The GTX 1070 versus the GTX 980 Ti

Intro

The GTX 980 Ti vs. the GTX 1070 & vs. the Fury X

 How well has Maxwell aged?

This review is a quick follow-up to the Fury X versus the GTX 980 Ti evaluation.  It has been just over two years since the GTX 1070 convincingly beat the Fury X and also surpassed the GTX 980 Ti.  It appears that AMD is no longer optimizing their drivers for Fiji’s limited 4GB of HBM vRAM, so we are going to see if NVIDIA is still well-supporting Maxwell using our 35-game benchmark suite.

Both the GTX 980 Ti and the Fury X launched at $650 and they were surpassed when NVIDIA released the GTX 1070 at $379.  The GTX 1070 beat the GTX 980 Ti overall by roughly 10%, and it also convincingly beat the Fury X.  This evaluation will revisit some games from our last GTX 1070 vs. GTX 980 Ti vs. Fury X encounter together with many newer ones, and we will compare them using the very latest drivers.

Our game benchmark suite has evolved as we always update our games to include the latest and most popular titles including Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2.  Since then, we have also upgraded from an i7-6700K to i7-8700K at 4.7 GHz, but we found very little performance difference between them.

We want to see how these three GPUs stand now in relation to each other by benchmarking with updated drivers at the most demanding settings at 3840×2160, 2560×1440, and at 1920×1080 resolutions.

Let’s check out the performance of GTX 1070 versus the GTX 980 Ti and versus the Fury X after we look over our test configuration on the next page.