Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video Card Review

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2 for Radeon RX 480 and Crimson 16.6.2 For All Others
  • NVIDIA  GeForce 368.81 for GTX 1080/1070/1060/960 and GeForce 362.00 For All Others

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Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements.
Test System Settings

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor ASUS PB287Q 28″ 4K

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video Card GPU-Z Info:
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Let’s move on to the Battlefield 4 benchmark results!

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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 😀