Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1070 If you ware looking for an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card to purchase you will quickly find that there are 21 different models widely available from NVIDIA's board partners in North America. Gigabyte alone has five different models to pick from as you have Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition for those that are looking for the NVIDIA reference design and then four custom cards. The custom cards include the Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC model for Small Form Factor (SFF) builders, a GTX 1070 WindForce OC model as the entry level card, a GTX 1070 G1 Gaming aimed at gamers and then the GeForce GTX 1070 Extreme Gaming for those that are concerned with overclocking or what the highest clock speeds possible. Most gamers aren't going to pay a premium for the Founders Edition by NVIDIA and while we love the Mini ITX form factor the full sized cards are still the most popular cards sold. That leaves three full sized Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 models that gamers will be interested in picking. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Video Card Models
Gigabyte GTX 1070 Gigabyte GTX 1070 Gigabyte GTX 1070
Model WINDFORCE OC G1 Gaming Xtreme Gaming
Part Number GV-N1070WF2OC-8GD GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD GV-N1070XTREME-8GD
GPU boost clock 1746MHz (Gaming) 1771MHz (OC Mode) 1784MHz (Gaming) 1822MHz (OC Mode) 1873MHz (Gaming) 1898MHz (OC Mode)
GPU base clock 1556MHz (Gaming) 1582MHz (OC Mode) 1594MHz (Gaming) 1620MHz (OC Mode) 1670MHz (Gaming) 1695MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Memory clock 8008 MHz 8008 MHz 8008 MHz
Memory interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Number of Fans WindForce 2x 90mm Fans WindForce 3x 90mm Fans WindForce Stack 3x 100mm Fans
Length 298mm 280mm 291mm
RGB Lighting No Yes Yes
Power 1x 8-pin 1x 8-pin 1x 8-pin & 6-pin
Warranty 3-years 3-years 4-years
Price  $399.99  $429.00  $459.99
The lowest priced Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 is the WindForce OC model at $399 and you can think of this as the entry-level card with the lowest clock speeds and a GPU cooler with the least number of fans. Up from there you have the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming OC that has slightly higher clock speeds along with a beefed up GPU cooler for only $30 more bucks. Then for another $20 you have the totally decked out Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming that has the highest clock speeds, largest GPU cooler, full RGB lighting and the longest warranty (to get 4-years you might register it right away). The model that we'll be looking at today is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming as it is aimed at gamers and at just $429 it costs less than the Founders Edition model and looks to have some great features. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video Card The card that we are looking at today is the Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming and they styling of the card shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. Gigabyte has stuck with a black PCB, flat black fan shroud with some orange accents that form an 'X' and black fan blades. Most gamers are happy with black and it doesn't appear that the video card manufacturers are wanting to stray away from that color much these days. The WindForce 3x GPU cooler has three 11-blade 90mm dust-proof cooling fans (Power Logic PLD08010S12H) that are optimized for silent airflow. Gigabyte calles these 3D Active fans and claim that the raised triangle shaped edges help increase the airflow by up to 23% over a traditional smooth fan blade surface. The fans help dissipate the heat from two aluminum finned cooling arrays that are interwoven with two large copper composite heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU. The design looks to be well done and the GPU cooler does use a thermal pad that makes contact with the MOSFETs to ensure the PWM components are kept at safe temperatures to ensure product longevity. Gigabyte is using a 6+2 power phase design for those that are concerned about having stable voltage output. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is a fairly large card that measures in at 280mm x 114mm x 41mm (L x W x H), so at 11-inches in length you might want to make sure it fits in your chassis if you have a mid-tower or some other smaller chassis. Along the top edge of the card the Gigabyte logo and the words 'Fan Stop' feature 16.8M color customizable RGB lighting with some neat lighting effects that can be managed through the Gigabyte Xtreme Engine Utility. Like many of the other NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 cards on the market, the Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming features a semi-passive fan design. This means the fans seldom run when the card is running in 2D mode or even when doing some light 3D gaming, so it has true 0dB performance. Once the card passes a certain temperature threshold the fans will kick on to help keep the GPU cool. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming SLI Connectors Along the top edge of the  mounting bracket you'll find the NVIDIA SLI interconnect for those that wanted to run two of these cards together for improved gaming performance. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 series doesn't have SLI multi-GPU support, so the GeForce GTX 1070 is the lowest priced Pascal GPU powered card to support SLI. Gigabyte claims that they used their 'GPU Gauntlet Sorting' system for the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming to ensure higher overclocking than the GeForce GTX WindForce OC models. Gigabyte does have a dual-bios solution in-place on this card, but it's an automated process where if one BIOS fails the card rolls over to the second one without you having to do anything. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 8-Pin Power Connector On the other end of the top edge of the GTX 1070 G1 Gaming you'll find the one rear-facing 8-pin PCIe external power connector. Gigabyte recommends a 500W or greater power supply for your gaming system with this model. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Backplate The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming comes with a full coverage black metal back plate to help protect the components on the back of the card and to add rigidity to the card to keep it from looking saggy on the far side of the PCIe x16 slot interface. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Display Outputs Gigabyte went with three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs as well as single HDMI 2.0b and Dual-Link DVI-I when it comes to video outputs. The HDMI 2.0 port does support 4K (up to 4096x2160) @ 60Hz! Gigabyte does not include any DVI to VGA adapters or SLI bridges in the accessory bundle with this card, so just a friendly heads up there. We aren't going to bother showing you the box or retail bundle as you just get a quick start guide and a driver disc (who really loads drivers from a CD-ROM these days anyway?). [gallery ids="184460,184459,184458,184457,184456,184455,184454,184461"] To get the best user experience with the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming you'll need to download a utility called Xtreme Gaming. This software allows you to control all your Gigabyte gaming devices (video cards, mice, keyboard etc.) and it also allows you to overclock the graphics card. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming comes out of the box in gaming mode, so if you want to run the higher factory overclock speeds you'll need to set it to OC mode. You can also choose to manually overclock the card and this utility allows you to adjust clock speeds, voltages, fan speeds, power limits and the temperature limit. You can also adjust the fan speed curve along with the LED RGB lighting color, styles and brightness. This application even allows you to log the data from the video card, so it is a very robust utility that comes in handy. We left the card at the default 'Gaming' mode setting as that is how it comes out of the box and we figured most people will leave it like that especially if they don't install this optional utility. Now that we have the basics out of the way we can take a look at the test system and get to the benchmarks!

Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we've always done out testing 'hot' since the site started back more than a decade ago. Video Cards & Drivers used for testing: 1070-test-system

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements. Test System Settings Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video Card GPU-Z Info: gtx1070-gpuz Let's move on to the Battlefield 4 benchmark results!

Battlefield 4

bf4-screenshot Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011's Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4's single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China's current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States. bf4-settings This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark with these settings on the Shanghai level. All tests were done with the DirectX 11 API. bf4-1080p Benchmark Results: At the popular 1080p gaming resolution, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming was about 4.5 FPS faster on average than the GeFOrce GTX 1070 Founders edition, but at 150FPS you won't even tell the difference. If you have an old GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 380X you'll see huge performance gains updating from a mainstream $150-$200 graphics card from just 2-3 years ago.  The Radeon R9 270 2GB from 2013 cost $179 when it was released and averages only 45 FPS, so updating to a modern 2016 graphics card will give you huge performance improvements!  bf4-2k Benchmark Results: When scaling the resolution up to 2k (2160×1440), the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming performs like a champ with 97 FPS averages that put it right smack in the middle of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards!  bf4-4k Benchmark Results:  When it comes to 4k UHD gaming, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming can pull it off on some game titles and in BF4 we were hitting 49 FPS on average and that is playable. With a little overclocking we should be able to get close to 55 FPS on this title if we can get a decent overclock! 

Fallout 4

Fallout4 Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3.  The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015. fallout4 settings Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can't be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth. fallout-1080p Benchmark Results: In Fallout 4, at 1080p resolution, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming was about 2 FPS on average faster than the reference card design and had no problems running Fallout 4!  fallout-1440p Benchmark Results: With the display resolution bumped up to 2160×1440, the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming was about 1 FPS faster than the GTX 1070 Founders Edition!  fallout-4k-1070 Benchmark Results: With the display resolution bumped up to 2160×1440, the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming averaged 46 FPS versus the 45 FPS seen on the GTX 1070 FE.

Grand Theft Auto V

GTAV Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015.  Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos.  It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements. GTA5-settings GTA5-settings2 In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with no MSAA with 16x AF and high image quality settings as we didn't want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted both the minimum and maximum values as those results are garbage due to major inconsistencies. gtav-1080p 1080P Benchmark Results: The GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming came in at 125 FPS on average for GTAV, so you'll have no problem on this game title on a 1080P display!  gtav-1440p 1440P Benchmark Results: Scaling up the resolution to 1440P, the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming was only 1 FPS higher than the GeForce GTX 1070 FE, so the extra clock speed doesn't help too much. A 1% performance gain from a 5.8% clock speed is a bit lower than we expected, but we triple checked everything and we clearly are being performance limited by more than just the cards overall GPU clock speed.  gtav-4k-1070 4K Ultra HD Benchmark Results: Moving up to a 4K gaming resolution the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is only 1 FPS ahead of the GTX 1070 FE and has respectable performance for this price point as it hangs with many of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti partner boards that were hundreds more just months ago. 

Tom Clancy's The Division

TheDivision Tom Clancy's The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced during Ubisoft's E3 2013 press conference, and was released worldwide on March 8th, 2016. The Division is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpoxpandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply "The Division", is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division's operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer. The Division settings The Division uses Ubisoft's new proprietary engine known as Snowdrop, which is made for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Snowdrop was created in-house, at Massive, in response to a specific requirement: to do things better, not bigger. The engine focuses on dynamic global illumination, stunning procedural destruction and a great amount of detail and visual effects. The developers wanted a powerful engine that works intelligently and not by brute force only. The Division settings We ran The Division with the image quality settings set at Ultra and VSYNC was disabled. We tried to FRAPS to benchmark with these settings, but found it was pretty much impossible due to the night and day cycle always changing when you enter the game and the spot where you load in the open world is slightly different. Unable to get consistent results we resorted to used the games built-in benchmark. the-division-1080 1080P Benchmark Results: The Division showed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming was about 2 FPS faster than the GTX 1070 FE at 1080P!  the-division-1440 1440P Benchmark Results:  As we scale up to 1440P resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming still has about a 2 FPS lead on the GeForce GTX 1070 FE.  the-division-4k 4K Ultra HD Benchmark Results: When moving up to 4K UHD resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming was still a couple FPS ahead of the GTX 1070 FE, so some notable performance gains from a card that costs less!

3DMark Fire Strike

3Dmark Fire Strike Benchmark Results - For high performance gaming PCs Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX 11 hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike Benchmark Results:

firestrike-1070

Benchmark Results: The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming scored 15,222 points versus the 14,788 points turned in by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 FE.

Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark Results: firestrike-extreme-1070

Benchmark Results: In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming scored 8,110 points while the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 FE scored 7,746 points.

3DMark Time Spy - DX12

3DMark Time Spy just recently came out and it is the latest and greatest DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers. 3DMark Time Spy With DirectX 12 on Windows 10, game developers can significantly improve the multi-thread scaling and hardware utilization of their titles to draw more objects, textures and effects for your viewing enjoyment. 3DMark Fire Strike is a great high-end DirectX 11 benchmark test, but doesn't really show off what new graphics cards can do on a DirectX 12 game title that will have much more going on while you are playing. 3DMark Time Spy Settings We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results: timespy-gtx1070 In this DX12 benchmark we see the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 8GB performing 3.5% better than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FE graphics card. timespy-gtx1070-gpu With Async Compute disabled you can how the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1000 Pascal series cards finally see a performance boost from this new DX12 feature!

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: gigabyte-stock-temps 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. temp-testing-gtx1070 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.

noise-1070 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. **

Power Consumption

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 4 at 3840x2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter. power-1070 Power Consumption Results: The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 topped out at 281 Watts when running BF4 at 4K resolutions and that was ~18 Watts more than the reference card. Not bad considering the higher clock speeds and additional cooling fans. The idle power consumption was only 4W higher than the GTX 1070 FE, so they are basically the same. 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Overclocking

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is a pretty fast card right out of the box, so we couldn't wait to manually overclock it to squeeze some more performance from the card. xtreme-gaming-utility3 We installed a latest version of the Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming utility to overclock the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming video card! You can use whatever software utility you like for overclocking but we thought we'd try it out as it's been a bit since we've used Gigabytes utility. In case you forgot, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card is clocked at 1506 MHz base with a boost clock of 1683 MHz. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is factory overclocked up to 1595 MHz base and 1785 MHz boost with its default 'gaming' mode settings. We know this card should have more overclocking headroom in it from previous overclocking experiences with the GeForce GTX 1070, so let's see if we can get this Pascal GPU closer to 2,100 MHz when boosting in game titles. overclock-utility The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 has already proven itself to be a good overclocker, so we had high hopes for Gigabytes custom board. Using the Gigbabybte Xtreme Gaming utility you can increase the power target to 111% and if you leave the GPU Temp Target locked it will automatically increase to 92C. We pushed the GPU Clock offset to +155MHz and the Mem Clock Offset to +800MHz on our card and found it was stable in the game titles that we tested. If we went up to +160 on the GPU Clock Offset we'd get driver crashes in 3D applications. gtx1070-overclock This overclock meant that we were running at up to 2088 MHz at times thanks to NVIDIA Boost 3.0 on the core and 2202.2 MHz (8808 MHz effective) on the 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Almost 2.1GHz on the core clock and we aren't going to complain with that! Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Stock: firestrike-stock Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Overclocked (+155/+800): firestrike-oc By overclocking the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming graphics card we were able to take the score of 8,110 points on 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and raise it up to 8,752. This is a 642 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 7.9 percent. The overal FPS average in Graphics Test 1 went from 44.73 to 48.42, which is a 8.2% performance gain in this particular graphics test. We benchmarked the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming overclocked to +155MHz core and +800MHz memory in a number of game titles and found that it was rock solid with nice performance gains. bf4-oc For example in BF4 at 3840 x 2160 we averaged 48.9 FPS on before the overclock and 53.9 FPS after the overclock. Not a bad bump up and getting close to a stock GeForce GTX 1080 FE! Let's wrap this review up!

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is the first custom GeForce GTX 1070 that we've look at from one of NVIDIA's board partners and it looks pretty good. It offers slightly better performance at a significantly lower price point than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, so you have yourself a solid gaming card that will chew up 1080P and 1440P game titles. 4K gaming can be done on this card,  but you'll find yourself wanting more power in a wide variety of game titles at that resolution and we still recommend the GeForce GTX 1080 for serious 4K gamers. The GTX 1070 FE design is still interesting though as multi-GPU setups can benefit from the external exhaust design better than an open GPU cooler like the WindForce 3x model used on the GTX 1070 G1 Gaming. When it comes to overclocking performance the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming overclocked well. We got our test sample up to nearly 2.1GHz on the core clock when boosting and stayed above 2GHz once at operating temperature for long gaming durations. The Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming software utility was very nice to have and it was easy to overclock the card, adjust the fan profile to our liking and even adjust the RGB lighting profiles. Pricing for the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is $429.00 right now on Amazon, but NVIDIA has been having a tough time keeping up with demand on pretty much all of the new Pascal series cards. If you are looking for a good all around gaming card the GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming from Gigabyte is certainly a contender. The toughest part about buying a GeForce GTX 1070 is finding one available to purchase for a reasonable price as some retailers are inflating the price due to the supply and demand. We asked Gigabyte for their MSRP for the GeForce GTX 1070 lineup and was told it was this: Hopefully that will help you know what a fair price is as right now some retailers are selling the G1 Gaming for $499 or higher as they are the only ones with it in-stock. LR Recommended Award Legit Bottom Line:  The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming looks great, performs better than the GTX 1070 FE and costs less than the GTX 1070 FE!