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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

After AMD launched the Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards, everyone expected a response from NVIDIA. That came in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti just 6 weeks later.

Based on the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slides in between the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070, which saw a price cut. The Pascal microarchitecture is more than 1.5 years old, but don’t knock it – it still packs a potent punch!

In fact, we end up giving the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition our Editor’s Choice Award! Read our review and find out why!

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specifications Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) against the other two cards based on the GP104 GPU – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104
CUDA Cores256024321920
Textures Per Clock160152120
Pixels Per Clock646464
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1607 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s244.3~255.8 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s102.8~107.7 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit256-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
TDP180 W180 W150 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$449$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) comes in a really nice cardboard box that doubles as a display stand. Not that anyone would actually leave the card there just for display!

Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Quick Start Guide
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Support Guide
  • Limited Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX case badge

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Up Close

Let’s take a quick close-up look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check), and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check).

Like the GeForce GTX 1070, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti comes with a dual-linked DVI port, in addition to the usual suspects – three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b ports.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) has a TDP of 180 W, and requires a single 8-pin PCI Express power cable. It also supports the SLI HB (High Bandwidth) bridge for two-way SLI pairing.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was designed to be the ultimate expression of NVIDIA’s gaming vision. Hence, they crafted it with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminium-framed shroud for strength, rigidity and looks.

Aesthetics aside, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features vapour chamber cooling and has 2x the surface area.

It also boasts a 7-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies. Coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators, they deliver better power efficiency and overclocking headroom.

 

The Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) uses the NVIDIA GP104 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the power-efficient Pascal architecture, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 180 W.

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition, and compared it to the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, as well as the older GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

With a TDP lower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, it’s not surprising to see the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti producing a lower exhaust temperature.

 

The Noise Level

Of course, the lower exhaust temperature might be due to a more powerful, and therefore, noisier, fan. Let’s see how noisy the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition fan really is…

In the video above, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was recorded while it was running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. At the very beginning, you can hear it spool up as the benchmark begins.

Next Page > Benchmarking Notes, The 3DMark Benchmark Results

 

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 388.31 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.3 for the AMD graphics cards.

 

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It came in between the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and the Vega 56 (Price Check), and was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070 were both roughly between the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and the Radeon Vega 56 Price Check) in performance.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) pulled away with the higher resolution. At 1440p, it was 11% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, matching the Radeon RX Vega 56 in performance. It was just 12% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check).

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for flagship graphics cards.

At this resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was 11% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, matching the Radeon RX Vega 56 in performance. It was now 13% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check).

Next Page > Ashes of the Singularity & Total War: Warhammer Benchmark Results

 

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was just 1.6% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 2.7% slower than the Vega 64 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards have a big advantage in AOTS, thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At 1440p, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was virtually equal to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and the Vega 56 in performance. It was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At the 4K resolution, the Radeon RX Vega 64‘s higher memory bandwidth allowed it to pull away from the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti by 4%. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, in turn, was now 7% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 19% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070!

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

All six graphics cards were so fast, they were CPU-limited at this resolution. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was just 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and the Vega 56 has a big advantage here due to their support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the 1440p resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) matched the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was faster by 7%.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this 4K resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) pulled ahead of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), beating it by 6.4%. and the GeForce GTX 1070 by 10%. The Radeon RX Vega 64 remained faster, with the performance gap dropping slightly to 6.5%.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was really fast in this test, delivering average frame rates in excess of 110 fps! This made it practically as fast as the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 11% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) and the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) were the only cards capable of delivering an average frame rate in excess of 75 fps. In fact, their minimum frame rates were higher than the average frame rates of the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was practically as fast as the Radeon RX Vega 64, 10% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 14% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The 4K resolution in The Witcher 3 is really tough on graphics cards, practically halving their frame rates. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) were the only cards to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 40 fps at this resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti continued to keep up with the Radeon RX Vega 64, and was 11% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 14% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) actually edge out the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) by 2%. It was also 16% faster than both Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) continued to edge out the Radeon RX Vega 64 by about 2%. It was now 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 20% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 4K resolution in For Honor is a real frame rate killer. Even the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti could not deliver an average frame rate of 40 fps.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 4% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 22% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all six cards did well, delivering average frame rates far in excess of 60 fps. Notably, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check), GeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) were so fast, their frame rates never dropped below 60 fps.

Thanks to Asynchronous Compute and the CPU limit at this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 was 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. But the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti managed to beat the Radeon RX Vega 56 by 4%, which makes it about 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, every graphics card took a massive hit in their frame rates. But the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was now the fastest card in this comparison.

At this resolution, it was 8% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 24% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

When the resolution was increased to 4K, even the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) took a large hit in its frame rate. Even so, it managed to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 40 fps.

At this extremely high resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was 6% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 23% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Our Verdict & Award

Many critics of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) say that it is a pointless addition to the GeForce 10 Series family. We beg to disagree.

Built on the same NVIDIA GP104 GPU as the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070, it is not meant to beat the AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) continues to maintain a comfortable performance lead.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is really designed to challenge the AMD Vega cards from a price-performance POV. Take a look at this comparison :

Models Texture Fill Rate Pixel Fill Rate Memory Memory Bandwidth TDP Current SRP
Radeon RX Vega 64 319 GT/s
396 GT/s
80 GP/s
99 GP/s
8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s 295 W $499
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 244 GT/s
256 GT/s
122 GP/s
128 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s 180 W $449
$449 (FE)
Radeon RX Vega 56 259 GT/s
330 GT/s
74 GP/s
94 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 410 GB/s 210 W $399
GeForce GTX 1070 181 GT/s
202 GT/s
96 GP/s
108 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s 150 W $379
$399 (FE)

As our Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 reviews have shown, they are both best used for 1440p gaming. The Radeon RX Vega 64 is faster, no doubt, but it is not fast enough for 2160p gaming.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slides right in between them in price and performance. It offers Vega 64-level (or better) performance in DirectX 11 games, and Vega 56-level (or better) performance in DirectX 12 games.

But what most people miss is that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers the same performance with much lower power consumption. It uses 14% less power than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and a whooping 39% less power than the Radeon RX Vega 64.

With minimal effort, NVIDIA just introduced a graphics card for 1440p gaming that is significantly cheaper than the Radeon RX Vega 64, with comparable performance, and significantly lower power consumption… and thermal output.

Instead of being a pointless model, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers one of the most compelling upgrade options for gamers who are looking for a good graphics card for 1440p gaming.

That’s why we think the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Price Check

In addition to the Founders Edition, there is a wide variety of third-party models. You can check their prices and availability here :

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Details Revealed! Rev. 5

Ever since AMD launched the Radeon RX Vega family of graphics cards, NVIDIA was expected to respond with a new graphics card (or two), or a price cut. As we revealed last month, NVIDIA decided to introduce the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to take on the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check).

Now get the full details on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti here – from the initial leaks to the final specifications, and launch price.

Updated @ 2017-10-31 : Added nine additional GeForce GTX 1070 Ti models and their prices [7].

Updated @ 2017-10-28 : Added the final details and pictures of the Founders Edition [6], and updated the launch prices. Also added some purchase links [7].

Updated @ 2017-10-23 : Added the ASUS ROG teaser puzzle [5].

Updated @ 2017-10-22 : Added a new page with pictures and specifications of the leaked GALAX [3] and KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti [4] graphics cards.

Updated @ 2017-10-07 : Added the confirmed launch and availability dates, as well as additional specifications [1]. Updated the specification comparison [2].

Originally posted @ 2017-09-23

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is targeted at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. It is designed to comfortably beat the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), with a 12.5% price premium. NVIDIA has made available the photos of the Founders Edition :

Here is a summary of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti’s key features:

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  • It uses the same NVIDIA GP104 GPU used in the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070.
  • It has 2432 CUDA cores, with 152 TMUs (Texture Mapping Units), and 64 ROPs.
  • It has a base clock speed of 1607 MHz and a boost clock of 1683 MHz.
  • It has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2002 MHz (8008 MHz QDR).
  • It has the same TDP of 180 W as the GeForce GTX 1080, 30 W higher than the GeForce GTX 1070.
  • The Founders Edition has a recommended retail price of US$ 449, US$50 more than the Radeon RX Vega 56.
  • It was revealed on 26 October 2017, with availability on 2 November 2017.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specifications

Here is a comparison table to show how the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti compares against other GeForce 10 Series graphics cards.

Models GPU
Cores
GPU Clock Texture
Fill Rate
Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX
1080 Ti
3584 1480 MHz
1582 MHz
331.5 GT/s
354.4 GT/s
130.2 GP/s
139.2 GP/s
11 GB
GDDR5X
484 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1080
2560 1607 MHz
1733 MHz
257.1 GT/s
277.3 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
110.9 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5X
320 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244.3 GT/s
255.8 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070
1920 1506 MHz
1683 MHz
180.7 GT/s
202.0 GT/s
96.4 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256 GB/s

And how does it compares against the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics cards? Take a look :

Models GPU
Cores
GPU Clock Texture
Fill Rate
Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX
Vega 64
4096 1247 MHz
1546 MHz
319.2 GT/s
395.8 GT/s
79.8 GP/s
98.9 GP/s
8 GB
HBM2
483.8 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244.3 GT/s
255.8 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256.0 GB/s
Radeon RX
Vega 56
3584 1156 MHz
1471 MHz
258.9 GT/s
329.5 GT/s
74.0 GP/s
94.1 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
409.6 GB/s

For more specifications, take a look at The Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Price & Availability

Earlier, we were told that the launch price would be US$ 429. However, NVIDIA decided in the end to introduce the premium Founders Edition at US$ 449 – the same launch price as the GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check).

This makes the Founders Edition about US$ 50 more expensive than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), but the “regular” version should be priced around US$ 379. Of course, the actual street prices will be somewhat higher, and there will be different overclocked versions offered at higher prices.

This lower price point means a price cut for the GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check), which despite rumours to the contrary, is still listed and sold on NVIDIA’s website.

As we leaked earlier, NVIDIA officially revealed the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on 26 October 2017, with the cards only shipping from 2 November 2017 onwards.

Read more about the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Purchase Links

If you are looking to buy one, here are some purchase links to get you started. Technically, these are currently pre-order links, because the cards will only ship on 2 November.

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  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti : $499.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti SC Gaming ACX : $469.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Gaming : $499.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming : $489.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Duke : $469.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming : $489.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium : $489.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini : $449.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition : $469.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme Edition : $499.99

We will add more as we find them, so do check back later.

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The Halloween Leak

Our availability leak was somewhat confirmed by a GIGABYTE leak (caught by Hexus) that hinted at a launch around Halloween (31 October).

Screenshot credit : Hexus.net

The now-removed teaser image showed an AORUS graphics card with the word Ti (the title of the horror movie It flipped) scrawled in red. There was even a red balloon lifting a $100 bill from a wallet, alluding to the money you will save with this card…

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ASUS ROG Teased The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti!

The ASUS ROG team decided to get in on the action by releasing this puzzle on Twitter as a teaser (thanks, Cedric Samonte!). Obviously, the answer is 1070 Ti.

 

Two GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Cards Leaked!

The specifications and pictures of the GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX and GALAXY GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White graphics cards have just been leaked.

Both GALAX cards will have a 1607 MHz base clock, a 1683 MHz boost clock and come with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit interface and a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s. Curiously, their specifications list a maximum TDP of 150 W, which is most likely a typo.

 

 

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The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX Pictures & Details Leaked!

Just a week before the official announcement, KFA2 leaked the details and pictures of the upcoming KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX graphics card. Take a look!

The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX specifications confirm what we revealed earlier. It will have a 1607 MHz base clock, a 1683 MHz boost clock and come with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit interface and a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s.

The pictures also confirm that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will have both 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors, which further proves that the TDP is 180W, not 150W as listed in the GALAX cards’ specifications.

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Here are additional photos that KFA2 “accidentally” released of the card. Unfortunately, the page has now been taken down…

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Review

In conjunction with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, NVIDIA also introduced the Founder’s Edition graphics cards. These are not the reference design cards of yesteryears, but premium editions designed and built by NVIDIA. Hence, they are priced at a premium over regular GeForce cards.

Today, we are really excited to reveal our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition graphics card. Discover what’s so special about the Founder’s Edition, and find out how the GeForce GTX 1070 performs against the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 480!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Specification Comparison

This specification comparison will show you how the GeForce GTX 1070 compares against the flagship GeForce GTX 1080, and the lower-end GeForce GTX 1060.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP106
CUDA Cores256019201280
Textures Per Clock16012080
Pixels Per Clock646448
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1708 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s120.5~136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s72.3~82.0 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit192-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP180 W150 W120 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)
$249
$299 (Founder's Edition)

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

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GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Hands-On Overview

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition graphics card, and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Next Page > Up Close, Founder’s Edition Advantage, Thermal Output

 

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Up Close

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition graphics card.

Gamers with older monitors will be glad to note that the GeForce GTX 1070 will come with a dual-link DVI port, in addition to 3 DisplayPorts and a HDMI 2.0B port.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 has a TDP of just 150 W, so it only comes with a 8-pin PCI Express power connector. It also has SLI connectors, in case you want to pair two GeForce GTX 1070 cards in SLI mode.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition was designed to be the ultimate expression of NVIDIA’s gaming vision. Hence, they crafted it with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminium-framed shroud for strength, rigidity and looks.

Aesthetics aside, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features two copper heat pipes and over 50% more surface area than the GeForce GTX 960.

It also comes with dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies, coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators for better power efficiency. All these Founder’s Edition features provide greater overclocking headroom, allowing these cards to hit clock speeds of 2 GHz!

 

GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 uses the new NVIDIA GP104 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. The smaller process technology allowed NVIDIA to stuff almost 50% more transistors into a die that is almost 12% smaller than the previous-generation GPU.

Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture which is designed for power efficiency, the GeForce GTX 1070 has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 150 W. We tested this out by recording the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition, and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards, as well as the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 380 graphics cards.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

As you can see, it is a surprisingly cool-running card, producing significantly (6.2°C and 4°C respectively) cooler exhaust air than the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 380 graphics cards.

However, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition produced 4°C hotter exhaust air than the Radeon RX 480, which is also a 150W graphics card.

Next Page > Benchmarking Notes, 3DMark Benchmark Results

 

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : Intel Core i7 6700K processor running at 4.0 GHz

Motherboard : ASRock Z170 Extreme4

Memory : 8 GB DDR4-2133 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver version 372.54 for all three NVIDIA graphics cards used in our tests.

We used the Radeon Software 16.8.2 driver for both AMD graphics cards used in our tests. In addition, we enabled the Compatibility Mode for the Radeon RX 480 to ensure that it keeps to its rated 150 W TDP.

 

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that was released just days ago, just in time for this review. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 33% to 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Amazingly, it was 15% to 18% faster than the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which is a higher-end card!

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the most common gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition only had a slim 4%-5% performance advantage over the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti. This shows that the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture is more optimised for DirectX 12, than the Maxwell microarchitecture.

It was also 34% to 53% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 42% to 67% faster than the Radeon RX 480. Very impressive!

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition maintained its slim 3%-5% performance advantage over the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Its performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1060 dropped to 34% to 39%, but improved over the Radeon RX 480 to a range of 51% to 64%.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition actually improved its performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, probably because it has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, instead of just 6 GB. It was now 38% to 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 56% to 68% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

Note that the Radeon RX 480 also has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. So it takes more than just more memory to power through a Ultra HD game.

Next Page > Ashes of the Singularity & Warhammer Benchmark Results

 

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the new Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition proved to be significantly faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, beating it by 11-16%. Astoundingly, it was more than twice as fast as the Radeon R9 380 graphics card.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare…

The performance advantage the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition had over the the GeForce GTX 980 Ti dropped slightly to a range of 6% to 13%. But it maintained its lead over the other cards.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

Only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered playable frame rates. We can see the performance edge the extra memory from the Radeon RX 480 (8GB) gave over the GeForce GTX 1060.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

In this DirectX 12 benchmark, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition did well, delivering about 101 frames per second. This makes it slightly (4%) faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which is an impressive feat.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition extended its performance lead over the Radeon RX 480 (8GB), from 27% to 33%. It also improved its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1060, albeit slightly – from 37% to 38%.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The Ultra HD resolution proved too much for most cards. Only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered playable frame rates. Their performance gap was virtually non-existent, but they were both 40% to 44% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition was really fast in this test, with an average frame rate of almost 100 fps. That’s about 3.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 42% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 52% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

All the cards took a massive hit in frame rate with the resolution boost to 1440p. Only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered average frame rates above 60 fps.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was 2.7% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti42% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 51% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

Higher resolutions in The Witcher 3 are really tough on graphics cards, virtually halving their frame rates. At the Ultra HD resolution, only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered playable frame rates.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was 2.3% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 51% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

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Fallout 4 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 is a relatively “easy” for most graphics cards at the resolution of 1920 x 1080. The GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition did well in this test, of course. But it was just 1.4% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 26% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

Fallout 4 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

When we took the resolution to the next level though, the extra performance started to count. The frame rate of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition only dropped by 9%, even with the much higher resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was now 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti34% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 53% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

Fallout 4 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Boosting the resolution all the way to 4K really taxed the cards. Even the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition could not deliver an average frame rate of 60 fps.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was now 7.4% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti42% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 60% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

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Our Verdict & Award

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition is really beautiful, boasting the same faceted aluminium-framed shrouds of the higher-end GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition and the flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition.

No doubt, the GeForce GTX 1070 is not the gaming graphics card for the masses, which is what the GeForce GTX 1060 aims to be. It costs a whopping US$150 more than its GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition brother, after all.

But make no mistake – you get what you pay for.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition is, on average, about 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition. That makes it perfect for 1440p gaming, with average frame rates of 60 fps. It can deliver playable frame rates at the 4K resolution, but you should disable some image quality features for smoother gameplay. 4K gaming is really best handled by the GeForce GTX 1080.

The new NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture, coupled with the 16 nm FinFET process technology, really helped NVIDIA deliver a significantly better graphics card.

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The GeForce GTX 1070 is, in most cases, about 3%-5% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in DirectX 11 games, and up to 15-18% faster in DirectX 12 games. This is astounding because the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a much more expensive higher-end card in the previous generation line-up. And it draws a lot more power too.

What the GeForce GTX 1070 now delivers is GeForce GTX 980 Ti-class performance at a fraction of the cost, and power consumption. Believe it or not, it only has a TDP of 150 W and uses a single 8-pin power connector! Thanks to Kudos on that, NVIDIA!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition is a guarantee of quality, with a great design. There is no doubt you are buying the best graphics card NVIDIA can produce. But if you don’t need a nice-looking graphics card, you can always opt for the regular GeForce GTX 1070, and save US$70.

For its amazing performance and value, we think it deserves nothing less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, NVIDIA!

 

More GeForce GTX 1070 Information

For more information on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, or the NVIDIA Pascal architecture, please take a look at our previous articles :

 

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