The first-generation Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 was announced back in March, and it was a big step up in performance compared to its predecessor.
It had a higher clock speed of 1007MHz, higher CUDA cores, and Nvidia’s new GDDR5X memory system.
Nvidia claims the 1070 will deliver a performance boost of 50% over its predecessor, though that might not translate into much over a full year.
Nvidia has yet to release the 1070s performance, though we’ve seen some benchmarks with Nvidia’s GPU Boost 2.0 feature that can boost performance by up to 5% in a single card.
The 1070s new clock speeds and memory boost mean it can potentially be a lot faster than the 1080 Ti, but the 1070’s higher clock speeds mean it’s likely to be much slower than the 980 Ti, and that means its performance could dip a bit if Nvidia were to increase its clockspeeds.
For example, the 1070 might be a decent card if it was able to run games at 1080p or even 1080p with no frame rate stutter, but if you run 1080p games at a high frame rate, then it might struggle to get anything close to a 5-10% improvement.
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the closest thing Nvidia has to a mainstream gaming card right now, and while its performance is much higher than the 1070, its power consumption is a lot lower than the 970 and 970 Ti.
Nvidia is also making a new GTX 1070 called the GeForce GTX 1060, and its clock speeds are higher than its predecessor’s, though it’s not yet confirmed if it’s a reference card or a special edition.
It’s unclear if Nvidia is planning to release these new cards in time for the holidays, but it’s also not clear if Nvidia will launch the 1070 or 1080 Ti at all.