NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Video Card Review

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Ashes of the Singularity – DX12

Ashes of the Singularity Battle

Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the future where descendants of humans (called Post- Humans) and a powerful artificial intelligence (called the Substrate) fight a war for control of a resource known as Turinium. Players will engage in massive-scale land/air battles by commanding entire armies of their own design. Each game takes place on one area of a planet, with each player starting with a home base (known as a Nexus) and a single construction unit.

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We ran the integrated Ashes of the Singularity benchmark utility in DX12 mode with the ‘High’ Image Quality Profile and disabled VSync.

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1080P Benchmark Results: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card was found to be on par with the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti Amp! Extreme Edition and AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video cards. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 FE was almost 10 FPS faster at 1920 x 1080, but all these high-end cards were able to average above 60 FPS.

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1440P Benchmark Results: At 2560×1440 the flagship cards were still performing close to one another, but the performance gap widened to the benefit of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and it averaged 5 FPS more than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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4K Benchmark Results: Only the GeForce GTX 1080 could average more than 60 FPS when running the Ashes of the Singularity DX12 benchmark at 3840×2160 with ‘high’ image quality settings. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X came close at 58.4 FPS, but the GeForce GTX 1070 fell back to 51.9 FPS. Not bad, but it just goes to show there are a couple benchmarks where the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X can pull ahead at the larger resolutions.

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  • Chad Hay

    Just got 18,300 score on firestrike with a zotac 1070 amp extreme running stock clocks, the card boosts to 2038mhz out of the box gonna push the overclock to the max today but im betting it will be one the best overclocking 1070’s especially since it only hit 54c max in firestrike. The only downside is it wont fit into a lot of cases hell i thought my cm storm stryker was a big case and it was a tight fit up against my hd’s and ssd’s cables. But it been great so far love the way it looks and the lighting and even when im gaming its very silent, cant hear it over my case fans.

  • Wookie Groomer

    Can’t wait to see 1070 sli benchmarks against the same cards, some day.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Already asked for another for SLI testing… Crossing my fingers.


    For Ashes of the Singularity test, did you have async enabled for the DX12 test? Given Nvidia still doesn’t have hardware based async and is relying of software tricks to match the hardware edge AMD has with it’s GCN architecture that’s an important distinction to note and expand on

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I selected ‘high’ image quality settings and ran the test. Using v1.1, which has the GPU or CPU focused benchmark option.

  • Marko Novak

    Thx for Temperature & Noise Testing since that is one single information I still needed to know! Definitely waiting for 0db version or AIO water block…

    • Nathan Kirsch

      EVGA and others will certainly have a water cooled version and EKWB will more than likely have blocks soon.

  • Dmitri

    Yay !!!
    The idea to compare 1070 with older cards is nice.
    I’m using gtx570 (heavily overclocked) and it was mostly doing the job at 1920×1200.
    I was only tempted to upgrade to 900 series since i couldn’t see enough value to upgrade to 670 or 770, but then it was not using smaller process.
    So here we are.