NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition 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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Idle and Load Temps:

GeForce GTX 1070 Temps

When it comes to temperatures the GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 Founders Edition graphics card were 35C at idle and 82C at load while gaming on our open air test bench. This is not a 0dB fan design, so notice the fan was spinning at 1100 RPM at idle and then 2773 RPM at load.

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Here is a chart that shows the temperatures of the GeForce GTX 1070 FE versus some other high-end desktop cards.

 

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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Like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the GeForce GTX 1070 also isn’t the quietest card we’ve ever tested, but it isn’t the loudest either. We have no complaints about the sound level or choke whine issues with our sample card.

** 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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  • 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.

  • CCKMA

    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.