GTX 1070 vs. RX 580 w/ FreeSync Monitor

Alas fellow comrades. I am torn in twain betwixt thine illustrious Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Windforce OC and the ever-tenacious Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 580 8GB paired with a 1080p Freesync display.

Use cases:

  • 1080p gaming
  • Want that rock-solid 60-FPS+ at ultra settings with all the eye candy
  • If I were to get the 580, I’d get a Freesync monitor with the offset of the 1070

Current system:
PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($278.00 @ Shopping Express)
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-L12 37.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-D3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($128.00 @ Shopping Express)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($198.00 @ Shopping Express)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($219.00 @ Shopping Express)
Video Card: Gigabyte - Radeon R9 270X 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card
Case: Fractal Design - Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
Monitor: BenQ VZ2350HM Flicker Free IPS
Total: $1166.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-16 15:53 AEST+1000

RX 580:

GTX 1070:

Two of my local PC retailers are PC Case Gear and Scorptec, but other delivery retailers are cool too (Currency is Australian Dollars).

Budget is about $650 AUD and prices seem to be reasonable around this time of year for some reason. The reason the 270x is still around is because I desperately needed to upgrade the main system and the GPU was working fine so it’s stuck around til now! Other video card recommendations are welcome too.

Any input is greatly appreciated,

That gigabyte makes me want to vomit a little but the 1070 is the obvious choice to me, unless there’s some kind of weird pricing where you are…Its cheaper and faster. On newegg the EVGA 1070 is the same price, I’d rather have that one…unless of course your build is black with orange pinstripes.

Well considering the GTX 1070 Ti is coming out sooner than later you might want to wait a bit.

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I appreciate the “to me” part…
Here’s the dildo…
1070 is like 20-25% faster than 580. However, the cheapest 1070 is 560$ and the cheapest 580 is 380$…
Some 180$ difference. With the 1070 you still need a monitor, while with the 580 you get the freesync monitor. You will not feel any stutter and dips in framerate or anything. On top of that, you are set for future freesync products, such as AMD GPUs and i believe Intel IGPs…
I would vote 580 and freesync to support the FREE part of the freesync and to support the underdog. But yes, 1070 is the better graphics card. It’s just a question if you want to go with smoother experience with some compromises, ot just solve the problem with raw power.
Oh wow, I can buy this monitor locally for like 60% of the price. Are they manufactured in Europe or something?

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Yeah looking at the other 580s out there its a bit of a different story. I was only looking at the Nitro+ OP specified on newegg.


VS the MSI variant


Considering the $100 difference (for me) to the 1070 I would have to agree. Though I dont really care about freesync (or gsync for that matter) its still a much more fair comparison. Though I’m biased since I already have a 1070 and have been team green for quite some time.

I think if windows is the OS of choice though I would still recommend the 1070 where as if its intended to be a linux machine that 580 is probably the more sensible option.

Thanks for the replies everyone, nice input! I’ve updated the info in the original post. Just to clarify, I do actually have a monitor for this system already (BenQ VZ2350HM Flicker Free). The OS is Windows 10.

@psycho_666 Freesync with IPS? Damn that sounds good! That particular monitor is actually hard to come by in Australia. I am leaning towards the 580 for that extra monitor, although it seems like many people are recommending the 1070 for that raw compute power.

This thing doesn’t have freesync…

Also 75Hz and support for DP and HDMI freesync.

Yeah I know, just wanted to update what I was actually running at the moment haha