Pascal GPU for the midrange is inbound
The GeForce GTX 1080 is exciting, but with a top end pricing at $699 for the Founder’s Edition and $599 for the Add-In-Board Partner cards. That sure is a lot of money to invest, and it’s definitely easier to raise something around 300 USD.
This is where the GeForce GTX 1070 comes in at $449 for the Founder’s Edition, with AIB Partner card equivalent reported to feature an SRP at around $379 – a definite price point that most of us are eager to bet on.
Now specification wise, the card is basically a dumbed down version of the GTX 1080, which means that it is essentially a GTX 1080 with disabled transistors – also means less core count, and a lower clock speed reach at 1506 base clock compared to the GTX 1080’s 1607 MHz. Since Pascal is compatible with both GDDR5 and GDDR5X, Nvidia also took the opportunity to use the already abundant GDDR5 chips for the GTX 1070’s 8GB memory.
Nvidia claims a maximum of 3x performance gains compared to the GTX 970, with full support for DirectX 12’s features and the latest of Nvidia’s technologies.