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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Testing:

Finding out just how much gaming FPS performance the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti can deliver will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.

 

Testing Setup: Intel Socket 1151 Z370 Based

  • Processors: Intel Core i7 8700K
  • CPU Cooling: Liquid cooling = EK Block and 360mm Radiator, D5 pump
  • Motherboard: MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 3600MHz 32GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM1000x
  • Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 3
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-ray
  • Case: Corsair 780T
  • OS: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

  • GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition: 2050MHz Core, 2260MHz Memory

Overclocking Pascal-based cards from NVIDIA has proven to be well worth the time and effort that you put into it. The gains you see from the increased clock speeds are measurable and definitely drive a higher level of FPS performance. Since last year, I have had the opportunity to test more than a few Pascal-based cards and found that, for the most part, between 2000MHz and 2075MHz are where the retail cards end up finally failing. The memory speeds depend wholly on the type of memory used, whether it be G5X or GDDR5, which is used on this GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition card.

Knowing the range I had to play with and where cards have fallen, I started off with the clock speeds I was able to attain on the GTX 1070 FE card I looked at last year of 2050MHz on the core and 2261MHz on the 8GB of GDDR5 memory. At the end of the day, this is pretty much exactly what the GTX 1070 Ti ended up delivering as far as clock speeds go. I could get the core clock up to 2062MHz in short bursts, but 2050MHz was where it could sustain the clock speeds and be happy. At 2050MHz, I was able to game and pass all of the benchmark tests without a failure. The GDDR5 memory would start showing artifacts pretty heavily once you passed 2260MHz on this card. Thermally things were fine, but anything higher was a no go.

Simply put, it was just as easy to overclock this card as any other Pascal-based card I have looked at. Better put, there were no suprises, good or bad.  

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

 
  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Tom Clancy's The Division
  5. Hitman (2016)
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  7. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  8. Destiny 2
  9. DOOM (2016)
  10. Watch Dogs 2
  11. For Honor
  12. 3DMark
  13. VRMark

 

  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption



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