Conclusion & The Verdict

Conclusion

This has been a very enjoyable exploration for us in evaluating the new $449 GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition.  It did well performance-wise versus the more expensive GTX 1080 FE where it trades blows when it is overclocked – and overclocked, it is perhaps even faster than the RX Vega 64 Liquid-cooled edition which sells for $699!

We are totally impressed with the performance of this single 8-pin PCIe Pascal chip that has such good overclockability and an excellent price.  Priced beginning at $449, the GTX 1070 Ti does well in price-to-performance compared with the more expensive GTX 1080.  If you value power and efficiency, the GTX 1070 Ti is also a better deal than the competing reference blower RX Vega card.   The GTX 1070 Ti is also a high-quality VR card that we intend to test shortly, and it brings good value to the $450 price range.

The GTX 1070 Ti is an ideal card for 2540×1440 that has been priced around $450 to slot well below the GTX 1080’s current price range.  We note good overclockability with quietness at stock voltage and fan profile from the Founders Edition GTX 1070 Ti.

Pros

  • TDP and power draw is almost unbelievable at 180W for such high-performance from an upper-midrange GPU, using only one 8-pin PCIe cable.  In contrast, the reference RX Vega requires significantly higher power with 2×8-PCIe connectors, and it cannot overclock nearly as well.
  • Overclockability is very good and GPU Boost 3.0 works as intended.  The overclocked GTX 1070 Ti can catch the reference GTX 1080 and even AMD’s top card, the $699 RX Vega 64 Liquid-cooled edition!
  • The reference design cooling is quiet and efficient; the card stays cool even at its maximum overclock on a warm day.
  • VR becomes very playable with the GTX 1070 Ti’s Simultaneous Multi-projection (SMP) that allows for higher detail at the same performance level.
  • GameWorks & VRWorks brings new features to gaming and to VR.  The GeForce Experience is an added value.
  • Pricing is good as the GTX 1070 Ti has launched above GTX 1070 pricing and below GTX 1080 pricing.  The overclocked GTX 1070 Ti will come very close to stock GTX 1080 performance, something the GTX 1070 can not hope to achieve.
  • There is a solid feel to the Founders Edition and the industrial design is eyecatching.

Cons

  • None.  Perhaps the GTX 1070 Ti $449 pricing is a bit close compared with the GTX 1080s beginning at $499.

The Verdict:

  • If you are buying a fast upper-midrange video card right now and looking for excellent performance for maxed out 1920×1080 or for ultra 2560×1440 gaming, the GTX 1070 Ti is an excellent alternative to the more expensive GTX 1080.  The GTX 1070 Ti will be faster than a similarly-priced RX Vega 56 and it overclocks better, while using significantly less power.
  • We would like to award the Founder’s Edition of the  GTX 1070 Ti the BabelTechReviews Editor’s Choice Award.

We do not know what the future will bring, but the GTX 1070 Ti brings a superb performer to the Pascal GeForce family now.  With great forward-looking features, you can be assured of immersive gaming by picking this card for maxed-out 1920×1080 or for ultra 2560×1440 gaming, and especially for VR where Pascal excels.

If you currently game on an older video card – even the last generation GTX 970 – you will do yourself a big favor by upgrading. The move to a GTX 1070 Ti will give you better visuals and performance on the DX11, DX12, and Vulkan pathways.

AMD offers their own set of features including Eyefinity, FreeSync, and GCN 3.0. However, Vega is simply not efficient architecture compared with Pascal, and the reference version of the RX Vega 56 is a poor overclocker by comparison.  However, we hope to bring you a review of an aftermarket RX Vega 56 which should be a much better overclocker to compare with the GTX 1070 Ti.

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from BTR.  Next, we will test GTX 1070 Ti SLI to see how it performs with our 35+ game benchmark suite next week, and a VR showdown with the RX Vega 64 has been scheduled.  On top of that, we will compare our i7-8700K with our i7-6700K with both CPUs at 4.6GHz to see if Coffee Lake is a good upgrade for gamers.   And don’t forget to check out BTR’s tech community!  You may feel free to comment there or in the comments below.

Happy Gaming!