For the last week all the GPU buzz has been about NVIDIA's GTX 1080. The new king, the new top dog in performance, so on and so forth. But most people can't and won't buy the GTX 1080 — it's too expensive. What's really interesting is where the much more affordable GTX 1070 will land — and now we have an idea.
The first benchmarks for 3DMark's Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ultra test have been spotted online by VideoCardz. It's worth remembering that 3DMark's tests are more indication of theoretical performance, although the results often provide a good indicator of where a GPU will shake out in the real world.
The rumour so far has been that the GTX 1070 would fall somewhere in line with the GTX 980 Ti and the TITAN X in terms of performance. And according to the 3DMark scores, it's slightly better: the GTX 1070 returned an average score of 4078 in the Fire Strike Ultra test, and 17,557 for a standard Fire Strike run.
That's roughly 1000 points less than what the GTX 1080 was hitting in its own Fire Strike Ultra tests — but also a fraction ahead of the TITAN X and the 980 Ti. The incremental improvement applies for the other Fire Strike results as well, with the GTX 1070 a few percent better than the top-of-the-line Maxwell cards.
The cheapest price for a Titan X in Australia is $1395 according to a StaticICE search, while GTX 980 Ti models start from around $900. The GTX 1070, on the other hand, is being priced at $USD449 while the base model costs $USD379.
We don't what the Australia Tax on the GTX 1070 will be, but if the pricing for the GTX 1080 is any indication it wouldn't be unsurprising to see local retailers charging around the $800 mark.
That's pure speculation on my part, mind you. But one thing is pretty clear already: if retailers want to move any Titan X and the GTX 980 Ti stock after the GTX 1070 launches, they're going to need to offer heavy discounts. Nevertheless, if you're in the market for a GPU you're going to have plenty of choice in the coming weeks.