GEFORCE GTX 1070 or 1080?

  Danw159 18:01 27 May 2018

I am currently trying to choose between getting a GTX 1070 or a 1080. I don't currently plan to game in 4K or anything highly stressful for the card, but I can't decide if I should get the 1080 more for "future-proofing" since I'm paying the money anyway.

It would be an extra two to three hundred pounds. Is the 1080 going to "keep up" for longer than the 1070 enough to justify that extra money?

Also, any other recommendation are highly welcome.


This PC is mainly just being used for work and videos. I'm assuming that GPU doesn't have a huge impact on video playback (i.e. YouTube) compared to other factors. I just want this PC to be able to handle gaming if I decide to make it my home PC at some point.

  Menzie 20:11 27 May 2018

1080 if you can't afford it. However what are the specs on the rest of your machine?

Getting a super fast video card is pointless if the rest of the system cannot keep up.

  Danw159 21:35 27 May 2018

Ah OK. See what you think of my first run through a system:

CPU: i7-8700

MoBo: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS

RAM: 16/32 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2133MHz - undesided

Storage: 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD

More storage (not sure how much yet)

PSU: Corsair 1000W RMx Series

and at the moment, I can't justify spending money on a sound card.

  Menzie 01:55 28 May 2018

That system will be perfect and there will be no bottlenecks so a 1080 would operate at full speed and be able to fully do what it needs to.

The 1080p would be a bit more future proof and would mean a longer while before you upgrade so I would recommend that.

How quickly do you need this system? The 1080 is now two years old and the 11 series is out in July.

  Danw159 19:18 28 May 2018

I don't need the system for several months yet. But will the 11 series be at the same price point?

  Menzie 23:12 28 May 2018

The 11 series should be at the same price-point of the card it replaces and offer better performance.

The current cards might even be a little cheaper once the new ones are out. I say might since the digital currency craze sort of messed up the Graphics Card industry for everyone else. Things are settling back down now.

  Danw159 18:25 31 May 2018

Ok, back to 1070 VS 1080.

I was talking to a someone from PC Specialist and they said the following:

"In paper the 1080 is supposed to be better. I can only say that the 1070 has been exceptional. And much reliable"

"The review on the 1080 are a little mix. They are brilliant for 1070. When 1080 work, it's great."

The whole conversation was a bit odd coming from a PCS "Sales Adviser". Now I'm totally thrown again. Does this person have a point?

  wee eddie 18:36 31 May 2018

Yes, he's probably got loads of 1070's in stock

  Menzie 18:50 31 May 2018

There are no reliability issues between the 1070 and 1080 as far as I know.

The 1080 is faster overall at every single thing you'll do with a graphics card.

  Danw159 18:58 31 May 2018

That's what I thought, so I really couldn't understand what the supposed "expert" was talking about really.

  Menzie 19:02 31 May 2018

With a 1080 and your current setup you'll be able to Max out any game coming or out for a long time.

With a 1070 you'll be able to Max out most games out and some in the future for a while.

I always say to friends buy the best video card, CPU, memory and Hard drive you can afford.

My gaming PC is 5 years old now and still delivers a solid performance.

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