GTX 1070 TI

Technology

We were thinking that we’d run out of new graphics cards to see from Nvidia, but we’ve been surprised with the release of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti in the last few months. In essence, this CUDA-centric GPU adds CUDA cores and raises frequency to improve on GeForce GTX 1070, a graphic card already known for its excellent performance. Nvidia has gradually elevated the x70 card from its celebrated midrange GTX 670 to the high-end status the GTX 1070 enjoys today, and so we have seen Ti versions of those cards in the past.

Price and Availability

Founders Editions of the $399 (£379, AU$699) Nvidia GTX 1070 and $549 (£529, AU$925) Nvidia GTX 1080 are offered for $449 (£419, AU$759). This GPU is nothing more than a combination of those two cards, aside from some clever positioning on the part of the component maker. A GTX 1080-based card with the amount of video memory and boost clock speed of the GTX 1070 and the number of CUDA cores of the GTX 1070. 

It feels like the only thing missing from the 1070 Ti is higher-end memory, like the GDDR5X 11Gbps modules, which are expected to be added to Nvidia’s three highest-end graphics cards in the near future. Rather than going straight to an Nvidia GTX 1080’s $20, 000 price tag, this is a far more approachable high-end GPU. Even more impressive is that the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti performs much the same as its older sibling – we’ll get to that subject shortly. these reasons, we would not consider it a coincidence that the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 is more expensive than AMD’s most powerful graphics card, the Radeon RX Vega 64 for $469 (£419, AU$699).

Design and Cooling

GTX 1070 Ti is a spitting image of what it replaced – or pretty much any graphics card built since the Nvidia Founders Edition redesign was introduced way back in 2008. Then again, we have nothing to complain about. While Nvidia’s prismatic GPU frame is still pretty cool even after five consecutive cards with it, this one is the fifth to sport Apart from aesthetic improvements, Nvidia has managed to tune a few others under the hood as well. A 5-phase dual-FET power supply is borrowed from the GeForce GTX 1080, meaning the TDP of this graphics card is 180 W. In addition to this power boost, the GTX 1070 Ti also has a copper vapor chamber that allows for better overclocking while keeping a cool head.

Performance

This video shows that the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti pulls far ahead of the GTX 1070, and it is amazing how in step it is with the GTX 1080 as well. However, our synthetic tests indicate that there is a noticeable difference between the two, but when you look at the frame rates in real life, you find that the cheaper graphics card performs similarly to the many different parts that cost extremely expensive. With the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 as its main rival, the Nvidia GTX 1070 provides a strong showing in synthetic tests but simply doesn’t have enough compute units to compete. In our opinion, the GTX 1070 had a strong 1440p performance, but the Ti version of the same card is a real game changer. Compared to Total War, we’ve achieved frame rates solidly above 60 fps in every game we’ve tested so far The Warhammer II video game. In our testing, however, we were not able to achieve more than 46 frames per second (fps) using any of the graphics cards from our sample group.

Energy Draw and Heat

Increasing the TDP of a computer from 180 to 300 watts is great for overclocking but comes with an unfortunate effect of higher energy consumption. We found that the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti is as power hungry as the Nvidia GTX 1080 – and, in some cases, even more so than that GPU. In the same way, the GTX 1080 Ti reaches only slightly higher temperatures than its predecessor, though 77 degrees Celsius is still well within the safe operating range for Pascal.

Final Verdict

When you have been gaming on an older graphics card or a GPU of a lower tier, the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti is the ideal card for upgrading your gaming PC. Despite offering a similar level of performance and cost, it is not nearly as expensive as the Nvidia GTX 1080. Lastly, it’s only a tiny bit more costly than a regular Nvidia GTX 1070 model.