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