After diligently saving up for a couple months, I finally upgraded my GTX 770 to a GTX 1070 Ti this past week. While not the most powerful graphics card out there, I figured at the sub-$500 price point this was the best performance I was going to get. And heck, it should be enough to run most games smoothly on ultra, right?
All excited to see what new games I could max out with my new gear, I loaded up Steam and was promptly greeted with Doom VR — the virtual reality version of Doom due out some time today (Nov. 30). My confidence quickly deflated: the minimum specs include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or an AMD Radeon RX 480. A GTX 1070 already at the lower end of system requirements? Sure, it’s a VR game, but I wasn’t expecting this so soon. Good thing I opted for the Ti version.
Given how GPU intensive VR is, it’s not surprising that the CPU requirements are little more reasonable: a 4th generation Intel i5 (id Software names the i5-4590) or an AMD FX 8350 or better. This is good news for all of us hanging on to our 4-5 year old CPUs.
It’s a little odd that the other minimal graphics card is the RX 480. I don’t see the RX 480 as being quite on par with the GTX 1070; the 1070 has consistently out-performed the RX 480 in most games by at least 30%. This gives me hope. I don’t mind not running everything in ultra, and given Doom’s reasonable performance on my GTX 770 (thanks to good optimization), I suppose I really shouldn’t be all that worried. Plus, id Software recommends a GTX 1080 for best performance, not a 1080 Ti. Whew!
VR is the next gaming frontier, as they say, and it rightly should test the limits of graphics processing power. As for my 1070 Ti, it may already be on the cusp of obsolescence, but such is the price of progress.