GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Review with NVIDIA Founders Edition and EVGA FTW2
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.
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!
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!