So basically a 50% increase in 2-3 years. Not exactly ground-breaking when you think of it like that, however here's my experience. I bought a factory overclocked 1070Ti two years ago, just before the 20xx series was released. It runs more like a
GTX1080, and is sweet.
I struggle to max the card out on 1080p gaming (settings to max). Most games use 3-5GB of the card's vRAM. It could easily be argued that it's all I need, and I have little need to go for more at present. There are one or two where I lower shadows or AA, but that's more of an FPS issue. I tend to lock a 60/61 fps, where it's sensible. Anything more is overkill for me personally.
Now I completely get that I'm not a 'power gamer' in that sense, and if we remove the bragging rights idiots, and the pro-gamers (One in 1 million across the world), most people don't really need top whack GPUs. Achieving more than 144 FPS is not necessary 99% of the time (Pro-gamers again). I play PubG, in case you think I'm only playing Minesweeper.
Why the rant? I read a user's 'review':
Ladies and gentlemen, the new 3060-Ti! With 2080S-like performance for just $600AUD or $400USD! The 3060-Ti is the best GPU on the mid-range market, until the 3060 releases.
It's kinda like saying a Lamborghini is mid-range compared to an F1 car.
£400-500 here. It's early. Since when is £400 mid-range? Since when is 50% more than "all I need" considered mid range? Since when is 8GB mid-range? Since when are cards that are completely capable of way over 60fps considered mid range?
Back in 2018, I hemmed and hawed about going for a 1060 6GB, but wanted future proofing for 3-5 years. So far, so good. If anything, the 1070Ti has been overkill most of the time. What I wanted back then was a 4-6GB card with the GPU chip of the 1070 or better. Most don't need more than 4-6GB, but most can do with a slightly faster GPU.
Ok, I get that 2K and 4K gaming requires more vRAM, and more GPU, but that's not really mid range either. That's just marketing [censored]. Imagine if they released a 4GB card with a top-whack GPU. Who would buy it? Anyone on 1080p or less, and don't need more than 4GB vRAM (a lot of people potentially).
Just having a random rant. In no hurry to upgrade. I'd probably upgrade my 2700x CPU first, although there's no need for that either.