OK so Nvidia released their 10 series GTX GeForce graphics cards a little while back. Actually, more like last year in mid-2016 or so, but let’s not get bogged down in the details of that. What we should concern ourselves with is their stats, and what we should also focus on is just how powerful they can be and what that translates to in terms of performance.
And the reason why that is important is, of course, to see how well we can play any games we want, what kind of video editing capabilities we are going to be realistically looking at, and what type of monitor we should get for those two things.
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First off, before we actually get to the nitty-gritty details I want to mention that this article will not be covering every single card there is out there for this series. Instead, we will be performing a ‘leap-frog’ type maneuver where we cover the ‘main’ card of each ‘sub-generation’ and then move onto the next. This will help us save time, and because of the fact that the differences within each sub-generation is not very significant it’s somewhat redundant to go over them when we aren’t writing an in-depth technical review.
Secondly, and this is probably the more important part is that this article will most certainly not be giving a highly technical review of the cards. That is outside the scope of this article and those types of reviews have been done to death over and over again. You would actually be much better off by looking for a real hardware professional review than looking for that type of answers here. What we will provide to you is a very easy-to-understand overview of what you can realistically expect from each card written in plain English. Looking too far into the stats and math of it all oftentimes distracts a viewer from what’s really important…which is just how well satisfied you’re actually going to be. Sure a given card may have gotten what? An extra 17 frames per second on so-and-so benchmark and then got an extra 18 frames on whichever game when compared to something else? Well it won’t mean much if it drains too much of your budget and you end up realizing that you personally cannot tell much of a difference between something like ‘High’ settings as opposed to ‘Max’ settings on a game, and then you further make the connection that you would’ve been happier had you saved yourself $200 or so and gotten a cheaper and more ‘budget-friendly’ card instead of going for the ‘bragging rights’ card. Anyway, let’s get started.
First up on our list is the GTX GeForce 1070. This card is considered to be the ‘mid-tier’ card of the 10-series. Below it we have the 1050 and the 1060, and above it we have the 1080 and the Titan X. However, most importantly we start with this card because it is considered the bottom tier of what it takes to play current and upcoming games in 1080p resolution at max (or near max) settings and be able to run smoothly and efficiently. Now the reason why all those things are significant is because of the following reasons:
- 1080p resolution is now considered the ‘standard’ of PC gaming. Nobody really plays with anything less unless done so deliberately. Therefore, anything less than this resolution is largely disregarded since it’s considered obsolete now.
- Generally speaking, when cards are tested they are done so with whatever ‘tool’, game, and/or benchmarking software at either ‘max’ settings or close to it. It’s kind of pointless to run a test on something that will not necessarily reflect how the consumer wants it to look in the end.
And it is for precisely those two reasons that the 1060 and 1050 are not on this list. Those guys are more of what you’d call ‘budget-models’. They are meant for people who do not intend to play games at or near their maximum settings, but rather they are meant for gamers who will sort of ‘take what they can get’ in a manner of speaking.
Anyway, when it comes to the 1070 the general rule-of-thumb is that you can expect this card to usually be able to push any given ‘big-name’ game out on the market right now to a pretty high level of performance (if not the maximum level) on a 1080p resolution with acceptable amounts of frames per second. Bottom line is, that a 1070 is supposed to be able to handle games at 1080p resolution.
However, some of you may want something more than a 1070. Some of you may want to ‘live life on the edge’ so to speak. Some of you may simply want a better card and a better gaming experience. And for you guys we have the 1080…the next step up from the 1070 (obviously). Along with graphic cards, you’ll need an awesome gaming chair to experience the pro games.
Now, in a nutshell and in as simple terms as possible the 1080 can be thought of doing the same thing that the 1070 does for 1080p resolution gaming but this time around for 1440p resolution. I know that’s a little complex-sounding, but it’s actually very simple.
If you remember that the 1070 is roughly described as being able to handle ‘hardcore gaming’ at 1080p resolution then you simply take that same concept except this time replace 1080p resolution with 1440p (otherwise known as 2k) and then swap out the 1070 part for the 1080 part. And there’s the easiest way to look at it! Basically, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is the card you need if you want to handle ‘hardcore gaming’ at 1440p resolution.
The TITAN X
And here we come to the mothership of all 10 series cards right here…the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X. There is no other way to describe this thing other than…the best consumer graphics card in the world right now! This card is the one that’s supposed to be able to handle everything (sort of); it’s most definitely meant for 4k gaming. And if all of this wasn’t obvious enough to you then consider that its price tag of $1,200 means that only the most hardcore of games could pose a challenge to it.
In other words, if you really wanted to challenge your computer and get the best possible gaming experience on the best possible gaming monitor then the Titan X is your go-to guy.
Good luck and have fun guys!