GTX 1070 Ti is one of the cards that game lovers admire. So is GTX 1070 Ti really good?Here is the GTX 1070 Ti Review
Nvidia places the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti in the gap between 1070 and 1080. The manufacturer’s AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 thus provides a faster competitor for less than 500 euros. The non-overclocked custom designs Asus Strix and Inno3D iChill X3 convince in the test with quiet 2.5-slot coolers.
The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is almost a GTX 1080
While the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition (test) is on par with the test of the Radeon RX Vega 64 (test) in the course of ComputerBase, the GeForce GTX 1070 (test), which is more expensive on paper, was inferior to the Radeon RX Vega 56 in terms of performance (Test). Nvidia obviously didn’t want to let that sit on them and because the competitor cannot deliver high quantities at the RRP even months after the market launch, let alone faster custom designs, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was launched. Shortly before the Christmas business, not a bad idea from this perspective.
Compared to the original GeForce GTX 1070 at an unchanged RRP of 429 euros as the Founders Edition, the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers a higher GPU computing power for an RRP of 469 euros, which almost comes close to that of a 130 euros more expensive GeForce GTX 1080. The memory bandwidth, on the other hand, remains unchanged; GDDR5X is not used. Ex-factory overclocked custom designs of the new Ti could still be dangerous for the GeForce GTX 1080, which is precisely why Nvidia prohibited them. Manual overclocking, however, are allowed as usual – and Nvidia also explicitly advertises it.
An Asus Strix and an Inno3D iChill X3 in the test
The Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Strix and Inno3D GeForce GTX 1070 iChill X3 models that have arrived at the editorial office for the test offer the same clock rates as all other GeForce GTX 1070 Ti including the Founders Edition, the difference should be made by the cooling systems. ComputerBase compared both models with each other and with the relevant competition
An almost fully activated GP104 as the basic structure
The GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1080, and GeForce GTX 1070 Ti all have the same core: the GP104 GPU, which is manufactured using the 16 nm FinFET process, is 314 mm² in size and weighs 7.2 billion transistors. The GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 Ti are only separated by a deactivated streaming multiprocessor (SMX) with 128 shaders and eight texture units (TMU) – the difference to the GeForce GTX 1070 is significantly greater.
The memory interface is 256 bits wide, but only 4,000 MHz fast.
There are no restrictions on the memory interface. Eight 32-bit memory controllers also result in a 256-bit wide interface on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. The full 64 ROPs are active, as is the two-megabyte L2 cache. The eight-gigabyte memory is only of the GDDR5 type and clocks at 4,004 MHz. GDDR5X is reserved for the GeForce GTX 1080 (Ti).
Nvidia provides a base clock of 1,607 MHz and an average boost of 1,683 MHz for the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, a mixture of GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070. The maximum power consumption of 180 watts is on par with the GeForce GTX 1080, from which the Founders Edition also inherits the cooler with vapor chamber.
Higher clock rates are possible
From the factory, all custom designs of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti clock at the same speed; OC clock rates that are fixed in the BIOS are not allowed. However, it is still permitted for the partners to offer higher frequencies and power limits via software tools (e.g. Asus GPU Tweak II or Gigabyte Aorus Graphics Engine). And manual overclocking is as possible as ever.
Asus relies on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cooler
Asus uses the significantly better cooler of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Strix / Radeon RX Vega 64 Strix on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Strix compared to the GeForce GTX 1070. It is also 30 centimeters long and – for the first time for the manufacturer – a height of 2.5 slots. A large aluminum radiator and six heat pipes are responsible for heat dissipation. Three fans with a diameter of 90 millimeters are installed on the graphics card, which completely stops operation at low temperatures.
The starting speed is 850 revolutions per minute at least 57 degrees Celsius on the GPU. While the graphics card adheres to Nvidia’s clock and current specifications in the delivery state, an OC profile can be selected with Asus’ own GPU tweak 2 tools. This increases the base clock rate by 76 MHz to 1,683 MHz. The power target remains unchanged. If you want to overclock manually, you can also increase the power target up to 120 percent here.
Both shine brightly, only the Asus but as desired
Both graphics cards come with RGB lighting. The implementation on the Inno3D GeForce GTX 1070 Ti iChill X3 is, however, kept simple. The fans glow white and, depending on the fan speed, the Inno3D lettering changes from blue to red. The lighting on the Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Strix, on the other hand, is much more complex and can be comprehensively configured using a tool like Asus Aura.