While both of my 1060 plus a 960 card will run on Linux Mint fine, the 1070 still eludes me, tried with a USB stick using persistence mode to save changes between boots.
Still am getting that screen with the warning on a 1080p monitor, while it works fine on the 4K one (may also work on 2K, I don't have one to test with & likely won't unless gifted to me), the 1070 upwards are different beasts than the lower cost & more popular 1060 models. As well as those having earlier cards that still are in perfect working order, an air duster plus a nice cleanup/repasting goes a long ways towards lifespan, keeping the card running cool isn't an option here.
mint 18 32 bit sees my gtx 460 easy peasy
synergy513, this is one of the Fermi cards, isn't it? If so, a good one, and a clean install of Mint 18 will load a compatible driver, although the recommended proprietary has to be enabled after boot with Driver Manager. Oddly shows as recommended highlighted in green, yet that dang nouveau driver loads instead, the install of that (one of the 375.xx drivers was recommended, not those for the 960/1060 series), plus any AMD/Intel microcode requires a reboot.
I also like the fact that a PPA is no longer needed with Mint 18 for NVIDIA drivers, these can be selected from the Driver manager, and in the Administrative tools, there'll be a NVIDIA settings option, where we can choose which power mode desired, by default, adaptive was chosen on mine, although chose Performance instead to get the most bang from my cards.
BTW, the 1070 onwards are true beasts, I wouldn't take today what was given for mine last year, as pricing has hiked for this series, today I could purchase two 1060 cards for the asking price of one (around $579), the 1070 goes for even more, that one cost $429 new, once dipped down to $409, rose & never dropped in price again. Now out of stock & the rest of the options on the page are way overpriced, above that of the Founder's Edition.
Only select 1080 versions are a value now, this a a nice FTW + ACX 3.0 cooling version for the price today.
I'll take a pass on the upcoming 'rehash' of today's cards, am awaiting & saving for next year's offerings, which by reports, will include GDDR6 memory & more of it than today's 3-11GB offerings. We'll see GPU's offering 20GB in the next few years at both NVIDIA & AMD's growth rates, that & the bus are what separates the good ones from the garbage.
BTW, whatever happened to 512 bit graphics cards? I did see an AMD one not too long back, nothing close to that with NVIDIA. Used to be 512 bit was a common performance GPU.
Hopefully the OP has found an answer from our suggestions, most of those who has the 1070 loves these cards, 8GB GDDR5 for $429 was a steal compared to 2015, when the top line cards were usually 4GB & at a steeper cost, actually 2x the price, as many 970/980/980Ti owners found out way too late. By chance, except for the few 1080's left at a reasonable price above (I'd had purchased that one at the time of the 1070, had it been that price), the 10 series line is in essence over, except for the clearance of the leftovers.
Don't fall for the upcoming release, as it's not truly a 'full' release, not like the 1080 was compared to the 980, more of an upgraded 10 series card, many had lots of real estate left on the board for future upgrading by NVIDIA, who in turn sells the boards to their partner vendors after a Founder's Edition launch. Please don't be fooled by 1050 through 2080 editions, these will be an overpriced 'transitional release' just to make more profit from boards already in the hands of tens (if not hundreds) of millions of consumers, and the real release in the sense of one built from the ground up will be in 2018 with DDR6 memory, which the current board can't support.
Although I give NVIDIA credit where due, this was a planned release all along in two phases, the 10 series & 20 on the same board, a marketing success & the one who came up with the idea deserves a well earned promotion, as the suckers dives into what they'll think to be new releases. Think about it for a moment, the 9GB 1060 'FE' never happened & 1070 wasn't on the drawing board. although there is a 1080 one. Seems like NVIDIA is targeting the upper & lower tiers more so than the middle of the pack (other than the 960/1060), the mainstream consumers & hopefully that'll change for the better.
As far as Linux & large GPU's goes, my only suggestion is a monitor upgrade, the only thing that so far, has worked for me in testing only. I won't be installing Linux Mint on this PC, so won't be reaping the benefits.