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Question Is it worth upgrading a GTX 970 to a 1070?

Traxan

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My GTX 970 has served me well but is falling a little behind. I've been pricing out 1070s but they remain pretty pricey despite their age. I'm willing to take the plunge if I get a good performance boost. A 1080 or 3000 series is out of the question. So will I get a notable performance improvement with a 1070?
 

Stuka87

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Pascal based cards are going to be dropping in price here once 3000 series cards actually start being available. Its worth waiting until then. You will probably be able to get a 1080 class card for a decent price.
 
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EliteRetard

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Already seen a few 1080s for $250 here, and 2080ti for $400.

I also think there will be more people upgrading from the 10's once the 30's drop.
 

SteveGrabowski

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I went from a 970 to a 1660 Super (had to buy this gen, as my 970 died) and 1660S / 1070 are pretty neck and neck in benchmarks. It was an easily noticeable upgrade but nothing mindblowing. Since you have held out this long I'd just wait for the next-gen AMD or Nvidia card to hit that $250 lower midrange price point. Can't imagine you won't get one before the end of spring. I'd at least wait for AMD's 6000-series presentation next month in the hopes we see another killer lower midrange gpu like the RX 480 was when it launched.
 

Markfw

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I went from a 970 to a 1660 Super (had to buy this gen, as my 970 died) and 1660S / 1070 are pretty neck and neck in benchmarks. It was an easily noticeable upgrade but nothing mindblowing. Since you have held out this long I'd just wait for the next-gen AMD or Nvidia card to hit that $250 lower midrange price point. Can't imagine you won't get one before the end of spring. I'd at least wait for AMD's 6000-series presentation next month in the hopes we see another killer lower midrange gpu like the RX 480 was when it launched.
The other option is to pick up a 2xxx series Nvidia (or the equivalent AMD card) used once the new 3xxx series hits. If you can get a 2080ti for $400 then, a 2060 or 2070 should easily be $250 in range.
 
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Shmee

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What is your budget? My friend bought a used 1080 a while back for around $170, and is still using it. Just look for good deals. I would go with a 1080/2060S/RX5700 minimum, though depends on your resolution, and again your budget.
 

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