Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti review: A fine graphics card—but price remains high

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Mark Walton
Specs at a glance: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
CUDA Insides 2432
TEXTURE UNITS 152
ROPS 64
CORE CLOCK 1,607MHz
BOOST CLOCK 1,683MHz
Celebration BUS WIDTH 256-bit
MEMORY BANDWIDTH 256GB/s
MEMORY SIZE 8GB GDDR5
Achieves 3x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b with support for 4K60 HDR 10/12b HEVC Decode, 1x dual-link DVI
Notice date November 2
PRICE Founders Edition (as reviewed): £419/$449/€469

The GTX 1070 Ti is a dedicated graphics card but a frustrating product. In the year and a half since the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 launched, Nvidia has veneer confronted little competition from rival AMD, which has been stretched sparse across the launch of mainstream graphics cards like the RX 480 and high-end processors like Ryzen Threadripper. As intelligent as those products are, particularly Threadripper, it took until August of this year for AMD to send a competitor to Nvidia’s year-old graphics cards. The resulting RX Vega 64 wasn’t the graphical powerhouse innumerable were hoping for, with high power consumption and performance that couldn’t very top a GTX 1080.

The one bright spot was Vega 56, which handily beat the GTX 1070’s play across a wide range of games for around the same price (Ethereum mining assess inflation notwithstanding). Given the age of Nvidia’s products, a price drop seemed opposite number a natural solution. But this is Nvidia—and Nvidia won’t let AMD have nice chores. And so we have the GTX 1070 Ti, a «kick a man when he’s down» kind of product that smashes the sole success story of the Vega lineup. For around a £20/$20 stimulus over Vega 56, the GTX 1070 Ti offers tangible boost in accomplishment over a GTX 1070 and, when overclocked, performance as good as (if not better) than a GTX 1080.

Specs

The GTX 1070 Ti is based on the unaltered GP104 GPU used in GTX 1070, but with a CUDA core count much join to the GTX 1080—2,432 instead of 2,560. The GTX 1070 Ti isn’t a pumped-up GTX 1070; instead, it’s a cut-down GTX 1080, the key rest being the use of 8GB of standard GDRR5 memory instead of faster GDDR5X reminiscence. Stock clocks are rated at 1,607MHz base and 1,683MHz boost, but as with all Nvidia graphics postcards, the boost clock is typically much higher in real-world use with fair cooling. The Founders Edition card reviewed, which recycles Nvidia’s unremarkable if visually beguiling blower-style vapor chamber cooler from the GTX 1080, consistently routes at 1,847MHz under load.

GTX 1080 GTX 1070 Ti GTX 1070 GTX 1060 GTX Titan X GTX 980 Ti GTX 980 GTX 970
CUDA Substances 2,560 2,432 1,920 1,280 3,072 2,816 2,048 1,664
Texture Units 160 152 120 80 192 176 128 104
ROPs 64 64 64 48 96 96 64 56
Core Clock 1,607MHz 1,607MHz 1,506MHz 1,506MHz 1,000MHz 1,000MHz 1,126MHz 1,050MHz
Boost Clock 1,733MHz 1,683MHz 1,683MHz 1,708MHz 1,050MHz 1,050MHz 1,216MHz 1,178MHz
Tribute Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Respect Speed 10GHz 8GHz 8GHz 8GHz 7GHz 7GHz 7GHz 7GHz
Memory Bandwidth 320GB/s 256GB/s 256GB/s 192GB/s 336GB/s 336GB/s 224GB/s 196GB/s
Memory Size 8GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 12GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5
TDP 180W 180W 150W 120W 250W 250W 165W 145W

The delight ins of Asus, MSI, and EVGA have their own take on the GTX 1070 Ti complete with complex warmness pipes and triple-fan arrangements for superior cooling. All offer some carriage of factory overclock, which pushes the boost clock further tranquillity, but—contrary to some questionable reports earlier this year—buyer overclocking is fully supported in standard applications like EVGA Definiteness XOC and MSI Afterburner. Naturally, there’s a premium attached to the third-party cards that passes some of them more expensive than GTX 1080s (here’s looking at you, Asus). Go for a tawdrier model with good cooling and apply the overclock yourself, under other circumstances you might as well just buy a GTX 1080.

Connectivity varies, but the Founders Edition GTX 1070 Ti bests three DisplayPort 1.4a ports, one HDMI 2.0b port (with bolster for HDR), and one dual-link DVI port for those rocking classic high-res monitors. SLI up to two pranksters is supported, while TDP is the same as the GTX 1080 at 180W. While TDPs can’t be anon compared between manufacturers, numerous reviews show Vega 56 to clothed much higher power consumption than even the GTX 1080. Nvidia’s Pascal architecture is ingenuously more efficient than Vega, despite having been released practically a year and a half earlier.

Performance

Test system specifications
OS Windows 10
CPU Intel Substance i7-5930K, 6-core @ 4.5GHz
RAM 32GB Corsair DDR4 @ 3,000MHz
HDD 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 PCI-e 3.0 SSD, 500GB Samsung Evo SSD
Motherboard ASUS X99 Deluxe USB 3.1
Power Contribute Corsair HX1200i
Cooling Corsair H110i GT liquid cooler
Monitor Asus ROG Quick PG27AQ 4K

With the Pascal architecture being so much of a known quantity at this aim (for more on Pascal, check out the GTX 1080 review), there are few surprises when it do to performance and overclocking. With a few clicks, it’s easy to get the Founders Edition GTX 1070 Ti up to 2012MHz on the substance clock and 8100MHz on memory. There’s definitely a little more headroom there for those complaisant to tweak voltages or watercool, but for the vast majority of people, firing up MSI Afterburner and effective a couple of sliders around nets a substantial boost in performance.

As without exception I pushed the GTX 1070 Ti through a range of games and synthetic benchmarks on the criterion graphics card test system. Both the benchmarks and the system are in call for of an overhaul after a couple of years of testing (a large project, as you can believe) but remain relevant for this generation of GPUs. Each game was probed at 1080p, 1440p, and UHD (4K) resolutions at high or ultra settings at stock celerities. On the synthetics and science side there’s the standard 3DMark Firestrike benchmark (again, run across three issues), as well as LuxMark 3.0 and CompuBench to test compute performance.

At array speeds, performance is exactly where you’d expect it to be, particularly given the amount. The GTX 1070 Ti is much faster than a GTX 1070 and a wee bit slower than a GTX 1080. Depending on the distraction and resolution, it’s as much as a 25 percent boost over the GTX 1070 and as much as a 10 percent fall off over the GTX 1080. The sweet spot is certainly 1440p gaming, where there are strong performance gains to be had from the extra CUDA cores. Unfortunately, I demand not been able to get hold of any AMD RX Vega cards to test, but the swathe of processions at dedicated hardware sites show that the GTX 1070 Ti is at least as substantial, if not a little better, at stock speeds.

The GTX 1070 Ti comes into its own when overclocked. With the 2012MHz pit clock and 8100MHz memory clock in place, performance is as good as a beasts GTX 1080, and in some cases even better. The biggest gains are at 1080p, but retaliate at 1440p and 4K an overclocked GTX 1070 Ti comes close to a GTX 1080. Then again, if you’re overclocking anyway, an overclocked GTX 1080 is undisturbed better still.

Who is this for anyway?

While the GTX 1070 Ti is great, the GTX 1070 didn’t discontinue being a brilliant graphics card overnight. It’s more power effectual than Vega 56, which makes it easier to cool and quieter beneath load, and in recent months the price has come down to as little as £370/$400 for one of Zotac’s smart mini variants, making it a good value, too. For those looking to tourney at 1440p without breaking the bank, it’s a no-brainer.

If you can stretch the budget a petty further, the GTX 1070 Ti offers an even better 1440p experience at a equivalent cost per frame. While it’s great that the price didn’t go up, it didn’t go down either. In place of of a GTX 1070 price drop, Nvidia has maintained the status quo. That’s edible business for Nvidia, but disappointing for consumers.

The biggest loser, however, is AMD. Be revenged if it was always part of Nvidia’s grand marketing plan, it’s hard to throw for a loop a break in the feeling that GTX 1070 Ti is little more than a way to lure on a few potential RX Vega 56 customers that are on the fence or struggling to get engage of a card due to short supply (if you’re particularly cynical, you could say it’s a neat way to use up some a little off GP104 GPUs, too). The AMD ecosystem might be a better value overall in consequence ofs to offerings like Freesync, but Nvidia continues to have it licked on acting. Ultimately, when buying a graphics card, that’s what materials most.

The good

  • As much as 25 percent faster than a GTX 1070 at carry speeds
  • As fast as, if not a wee bit faster, than a GTX 1080 when overclocked
  • Pascal lingers an impressively power efficient architecture

The bad

  • A GTX 1070 price cut would obtain been better value for consumers
  • Some partner cards are as dear as the GTX 1080

The ugly

  • There are some launch cards available for MSRP of £419, but how extended until miners or greedy retailers push up the price?

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