Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 and 1070 are now officially available to buy on the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti, with an expected launch date of March 3rd.
While the cards themselves are technically a separate model, we’re starting to see a direct relationship between the card and its accompanying software package.
That means if you’re using the same GeForce 1070 or 1070 Ti that you purchased at launch, you should be able to update to the new drivers.
In fact, the only other time that Nvidia’s new hardware has had such a direct link to its software is when a GTX 1080 was released, but that was due to the fact that the hardware manufacturer’s own drivers were being updated.
While it’s still unclear exactly what Nvidia’s plan is for the future of its drivers, there’s no reason to think that the company will stop updating them.
Nvidia’s Pascal architecture has a significant advantage over AMD’s Polaris architecture in terms of GPU performance, with the GPU’s GPU Boost 3.0 technology making the transition to CUDA 15 an easy and natural one.
It’s a big change for Nvidia to have to make, as the company previously relied on third-party GPU vendors to deliver the CUDA drivers, and the driver upgrades for AMD’s drivers are generally very slow.
It’s unclear how the company plans to update its driver update system for the GTX 1070, but Nvidia is now expected to be actively releasing drivers for the card in the future.
We’ll be looking to see what Nvidia announces in the coming weeks.