Nvidia hit another home run with the 1070 Ti GPU, now CHRIS SZEWCZYK hits the Labs to see what cus­tom of­fer­ings can do

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Four cards en­ter. One leaves.


early Novem­ber Nvidia in­tro­duced what is likely to be the fi­nal GTX 10 se­ries graph­ics card. The GTX 1070 Ti filled a gap in the Nvidia lineup that be­came acutely ap­par­ent with AMD’s re­lease of the RX Vega 56. While the 1070 Ti doesn’t bring any­thing rev­o­lu­tion­ary to the ta­ble, it is still a fine GPU that sits be­tween the well-known GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 stal­warts. The 1070 Ti of­fers low power con­sump­tion, ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and in the case of the Founders Edi­tion, ad­e­quate cool­ing. This last point is ad­dressed with the sub­se­quent re­lease of cus­tom mod­els from all the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers. In our labs we have mod­els from Asus, Gi­ga­byte, MSI and Zo­tac, each of which are unique in their own ways as we’ll see.

Nvidia is ob­vi­ously wor­ried that the 1070 Ti is a lit­tle close in per­for­mance to the 1080, so it has locked the BIOS level clock speeds across all mod­els, at least for now. This doesn’t mean they can’t over­clock, and sev­eral ven­dors have easy to use soft­ware tools that can set the card to a higher clock that is guar­an­teed to work out of the box. All our test­ing was done with the cards set to their OC modes where ap­pli­ca­ble.

All GTX 1070 Ti’s are good cards, so which one you pre­fer comes down to per­sonal cri­te­ria. Price? Di­men­sions? Cool­ing? Per­for­mance? All the tested mod­els have their strengths and weak­nesses. What­ever model you choose, you’re go­ing to be get­ting plenty of gam­ing good­ness with lash­ings of eye candy.

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