Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video Card Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Overclocking

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is a pretty fast card right out of the box, so we couldn’t wait to manually overclock it to squeeze some more performance from the card.

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We installed a latest version of the Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming utility to overclock the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming video card! You can use whatever software utility you like for overclocking but we thought we’d try it out as it’s been a bit since we’ve used Gigabytes utility.

In case you forgot, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card is clocked at 1506 MHz base with a boost clock of 1683 MHz. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is factory overclocked up to 1595 MHz base and 1785 MHz boost with its default ‘gaming’ mode settings. We know this card should have more overclocking headroom in it from previous overclocking experiences with the GeForce GTX 1070, so let’s see if we can get this Pascal GPU closer to 2,100 MHz when boosting in game titles.

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 has already proven itself to be a good overclocker, so we had high hopes for Gigabytes custom board. Using the Gigbabybte Xtreme Gaming utility you can increase the power target to 111% and if you leave the GPU Temp Target locked it will automatically increase to 92C. We pushed the GPU Clock offset to +155MHz and the Mem Clock Offset to +800MHz on our card and found it was stable in the game titles that we tested. If we went up to +160 on the GPU Clock Offset we’d get driver crashes in 3D applications.

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This overclock meant that we were running at up to 2088 MHz at times thanks to NVIDIA Boost 3.0 on the core and 2202.2 MHz (8808 MHz effective) on the 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Almost 2.1GHz on the core clock and we aren’t going to complain with that!

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Stock:

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Overclocked (+155/+800):

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By overclocking the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming graphics card we were able to take the score of 8,110 points on 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and raise it up to 8,752. This is a 642 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 7.9 percent. The overal FPS average in Graphics Test 1 went from 44.73 to 48.42, which is a 8.2% performance gain in this particular graphics test.

We benchmarked the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming overclocked to +155MHz core and +800MHz memory in a number of game titles and found that it was rock solid with nice performance gains.

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For example in BF4 at 3840 x 2160 we averaged 48.9 FPS on before the overclock and 53.9 FPS after the overclock. Not a bad bump up and getting close to a stock GeForce GTX 1080 FE!

Let’s wrap this review up!

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  • Ryan S

    Hi guys, I have the g1 gaming 1070 and I was considering getting an arctic accelero extreme IV for it. Would it be a significant upgrade to the cooling or are the 3x windforce fans enough?
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  • Erez Avital

    just ordered an EVGA GTX 1070 SC from amazon for $409. the FTW is selling for $50 more, isn’t worth it imho, but I don’t need the RGB or extra 5 FPS..

    • Noname

      Let me guss American? The EVGA fanboyism is strong with you guys…

      • Erez Avital

        Not American actually. and I do like EVGA, but wouldn’t say a I’m a fanboy.
        it was the cheapest 1070 I could find at the time. if anything I’m an Asus fanboy, I love their Mobos, they never fail me. what’s wrong with that 😛

  • bob dodd

    Meant intel i5 6600 cpu, my bad

  • bob dodd

    gpu only runs at 50%. it is the windforce oc edition and do not know why. use a intel 51 6600 cpu. sometimes it gets higher but drops right back down,help?

  • alan green

    Page 1 on the first table of specs, the boost clock and the base clock are the wrong way round. Base clock should be slower than the boost clock.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      fixed! Just flipped base/boost labels.

  • Widow Mines

    This card is ok-ish. When i check my computer store this was raised $40 additional than when i bought it. I was hoping to play my current games at 60fps very high/ultra/maximum graphic settings at 1920x1080p gaming. But it didnt. But then again maybe my cpu is to blame. Its a 4year old amd fx8320. Anyway i was able to play with additional fps and no longer has to settle with low/medium/minimum graphic settings just to have a smooth gameplay. So its an okay purchase But then maybe its just buyers remorse. I should have just bought a 1060 or rx480. Last time i bought something i was so satisfied was buying a saxx underwear. It costs twice the average men’s underwear but when i used it, it was perfect for me. I bought 14pcs and im set.

    • alan green

      Pretty sure your cpu is to blame for those low fps. Also your motherboard may have an old PCI-e v2 (x8 speed) instead of the newer PCI-e v3 (x16 speed) slot meaning you only have half the bandwidth of todays motherboards. That didn’t have a large affect on last gen cards but may have more impact with these ones.
      A lot of motherboards have more than one slot, if they do often one slot is faster than the other so make sure you installed it in the fastest one.
      Again that cpu is a bit weak, give it a good overclock as that should help a bit.

      • Coach

        My son’s pc has an 8320. It is likely the bottleneck in your case. I’ve overclocked his @ 4.0 standard but it will run 4.3 without a hiccup. He has a Cooler Master Seidon 240 cooling it.

    • WarHell

      Your CPU is a bottleneck. I have the same card, but with a i7-6700K, I can play most games at 1440p 60 fps or more (In some games I need to reduce the AA, though). I’ve tested 4K in Overwatch and others and they’re very playable.

    • A play on Little Minds

      I saw your post on ncix as well. You have already been told why the card is not performing to your expectation. Stop with your garbage posts already.

    • JackMeOffski

      You’re a moron

  • gamer

    yes, its excellent gpu, dont have myself but my frend have it..

    its fast and running games silent and low temp.

    also tue 4k games gpu and whats important today,low watt eater.

  • turtlemaster

    How can you call this a review without taking apart the cooler and let us see the heat sink and pcb man come on it’s standard stuff.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks for the feedback… I did that for a decade and people never commented on it, but I’ll start doing it again if people ask for it!

  • Javier Saove

    I have one of this card. Is amazing!.

  • Corvo Attano

    i think that i will go with this card, Because its basically a monster, and almost all my pc parts are from gigabyte and i didn’t have any problem with them..

    Thanks for the Review, and please review msi gtx 1070 gaming x gpu too!

    Much appericiated 😀