Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti review, news, performance, and availability

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti

The Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti is what happens when a big graphics card company has little competition, haven’t released a new GPU in ages, and their engineers get bored. It’s a new graphics card trying to squeeze into the tiniest gap in the market, with high specs, and a potentially GTX 1080-killing price/performance ratio.

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Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti reviews

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti news

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Nvidia have finally launched their GTX 1070 Ti graphics card. Jen-Hsun has already said that “Pascal is unbeatable” and that it would be around for the holiday season and the foreseeable future, so it isn’t that surprising to see the green team releasing another current-gen GPU - yet hopefully their last Pascal-based GPU before Volta.

Quite why Nvidia are doing this, however, is more interesting. Given the perceived failings of AMD’s recent Vega GPUs, it seems they have little genuine competition at the high end of the graphics market, so they could just leave the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 to battle the Vega cards.  But there is the slightest chance future games could take better advantage of the Vega GPUs, with recent game releases offering team Radeon a little hope.

The idea that the GTX 1070 Ti is being designed as a contract killer with the RX Vega 56 in its sights is a tempting one, but I would be surprised if Nvidia really felt the need to release a new card just for this purpose.

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The other thought is that there’s a bunch of GP104 chips on the factory floor that couldn’t manage GTX 1080 specifications, but were capable of more than a standard GTX 1070. That’s possible, but given the likely yields of the mature 16nm production process that too is unlikely.

A shortage of GDDR5X memory could be to blame, forcing Nvidia to look for another outlet of their GP104 chips, but otherwise, what gives?

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti specs

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti specs

The GPU specifications for the new GTX 1070 Ti seem rather strange, in that they’re incredibly close to those of the GTX 1080. It will be the third GP104-based card Nvidia release in the Pascal range, with only a single streaming multiprocessor (SM) block of 128 CUDA cores being riven from the 20 SM core used in the GTX 1080. 

That gives us a GTX 1070 Ti with a core-count of 2,432 and a GPU configuration that’s largely the same as the GTX 1080. With 152 texture units and the same 64 ROPs as the more powerful chip.

In terms of the clockspeeds we’re looking at a mash-up of its sibling cards, with the new Ti card using the same base clockspeed as the GTX 1080 and the same boost frequency as the GTX 1070. Though, in all honesty, these clockspeeds are of limited relevance these days. Because Nvidia’s GPUs do whatever the hell they like, and can push the clockspeeds as high as they feel the can from the a thermal point of view, the likelihood of the GTX 1070 Ti stopping at less than 1,800MHz is pretty low, especially with Nvidia touting the card as an 'overclocking monster'.

The big difference between the GTX 1070 Ti and its older GTX 1080 sibling, however, is on the memory side. The newer card is sticking with the same GDDR5 design used by the standard GTX 1070, as opposed to the 11Gbps GDDR5X used with the latest GTX 1080 GPUs. That means the memory bandwidth will be a fair bit lower than the pricier card, which seems to be the biggest detrement to GTX 1080-level performance from the latest Ti.  

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti performance

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti performance

 

 

Historically, Pascal has been quite the overclocker, and the GTX 1070 Ti is no different. With a little voltage, this plucky card card jump most of the gap between it's stock performance, to close to GTX 1080 performance.

Without the cards affinity for overclocking, performance wasn't especially anything to write home about. Stock clocks outperformed the GTX 1070 by 16%, although you have to part with a similar increase in cash for the priveledge.

Once manual overclocking enters the mix, framerates get a lot more interesting. With some extra power and thermal headroom under its belt, the GTX 1070 Ti manages to square up nearly shoulder to shoulder with its bigger sibling - the GTX 1080. The lessened memory bandwidth from GDDR5X to GDDR5 likely is to blame for the limited performance, and GTX 1080 cannibal near-miss.

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti availability

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti price

The GTX 1070 Ti launched at $449 / £419. Due to vast array of third party cards, it seems there is no apparent shortage of Nvidia’s Pascal GP104 chips - which should come at no surprise considering they have been manufactured for over a year and a half. However, with graphics card pricing being pretty volatile at the moment, and recent tech launches not setting a great example, you may have to hand over a little more of your hard-earned cash before pricing settles down to MSRP.

Many third-party manufacturers have also released their cards, with prices ranging from close to MSRP upwards to $500. Beware of sellers hiking up these prices at launch, when cards are likely thin on the ground.

Graphics card pricing is still rather ridiculous at the moment. Stock has returned for AMD’s competing Polaris GPUs, but their price tags are still way above where they were when we last recommended the GTX 580 as the go-to gaming card of this generation. That has in turn pushed the prices up across the board.

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1 Month ago

Nvidia should just release freesync support and put AMD graphics out of business.

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1 Month ago

Haha, oh man that would be brutal. And while I would love if Nvidia would stop upcharging $100+ per monitor with G-Sync support and just embrace FreeSync; if AMD went out of the graphics business, with the amount of stock I hold in them from back when it was $8.50, I'd cry, lol.

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