Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video Card Review

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Temperature & Noise Testing

The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Idle and Load Temps:

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When it comes to temperatures the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming ran at 46C at idle on our our open air test bench as the semi-passive cooling fans weren’t spinning. The good news is that with no spinning fans it means the GTX 1070 G1 Gaming makes no noise at idle. At full load while gaming we topped out at 65C, which is pretty decent and no where near hot enough to be of concern. GPU-Z v1.9.0 showed the GTX 1070 G1 gaming used 0.6250V at idle and 1.0500V while at full load.

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Here is a chart that shows the temperatures of the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming versus some other high-end desktop cards and you can see the GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is 17C cooler than the GeForce GTX 1070Founders Edition card!

 

Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

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The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is silent at idle, so it ties all the other 0dB video card models as the loudest thing in the room is our water cooler on the test system as that is the only fan we have running non-stop. The GTX 1070 G1 Gaming topped out at 45dB, which is just barely quieter than the GeForce GTX 1070 reference card. It’s not super loud, but you’ll be able to hear it in your system humming along during long gaming sessions.

** The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X reference card that we are using was the original model with a loud water pump that whines. AMD changed the pump design before the cards hit the retail market, but wasn’t willing to replace ours. We expect retail cards to perform quieter for this and hopefully AMD will send us a replacement card for proper noise testing. **

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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 😀