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Topic of the Week: Will you be getting one of Nvidia’s new graphics cards?

There’s a new generation of graphics cards coming very soon, with the GTX 1080 hitting shelves and PCI slots on May 27, while the 1070 will be here on June 7. For this week’s PCGN mega-discussion, we’re wondering - will you be picking them up?

Have a read of everything we know about the GTX 1080.

Specifically, what card are you on now, and what’s tempting you towards an upgrade, or pushing you away? I’m on a 980ti and only really game at 1080, and I’m still tempted because I am a weak, money-spending machine.

It does seem the perfect time to upgrade, however. These cards will be more than enough to tackle the current generation of games at any reasonable rate, as well as likely future-proofed against whatever combination of Xbox Two and PlayStation Trinity is announced at E3. Other than the money, they seem a smart buy - how do you feel about it?

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SteveCrook Avatar
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1 Year ago

Not until I move from 1920x1080 to 4k or decide it's time to buy a VR headset. Given that I'm not going to buy the V1 version of those, it's not going to be this year. Besides, I'd prefer a card that's going to be comfortable fit in a mini ITX chassis.

Unless the arrival of HL3 forces my hand :-)

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MrJinxed Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm still ok using my GTX 770. No real reason to upgrade yet. Maybe in a year or two, but my CPU is throttling my performance now, so I'd have to update that, and my RAM before updating the GPU, so I'm in no hurry.

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Kristo256 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I most definitely wont, one of the reasons being It's expensive, and the other being that I just bought my 960 around a year ago (give and take a month) The 960 Is quite fine for anything I play, I'm not that much of a stickler for graphics so I don't mind lowering some games to medium or so. I mean at the moment I'm only playing the witcher 3 and warframe anyway so I'd be misusing a 1080.

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UntoldAv3nGer Avatar
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1 Year ago

I know Nvidia is trying to make the 970 look like a shit card now with all of their benchmarks and comparisons, but the 970 is all you need for the foreseeable future for 1080p.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Everything will run comfortably on my 970 for now, so there will be no reason to upgrade yet. 1170 was supposed to be another large upgrade, at which point I'll jump on that boat. If not, 1270 will probably be the point for me to upgrade (wow that sounds ages away).

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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1 Year ago

I might buy one, but at the minute my 970 is still confidently handling pretty much everything. I'll only do it when I start having to use anything lower than High settings, I think.

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Recluse Avatar
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1 Year ago

Not so much 970 is showing it's age, my 980 Ti is as well.

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Matt Purslow Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm running an AMD 7970, and while it still runs everything it is starting to creak. I have to have some of Doom's settings on medium, and I (Shock! Horror!) saw framerates in the Witcher occasionally drop to the 20s.

I want to make the swap to Nvidia, and the 1070 seems an absolute brilliant buy. I won't dive on it at launch, but I think it'll be an ace xmas present to myself.

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Fattox Avatar
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1 Year ago

The benches i saw put my card (980 Ti AMP Extreme) only 5-10% behind the 1080, on average. So i'm going to wait until some 1180 Ti type card comes out, maybe even a generation longer than that.

Like Kirk said, once i have to drop below 'High' to keep things fluid @ 1440p, i'll upgrade! I'm pretty impressed with the pricing on these cards though. I can't complain since i've owned mine for a year already.

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nikrel Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm using a widescreen monitor, 2560x1080 using a GTX970. Everything I try still handles a mix of ultra & high settings for this resolution.

Hopefully I can go another few years on this and i'll be able to build a whole new system with a new video card.

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Aever Avatar
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1 Year ago

I need to get an upgrade soon enough, but not so sure about 1080/1070. One, because as a 1080p user I don't think I really need it and second because I've learned that newly released series of GPUs can have issues.

Most likely I'll wait and see if the 980 ti gets a cut in price. If that happens then I'll get that. If not ... well, I'll see then.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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1 Year ago

No, happy with GTX 970. I will upgrade when the time comes for Volta.

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BigHungryJoe Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm still using an HD4650. Yes, I know, I know. You'd be surprised at what it can run, though. Passed up the previous generation for an upgrade, because I felt the price/performance ratio was a little too low to justify it. The 1080 and 1070 are looking very promising, though.

On the other hand, I'm REALLY interested in seeing what AMD are going to do with 16nm, especially since they're apparently aiming at the mid-range; not to mention the first range of Nvidia cards that come with HBM instead of DDR. So it's still wait and see for me.

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amirabd2130 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm using two GTX780 TI OC with my 4K monitor.

Although I can't run every game with ultra settings, but thing are satisfying as it is! :)

Maybe in a year or so I replace them with a new one!

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Jack1982cp Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'll definitely be upgrading, probably to the 1070. On Fallout 4 with my 760, with graphics on high, I'm getting lots of momentary freeze-ups and frame rates dropping down to 40 quite often. I'd like to have everything run perfect on ultra while running every graphics mod my heart desires.

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BigWelshMike Avatar
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1 Year ago

No rush here. GTX980 is fine in my machine and the 970 is doing a handsome job in my girlfriend's machine just a few feet away from me. Not sure what I'll plump for when it's time to upgrade but it'll be something that makes my 980 look decidedly slow so I have that satisfaction of justifying such an outlay. Can't stand it when you only get a bump-up in frame-rate for 15% or so. For my money, I want at least 50% or better when I move to the next card.

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Funky Devil Avatar
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1 Year ago

not yet, not until 2st gen pascal gets out the flaws and limits of 1st gen, and I plan on doing more CUDA rendering than games, those tools are not even dev'ed by Nvida for this chipset.

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Droniac Avatar
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1 Year ago

Oh yes, I'm definitely upgrading.

I'm currently on a GTX970 and it's a solid card. But it can't run many recent games maxed out due to memory limitations. It doesn't look to be future-proof for much longer. I upgraded every other component about six months ago, so it only makes sense to future-proof the video card for the next few years as well. Particularly if VR might be in the cards.

Looking to grab a GTX1080 once the likely superior and factory overclocked partner versions arrive. Those leaked triple-fan open designs from Asus / Gigabyte / Zotac look pretty sweet. There's no denying the upgrade there: twice the framerate in pretty much every game benchmarked even at 1080p. And that's the reference card on stock clocks...

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