It looks as if Nvidia and its various AIB partners are quietly rolling out new versions of the GeForce GTX 1070 with faster GDDR5X video memory.
The leak comes courtesy of Zotac, whose product page previously detailed a new SKU with the aforementioned GDDR5X memory. The page has since been modified and so can’t be viewed anymore but it was the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Extreme Core GDDR5X, model number ZT-P10700Q-10P. You can see the modified page here.
All current models of the GeForce GTX 1070 sport the usual GDDR5 memory. It’s only a minor change in the grand scheme of things but it should handy the GTX 1070 slightly faster performance, particularly when gaming at higher resolutions.
It’s a favourite tactic from Nvidia these days, although we definitely prefer it this way around compared to the terrible DDR4 memory downgrade on the GeForce GT 1030. A few months back the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB was similarly upgraded with GDDR5X memory.
Weirdly the listing for the new GTX 1070 model stated memory speeds of 8Gb/s, which isn’t any improvement over the standard Zotac GTX 1070. Hopefully this is data that just needs to be updated, or users could just run it at higher clock speeds themselves.
One last final thing is it’s unclear whether the memory upgrade could signify a potential price increase for the GeForce GTX 1070, or if GDDR5X could simply become the new standard at current prices.