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GTX 1070 or 1080 for Raven mini Itx?

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Ok, I'm on the home stretch of completing my mini Itx build. What's left to buy is 750 U.2(800Gb) and graphics card. My priorities for this build are very low noise, low power(especially at idle), and good gaming capabilities. This will be left on 24/7. I have a cheap metered wireless internet connection, so downloads take forever, and then some! I will be using this PC exclusively in the summer months for gaming. I know I can't go wrong with either card. Even with the lower power needs of these 2 cards, I'm assuming I'm going to have to stay with the reference cooler design since the Raven uses convection only for venting heat. Personally, i'd rather go with the 1080, but that's an extra 20 watts in gaming mode, and I want to keep the case as cool as possible. https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_1070/22.html
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Quiet and low heat dont mix with reference cards sadly. but with that case you dont have many options. Id love to say get a hybrid 1080 or a custom cooler but the gpu has no air vents to breathe on that case. in the end it depends on what you want and what you have money for. the 1080 is a bit hotter being higher tier but with the reference cooler you wont notice much between them temp wise. 1070 would be easier to keep in check with a fan profile and slightly quieter but not by much. no matter what in a silent room both cards will be audible when gaming and such.
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Yeah, unfortunately, unlike my Silverstone power supply, the 10xx card's fan is always on no matter if it's under load or not. Oh well, compromises are the rule when it comes to this type of setup. Fortunately, with the advent of Skylake, Pascal, DDR4, and SATA SSD's, the compromises that have to be made are quite minor. From a purely value oriented decision, the 1070 is a no brainer. But I lack the aforementioned cranial cavity matter. The reason I'm leaning to the 1080 is futureproofing. This computer should last a long time before it's technology is obsolete. I'ts not like I can SLI another card.

I feel it's finally appropriate to put out major cash for a system build. I don't see any big improvements on the CPU or graphic side of things. Storage will probably improve once the M.2/U.2 NVME thing gets sorted out.
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The 1070 averages about 10-15 percent slower then the 1080 but still beats the titan x in most tests. It really matters what resolution you are gaming at. 1080p and 1440p the 1070 would run just perfect with the 1080 really only offering the 4k performance to make it worth it. if you have the money and you really WANT to futureproof the 1080 would help that but in the end it is up to you if its worth the couple hundred extra bucks cost wise. You can make your own fan profile for the gpu and as long as its idling you could set it to be silent under a certain temp if not completely off and boost on and up when you are gaming. MSI's Afterburner and EVGA's Precision X software both allow super easy fan control curves.
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You can make your own fan profile for the gpu and as long as its idling you could set it to be silent under a certain temp if not completely off and boost on and up when you are gaming. MSI's Afterburner and EVGA's Precision X software both allow super easy fan control curves.

I wasn't aware of this.
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yup yup. its super easy to set up. it looks like a line graph with points and you can just move the points to the speed you want at so and so temp. super easy. hope this helps biggrin.gif
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