So the tier level is baffling, but I'll make my point clear with the chip history. Indeed, the 1060 is a perfectly capable gaming graphic card & yes the 1070 is quite powerful. The thing is based on Nvidia chip history with the legacy & all, they aren't really where you think they are.
Way back, the Nvidia 8800GT was very popular & it was indeed a high end card back in the day. It was priced around 200$ to 250$US. Anyone with a 8600GT(100~150$) would be flagged as mainstream(mid tier) graphic card. Obviously you had the 8300GS(~50$) that feel very low end with only 8 stream processor.
That his based on Nvidia GPU history chip codename, They are correct & you can look up at techpowerup database.
Low end:G86> 8300GS, 8400GS
G96> 9400GT, 9500GT
GF106> GT440, GTS450
GF116> GT545, GTX550Ti
GK106> GT645, GT650Ti, GTX660
GM107> GTX745, GTX750, GTX750 Ti
GM206> GTX950, GTX960GP106> GTX1060
Mid Tier:G84>8500, 8600(GT, GTS, etc..)
G94> 9600(GT, GS, etc), GT220
GT200-100,105> GTX260. GTX275
GF104> GTX460 SE, GTX460,
GF114> GTX555, GTX560 SE, GTX560, GTX560Ti
GK104> GTX670, GTX 680, GTX 690(note: dual mid end)
GK104> GTX760, GTX760 Ti, GTX770
GM204> GTX970, GTX980
GP104> GTX1070, GTX1080
High End:G80, G92> 8800(GS, GT, GTX, Ultra, etc)
G92> 9800(GS, GT, etc), GT250
GT200-300,350, 400> GTX280, GTX285, GTX295
GF100> GTX465, GTX470, GTX480
GF110> GTX560Ti(448), GTX570. GTX580, GTX590
GK110> GTX780, GTX780Ti, Titan, Titan Black, Titan Z(DUAL HIGH END)
GM200> GTX980Ti, Titan X
GP102> 1080Ti, Titan X Pascal
I just want to clear up thing.
Some may point out to say, what point of this thread?... I'll state the obvious one. There's a large disparity of performance between tier & this didn't change thorough history. There's nothing about Ti owner being salty or anyone being snub or anything. It's simply a following of the chip codename. You will likely pay premium from the best chip from the tier & the lower quality from the upper tier will be slightly more expensive with a massive disparity of performance increase & also more with overclocking headroom.
So you'll likely see a good 30% of performance between tier from the same series.
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