The Best GTX 1070 – May 2018
The GTX 1070 is one of Nvidia’s flagship graphics cards. Boasting the ability to destroy pretty much any game at 1080p and max settings, as well as play Virtual Reality games and handle games in 1440p and 4K, the GTX 1070 is an incredible performer and hits a price-performance sweet spot better than its lower or higher-budget counterparts.
During the GPU Shortage of 2018, buying a new GTX 1070- or any other recent graphics card, for that matter- was impossible. From the latter half of 2017 to just a few months ago, GPUs were in very short supply thanks to the rising demand of cryptocurrency miners far outweighing the supply of graphics cards. This drove prices as high as 2.5X MSRP…if the cards were even available.
Fortunately, the GPU shortage is now over. With the end of the GPU shortage, you can now find graphics cards like the GTX 1070 at much, much more reasonable prices than before. With all of that in mind, we’ll jump through the best currently-available GTX 1070s on the market.
First up is the cheapest you’ll find: the reference design from Nvidia themselves. The Founder’s Edition GTX 1070 should have fair cooling performance across-the-board, but it won’t squeeze all of the frames that some of the other cards on this list might.
The thing about reference designs, even consumer-oriented ones like the Founders Edition, is that they don’t push the limits of the GPU in question. Other GTX 1070s may be outfitted with far better cooling solutions and will come shipped with stable factory overclocks.
If you don’t plan on overclocking, though, and you just want to save some money…the Founders Edition GTX 1070 may be the right pick.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from the Founders Edition is EVGA’s GTX 1070. This is the best high-performance GTX 1070, thanks to its high factory overclock and high-end cooler, which should ensure stable performance and even more overclocking headroom.
While there are a few cards out there with better factory OCs, these cards are either exorbitantly overpriced or simply unavailable at the time of writing. With that in mind, we’re recommending this card from EVGA.
In addition to all the benefits of the card itself, EVGA is perhaps one of the best GPU manufacturers to buy from, thanks to their stellar customer support, RMA and return policies. If you’re buying Nvidia, EVGA is a great pick.
Of the GTX 1070s out there, Asus’ ROG STRIX card definitely boasts the best cooling performance. This is because of its stellar triple-fan cooler, though this means that you may have trouble fitting this card inside smaller PC builds. We recommend using this with proper ATX motherboards and larger Mid Tower/Full Tower cases.
In addition to its top-quality cooling performance, the ROG STRIX also boasts a high factory overclock and RGB lighting.
While this card is fully-featured and may offer the most overclocking headroom due to its cooling setup, it comes at almost a full $100 more expensive than the Founders Edition. It also won’t easily fit into smaller builds.
Keep these points in mind before buying this card. Otherwise, it comes highly recommended.
Last up is Gigabyte’s Mini ITX OC GTX 1070.
If you can tell from the picture above, this card is small. It’s designed to fit into Mini ITX and Micro ATX builds more easily. Making it so small does come with some compromises, however.
First among those compromises is the price. At roughly the same price point as our top-performing card, this one is unlikely to exceed the performance of the Founders Edition in any meaningful way. While it does have a small overclock and its cooling performance should be decent in theory, there’s really no reason to buy this one if you’re using a larger case.