Asus GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX OC Editi on 8GB
Although this particular GTX 1070 severely stretches the definition of a mid-range card, others can be had for under £400, and when it comes to performance the GTX 1070 is a great indicator of what paying the extra will get you. This was the only card on test to break through 100fps on either benchmark and, in fact, it did it on both. As such you’ll know you’ll get smooth gameplay on the latest games at 1440p and it’ll handle many games at ultrawide 3440 x 1440 or 4K resolutions too. All that and you still only need one eight-pin power connector to provide enough juice.
Like its Strix RX 480 sibling, this card is solidly built, has RGB-lit fans, there’s a glowing Republic of Gamers logo on the back and it’s overclocked. A normal GTX 1070 runs at a base clock of 1506MHz and boosts to 1683MHz, while the Strix version starts at 1683MHz and boosts to 1885MHz.
It also stays whisper-quiet while gaming and its fans are totally still when the PC is idling. Though, again, this is a very large card, so make sure to check if your case has room.
For pure value this is the second lowest card on test but as an indicator of what £400odd will get you, it’s a mighty impressive example.