Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 GamingIf 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 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|
|Number of Fans||WindForce 2x 90mm Fans||WindForce 3x 90mm Fans||WindForce Stack 3x 100mm Fans|
|Power||1x 8-pin||1x 8-pin||1x 8-pin & 6-pin|
Test SystemBefore 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:
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2 for Radeon RX 480 and Crimson 16.6.2 For All Others
- NVIDIA GeForce 368.81 for GTX 1080/1070/1060/960 and GeForce 362.00 For All Others
Intel X79/LGA2011 PlatformThe 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. Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
|The Intel X79 Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4960X|
ASUS P9X79-E WS
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
|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|
Battlefield 4Battlefield 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. 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. 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! 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! 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 4Fallout 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. 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. 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! 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! 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 VGrand 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. 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. 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! 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. 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 DivisionTom 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 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. 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. 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! 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. 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 Strike3Dmark 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.
Fire Strike Benchmark Results:
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:
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 - DX123DMark 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. 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. We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results: 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. 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 TestingThe 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: 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. 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!
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.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 ConsumptionFor 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 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 OverclockingThe 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. 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. 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. 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: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Overclocked (+155/+800): 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. 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 ConclusionsThe 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:
- Gigabyte GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming - $459
- Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming - $429
- Gigabyte GTX 1070 Windforce OC - $399