Gi­ga­byte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gam­ing 8G

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Gi­ga­byte’s

GTX 1070 Ti Gam­ing 8G strikes a good bal­ance of per­for­mance and af­ford­abil­ity. It is po­si­tioned in the bud­get seg­ment of the 1070 Ti mar­ket. Its over­clock mode sets the card at 1632MHz base clock with a 1721MHz boost clock.

It uses the well re­garded Wind­force 3X cooler which does an ac­cept­able job, but it does feel a touch light­weight com­pared to the cooler found on the high end Gi­ga­byte & Aorus Xtreme cards. The cooler is cer­tainly ca­pa­ble enough, but does give up some sur­face area when com­pared to the Asus and MSI cards, which means a max­i­mum boost clocks are a touch lower and noise lev­els are higher, though not as high as the Zo­tac Mini.

The Gi­ga­byte Gam­ing 8G comes with a good fea­ture set, in­clud­ing clock pro­files that can be ac­ti­vated via the sim­ple to use Aorus Graph­ics En­gine. This app also con­trols the RBG func­tion­al­ity of the Gi­ga­byte logo and fan stop in­di­ca­tor on the side of the card. The card has a nice look­ing sub­tle back plate, too. Video out­puts con­sist of a sin­gle DVI-D port, three DP 1.4 ports and a sin­gle HDMI 2.0b port. The card is fed via a sin­gle 8-pin power con­nec­tor.

Sur­pris­ingly, the Gi­ga­byte was of­ten matched by the Zo­tac card de­spite its over­clock advantage. This in­di­cates that Gi­ga­byte fo­cused on min­imis­ing noise at the ex­pense of max­i­mum boost clock, which is the right way to go. Ad­mit­tedly, the dif­fer­ences be­tween all mod­els are small though.

The Gi­ga­byte Gam­ing 8G is a good all-rounder with a good blend of af­ford­able price, at­trac­tive fea­tures and cool­ing abil­ity. Though it lacks the over­all pol­ish of the more premium MSI and Asus cards, it’s still a very good card at its core. Like all the cards in the roundup, it will do its job and save you a few bucks too. CHRIS SZEWCZYK

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