GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Arrives To Party

NVIDIA recently released the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card at $449 and this card aims to fill the performance gap between the GeForce GTX 1070 ($349) and the GeForce GTX 1080 ($499) to better position the GeForce lineup against AMD's Radeon RX Vega series. NVIDIA slipped this card into the lineup near the end of the expected life span of Pascal and has done some interesting things on this model. For starters all the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards are shipping at the same core and memory clock speeds. This means that clock speeds can't be used to differentiate between models. NVIDIA told us that they did this to simplify the product stack, but overclockers are free to manually overclock the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards for extra performance and 2+ GHz core clocks is something one should aim for. GeForce GTX 1070Ti It is hard to believe that the original NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 series graphics card was released in June 2016 for $449. NVIDIA has reduced the MSRP on the GeForce GTX 1070 over the past year and the MSRP on this model down to $349 and the new Ti model now fills the$449 price point. The original NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 had 1,920 CUDA cores running at up to 1683 MHz or 6.5 TFLOPS of peak single-precision compute performance. The new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti boosts up to the same clock speed, but has 2,432 CUDA cores for 8.1 TFLOPS. Having 512 more CUDA cores is nice, but NVIDIA also unlocked the number of texture units. Rather than having 120 like the 1070 has the new 1070 Ti has 152!  The 8GB of GDDDR5 memory on both cards is clocked at 8,000 MHz (effective) and runs on a 256-bit bus for 256 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
RX Vega 56 GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
GPU Vega 10 GP104 Pascal GP104 Pascal
Transistor Count 12.5 Billion  7.2 Billion  7.2 Billion
GPU Cores 3584  1920  2432
Base Clock 1156 MHz  1506 MHz  1607 MHz
Boost Clock 1471 MHz  1683 MHz  1683 MHz
Texture Units 224  120  152
ROP Units 64  64  64
Memory 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Memory Clock 1600 MHz 8000 MHz 8000 MHz
Memory Interface 2048-Bit HMB2 256-bit GDDR5 256-bit GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth 410 GB/s 256 GB/s 256 GB/s
TDP 210 Watts 150 Watts 180 Watts
Peak Compute 10.5 TFLOPS 6.5 TFLOPS 8.1 TFLOPS
Process Node 14nm 16nm 16nm
MSRP (Nov 2017) $399 $349 $449
The numbers on paper makes it look like a clear win for AMD as it has more cores and texture units along with higher peak compute and memory bandwidth numbers. Looking at numbers on paper and the performance you get in the real world are usually two very different things. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Video Cards by NVIDIA and EVGA Today we'll be taking a look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition and the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2. Both cards have the same GPU, stock clock speeds and are loaded up with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. The big differences between the two is that the reference card is just that, a blower style GPU cooler on the reference designed PCB that has an 8-pin power connector. On the other hand the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti uses a fully custom PCB design with two 8-pin power connectors and their latest high-end dual-fan iCX GPU cooler. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Both cards are the same length 10.5-inches and have a silver and black color scheme that should go with most any case design. The EVGA 1070 Ti FTW2 card easily wins the appearance contest though as it has RGB lighting! GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Video Card Power Connectors To get these cards running properly in your gaming PC you'll need one 8-pin PCIe power connector on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition and two 8-pin PCIe power connectors on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 graphics card. No big deal to gamers, but if you are mining having one 8-pin power connector per card makes life so much simpler for those that might be running 6+ cards on one system. Overclockers will be happy with the EVGA 10+2 power phase design though as it allows for a max power draw of 235 Watts, which is well over the typical power draw of 180 Watts that a stock card uses. Just to the left of the power connectors on the EVGA card there is a switch that gives you access to the cards two BIOS chips. No other EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti comes with a dual vBIOS solution and this is a feature certainly not found on the reference design. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Video Card Backplates Both of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti models that we are looking at today have full coverage backplates. This helps protect the components on the back of the card and reduce PCB flex or sag while your card is hanging in the system for years. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Video Outputs When it comes to video outputs for display connectivity both cards have three standard sized DisplayPort connectors along with one full sized HDMI port and DVI output. Both cards are true dual-slot designs, but notice that EVGA's PCB and iCX cooler designs are much taller. How about we spare you the chit-chat and let's do this! Let's take a look at the test system and then see the benchmarks!

Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used as we switched over to a new system in April 2017 when Windows 10 Creators Update was released. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit version 1703 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: Vega GPU Test System

Intel X99 Platform

The Intel X99 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS X99-E-10G WS motherboard with BIOS 0603  that came out on 03/15/2017. We went with the Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E processor to power this platform and overclocked it up to 4.0GHz on all cores. The Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory kit we used was a 64GB kit (4x16GB) and while it is rated at 3600MHz we actually ran it at 3333MHz at 1.30V with 16-16-16-30 1T memory timings. The Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair RM1000x 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 X99 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor Intel Core i7-6950X
Motherboard
ASUS X99-E-10G WS
Memory
64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz DDR4
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Power Supply Corsair RM1000x
Case HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K
Let's move on to the Battlefield 1 benchmark results!

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 (also known as BF1) is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield Series developed by DICE and published by EA. The game is set during World War I. It was released world wide on October 21, 2016. The singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 1 takes place across six different "War Stories" which revolve around different people in different aspects of the Great War in campaigns such as the Italian Alps and the deserts of Arabia. We benchmark in Through Mud and Blood, which is the second mission in singleplayer campaign. Taking place late in the war, the player assumes the role of Danny Edwards, a British recruit joining the crew of a Mark V Landship named Black Bess as their new tank driver. New to the war and inexperienced in driving the unreliable vehicle, Edwards is given a trial by fire with his first mission: punch through the German line at Cambrai with a broken tank and a crew that has no trust in him. BF1 Through Mud and Blood Battlefield 1 features the Frostbite 3 game engine and has very good graphics with tons of destructibles. Maps also now feature dynamic weather systems, affecting combat in various ways; for example, The St. Quentin Scar can either start as a clear, sunny day, a dark, foggy day, or in the middle of a rainstorm, and switch between them during the round. Battlefield 1 Video Card Settings Battlefield 1 Advanced Video Card Settings We tested BF1 at 1920 x 1080 with the 'Ultra' graphics quality preset in DX12 with the GPU Memory Restriction turned off. We also disabled VSync. Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 reference graphics card edges out the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards at 1080P, 1440P and 4K screen resolutions, but only by a handful of frames on average. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Train Station Deus Ex: Mankind Divided uses a heavily modified version of the Glacier 2 engine that has been tweaked so much that they are now calling it the Dawn game engine. We took a look at GPU performance using the 'High' image quality preset with MSAA and VSync turned off. We picked to run just 'High' image quality settings due to how tough this game title is to render and we feel that most gamers will try to target this setting. Benchmark Results: This DX12 game title with the high image quality preset is pretty tough on graphics cards, but we again found the Radeon RX Vega 56 winning across the board at 1080P, 1440P  and even 4K resolutions. The new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti does help close the performance gap between the GeForce GTX 1070 and the Radeon RX Vega 56, but does not overtake it!

Gears of War 4

Gears of War is a video game franchise created and originally owned by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and published by Microsoft Studios. The series focuses on the conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent & the Swarm. Gears of War 4 was released on October 11, 2016 for the PC and is an interesting game title in the sense that it must be run on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. It uses the DirectX 12 API with features like async compute and tiled resources. Gears of War 4 Screenshot Microsoft and the developer (The Coalition) have worked hard to make the PC port not suck and have placed over 30 graphics cards settings in the option menu with over 100-plus options that you can adjust. We are using the ultra image quality preset with VSync turned off. Gears of War 4 Graphics Options Gears of War 4 Graphics Options Gears of War 4 comes with a built-in benchmark that appears to be pretty decent and shows the average minimum framerate (bottom 5%) in the results. This is the benchmark that we ran on our graphics cards with Ultra image quality settings to see how they would perform. 1440P Benchmark Results: Gears of War 4 showed that the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 gaming can beat the Radeon RX Vega 56, so it shouldn't be a surprise that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti models bested even those numbers and performed higher at 1080P, 1440P and 4K screen resolutions.  

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. Benchmark Results: The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti easily beats the Radeon RX Vega 56 in Fallout 4 and comes really close to performing better than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 air cooled model.  

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris. It is the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon franchise and is the first Ghost Recon game to feature an open world environment. The game moves away from the futuristic setting introduced in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and instead feature a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. Ubisoft described it as one of the biggest open world games that they have ever published, with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts and salt flats. A modified version of the AnvilNext game engine was used.  The game was released on March 7, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ghost Recon Wildlands Image Quality Settings Ghost Recon Wildlands Image Quality Settings Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands was benchmarked with high image quality settings with Temporal AA and 4x AF. V-Sync and the framerate limit were both disabled and we used the game titles built-in game benchmark. 1080P Benchmark Results: Ghost Recon Wildlands showed that the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1070 Ti models could easily perform better than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. 

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 got the following results: In this DX12 benchmark we see the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is at 6,713 points and that is enough to come out ahead of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070's score of 6,490 points, but not the 7187 score of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition or 7,208 score we got on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2.

VRMark

VRMark is a relatively new benchmark aimed at those that might be thinking about buying an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift and knowing what hardware will give them the best VR gaming experience. VRMark includes two VR benchmark tests that run on your monitor, no headset required, or on a connected HMD. At the end of each test, you'll see whether your PC is VR ready, and if not, how far it falls short.

The Orange Room benchmark shows the impressive level of detail that can be achieved on a PC that meets the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If your PC passes this test, it's ready for the two most popular VR systems available today. The orange room rendering resolution is 2264 x 1348, which is 1132 x 1348 per eye and the target desktop frame rate is 109 FPS.
Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 were basically tied here in the VRMark Orange room, but the new 1070 Ti was nearly 1,000 points ahead. The goal in this benchmark is to get 109 FPS as that is the number deemed 'needed' for VR gaming. These two cards easily cover that!  The Blue Room is designed to be a more intense test with a rendering resolution of 5012 x 2880 (5K) and the goal is for a desktop PC to maintain a consistent frame rate of 109 FPS or above without dropping frames to pass this test. Benchmark Results: The VRMark Blue Room is much tougher on GPUs and none pass this test. The 1070 Ti cards score just behind the RX Vega 64 air and are faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56. 

SuperPosition Benchmark

UNIGINE introduced the Superposition Benchmark in April 2017 and it contains a benchmark based on the UNIGINE 2 Engine that is pretty tough on modern graphics cards. We ran the SuperPosition Benchmark performance test with the 1080P High preset. The AMD Radeon Vega 56 scored 8,149 versus the 9,135 on the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming and 10,204 on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition. Here are the FPS results from the benchmark that show the Vega 56 dips down to 50 FPS while the GeForce GTX 1070 drops to 54 FPS and the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FE drips do 61 FPS.

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. Since GPU-Z doesn't yet read the temperatures of VEGA we didn't have a way to record or log or temperatures. Using AMD Radeon Settings isn't good for idle temperatures as it uses the GPU, so we ended up using GPU Shark to get some readings. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Temperatures: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Founders Edition graphics card has a blower style fan that always runs, so we were seeing 33C at idle and 83C at load while gaming for an extended period of time. The fan was spinning at 27% (700RPM) at idle and got up to 54% (2200RPM) at load.   EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Temperatures:  The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 has no fans running at idle, so it is passively cooled at that point and the idle temp is higher at 42C as a result. The load temperature of 72C with the two fans running at 37% (1300RPM) is solid, so you are warmer than the reference card at idle, but silent, then at load you are almost 10C cooler. The EVGA iCX cooler also has nine additional temperature sensors that the reference card doesn't have. It shows that the memory and power phase components on the card are running cooler than the GPU, so it looks great!

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.

When it comes to noise levels the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition was louder than the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 at both idle and load. No big shocker here as the iCX cooler design is really well done.

Power Consumption

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 1 at 1920 x 1080 and recorded the peak power number while gaming a particular level that we test on each card. Our idle numbers are high, but keep in mind that we are using a workstation motherboard that has two 10GbE ports and other high-power draw controllers on it. Power Consumption Results: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and 1070 Ti use around the same power at idle, but at load we saw the Ti models using about 10-20 Watts more power. This makes sense as the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is rated at 150 Watts for graphics card power and the new 1070 Ti is rated for 180 Watts of power. We hit 371 Watts on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti versus 444 Watts on the Vega 56, so NVIDIA is still the leader for performance versus power efficiency.   

EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Overclocking

We wanted to try out overclocking, so we gave it the old college try on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 graphics card with EVGA Precision X. We managed to overclock this model by +155MHz on the core and +400MHz on the memory and have it rock solid in all the game titles. This overclocked bumped up the actual in-game boost up to 2050MHz and the GDDR5 memory was running at 2202 MHz. Not a bad overclock as this should get us up close to a stock GeForce GTX 1080 in some benchmarks! By overclocking the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 graphics card we were able to take the score of 7,208 points on 3DMark Time Spy and raise it up to 7,789. This is a 581 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 8.1 percent. Not bad for a free overclock!

Ether Mining with Claymore's Dual Ethereum GPU Miner v10.1

Tons of people are getting in on the Cyrptocurrency boom right now, so we took a quick look at mining performance on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FE and the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW 2 cards. We used up Claymore's Dual Ethereum AMD+NVIDIA GPU Miner v10.1 and did some quick single coin testing on DAG epoch #149 (2.16GB) with GeForce 388.18 drivers. We aren't going to get into too much detail here since the focus of this article is gaming, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti gets around 28 MH/s out of the box and can be overclocked to just over 31 MH/s. These numbers are roughly on par with the GeForce GTX 1070, so miners would be better off getting the less expensive GeForce GTX 1070 card since the extra CUDA cores don't really help improve mining hashrates. Let's wrap this review up!

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

At the end of the day the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is a pretty impressive graphics card that nicely fills in the performance gap between the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 models. NVIDIA's Pascal GPU architecture has been around for more than a year, but this card shows how successful it has been for NVIDIA. They've been able to slip in another model that competes really well against the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card in most game titles. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 ti has a $449 MSRP and that is higher than the $399 MSRP on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, but the lowest priced Vega 56 on Amazon right now is $499.99 shipped. So, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti might be cheaper on the street and that good news for NVIDIA. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Video Cards by NVIDIA and EVGA NVIDIA partner boards like the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 have impressive custom PCB designs and GPU coolers, but are more expensive than Founders Edition model. At $499.99 shipped the FTW2 model that we looked at today is $50 more than the reference design and just $37 shy of the lowest priced GeForce GTX 1080 video card on the market. If you plan on running the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti at stock clock speeds then the Founders Edition is the best bang for the buck. We say this because the difference between stock cards is pretty minor. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 was faster than the 1070 Ti Founders Edition in most benchmarks despite the clocks being the same as it was able to hold higher clocks for longer periods of time. This is mainly due to the better GPU cooler keeping core temps down. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 kept the core at 1848MHz for pretty much the entire PUBG gaming session versus around 1797MHz on the Founders Edition. If you plan on overclocking and pushing the card to the limit the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 or another partner board is ideal as it will help keep the temps down and improve the core clock. That said the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards are priced just higher than this, so it's a tough call between a fully custom 1070 Ti or a base model 1080! LR Recommended Award Legit Bottom Line: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti fills the performance gap between the 1070 and 1080 and brings the fight to the Radeon RX Vega 56!