Release Date: 6/10/2016
Right off the bat, I want to say that this won’t be a traditional GPU review. I’m not going to post graphs and results as there are other websites that do that. I’m going to give you a review from a different perspective, I’m going to just tell you about my experience with this GPU and how certain games ran compared to my GTX 970.
First and foremost, I want to say that this GPU does not come with any cables. If you have a PSU that doesn’t have an 8-pin connector of some sort just know that there’s no converter cable. I originally put this into an Alienware X51-R2 that had a dual 6-pin connector and had to order the converter online. I swapped everything into a new case a few days later because this GPU caused shutdowns. You’re going to need at least a 600 watt PSU for efficiency and 700 watts if you want to overclock. The GPU comes in a nice box though and the design of the card itself is pretty cool. It has a fractal type of design like it was forged from some sort of rock or mineral. It’s also a monster card at 10.5″ and you will need a lot of room in your case for this beast.
I also want to mention that this GPU has only one HDMI and DVI-D port. It has 3 display ports which are odd as most monitors don’t have this. I had to connect my main monitor to HDMI and my secondary to DVI-D. I wish it had two HDMI ports, but it still works as DVI-D is digital.
Once I popped the card in and installed the latest drivers I tried out some games I didn’t get great FPS on with my 970. One of those being Nier Automata. I got a solid 60 FPS with everything maxed out, and with the 970 I got around 30-45 FPS with everything maxed out. Next game up was Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The game isn’t optimized the greatest but I did manage to get 60FPS with it dropping a bit in a few areas, but overall it was solid. Next up was Forza Horizon 3. Everything maxed out I got a solid 60 FPS, but I could go on and say that about every game.
Here’s the thing, you don’t need graphs as you will get 60FPS in every game you play right now. This was the first GPU that could get Skyrim with an ENB to run above 30FPS with everything maxed out. The 8GB of VRAM doesn’t hurt either. I then decided to overclock this baby and was able to push the core clock to +200Mhz and the memory clock to +440Mhz before getting artifacts. The GPU also runs fairly cool even overclocked. With my fans in my case, I can get it to hover just under 70c under full load OC’d and 45c idle. This card is not good to have in cramped cases as my X51-R2 had this thing idling at 58c and under full load it hit 85c. You just need some breathing room and you should be okay.
I don’t think I really need to say more as this is a very stable card and will take anything you throw at it. I feel this card will be just fine for the next year or two until most games start migrating to the next series of cards. We are just now seeing a select few games recommending the 1070, but most are going for the 1060 such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and Nier Automata. The Founder’s Edition is exactly the greatest for OC, but you can do it and the Pascal cards are some of the easiest GPUs I’ve ever OC’d.