NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Video Card Review

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The GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is a dual-slot form factor card that measures in at 10.5-inches in length. The reference card is going to be sold as the ‘Founders Edition’ model by Add-In-Board (AIB) partners and will be available for $70 more than the custom AIB cards. NVIDIA is doing this as to not compete with their customers and to allow gamers that want to still be able to buy the reference design card if they want to know they are getting something that was designed right for long term use.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Power Connector

The top of the GeForce GTX 1070 still has the green LED backlit NVIDIA logo and and also shows the single 8-pin power connector that is needed for proper operation of this 150W TDP card.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Video Card

The faceted body design is something new from NVIDIA for this generation and is identical do the body used on the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition minus the nameplate.

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The GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition card has a full-coverage backplate with a huge removable cutout for improving air flow for SLI users. Those with a multi-SLI setup have had to deal with heat issues and NVIDIA is trying their best to mitigate the heat issues caused by running two cards so close to one another and this is one way to open up some space for the cooling fan!

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The video outputs on the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition video card include three DisplayPort connectors, an HDMI 2.0b connector (supporting 4k@60Hz) and a single dual-link DVI output. This means that NVIDIA offers a total of five video connections, but only four can be used simultaneously. The DisplayPort outputs are 1.2 certified and spec DP 1.3/1.4-ready, which means it supports 4K screens at 120Hz or 5K at 60Hz from a single cable and an 8K display at 60Hz if you are using two cables.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU Cooler

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 features the usual radial fan that has become standard for them in recent years.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 PCB

NVIDIA says that the default GPU Boost 3.0 settings will allow the GTX 1070 to boost up to 1683MHz and the cards target temperature is 83C by default. Once you pull the CPU cooler entirely off you can see the PCB of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition along with the GP104 GPU, GDDR5 memory ICs and the 4-phase dual-FET power phase design. NVIDIA also added extra capacitance to their filtering network, and optimized the power delivery network on the PCB for low impedance. NVIDIA says taht this design allows for great power efficiency, reliability and exceptional overclocking.

Let’s move along to the GeForce GTX 1070 test system and then get straight on to the benchmark results!

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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.