Nvidia is known for its wide range of graphics cards, whenever people expect that this card is going to be the last of the series another Nvidia Graphics card comes out of the blue for their ever-increasing community. Just as people thought that they have had every card that Nvidia could produce in its Pascal series, Nvidia came up with a high-end graphics card that will succeed in performance compared to the GeForce GTX 1070, by the name of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070Ti.
The card that will serve as the Graphics card for those who want better performance than the GTX 1070 but don’t want to spend too much to get the mighty GTX 1080. Although the performance gap between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 is not huge, Nvidia made it even smaller by adding another card between them.
As this card came out of the blue at the time of release and the community was more focused towards the next gen cards, it did not get as much attention as it deserved and now since Nvidia is not ready to retire the Pascal series, it is the best time to visit this card. Let’s get to business.
The GeForce GTX 1070Ti is based on the Pascal architecture just like all other 10-series cards; it has the same 30% performance boost over Maxwell’s cards. Nvidia utilized the 16nm FinFet technology to its best when they release the GTX 1080Ti, same is the case with this card, but one of the twenty stream multiprocessors on the GP 104 GPU is disabled, thus ensuring that it will not cannibalize the GTX 1080. The 314mm2 die is much smaller than the last generation’s silicon die, but it now houses more CUDA cores than the GTX 1070, making the transistor count 7.2 billion same as the GTX 1080. Although the main difference between this card and GTX 1080 is the type of memory, it uses the GDDR5 memory compared to the GDDR5X memory found in 1080, which means it will have lower memory bandwidth and base clock speed.
This card will serve as the best QHD gaming card in the market according to Nvidia, that is why they packed it with beefy specs that will maintain its crown for a long time. The PCB comes with 2,432 only one SM less than the GTX 1080, complemented by 64 ROPs and 152 texture units. These compute units will provide enough horsepower to blast through every game at QHD resolution. The GDDR5 graphics memory is kept the same as the GTX 1070 at 8GB with same clock speed and bandwidth that is 256GB/s, clocked at 8Gbps. While it has 180W TDP, that is it draws more power out of the socket than its younger brother; the power consumption is also same as the GTX 1080. Thus, we conclude that according to the specifications of this card, it is an amalgamated version of GTX 1070 and GTX 1080.
As it is one of the high-end graphics cards we expect high performance out of the box, our test starts with the synthetic benchmarks, 3DMark is the most used tool that tests every performance bit of the silicon products, the GTX 1070Ti managed to get a score of 19,827 that is higher than that of GTX 1070 and in the margin of error of the GTX 1080, that has now become more of a QHD card. Our gaming benchmarks also cemented the Nvidia’s claims about this card. The 2016 remake of the legacy title DOOM requires high framerates with better graphics, we were able to run the game at around 120FPS at QHD ultra settings, which means the game will not only be gorgeous but also it will run games smoothly if you have 120Hz gaming monitor like the ASUS ROG x27.
The other game that we tested was the masterpiece from CD project RED Witcher 3 the hack and slash Action and adventure RPG, in order to keep the testing neutral, we had to keep hair works off, at QHD high settings we were able to get 73FPS at QHD ultra settings, while the game was playable at 4k ultra settings too maxing out at 50FPS. The story remains the same with many other games like Watch Dogs 2, Wolfenstein the new colossus.
The latest release of the high-end graphics card in the shape of GTX 1070Ti is showing great promise; it suffered the effects of mining and shortage of supply. It is now available in ample supply in the market, and it is equally beneficial for mining if you are still into it and gaming.
As it is placed in between GTX 1070 and 1080, it serves as the best alternative for those who can compromise on some performance and resolution shortcomings, other than this it is the best Graphics card for QHD gaming with the best price to performance ratio. It is now retailing at around $470.