If you haven’t heard by now, Nvidia made a huge announcement last week at Dreamhack Austin. Finally revealing the first cards based on the highly anticipated Pascal architecture, Nvidia blew us all away with the GTX 1070 and 1080. In the past, new generations of GPUs have offered significant improvements over their counterparts but the performance increases promised by Nvidia for the 1080 and 1070 are totally unheard of. As the livestream went on we just became more and more surprised at the sheer power of the “New King”. Expectations were high, but Nvidia’s upcoming lineup exceeded all of them.
This is Perfect Timing for the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070
With VR just around the corner, the timing for this announcement is impeccable. If you’re looking to upgrade your PC for a VR-ready build, we’d highly suggest waiting until the new cards hit the shelves. Priced at just $380, the GTX 1070 alone is already expected to outperform the $1000 Titan X in gaming performance. Not the mention the drastic reduction in power consumption and the heat reduction that comes with that. If you’re looking for the best of the best, without question the $599 GTX 1080 will blow everything that is currently available on the market out of the water. With performance that topples even two GTX 980s in SLI, the 1080 is a beast that’ll handle VR, multiple monitors, 4K setups and the most graphic intensive games with ease.
Of course, all of these performance claims are made by Nvidia and sound pretty amazing on paper. We’ll have to wait until all of the real-life performance benchmarks show us how the 1080 and 1070 really stack up against their predecessors but something tells us we won’t be disappointed. With just the announcement of the two cards, Nvidia is already sending ripples throughout the GPU space. Massive price cuts on the GTX 970, 980 and 980 ti are already beginning to flood the market as vendors try to dump their stock in preparation for what’s to come.
Additionally, AMD has also pushed up the schedule for its upcoming “Vega” GPUs. Originally slated for an early 2017 announcement, AMD has pushed its schedule up to an October launch. If the performance claims on the GTX 1080 and 1070 don’t have AMD shaking in their boots, we can’t wait to see how Vega compares. Whether AMD has a competitive offering to take back the crown or not, one thing is for certain: late 2016 is shaping up to become an extremely exciting time to upgrade your graphics card.
With highly competitive pricing on the 1080 and 1070 driving prices down on the current generation GPUs, VR is going to become a lot more accessible for everyone. If you’re looking to upgrade or build a VR ready machine that is future proof for upcoming PC gaming titles, consider holding off to see AMD’s offerings and make your decision when all of the cards are available on the market.