.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ROG Strix

Pros & Cons

  • Triple fans provide optimal but quiet cooling
  • Looks great
  • Ideal for overclocking
  • Accompanying software is easy to use
  • Bulky
  • Expensive

Key Features:

  • Super Alloy Power II Delivery
  • ASUS FanConnect
  • RGB LED Lighting
  • Twin HDMI 2.0 ports

Specifications:

  • Full Name: ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ROG Strix Graphic Card
  • Base Clock: 1506 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1683 Mhz
  • Memory Capacity:  8192MB
  • Memory Type: GDDR 5
  • Memory Clock Speed: 8,008 MHz
  • Bus Type: PCIe 3.0
  • Max Monitors Supported: 4
  • Height: 5.28 in/ 134 mm
  • Length: 11.73 in/ 298 mm
  • Width: 1.57 in/ 40 mm (Dual Slot)
  • Form Factor: Plug & Play

ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ROG Strix Review

For Marvel fans, ASUS’s version of the GTX 1070 may be very reminiscent of S.H.I.E.L.D’s helicarrier. At least in terms of design. With its sharp jagged cooler design, replete with the ASUS ROG logos on each of the fans as well as the backplate. It looks like it was made for flight.

The ROG logo on the backplate actually has LED lighting. This is in addition to the LED lighting near and around the fans, as well as the LED lighting on the ASUS logo on the side.

ASUS is notorious for selling some of the most expensive graphics cards. This is due to two reasons. ASUS has name-brand status in the computing world and they put a little extra into their graphic cards.

What mostly sets the GTX 1070 8GB ROG Strix apart from the competition is its cooling system. It’s not just the triple wing blades fans or the direct contact heat pipes. You can actually use ASUS’s fan connect to synchronize your whole PC’s cooling. The graphics card comes with 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that connect to the system fans.

This gives you more optimal cooling, which is perfect for anyone planning to overclock the card. Once upon a time, overclocking was only accessible to hard-core enthusiasts. You really had to know what you were doing or you would permanently damage your system’s components.

The ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ROG Strix comes with GPU Tweak II. It is a highly intuitive piece of software that helps you get the most out of your card while keeping an eye on the temperature. It also comes with XSplit Gamecaster which helps you stream and record your games.

The card is made up of high-quality components. It uses a premium alloy for its capacitors, chokes, and DrMos. With all things considered, it’s understandable why this graphics card will cost a little more. It feels and looks like a steel brick. It is perfect for those who are planning to buy a graphics card for the long haul.

Best Value: PNY GeForce GTX 1070 8GB XLR8

Pros & Cons

  • Factory Overclocked – No Additional Software required
  • Triple fan cooling
  • Great value for money
  • Easy to install
  • Features only one HDMI port

Key Features:

  • Factory overclocked
  • Triple Fan Cooler
  • RED LEDs
  • Three Year Warranty with full US technical support
  • SLI HB Bridge Supported

Specifications:

  • Full Name: PNY GeForce GTX 1070 8GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition Graphic Card (VCGGTX10708XGPB-OC)
  • Base Clock: 1607 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1797 MHz
  • Memory Capacity:  8192MB
  • Memory Type: GDDR 5
  • Memory Clock Speed: 8,008 MHz
  • Bus Type: PCI-Express 3.0 x 16
  • Max Monitors Supported: 4
  • Height: 4.38 in/ 111.25 mm
  • Length: 10.5 in/ 266 mm
  • Width: 1.39 in/ 35.30 mm (Dual Slot)
  • Form Factor: Plug & Play

PNY GeForce GTX 1070 XLR8 Review

If you are way too timid to tweak your GPU’s performance yourself, then maybe you need to get yourself a card that already comes overclocked. That is one of the best things about the PHY’s version of the GTX 1070. It’s factory overclocked so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re getting the card full potential.

Although, you can actually squeeze some more juice out of it. Some users have reported getting boost clock speeds of over 2000 MHz. In addition to this, the card’s triple-fan cooler ensures that the risk of overheating is low.

The PNY GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the most affordable versions of the GTX 1070. I found that it is cheaper than most GTX 1070 cards with three fan coolers – plus, it’s overclocked.

The build quality is pretty decent too. The GPU is sandwiched between a cooler and a sturdy aluminum backplate. It’s not too bulky either which makes it easy to slide in. It is unfortunate that it only comes with one HDMI 2 port. However, it has three other Display Ports, which means you can fit up to four monitors.

Like most iterations of the GTX 1070, it requires a 500-watt power supply, which it connects to through a single 8-pin power connector. It is SLI HB bridge supported which means that if you can afford two of these graphics cards, you can bridge them and run them simultaneously.

Overall, the PNY GeForce GTX 1070 XLR8 delivers great value for money. It’s a reminder to gamers that we don’t need to be millionaires in order to achieve 4K graphics.

Best mITX GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX

Pros & Cons

  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Subpar cooling

Key Features:

  • 3D Active Fan with blade design
  • Three Composite heat pipes
  • 90mm cooler
  • SLI HB Support

Specifications:

  • Full Name: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC 8GB GDDR5 Graphics Cards GV-N1070IXOC-8GD
  • Base Clock: 1556 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1746 MHz
  • Memory Capacity:  8192MB
  • Memory Type: GDDR 5
  • Memory Clock Speed: 8,008 MHz
  • Bus Type: PCI-Express 3.0 x 16
  • Max Monitors Supported: 4
  • Height: 1.45 in/ 37 mm
  • Length: 6.65 in/ 169 mm
  • Width: 5.15 in/ 131 mm (Dual Slot)
  • Form Factor: Plug & Play

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX Review

When compiling lists like these, I find that most authors neglect the little guy. We are not all packing enormous full tower cases that can accommodate cinderblock-like cards such as the AORUS GTX 1070 REV 2.0. So if you have a more compact build or an awesome mini ITX case and you’re looking for a version of the GTX1070 that will fit your build, then Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1070 Mini might be perfect for you.

First and foremost, this is one of the most affordable versions of the GTX 1070. People who have enough space to fit three fanned graphics cards may be tempted to purchase this card, based squarely on the price tag.

While it’s compact in length, it still requires two open slots to fit into your case. This is because of the Dual-link DVI-D, HDMI-2 and Display 1.4 ports. Which means just like any other version of the GTX 1070, this card has enough output ports to accommodate a maximum of four screens.

It’s not clear if this card was factory overclocked or was just made for overclocking. Either way, the graphics card comes with Gigabyte’s AURUS Graphics engine utility, which allows users to switch between overclock mode and normal gaming mode with a single click. It’s perfect for novices who have no prior experience in overclocking.

I found that this graphics card outperforms the founder’s edition as well as the base version of most GTX 1070s. It is safe to say that Gigabyte gets the best out of the GPU. Most users may be concerned with the cooling though, particularly those of us who plan to do some deep overclocking.

The cooler features a large single 90mm stacked on a heat sink with three pure copper composite pipes. The heat sink has direct contact with the GPU. In no shape or form is the cooling performance able to compete with cards with three fan set-ups.

However, it’s efficient and it’s really quiet. I still believe that users should be very careful when trying to overclock it, especially with third-party software. Either way, Gigabyte is a well-trusted brand. Therefore, if you decide to purchase this card, you will have Gigabyte’s reputation and extensive online support at your disposal.

Most Durable: MSI GTX 1070 AERO 8G OC

Pros & Cons

  • Factory overclocked
  • Made from robust and durable material
  • Relatively affordable
  • Slim and easy to install
  • May get loud when under loud

Key Features:

  • LED illuminated MSI logo
  • Made with military class 4 components
  • Uses TORX 2.0 Fan Technology
  • Double ball-bearing fan

Specifications:

  • Full Name: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 AERO 8G OC
  • Base Clock: 1531 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1721 MHz
  • Memory Capacity:  8192MB
  • Memory Type: GDDR 5
  • Memory Clock Speed: 8,008 MHz
  • Bus Type: PCI-Express 3.0 x 16
  • Max Monitors Supported: 4
  • Height: 1.37 in/ 35 mm
  • Length: 10.59 in/ 269 mm
  • Width: 4.37 in/ 111 mm
  • Form Factor: Plug & Play

MSI GTX 1070 AERO 8G OC Review

MSI needs no introduction. They have a reputation for producing high-grade gaming computers and components. Our guide on the best MSI Gaming laptop is a testament to their ability to build top quality and affordable gear for gamers.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Aero 8G OC is another slightly overclocked graphics card. It is in the style of an NVidia reference card with rear exhausts. The build is slender which makes it easy to slide into your computer. It is also perfect for builds with disorganized cabling. Open cooler fans may be impeded by loose or flying cables.

It is why cards like these are great for branded PCs like the HP Omen 880. It works best in a build or case with limited airflow or ventilation.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 has decent cooling. Yes, an open-air cooler with more fans will outperform it but when compared with single fan units and reference cards, it exceeds expectations (well at least my own).

Idle temperatures reach up to 45°C (112°F) while maximum temperatures during gameplay with full GPU usage can reach up to 75°C (167°F). The fan can reach 3300 RPM at full speed. I have to warn you, the fan becomes a little loud when the graphics card is under load. But it’s not so loud that you’ll be able to hear it over the sound of active gameplay, just during load screens.

You can use MSI’s Afterburner to tweak the graphics and squeeze some more clocks out of it. I would suggest that you replace the cooler before doing so (if you can).

The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Aero is a neat pragmatic graphics card. No flashy fan colors or RGB lighting. However, the MSI logo on the side of the card does have some plain white LED-lighting. It is one of the most affordable versions of the GTX 1070. It is a simple card for a simple gamer.

Best GTX 1070 Buying Guide

Graphics cards are my favorite PC components. They are the second most upgraded components in my rig. I am always excited to hear what the good people at NVidia are cooking up next. However, as with most other components, when you are shopping for a graphics card, you need to worry about compatibility and price.

You cannot put a truck’s engine into a car and expect things to work out. So, in this section, we’ll discuss a few key points that you need to consider when shopping for the GTX 1070 (or any other graphics card).

Resolution and Refresh Rate: Match Your Card with Your Monitor

If you are planning to upgrade your graphics card from an older model, take some time to check if your monitor will support it. One of the first things that graphics card manufacturers and brands advertise is the resolution because it is a property that most people can understand (sort of). The higher the resolution, the more pixels on the screen.

However, buying a card with 4k capability for a screen that is only HD-Ready is a bit of waste. Yes, they’re still compatible and you’ll be able to reduce the resolution on the GPU’s settings which might, in turn, give you better frames per second. But it’s not worth paying extra for.

video games on a gaming monitor

You also need to worry about your monitors refresh rate or you may experience some lag or static while playing games that demand high frame rate changes like PES 2020. For the GTX 1070, you will need a monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a screen resolution of at least 1440p.

If you have just realized that your monitor or TV isn’t up to scruff, then check out our guide on the best gaming monitors. One of our listed monitors should be able to meet your needs and your budget.

Power Requirements: Does Your PSU Have Enough Juice?

The first mistake I did as a novice PC building enthusiast was purchasing a new graphics card without checking if my computer met the basic system requirements. I just desperately wanted to play Doom 3 at the time.

After finding out that not only do I not have a free power cable to connect to my power supply unit, but did not have enough power to run the graphics card anyway. It took me another month of saving before I could get a PSU with the right wattage.

The GTX 1070 requires a PSU with 500 Watts or more. Normally, it has a TDP and power consumption of 150 watts. Make sure that you check that your computer has enough space and power to accommodate the graphics card. Don’t be like me.

If you want to learn more about PSUs and how to shop for them, check out our PSU tier list.

Overclocking: Is It Worth It

I tend to find that factory overclocked cards provide better value for money than non-overclocked cards. It is important that you never purchase a card based on its overclock potential unless you have a lot of disposable income to work with.

overclocked CPU fan

Some users have reported getting boost clock speeds as much as 2100 MHz with the GTX 1070 GPU. If you are planning to overclock the card, make sure that the card has sufficient cooling. In addition to this, it’s good practice to ensure that your entire system from the RAM to the CPU has sufficient cooling before you proceed to overclock your graphics card.


Best GTX 1070 FAQ

Is the GTX 1070 Outdated?

While a card like the GTX 1060 may be considered outdated, the GTX 1070 isn’t yet. You may be tempted to buy the RTX 2070. But it delivers only a slightly better clock performance than the GTX 1070. Plus you can get the GTX 1070 at a reduced price. Overclock it and you can get pretty smooth 4K graphics. Additionally, it also has VR. Therefore, to reiterate, the GTX 1070 is not outdated.

Can The GTX 1070 Run 4K?

The standard and founder’s edition of the GTX 1070 cannot handle full 4K gaming. However, if you are willing to overclock it, it can.

What Do You Need To Run The GTX 1070?

In order to run the GTX 1070, you’ll need at least:

  • Intel i5 (or equivalent)
  • 500 Watt PSU (750 Watt recommended)
  • A PCIe x16 3.0 slot
  • h110 motherboard
  • 8 GB RAM

Are 500 Watts Enough for GTX 1070?

In most cases, a 500 Watt PSU is enough for the GTX 1070. However, you need to take into account your entire system’s power consumption.

group of 500 Watt PSUs

If you decide to go with a 500-watt power supply, make sure that it has 80+ Bronze efficiency certification. 


Final Words

There’s a large catalogue of games that the GTX 1070 can run on ultra-settings. For instance, it can run the latest Borderlands without a sweat. It is also a recommended graphics card for next year’s Cyberpunk 2077. Hopefully, that should be enough to assure you that buying one is still a sound investment. In this article, we covered five of the best iterations of the GTX 1070. I hope you’ve found this guide to be helpful.


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