The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is a popular upper-mid-range graphics card, about 35 percent faster than the number one GTX 1060 but about 20 percent slower than the enthusiast GTX 1080. Despite its status in the stack From Nvidia, the 1070 is somewhat incredibly superior to the Titan
Since the launch of the faster RTX 2060 at a similar price, the GTX 1070 becomes a less obvious choice, but it’s still worth considering whether you can find it at the right price, particularly on the used market.
The GTX 1070 is best suited for gamers who want to go beyond the usual 1080p60 standard, either by increasing the resolution (to 1440p) or the refresh rate (to 144Hz). The GTX 1070 may also be a good choice for other scenarios that require just a little extra graphics power, such as VR gaming or ultra-wide resolution monitors. This card is overkill for pure 1080p60 gaming in most games, but more demanding, or simply poorly optimized, titles at maximum settings may still require this level of power.
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Different people will have different ideas about what represents a playable or ideal frame rate, so the best option is to simply show you exactly what level of performance you can expect from the GTX 1070 to see if it meets your needs. That’s why below you’ll find full benchmark results for nine different games, showing how the card performs against its closest rivals when paired with a suitable processor with high, very high or ultra settings selected.
This time, we’ll look at four competing cards. That includes two from Nvidia (the GTX 1070 Ti and RTX 2060) and two from AMD, the Vega 56 and Vega 64. We’ll also examine the card’s performance against a wider range of Nvidia cards, showing you exactly how much progress there has been. made from generation to generation, and how the 1070 fits into the next-generation Pascal stack.
The Founders Edition of the GTX 1070 is tested here, but third-party coolers provide factory-overclocked editions that can add a small percentage to our scores.
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Unless you’re viewing this page on a mobile device, each benchmark can be played back in real time, allowing you to see how the GTX 1070 and the other cards handle the scene as it unfolds. Start the video, then use the controls on the right to add or remove cards until you have the ones you’re most interested in. You can also choose to only view 1440p or 4K results. Below the live results, there is a static graph showing the average results of the entire benchmark for each of the cards listed. Click the bar graph to switch between fps measurements and relative performance metrics, expressed as percentages.
If you would like to learn more about the system and how it was developed, you can learn about how Digital Foundry’s benchmarking system works here. For now, let’s get into the benchmark results.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed’s 2018 release, Odyssey, offers a tough test for both old and modern PC hardware. Not surprisingly, none of the cards we’re testing manage to average more than 60fps at 1080p, with the GTX 1070, Vega 56 and Vega 64 all in the same 50fps ballpark. The new later GeForce cards, the GTX 1070 Ti and RTX 2060, return results just a few frames away from our 60fps target. The GTX 1070 falls behind its AMD competition as resolution increases; about 10 percent behind at 1440p and about 12 percent behind at 4K.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Ultra High, TAA
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Our second test for the GTX 1070 is Assassin’s Creed Unity, an older game from 2014 that we used as an example of benchmarking legacy titles. The French Revolution was a challenging time in many ways, as is this particular benchmark that tests both computing power and VRAM allocation. The GTX 1070 manages to hit 60 frames per second at 1440p for most of the test, but a few drops drop the average to around 53fps. That’s about 15 percent behind the GTX 1070 Ti and RTX 2060. Meanwhile, at AMD, the Vega 56 scores an almost identical average result to the GTX 1070, but with a much larger variance: It appears that the AMD graphics cards really don’t like the depth of field effect used in this test scene.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ultra High, FXAA
Battlefield 1 remains a favorite, thanks to its frenetic implementation of Great War combat precisely a century after the fact. This 2016 title doesn’t come with a built-in benchmark, so we’re using a section of the game’s single-player campaign for testing purposes. That means you can ignore frame-time spikes, which are caused by random explosions at close range during the level. The 1070 is capable of handling 1440p well here, just 12 percent behind the GTX 1070 Ti, but AMD’s Vega cards are the overall winner with close to 100 fps. When it comes to 4K, only the Vega 64 is able to eclipse our average 60fps standard.
Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA
But can it run Crysis 3? In the case of the GTX 1070, the answer is a resounding yes! Our 2013 game train benchmark shows a comfortable 68 frames per second at 1440p, dropping to a cinematic 32.7 frames per second at 4K. That 1440p result is a healthy 27 percent faster than the GTX 1060, but 12 percent behind the GTX 1070 Ti and 10 percent behind the RTX 2060. Meanwhile, the Vega 56 is almost on par with the GTX 1070 in all three resolutions.
Crysis 3: very high, SMAA T2X
Very far away 5
Released in 2018, Far Cry 5 is one of the most relaxing flagship games in our suite, thanks to a tranquil lake scene and a soothing soundtrack that’s only occasionally interrupted by gunshots. All five cards are exceptional at 1080p, and all but the GTX 1070 beat the 100 frames per second average, so let’s look at the 1440p results. The GTX 1070 manages a solid 68fps average here, which is just 13 percent behind the GTX 1070 Ti and 15 percent behind the RTX 2060. 4K gaming is also possible if you’re willing to accept 30 fps console style. Average or reduce some detailed settings.
Far Cry 5: Ultra, TAA
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ghost Recon Wildlands is the most demanding test in our benchmarks to date, particularly at the ultra preset and higher resolutions we’re looking at here. At 1440p, the GTX 1070 is 11 percent behind the GTX 1070 Ti, but only seven percent behind the Vega 56. Ghost Recon Wildlands will be playable at the 40 frames per second we’re getting, but could It might be an idea to use a G-Sync display to make sure it’s smooth too. Meanwhile, averaging 24fps in 4K is not recommended; We recommend choosing a more reasonable preset like high instead of the ultra we’re using here.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA
The Rise of the Tomb Raider
The 2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (tested here under DX12 instead of DX11) contains three scenes: a snowy mountain pass, a mystical tomb, and a green forest. The GTX 1070 gets 73 frames per second on average during the 1440p test, with the GTX 1070 Ti doing 16 percent better and the Vega 56 ahead by 12 percent. The game is even somewhat playable in 4K, although the benchmark is deceiving; however, careful adjustments to the settings should keep you above 30 fps.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA
The shadow of the Tomb Raider
In the most recent Tomb Raider title of 2018, the GTX 1070 is somewhat outclassed by its AMD competition. The Vega 56 achieves a 12 percent lead at 1080p over the GTX 1070, rising to 14 and then 17 percent at 1440p and 4K. However, it is the Vega 64 that leads the pack with almost a 10 percent lead over its little brother.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Taller, TAA
The Witcher 3
The multiple 2015 Game of the Year winner, The Witcher 3, is our final standard benchmark. The GTX 1070 comfortably handles 1440p here at 69 frames per second on average, dropping to 37 frames per second in 4K. The GTX 1070 Ti achieves a 12 percent lead over the GTX 1070 at this resolution, while the Vega 64 achieves a 14 percent lead.
The Witcher 3: Ultra, POST-AA, no hairstyles
In this special intergenerational showdown, we’ll use Assassin’s Creed Unity to show how the GTX 1070 compares to older Nvidia cards, going back to the GTX 700 series. Use the Kepler, Maxwell, and Pascal buttons to see how Nvidia cards of the same stack up. generation with each other, or you can keep things as they are to see the generational leap. The leap Pascal offers is quite big, right?
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
Finally, we’ll see how the GTX 1070 compares to other cards in the Nvidia 10-series lineup. The gap between the cards tends to widen at higher resolutions. We’re using 1080p here as it’s the most popular display type in use right now.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
Well, that puts an end to our benchmarks! To learn more about the GTX 1070 and other powerful video cards, why not read the Digital Foundry GTX 1070 review.
Now that you’ve seen a card’s benchmarks, why not check out what PC hardware we recommend to our friends and family? Here are DF’s picks for the best overall graphics cards and best gaming monitors on the market.