Why you should wait to buy a GTX 1080 or GTX 1070

Written by Branton

Last updated Feb 14, 2020

Nvidia’s new Pascal-based GTX 1070 officially released today, following the GTX 1080s May 27th release. Woohoo, right? Well, chances are you’re only “woohooing” if you preordered a card, because scalpers have currently taken over the market and prices are absolutely insane.

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As of this morning, there are Founders Edition models of the GTX 1070 being sold for upwards of $1000 on Amazon. At that price, you would be spending significantly more than you currently would on a GTX 1080 – so why not just buy a GTX 1080 instead?

Once custom models of the new Pascal-based cards start to release, the prices should all drop down to around the MSRP, or lower. Asus’s custom GTX 1080 will allegedly retail for less than the initial MSRP – and I can imagine there will be GTX 1070 models doing similar.

It would be one thing if only a certain amount were planned for release, but that’s not the case and these cards will be widely available before too long. So, spending double what you should is probably a bad idea.  Think about it, spending any more than $800 on a single GTX 1070 would buy you TWO when they’re actually available and being sold at a realistic price. Personally, I’d rather have 2 1070s in SLI or a GTX 1080 than a single 1070 a couple of weeks sooner. But maybe that’s just me.

Regarding my builds and adding the 1080 & 1070 to them, both cards will be added into builds where they’ll make an improvement without killing the budget – but not until they’re widely available and the prices come down to normal. Otherwise, someone could easily and accidentally buy a grossly overpriced card through a scalper, and I would feel bad about that, seriously.

I would strongly suggest holding off on purchasing those Founders Edition cards until custom models launch! You will probably be happy that you did.

If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comment section below!

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