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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2018, 05:47 PM - Thread Starter
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Gtx 970 to 1070 - Is the jump significant?

So as the title says, I have a GTX 970 and was considering upgrading (halfheartedly, I must admit). I saw some stores online selling the 1070 for just over $300 and thought if I ebayed my card I can upgrade for around $200.

I trust the opinions of the people here so I'd like to know whether this would be a good thing to do? Would the jump be significant to warrant me going through the trouble?

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Whats the spec of the rest of your rig?
What screen are you using.
Depending on that it could be a upgrade since 1070 is close to 980ti which is way faster then a 970.


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Whats the spec of the rest of your rig?
What screen are you using.
Depending on that it could be a upgrade since 1070 is close to 980ti which is way faster then a 970.
I have a 8600k overclocked to 4.9ghz, 16 gb ddr4 3000, Samsung 860 SSD. My monitor is a Dell. I have no idea whats the model number. Its max display resolution is only 1080p.

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I'm assuming 60hz if you don't know what you have? 970 is plenty for 1080p/60hz, there's no reason to upgrade. If you're going to upgrade, upgrade your monitor.

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I'm assuming 60hz if you don't know what you have? 970 is plenty for 1080p/60hz, there's no reason to upgrade. If you're going to upgrade, upgrade your monitor.
This. Pointless upgrade without being able to see the extra frames.

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yes it is significant and it's up to you.

personally if the cash is spare, i'd go for it. no such thing as too much horse power and how well will that 970 drive a 1440 screen?

though this is coming from someone using a 980ti 1080/60. games feel best at 70-75 fps cap using fast sync (perfect 180 turns/sweeping sniper scopes, ect.) if i'm using only 60%-80% of the gpu i turn on DSR (1440)@12%. i'm still patiently waiting for a good 1440 screen in my budget but until them, i'm good.

again, if you have the spare cash.

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Hi, i upgraded from gtx970 to rtx2070 in the last days because i recently bought a 75hz monitor, and 970 started to struggle pushing that framerate. For 1080/60 as others said, the upgrade is irrelevant.
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I don't get it, the GTX 970 is NOT fine for 1080p in modern titles. Besides, you can always turn everything to ultra... no such thing as a too powerful card for any particular resolution. The 970 use to wipe the floor with all 1080p games maxed out... but today, max out Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Wolfenstein II even at 1080p... hardly silky smooth 60 fps throughout. If NAVI is a no show at CES, I might get a 1070 Ti class card for my new build to replace my current GTX 970. I would say you need to be close to 1070 Ti or 2080 performance to make it worth it.

Of course, I have now ascended to the 1440p ultra-wide plane of existence, so I need a bit more power than a GTX 970, although a good number of titles run surprisingly well at 3440*1440 with an overclocked 970...

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well the 1060 is looking even dated...the jump to the 1070 is notable and significant Performance wise. Knew I should of gotten it.
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I don't like my 970. I'm still bitter about the 3.5 gb of ram instead of advertised 4 gb ram. That said, I'm using it because I don't think it's worth upgrading for anything short of a 1080 TI at this point. I'd buy a 1080ti for 400 or 450$ used, but not for the 500+$ they are going for. Maybe if I could get a new GTX 1080 for $300...

I run my Gtx 970 on 1440p at 116 hz (Yamakasi monitor). I also drive a 2'nd 1080p 60 hz monitor with the card. At 1440p the 970 doesn't hold 60 hz in a lot of newer games. I'm constantly dropping my graphics from max if I want better frame rate. I feel frame rate is very noticeable in competitive games. In single player RPGS 45 FPS can be sufficient. (Looking at you Witcher 3)...


The real question is, what are you trying to run? Should you buy current gen equipment or are you worried about the next 3 years? Would you be better off spending that money difference on another graphics card in 3 years? What is your budget and would you consider upgrading to a 120 hz?

I would have upgraded to the RTX series if it was competitively priced. I also would have considered a 240 hz monitor for FPS games, or a 4K monitor for RPG's/single player. Here's to hoping AMD release their 7nm graphics cards next year and the market is finally competitive. Honestly, as much as I want the highest frame rates and the best graphics settings, it's hard to convince myself that it's worth spending 500+ just to be able to play games that my system can already play, at a slightly better settings/hz.

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