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Bill Hollinger

1070 Ti Buy


1070 Ti Buy

The $449 (419, AU$759) Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition neatly fills the giant price chasm between the Founders Edition versions of its $399 (379, AU$699) Nvidia GTX 1070 and $549 (529, AU$925) Nvidia GTX 1080.

Aesthetics aside, Nvidia has tuned up a few other elements under the hood. This GPU borrows the same 5-phase dual-FET power supply from the GeForce GTX 1080, thus bringing up the TDP of this card to 180 Watts. To offset this power boost, the GTX 1070 Ti also features an improved copper vapor chamber that helps it keep a cool head while overclocking.

Unsurprisingly, the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti pulls well ahead of the GTX 1070, but it was amazing to see how locked in step it is with the GTX 1080. While our synthetic tests show a noticeable gap between the two, looking at the frame rates in games reveals a graphics card that performs nearly as well as a part that costs a lot more.

Whereas we considered the GTX 1070 to have strong 1440p performance, the Ti version of the same card has mastered gaming at QHD resolutions. We have frame rates solidly above 60 fps in all of our test games with the exception of Total War: Warhammer II. However, none of the graphics card in our sample group were able to achieve more than 46 frames per second (fps) in our testing.

The general problem with all GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards affects this model as well. Nvidia's mandated clock rates mean it doesn't matter if you buy a reference card or a fancy third-party board. The overclocking limits and factory performance are all about the same, plus or minus a few percent. Unfortunately, this card is especially problematic due to its issues with fan control and resulting noise. Even if Zotac were to fix that with a firmware update, though, there's no way we'd suggest spending $500 on a 1070 Ti when GeForce GTX 1080 cards start in the same range.

It seems like Zotac's R&D department had the right idea when they tackled Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Little did they know just how much could go wrong when the money men try to play the role of engineers.

Since the performance of all third-party GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards is similar, given fixed base and GPU Boost clock rates mandated by Nvidia, actual benchmark results depend on the GPU Boost frequencies each vendor can sustain. As you might imagine, then, cooling and chip quality play the most important roles. That's why we're putting our emphasis on the actual implementation of each model. To that end, a lot of equipment goes into thoroughly documenting a graphics card's behaviors.

At this point, it's not possible to reach a meaningful conclusion by comparing the performance of one card over another. The differences are too small. Therefore, we're not going to label manufacturers in our benchmarks, particularly since one of those two variables (chip quality) cannot be held constant, even between retail samples off the shelf. Just know that every GeForce GTX 1070 Ti fares similarly out of the box.

Plan for an additional 5mm of clearance for the backplate. This extra requirement means the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme isn't particularly well-suited for multi-GPU configurations. The card's stability suffers without the backplate installed, and the large width measurement means two won't sit back to back comfortably. You'd need a vacant slot in between them.

Two eight-pin auxiliary power connectors are rotated by 180 to avoid interfering with the heat sink's fins. They're positioned at the card's end, facing up, so you don't have to worry about even more clearance behind the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme in your chassis. The design feels rather slim and compact, despite its bulky dimensions.

The MSI GTX 1070 Ti Duke has one of the thinner heatsinks of the 10-series cards, and a lot of that comes down to card form factor: The Duke fits in a 2-slot form factor, but runs a three-fan cooler. This mixture necessitates a thin, wide heatsink, which means relatively limited surface ar


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