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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti – Performance

NOTE: We were unable to source an an AMD RX Vega GPU for this review, because AMD conducted a very limited Vega sampling process. From data gathered by other sites, the 1070 Ti slots in between the Vega 56 model (£390) and the 64 (£490). The 1070 Ti is more efficient than both cards, but if purely price is what you’re after, consider the Vega 56.

Testing methodology
I benchmarked the GTX 1070 Ti on our test rig, which has been designed to match the specifications of a standard enthusiast gaming PC. It features the following components:

Motherboard: Asus Z170-Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K (overclocked)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz, 16GB DDR4
Cooler: NZXT Kraken x62 (supplied by Overclockers UK)
PSU: Corsair CX750M
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

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Graphics cards for comparison
I ran the GTX 1070 Ti head to head with the Founders Edition GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, running games at their maximum settings at 1080p and 1440p resolutions. The tests were conducted with the latest Nvidia drivers and all games were patched to their most recent versions to completely level the playing field.

Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the more demanding benchmarks we run,  featuring large open environments with more objects to render than can easily be counted. The 1070 Ti performed admirably, with minimal 3-4fps drops on the 1080, but like all current-gen cards it failed to hit the hallowed 60fps count with the game’s graphics set to Ultra.

Ghost Recon 1080p

Ghost Recon 1440p

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider’s built-in benchmark tasks your GPU with some demanding lighting and weather effects across a variety of different environments. It’s beginning to show its age, but is still a solid way to gauge performance thanks to its advanced lighting effects.

I ran the benchmark with the game’s graphics maxed out to their highest settings in its DirectX 11 mode. The 1070 Ti offered a solid performance boost over the 1070 at both 1080p and 1440p resolutions, but it fell well short of matching the  GTX 1080 at either resolution, however.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 1080p

Rise of the Tomb Raider 1440p

 

Battlefield 1
The 1070 Ti offered a solid 15fps boost in 1080p and 11fps in 1440p on the 1070, running Battlefield 1. It didn’t match the 1080, which ran the game 7fps faster at 1080p and 9fps in 1440p.

Battlefield 1 1080p

Battlefield 1 1440p

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark’s Fire Strike Ultra benchmark doesn’t reflect the demands of any specific game, but it is a good gauge of a GPU’s overall performance, due to its widespread use and robust score library. The 1070 Ti’s 4644 once again places it closer to the 1080 than the 1070 when it comes to performance.

Power efficiency and heat
Power consumption is one area the 1070 Ti loses out out to the 1070. During Fire Strike Ultra the GPU saw a 262.8W peak power consumption and ran at a fairly hot 75°C. The figures put the 1070 Ti on a par with the GTX 1080 which recorded a 268.8W peak power consumption and 76°C temperature. The regular 1070 took in a more modest 240.2W and ran at a cooler 69°C during the same test.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti – Overclocking
Using EVGA’s Precision software I was able to get a stable overclock the GPU to 2000MHz and memory to 8300MHz on the GTX 1070 Ti. The figures aren’t to be sniffed at and managed to raise the card’s performance to GTX 1080 levels on select titles. On Tomb Raider and Battlefield 1 I recorded solid 6fps performance improvements at 1080p.

Beyond that, instability kicked in, but it’s still an impressive result.

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Why buy the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti?

If you’re still slumming it on GTX 970 or below and looking to do the jump to 1440p, or want to be able to continue maxing out games graphics settings at Full HD, the GTX 1070 Ti is a decent option.

Offering near-GTX 1080 levels of performance while being £70 cheaper, this is our new recommended mid-range GPU. But with 2018 and a fresh wave of GPUs surely on the horizon, it’s a little late to the market and those who can would do well to hold on a little longer to see what Nvidia and AMD have in the oven for next year.

Verdict

The new benchmark for 1440p gaming, but it’s come along late.

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