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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Conclusion:

The GTX 1070 Ti does what it was intended to do and fill a performance gap that fits right between the GTX 1080 FE and GTX 1070 FE. This is pretty much the area that AMD's Vega card fit in when you looked at the review coverage of those cards from AMD. As scarce as they are, I have yet to put my hands on one to see for myself, but have one set to show up soon.

That being said, the performance offered by the NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti offers up that next level of FPS performance for just a few bucks more than the GTX 1070. The launch price of the AMD cards have been all over the board with steep discounts to try and entice you to the other side of the fence in this price/performance point. I am currently seeing Vega 56 cards from $399 and Vega 64 cards from $499. The launch price of the GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition is $449, while the board partner versions of the card are seeing prices a bit higher than that. With video card prices spiking due to all the GPU mining activity going on, the gamer is getting left out in the cold while getting shafted by the laws of supply and demand. You can find cards, just not anywhere close to launch retail pricing.

Performance wise, the GTX 1070 Ti is going to come close to an average of 10% better than the GTX 1070 and fall a bit short of GTX 1080 performance. This is right where it should fall based on the hardware NVIDIA put under the hood. Overclocking the card just adds to the level of performance you can see when you push it. I found that this card overclocked right into the same envelope as the GTX 1070 FE card I have, so you see some consistency in the core and memory clock speeds the Pascal cards can reach. Boost clock speeds of between 2050MHz and 2062MHz are the range this particular card runs at, while the memory reaches right at 2260MHz. As we have seen in the past, the Pascal cards feature a factory boost clock speed that is well in excess of the factory stock speeds when the card is running under the thermal and power limits set by NVIDIA.

Gaming performance is improved as you might expect. The thermal performance of the Founders Edition GTX 1070 Ti does not show any surprises, either positively or negatively. With the card's BIOS managing the fan profiles, you are going to see around 80 °C under load using the heat pipe-based cooler the company has been using for a while. Letting the card do the work means you get a video card that is dead silent when gaming. You can surely bump the fan speeds up, which increases the noise profile but improves cooling significantly without dumping the thermal load into the chassis. If a single card is not quite good enough, adding a second card only improves your gaming FPS levels. 

The NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition is a great 2560 x1440 card. At this resolution, you can crank the eye candy way up and still get great gaming performance and an exceptional gaming experience. While you are at it, you can enjoy the full scope of NVIDIA's ecosystem from Ansel to SLI and VR Works, not to mention utilizing GeForce Experience to tweak your game settings to deliver the absolute best FPS performance/visual quality settings package you can get.

Was the GTX 1070 Ti needed in the already stellar product stack? It depends on your point of view really, but it fills a slim gap quite nicely.  

 

Pros:

  • Performance
  • Overclocking
  • FE Build quality
  • Good looks
  • SLI

 

Cons:

  • Interesting gap to fill


 

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