NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Video Card Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Overclocking

As you saw from the benchmarks on the previous pages, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is no slouch at stock speeds! Those looking for even more performance can use an overclocking utility like EVGA Precision X to get even more performance from the GP104 ‘Pascal’ GPU. This is due to the fact that NVIDIA left plenty of overhead with particular GPU for enthusaists and gamers to tap into if they wanted to push the envelope a little bit. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is power limited in most game titles and it will often hit the stock temperature target of 83C, so it will also benefit from additional power and a higher temperature target.

EVGA Precision X OC

We installed a latest version of the EVGA PrecisionX 16 overclocking utility to overclock the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 video card! You can use whatever software utility you like for overclocking, but this was the only one available that supports the Pascal GPU architecture at the time of testing.

GeForce GTX 1070 GPU-Z

In case you forgot, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card is clocked at 1506 MHz base with a boost clock of 1683MHz. The 8GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 2002MHz (8008 MHz effective). Let’s see how much higher we can get this partially disabled GP104 Pascal GPU with 1920 CUDA cores!

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is pretty open when it comes to overclocking. You can increase the power target to 112% and if you leave the GPU Temp Target locked it will automatically increase to 92C. We pushed the GPU Clock offset to +260MHz and the Mem Clock Offset to +325MHz on our card and found it was stable in the game titles that we tested.

GeForce GTX 1070 Overclock

This overclock meant that we were running at up to 2126.0 MHz at times thanks to NVIDIA Boost 3.0 on the core and 2166.8 MHz (8667.2 MHz effective) on the 8GB of GDDR5 memory.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Stock:

3dmark-1070

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Overclocked (+260/+325):

GeForce GTX 1070 3DMark Overclocked Results

By overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition graphics card we were able to take the score of 14,788 on 3DMark Fire Strike and raise it up to 15,998. This is a 1,210 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 8.2 percent. The overal FPS average in Graphics Test 1 went from 82.68 to 91.19, which is a 10.3% performance gain in this particular graphics test.

We benchmarked the GeForce GTX 1070 overclocked to +260MHz core and +325MHz memory in a number of game titles and found that it was rock solid with nice performance gains.

BF4 GeForce GTX 1070 Overclocked

For example in BF4 at 4K resolution we were able to average 48.4 FPS with the stock clocks and then with the GeForce GTX 1070 we were able to average 53.8 FPS. This wasn’t enough to catch up to the stock NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition video card, but it was enough to pass up the retail GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards and we’ll take that for $449 or less if you get a $379 MSRP AIB model!

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In Fallout 4 the overclock helped the GeForce GTX 1070 get from 48.4 FPS on average up to 53.8 FPS. This 11% performance boost was nice to have, but it wasn’t enough to pull ahead of all the GeForce GTX 980 Ti retail cards with their default factory overclocks.

Let’s wrap this review up!

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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.