GeForce GTX 1070 Review

By Dzhingarov

Nvidia’s reference card design resembles previous generations in many respects: with a blower fan and metal backplate. But its price and energy efficiency have improved significantly due to an innovative cooling system that does away with the need for vapor chambers. Here’s what you should know about the GeForce GTX 1070.

At 1440p and 4K resolutions, it outshone both Titan X and 980 Ti cards while nearly matching AMD’s Fury X GPU.

EVGA ACX 3.0 Cooling

The EVGA ACX 3.0 cooling system features a two-fan design to exhaust hot air out the front while drawing cooler air from behind your computer, keeping your GPU cooler, increasing its lifespan, and decreasing electricity bills while keeping gaming quieter and cool during sessions. Furthermore, its optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearing, and low-power motor allow more air flow with lower power usage for higher overclocks.

EVGA’s Superclocked GeForce GTX 1070 features a custom PCB with two 8-pin power connectors and its high-end iCX dual-fan GPU cooler – far superior to the single fan blower design found on most reference cards – for maintaining temperatures below 75 degrees Celsius while still offering plenty of performance. Furthermore, they’ve modified both base and boost clocks on this variant, giving this model an edge against competitors.

EVGA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Superclocked ACX 3.0 card is an excellent option for gamers or video editors looking for an efficient graphics card. Its performance matches up with that of the Founders Edition but comes at a much lower cost and with more overclocking headroom. Plus, its dual fan cooler makes it quieter and more efficient than its reference design counterpart.

This card is ideal for those on a limited budget who want to maximize the performance of their GPU. While not quite as fast as its FTW or Classified counterparts, this GPU should still offer enough speed to be worth consideration.

It also boasts a more compact design, which makes it suitable for smaller cases. EVGA has included features such as DirectX 12 OSD Support, OC Scanner X Integration and K-Boost Function; although these may not be the most impressive features available; they do come in handy for users planning on running demanding applications with their GPU. Those seeking greater customization should upgrade to either the FTW or Classified models for further personalization.

1920 CUDA Cores

1070 is an excellent choice for PC gamers looking to upgrade from older graphics cards. It provides significant performance gains for both gaming and VR experiences, driving up to 7680×4320 pixels @60Hz on high-resolution displays while supporting NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which projects one image across both eyes for an impressive threefold performance increase for VR games.

The GeForce GTX 1070 is built upon NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture, designed to deliver more efficient and powerful graphics processing performance than its predecessors. Features 1920 CUDA cores – more than enough to handle graphics for all your favorite games and applications – and 8GB GDDR5 memory that clocks at 8,000MHz to provide 256 GB/s bandwidth capacity; in addition, this card supports DirectX 11, DX12, and Vulkan pathways.

Nvidia’s launch of their Founders Edition cards just weeks ago caused many to speculate on whether or not they could deliver Titan X-level performance in a mainstream card, yet this dream has now come true with their GTX 1070 card.

NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU comes in several flavors. Here is one such version; using its core GP104 GPU but disabling one GPC and scaling back some texture units; giving this GPU only 1920 CUDA cores which is still significantly more than what you’d find on a GTX 1080.

Nvidia has also reduced the memory usage on this card by opting for standard GDDR5 instead of the faster GDDR5X used on the GTX 1080, thus keeping its total bandwidth at an impressive 256 GB/s for single-slot cards.

This versatile card can handle almost all your gaming needs at 1080p resolution. Perfect for anyone wanting to run some of the latest and greatest titles as well as handle 4K content!


NVIDIA G-SYNC uses proprietary hardware and software technology to synchronize display refresh rate with GPU framerate output, eliminating screen tearing and ghosting for an immersive gaming experience. Compatible monitors for NVIDIA’s G-SYNC system can be found here on its website; unlike AMD FreeSync which works with any monitor or graphics card combination.

The GTX 1070 is Nvidia’s flagship GPU for 2016 and must live up to an excellent predecessor that’s found on one out of every 20 PCs worldwide. Furthermore, its Maxwell architecture boasts nine to 10 percent faster performance at stock clocks.

At our testing, the GTX 1070 delivered excellent Shadow of Mordor performance at 1080p with high-quality settings at 80 average FPS; similarly, it delivered Tomb Raider at similar levels with medium settings at 1440p for 66 average FPS at 1440p – an outstanding result at this price point, making this GPU an excellent choice for 1440p gaming rigs.

Nvidia did not release any overclocking benchmarks for the GTX 1070, yet we expect that it is capable of overclocking very effectively. Stay tuned – we will soon conduct an in-depth review to assess its overclocking ability!

Nvidia’s partners will soon release custom-designed GTX 1070 cards, and we have seen some fascinating designs already. Some cards are compact enough to fit into laptops while others provide advanced cooling solutions and features – more premium cards may include metal backplates with built-in LED lighting strips; we may even see Max Q cards which allow full functionality even with laptops as thin as 0.7″, making these perfect for gamers looking to experience virtual reality without compromising portability or battery life.

DirectX Ray Tracing

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card supports DirectX Ray Tracing technology. DirectX Ray Tracing is a real-time system used for rendering video graphics; its system employs traditional rasterization and ray tracing in combination to render images for high-resolution real-time rendering, providing advanced effects in games.

Ray tracing is an advanced graphics rendering technique that employs the computer’s GPU to simulate how light behaves in the real world, simulating reflections, refractions, and shadows. To effectively use it requires fast processors with dedicated graphics cards; large amounts of RAM; it is used in high-end gaming cards as well as professional workstations.

NVIDIA has promoted their RTX graphics cards as being capable of real-time ray tracing, however, this claim may be misleading; DirectX API that supports real-time ray tracing is hardware agnostic so future GPUs from AMD and Intel may also support it.

Nvidia has released updated drivers for GTX graphics cards that support ray tracing in games that support it, making these drivers available for download from its website and also including performance improvements and bug fixes.

As well as enabling ray tracing, this driver update also adds support for HDR – enhancing color depth and contrast of images for more realism and making fine details easier to see in dark areas, and helping reduce eye strain. In addition, GPU power management is improved, helping extend battery life.

Nvidia’s RTX 2060 made short work of Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1920×1080 with ultra-quality ray tracing enabled, while earlier GTX cards struggled to hit 60fps at this resolution – often dropping to 30fps or lower at lower settings.

Nvidia recently unveiled a driver that brings Ray-traced Global Illumination technology to all Pascal-based Nvidia graphics cards, marking a significant step toward expanding access for more gamers. It can now be downloaded via their Game Ready application or by searching their website directly.