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PNY - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 XLR8 Gaming Edition 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card - Black/Red-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 96 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad little card!

    Posted
    tmach

    I get pretty lengthy with reviews, but I want to hit on everything I can that may help someone else decide on whether this is a decent card to buy. Fair warning! Let's get this out of the way right off the bat--should you really be paying more than $400 for this card? No. But in the current environment that's about as good as it gets. When the mining bubble bursts, this is going to be worth $375 max. I have used this card for both gaming and mining, and I'll give impressions of both. At first, I was not impressed. It's not packaged all that well and compared to other 1070s (I have three, all from different brands) it feels kinda cheap. It's pretty light and the "GTX 1070" stickers fell off of the fans within the first couple of days. There's also no backplate, so if you're going for aesthetics, go somewhere else. Oh, and if you're going to overclock, go ahead and download MSI Afterburner now, because it doesn't come with any software of its own. Okay, so why do I say it isn't a bad little card? Because it performs pretty well for what it is. It has two fans and PNY didn't exactly go overboard on the heatsink. That means it can run a little warmer than other 1070s, but I was surprised that it doesn't run hotter than it does. As for software? I didn't really care, since I use Afterburner for all of my overclocking anyway. Let's start with gaming. All 1070s are pretty much the same at stock. Forget what the boost clock says it is, they're going to boost at high as they can until they "think" they're going to overheat. That's just the way Nvidia's Pascal GPUs work. This one hits about 1950mhz without you touching anything. Honestly, you really don't need more than that. I had no problem playing anything at 1440p at stock settings with this card--just like any of my other 1070s. (The others are an EVGA Hybrid and Gigabyte, in case you're wondering.) A simple +50 on the clock, and you're over 2ghz with no problem. You can go higher than that if you wish, but you're going to have to up the fan speed to do that. Which brings me to thermals/noise. By default, this card shuts the fans off below about 50c, and ramps them up slowly from there. That's good for acoustics, but means the card gets hotter faster than it needs to. I'd recommend a more moderate custom fan curve in Afterburner, but it's really up to you. Max, I hit about 85c in gaming. That's a rare spike and it's also about the same as my Gigabyte Gaming G1, but the difference is the Gigabyte has three fans--so it wasn't as loud at that temp. It isn't fair to compare it to the EVGA hybrid, since that's water cooled. To sum up: For gaming, this is as good a card as any for stock speeds, and good for mild overclocking. It doesn't have the cooling for major overclocking, but in my experience with 1070s, you really reach diminishing returns past 2ghz, and this cards hits that with no problem at all. Now let's talk about mining, which is all the rage right now. It's also what this cards spends half its time doing and why it costs as much as it does right now. Another reviewer said this card was not good for mining. I'm not sure why. Really, I think that's what this card was made for. As I type this, my little PNY 1070 is hashing away mining Ethereum. It's doing so at a rate of 30.5 mh/s and it's sitting at a comfortable 65c. It has been like this for over 24 hours now. That's in a closed case--not a mining rig--with another (Gigabyte) 1070 running along with it. The PNY's fan speed is at 70%. It would be loud for a gaming rig, but for a mining setup (with another 1070 running in the same case) it's no problem. It can go faster--I've had it hit 31-32mh/s with no core overclock--but I scale it back for power/heat reasons. Of course, you have to play with overclocking settings to hit the sweet spot. I'm using 70% power limit (meaning the card is using 30% less power than default) and +675 on the memory clock. If you leave the power limit at 100%, you'll mine a little faster, but you'll also use more power and generate more heat. Whether that's worth it is up to you, but I find 30-31 mh/s to be the sweet spot with any 1070. By way of comparison, my Gigabyte 1070 reaches the same hashrate at 65% power limit, also at about 65c. So yeah, it uses a little less power, but that card also costs a lot more right now. For mining, I'd call them equal, which says a LOT for the PNY card. So to sum everything up: This is a pretty good little card. It gets loud in gaming, though. Mine hit 85c at one point and the fans spun up to 100% when it did, but that was after a while of gaming and once the fans sped up the temp dropped to a better level. I'd recommend using MSI Afterburner or something like it to set a custom fan curve that runs the fans a little faster (and louder) but keeps temps from going so high to begin with. If you're mining... I can't see any reason not to use this card. Fan noise shouldn't matter to you so much, and again I'm mining Ether at 30.5 mh/s at 70% power limit with fans at 70% (2205rpm, if you want to get specific) and temps are 65c.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Well, No complaints!

    Posted
    RobWLINY
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    I used to be a 'gamer' in the 1990s but at some point the 3-d based games started to give me motion sickness. As a result, I've stayed away from the latest and greatest 3-D graphics cards for a number of years (decades?). Well, perhaps either I am over my motion sickness, or maybe the technology has improved to where the effect just doesn't happen as easy. Since I got this card, I've been playing a couple of 3-D based games (Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and started a little on The Singulairty) and am enjoying the games without the nausea effect. I also have several 3-D based rendering tools (both pre-written software, and I'd like to develop some of my own 3-D software or contribute to existing) where I think this card will come in handy. I'm moving from a GeForce 710 to the PNY GeForce 1070 and the difference in visuals and performance is HUGE, visuals are smoother and more natural looking. Some of the computer animation of characters looks almost "real" (not that real, but as if it were there). I have an old 3-d monitor (dual-link DVI?) which i have yet to try with this, but i suspect it will work with that when i get around to setting that up. Right now i have it working on a 4k Samsung Smart TV (as monitor, hdmi) and a Dell 2550x1440 display. I am again not a regular gamer, but I am going to start doing more gaming if it turns out I can mix that in more without the discomfort i was getting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Real nice step up from a GTX 970

    Posted
    msdos622wasfun
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    This was definitely an unexpected purchase, but then again, since it was Christmas, I figured what the heck (I've been, ahem, a good boy). This went into my Core i5 4690K gaming rig, and was an upgrade from a GTX 970. Overall I'd say I'm seeing about an average of a 30% to 40% performance improvement in every game and benchmark I've tested so far. I game primarily at 1440p, and I think this card is perfect for that. And that 8 GB of VRAM really helps. I was a little nervous since I never owned a PNY graphics card before, but so far I haven't had any MAJOR issues -- except for one small thing. Sometimes you can hear, I admit, a little bit of coil whine (which was a first for me -- I've read about this phenomenon before but never experienced it first-hand). But it's pretty minor, and in fact, now that the card has been burned in for almost two months, it's practically a non-issue at this point. Overall I'm very happy with this purchase, and I think it will extend the life of my system for some time (especially since I decided to overclock the CPU to 4.2 GHz).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Basic but solid

    Posted
    Iron1
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    I am a miner and a gamer. I got this card to mine I don't feel slightly guilty "stealing" this one from the gamers... The bad: In my 15 years of buying video cards this is probably the cheapest, chinchy, card I have ever owned. Plastic housing, cheap fans, cheap light weight heat sink on the card. Looks cheap, feels cheap. The Good: It is cheap. With my Reward Zone points this was actually the cheapest 1070 I could find even online. I actually game on 1080 but I have no doubt this card would stand up as well as any 1070. As for mining I was at 34mh on ETH in like 10mins of playing with it. Micron memory runs stable at a 950 mem over clock. Conclusion: You want a cheap 1070 to game in a windowless case or a solid mining card. This might be for you. Want a sweet RGB covered high end looking 1070 you might want to pass on this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Card

    Posted
    Rusty
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    I needed a new video card for a computer internals upgrade I performed. The main goal of this card and other component upgrade was to be able to play current games at a decent frame rate. With this card installed, I've been able to play PUBG (Battlegrounds) using the GeForce driver recommended settings at an in-game frame rate of around 90 FPS. This is without any overclocking. Most of the settings in the game are set at ultra (again, I let GeForce decide). The card itself is very quiet and stays cool. I'm not into all of the LED setups on gaming PCs these days or the existence or no existence of a back plate on the video card so the lack of those items did not concern me. Other general PC specs the card is installed in: Intel i7-7700k ASUS Z270 chipset motherboard 16GB RAM

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1070 graphics card

    Posted
    Deadman
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    1070 graphics card is awesome. I originally went for the 1080 graphics card but they didn’t have it so I got a 1070. What was really cool besides the card is the fact that I had gotten a Great price and saved $80 as well as they put in the graphics card for me. The geek squad put it iin about 30 minutes and I was out and on my way headed home. I picked up at water cooling system for my pc a couple of months ago from them. That I installed. My pc was overheating a lot because I play a lot of games. For me to put in the graphics card would’ve been difficult The gentleman that put it in was just awesome. I have to admit it was worth it to have him do it think it cost 29 or $39 anyway best buys got my vote

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Performs GREAT, looks HORRIBLE

    Posted
    srkrono
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    so after selling my GTX 960 2GB card I RAN up to my local Best Buy and found out this was the only 1070 they had in stock, so I bit the bullet, well got home installed it and bench marked and it performed as expected. well after benching it, I just happen to look online and found the FE card for $30 less! well I ordered that card and will return this one once I receive it! So this card doesnt have a backplate, that was a bummer for me, also like everyone else says the cooler feels cheap I would recommend this card to friends and family that don't care about the looks

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Budget GTX 1070

    Posted
    DanC

    I purchased this PNY GTX 1070 from Best Buy after weighing options for an upgrade to replace a failing AMD 290x that served four years of gaming. I decided on the PNY 1070 from Best Buy as it was a lower cost ($429.99 at time of review) GTX 1070 during the bitcoin and ether bubble of raised GPU prices for mining. I'm satisfied with the card, it's not too loud and has not reached temps over 69* MAX during long hours of gaming in games such as GTA V and Player Unknown Battlegrounds. I saw a vast improvement in overall visual quality as well as FPS in these games. I would recommend the card for an above average gamer playing in 1080p graphics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you dont care about RGB and want pure POWER!

    Posted
    ELZorro
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    I went from an MSI 1060 6gb gaming X to this card.. And while this card feels cheap.. Its actually not. It has almost the same heat sink as the gaming X, and also has two fans as quiet as the Gaming X. Temps were averaging 32c while idle. XLR8 is PNY version of "Gaming X" Also ANY gaming cards temps can reach up to 95c depending on the workload, so adjust the fan speeds accordingly! This card has no RGB lighting, no back plate(sold cheap on ebay). It fits well on my build since I hate RGB and only care about power!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Definitely beats my old MSI 970

    Posted
    Audioman
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    I upgraded from an MSI 970 gtx and it has been night and day. I don’t have any benchmarks nor do I do any overclocking. This runs much quieter and I’m thankful Best Buy had this at MSRP when I need to replace the old card. I play the Batman Arkham series, some of the four year old Call of Duty games and some other!titles that date into 2017 at 1080p. I just bought a 144hz monitor (so hard to give an accurate review) but when I was running at 60hz it was still great. No driver issues or crashing issues like my old card. Running most of my games at the highest settings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Til I Upgraded

    Posted
    GLantern3601
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    Upgraded my 970 to a 1070 (briefly used an RX580 before grabbing this 1070) and saw a great performance increase. FPS in all my games jumped (Overwatch, PUBG, Destiny 2) and I didn;t get hit with lagging frames or screen tearing. Due to price matching, I was able to exchange this and get a 1070 Ti for only $20 more, so I did that for even better play. This was still a solid card for the brief time I used it, definitely recommend (though of course if you can get the more powerful 1070 Ti for around the same price, go that route).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good performance but...

    Posted
    Brettfog
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    Good performance but very cheap feeling. Runs about 10°c hotter than my Asus 1070. I purchased this for mining and is sitting below my Asus card. It should be getting better airflow but doesn't seem to benefit from this. If you are looking for a card to get the job done and don't care about looks save some money and get this card. If not not spend a little more and get a better built card.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent but Ran a bit hot

    Posted
    Vedran
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    I have a GTX Titan on one of my other systems and wanted to get it updated to something new. The card was receiving good reviews so i bought it. The card itself feels cheaply made, it has a bit more performance gains over the GTX Titan but was running a bit hot. Even though it wasnt a reference cooler style card, it got to about 75C running Mass Effect Andromeda. So I returned the card. I wouldnt advise on purchasing this card. Spend a bit more and purchase the EVGA GTX cards.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Loud

    Posted
    Neil
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    I gave it 3 stars because the fans are loud and I changed the thermal paste. I recommend upgrading the fans and heatsink to Arctic Accelero III. With that attached this card performs like a beast. The picture attached is the card with the upgrade. Perfect temps with this mod. Beware, will void warranty.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great results for the money

    Posted
    SemiGeekDad
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    Bought this for my son to update his Alienware computer which was a few years old. I saw the results last night with flawless graphic motion and super vibrant colors. He wanted something more expensive card but we compromised in the middle of the difference and he is thrilled with the results. He doesn’t regret letting Dad spend less of his money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good card.

    Posted
    BigBenBowdy

    More of a long term review. I picked this card up about a year ago. Great card for the price of $399! Very much worth it. Best Buy seems to be selling all of their cards way over MSRP. I thought they were a retailer and not an ebay store. Anyways, this card is a couple hundred dollars overpriced but besides that, good card.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great GPU for the price.

    Posted
    CrBLAZE
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    Got this GPU as it was on sale for under 300.00!!! I used it for gaming and the GPU never overheated and stayed at a constant 80 FPS. I still have this on my gaming computer and would recommend this to any one looking to build a PC as the price is very reasonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Card for 1080p Gaming

    Posted
    TechUnderground
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    I have reviewed this card and I can say that it is a fantastic card for gaming at 1080p. If you are going to game at 1440 or 4K then I would recommend a GTX 1070Ti or GTX 1080 over the GTX 1070 Here is the link to the review: https://youtu.be/sxARStbgGUI

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Graphics Card

    Posted
    Corey
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    Needed to upgrade my graphics card, was running a 960, which was struggling to run some of the games i was playing (PUBG, RE7, Evil Within.) This card can run all of those with no issues. I would for sure recommend this card if you are looking to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good card, not so good for case temps.

    Posted
    Dominator
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    I had this for a while and ended up returning it. The card is not bad, it did not do anything wrong per say. It just heat up my case too much for my liking. I switched over to the blower style cards for better heat dissipation.

    I would recommend this to a friend