Up For Debate - Which Of The Newly Announced Graphics Cards Do You Plan To Buy?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 5, 2016 4:46 PM

The last few weeks has been immensely entertaining fare for those with even a passing interest in graphics card hardware. Not only did Nvidia finally announce its first Pascal graphics cards (and release one already), but AMD also got in on the action with its Polaris-based Radeon RX 480. For many the time to upgrade is now, but what are your options and what are you going for?

Nvidia got in there first of course with both the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070. The former launched on May 27th and I know a lucky few of you have already got your mitts on some. Its performance smashes the reigning champion GTX Titan X, while the usage of 8GB GDDR5X memory proves a huge boon for high resolution gaming. At the moment this is just about the only graphics card which can conceivably be used for single-GPU 4K gaming in AAA titles. At $599 - $699 it makes for a great value purchase in comparison to the Titan X.

Then there’s the GTX 1070. Nvidia once again chose to bump up the price of like-for-like cards so the GTX 1070 will set you back $379 - $449, in comparison to $300 for the GTX 970. Fortunately this translates to an incredible leap in performance. The GTX 1070 isn’t far off double the speed of a GTX 970, coming in at around 70% of the full fat GTX 1080.

And of course team red also got in on the action. As expected AMD went in hard at the affordable mid-tier market, aggressively pricing its Radeon RX 480 at just $199. That makes it the most affordable VR-capable graphics card in existence. Its performance only just eclipses the GTX 970, but who can complain with a price tag like that? It’s so easy to get excited about what AMD could have ready for the enthusiast market when it’s absolutely nailing the mid-tier as the RX 480 promises to.

That’s the three we know about of course, but there’s sure to be more from both before the year is out. What are your plans? Are you going to grab one of these three in June, or are you waiting it out to see what AMD and Nvidia’s future graphics cards are? Let us know!

What upgrade will you be buying?

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20:09 Jun-11-2016

I would Have picked the GTX 1070 , but the pricing of Graphic cards in India is ludicrous, The GTX 1080 is priced at around 1400 $ and the 1070 around 899 $ .

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23:37 Jun-12-2016

Wow. That's way too much, anyway I would still recommend to wait for AMD Polaris (480x, 490 and 490x) to be released as they will surely offer better price to performance than Nvidia new cards.

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16:31 Jun-19-2016

Rx 480 will be a great upgrade for you

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19:36 Jun-11-2016

i will go full ayymd when the next amd cpu hits the market which got atleast 4 GHz and 4 FPUs, intel and novideo can kiss my A, you pay the double or triple just get a notch of better performance, im like "everything btwn 30-60 is good" im only a casual player at 1080p, 1440p/4k, 3d/vr are just fun2have 4 me

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19:39 Jun-11-2016

i get my share of absolute overkill gfx at the gamescom in cologne (germany), that will last me for year :D

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23:50 Jun-11-2016

you will be pleasantly be surprised with the performance of Bristol Ridge including the integrated graphics and let's not forget the upcoming Radeon 400 series too

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07:28 Jun-11-2016

Gonna stick with this graphics card. I assume the card would keep doing it's job. As I am not planning to enter the 4k gaming area anytime soon.

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17:27 Jun-09-2016

None because Canada sucks for import taxes. The $599 GTX 1080 costs $1000 in Canada, so I'm assuming the RX 480 will be around $600 - $700 here in Canada...

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19:20 Jun-09-2016

Don't be too pessimistic dude. GTX 1080 FE right now is available for CAD919. So yes a little on the expensive side since that equates to an exchange rate of 1.315 vs the actual rate of 1.272. Ofc US is cheaper still when you consider sales taxes. But I think we're pretty ok vs Europe, for instance.

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19:22 Jun-09-2016

RX 480 would probably be around $260. Maybe a little higher depending on availability. At worst it'll be $300 imo. And even then you just wait a little for it to settle in the $250-$260 range

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19:24 Jun-09-2016

Import taxes suck here, too. GTX 980ti is actually 1:1 for £ to $. It would actually be much cheaper for me to have it imported on the most expensive delivery method, and if that stays the case when volta comes, will be exactly what I do.

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19:29 Jun-09-2016

Yeah don't take this the wrong way, MagicGuy, but UK prices make me feel much better about prices here in Canada. Plus we can always make a trip south of the border if we really wanted to.

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03:02 Jun-12-2016

Spending a couple hundred dollars on gas to drive down south (if you don't live along the border like myself) would be pointless as you wouldn't save any money.

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12:55 Jun-12-2016

Couple hundred dollars for gas? Really?
Anyway, it's not even the cost of gas. You need to stay in the U.S. for several days, otherwise you might get taxed unless you intend to smuggle the video card into Canada.

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12:56 Jun-12-2016

Anyway (again), the 1070 FE right now is $610. NonFE should get close to low $500. So calm down buddy, it's not as bad as you think it's gonna be.

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09:52 Jun-12-2016

Here in Romania, we get the cards at the US price + VAT (24%) + about $20. I say it's pretty fine, but the Titan X was priced $150 more than it's price + VAT.

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13:09 Jun-09-2016

its early to say untill Rx 480 is actually released

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12:05 Jun-09-2016

i just got this r9 390 i think ill stay with it for a while

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09:53 Jun-12-2016

I don't understand why you have hurried to buy a new card now. We're at the end of Q2 2016 and new cards are being released at this time.

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13:08 Jun-12-2016

well it doesnt really matter till amd has a cpu out with pci-e 3.0 support and ddr4 support and i got the card for a steal anyways

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14:56 Jun-08-2016

Now I want 1080 for hyper graphics settings @mirror's edge catalyst

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14:53 Jun-08-2016

1080 is where I need to be. I build a PC once a year and I've just built this about 3 months ago. Every year is a massive bump for me. Maybe another 980 just for aesthetics and get a 1080 when price drops a little

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10:39 Jun-08-2016

I'm hoping my fx 6300 will last a bit longer with this as I would have to upgrade mobo and cpu at the same time..maybe 480 early next yr and the rest at the end of it or early following yr....It does look like a bit of a win for AMD :-)

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14:52 Jun-07-2016

Been waiting for the new Titan since they announced Paschal

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08:54 Jun-09-2016

Pascal*

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17:15 Jun-09-2016

PASCAL*

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10:09 Jun-12-2016

Titans are not really worth it for gamers. If I were you' I'd wait for the 1080 Ti.

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13:45 Jun-07-2016

wow clear win for the rx 480 more than every other nvidia gpu combined, they did say they wanted to grow the market :D

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15:58 Jun-11-2016

Lets hope it does the same in the buying market.

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09:38 Jun-07-2016

Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

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13:53 Jun-07-2016

i seen that listed for £560 which actually isn't bad its £60 cheaper than the founders and the gigabyte 980ti was £630 on release that's what i was going to buy then seen the price and got an msi 390x instead, anyway lol . . . they have made 2 very good looking cards recently :)

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06:02 Jun-07-2016

none of them my 3 years old 780 is still going strong , probably gonna wait till next year for 1100 series but if i were to pick 1070 is the best option here for 1080p and 1440p .

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05:41 Jun-07-2016

The GTX 1070 because it would be the most reasonable upgrade for my card. (looking at a 60%+ increase at an estimate.) And the price is great for the performance. the RX 480 sounds good.. but it's not a huge jump to increased performance. Maybe if they plan to release the RX 490x then I'll aim toward those cards.

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03:33 Jun-07-2016

The PERFORMANCE is basically like this, For now (Just for comparison)



  1. GTX 1080

  2. GTX 1070

  3. RX 480 and GTX 1060 (Though the 480 is better in price, might also be also in performance)

  4. R9 390 and GTX 970

  5. R9 380

  6. R9 280 and GTX 960

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17:23 Jun-06-2016

1080ti of course.

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14:23 Jun-06-2016

Waiting for E3, and some more news from AMD and NVIDIA with Vega and Pascal 11. RX 480 seems amazing value and I might replace my GTX 750 Ti with something in the range of $150 - $200. Plus NVIDIA's answer to RX 480 with GTX 1060 etc


Are AMD or NVIDIA expected to make some announcements at E3 or in the near future

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13:27 Jun-06-2016

Probably will buy RX 480, will fine for me next years. Do you guys think it worth to get the 8Gb version for 1080p? I'm thinking about to get 4Gb version because is more cheap.

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14:10 Jun-06-2016

I would recommend the 8GB version just because some games are already using six.

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14:21 Jun-06-2016

I don't see these games, can you tell some?

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16:24 Jun-06-2016

GTA V is the first one that comes to mind. I think R6: Siege does as well. There are more, of course, but those are two I have my library.

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18:55 Jun-06-2016

I've seen GTA V running on GTX 980 Ti in 4K, the VRAM usage didn't get above 4Gb. Logacally, if you enable 8xMSSA and a lot of useless thinks the VRAM usage will fly.

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18:58 Jun-06-2016

Doom at its ultra setting uses 6 gb

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19:48 Jun-06-2016

Not sure if it uses more than 6gb, but Rise of the Tomb Raider definitely uses more than 4gb at 1080p with very high textures. But yeah GTA V is probably the biggest vram hungry game out right now.
Not saying the 8gb is worth it though, depends how much they're charging for it and how much the 480x/490 is going to be.

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21:28 Jun-06-2016

I live in Brazil, with the crisis it's good to save as much money as possible. I think 4Gb should be fine for me, I don't have plan to max out everything, but let's wait for the price.


@Penoys, it's like Tomb Raider 2013, few cards could run the game fine, much because of the post-processing effects, which can skkiped.

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10:45 Jun-08-2016

I'm gonna pick up the 8GB version, just to because the way games seem to be going, and it'll only cast a few extra quid I reckon....

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11:02 Jun-08-2016

They're saying $250 (which I hope isn't true). There's no way I'm paying an extra $50 (25% the price) for another 4gb of VRAM.
The pricing is one of the reasons some people are calling this a marketing gimmick. That extra VRAM isn't useless, but it sure ain't worth that much.

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11:06 Jun-08-2016

This really shows though how much of a steal this card is at $200. Even at $250 it's great (maybe still the best) value for money. But I'd rather keep my $50 thank you very much :)

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13:16 Jun-06-2016

Waiting for E3, and some more news from AMD and NVIDIA with Vega and Pascal 11. RX 480 seems amazing value and I might replace my GTX 750 Ti with something in the range of $150 - $200.


Are AMD or NVIDIA expected to make some announcements at E3 or in the near future ?

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12:58 Jun-06-2016

The last time i upgraded my PC,it was in beginning of 2013 then later i bought a console and left PC gaming.Now i'm back in PC gaming so i am now upgrading to Core i7-6700k,16gb Ram,GTX 1070 G1 GAMING EDITION,Z170 PRO GAMING MB. EXCITED!

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13:16 Jun-06-2016

which console did you get bro ?

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15:50 Jun-06-2016

PS :)

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13:16 Jun-06-2016

welcome back (to the master race)


:)

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15:48 Jun-06-2016

Thanks :')

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