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Recently, NVIDIA introduced a new video card GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Its appearance can be called unexpected, since the line of older models has long been formed and no updates to the next series could be expected. But the appearance of the Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 clearly revived the market, and NVIDIA decided to release a graphics card that will occupy a niche between the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080, becoming a direct competitor to the Radeon RX Vega 56. In this article, we will look at the new graphics card performed by ASUS, we will test it at nominal and overclocked, compare it with older models and see what the difference is with the GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

First, let’s look at the characteristics of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. The novelty is based on the GP104 graphics processor with one deactivated multiprocessor unit SM. As a result, 2432 streaming computing cores out of 2560 and 152 texture units out of 160 are active. The difference from the computing units with the GeForce GTX 1080 is only 5%, and the difference with the GeForce GTX 1070 is almost 27%. In fact, we have a slightly stripped-down version of the GeForce GTX 1080. The most significant simplification is the use of GDDR5 memory instead of GDDR5X. Modules of a new type allow the GeForce GTX 1080 to operate at effective memory frequencies of 10,000 MHz (later a 11,000 MHz version was released). The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has memory running at 8000 MHz, like the entry-level model. Memory bus 256 bit, 8 GB.

For comparison, we present the characteristics of three models based on GPU GP104 in one table.

Video adapter GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GeForce GTX 1070
Core GP104 GP104 GP104
Number of transistors, million pieces 7200 7200 7200
Process technology, nm 16 16 16
Core area, sq. mm 314 314 314
Number of stream processors 2560 2432 1920
Number of texture blocks 160 152 120
Number of render units 64 64 64
Core frequency, MHz: Base-Boost 1607-1733 1607-1683 1506-1683
Memory bus, bit 256 256 256
Memory type GDDR5X GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory frequency, MHz 10010 8000 8000
Memory size, GB 8192 8192 8192
Supported version of DirectX 12_1 12_1 12_1
Interface PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0
Power, W 180 180 150

According to the declared characteristics, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has core frequencies as close as possible to those of the GeForce GTX 1080 — the average Boost frequency is slightly lower, but the base value is 100 MHz higher than the GeForce GTX 1070 frequency. higher frequencies of the GeForce GTX 1080, which was also typical for the GeForce GTX 1070. Declared TDP at 180 watts. Relative to competitive AMD Radeon RX Vega solutions, this is a very low value.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has a reference version that repeats the GeForce GTX 1080/1070 Founders Edition. But such a video card will not be available in retail, you will be able to observe it only in some reviews. The market will be occupied by numerous non-reference variations with different cooling.

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

A feature of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti series is the complete unification of frequencies. NVIDIA has limited the ability of partners to release accelerated versions, so GeForce GTX 1070 Ti are released without factory overclocking. All models in the new series run at the same frequencies and offer the same performance. This is quite understandable if you look at the minimal difference with the older video card. Increasing the frequencies will easily turn the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti into a GeForce GTX 1080, and more expensive cards do not need such an internal competitor. At the same time, manufacturers have found some way to get around the limitation through software settings. It has long been practiced to use different software profiles that are switched through proprietary applications. And some GeForce GTX 1070 Ti have such factory overclocked software profiles. But even more of them can be squeezed out with manual overclocking. The main task of such overclocking is quite obvious — to overtake or even overtake the GeForce GTX 1080. And further we will see that this is quite doable.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

ASUS currently offers three versions of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti — one graphics card with a turbine cooler and two ROG Strix models. The latter differ only in software profiles and, in fact, are identical options. In our testing, the ROG-STRIX-GTX1070TI-A8G-GAMING model, which occupies the top step in the ASUS hierarchy, will take part.

It comes in a large box, which is made in the same visual style as other ROG Strix products.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The video card itself is fixed in the inner black box. The entire set of accessories is limited to a software disk and additional Velcro ties to secure the wires inside the computer.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The video card in question resembles the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 — large dimensions, a large cooler for three fans.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The total length of the video card is 30 cm. The thick cooling system takes up more than two slots. From above, the radiator is covered with a strict black casing, but an LED strip stretches along the slits along the edges; in working condition, the case is illuminated.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The reverse side is closed with a metal plate with slots in the area of ​​large elements, screws and pads.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti supports SLI technology and has the appropriate connectors. Recall that in the Pascal generation, SLI configurations are officially supported only by older video cards.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

There is one eight-pin power connector in the corner. The older model GeForce GTX 1080 already provides two connectors.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

ASUS is equipped with five connectors for image output: two HDMI, two DisplayPort and one DVI.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The latest version of the DirectCU cooler is used for cooling without direct contact with a large flat base. The practice of switching to such a base has shown that this design is more efficient, and ASUS now uses it in all new solutions.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

Six heat pipes run through the base.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The radiator consists of two sections of plates. One block of plates is located above the base, the other hangs on the tubes and also has a contact pad for the elements of the power unit. A single heatsink is used to cool the graphics chip and power transistors. A large elastic thermal pad provides a tight hold not only to the surface of the transistors, but also to all the elements around them.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

A thin frame with three 90 mm fans is installed on top of the radiator.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

Memory chips are partially cooled. This role is performed by a small curved plate.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The plate that covers the back of the board is not a heatsink, it protects the surface and stiffens the entire structure. At the edge under the plate there is a large LED block, thanks to which a large luminous logo on the case is realized. It is connected with a short cable to the board.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The PCB is based on the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 design with minimal changes. For example, more capacitors are soldered in the core supply circuit. High-quality electronic components are used, which ASUS uses in top products.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

The GPU is powered by six phases, the GDDR5 memory is powered by one phase. In the area of ​​​​the power elements, a greasy imprint from the thermal pad is visible, which indicates a good clamp. And this is even excellent, it turns out that the radiator cools the entire hot zone of the power unit.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

Full marking of the GP104-300-A1 processor. Eight gigabytes of memory is typed in the same number of Micron chips marked 7QA47 D9TCB.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

Operating frequencies strictly comply with standard specifications. Base core clock 1607 MHz, average Boost Clock 1683 MHz, effective memory clock 8008 MHz.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

In addition to factory settings, the video card also supports the OC Mode software profile with core frequencies of 1683/1759 MHz. To switch, you need to install the ASUS GPU Tweak application.

We will limit ourselves to tests with initial settings and manual overclocking. Testing took place on an open bench at 23 °C indoors. In such conditions, under gaming load, the GPU only warmed up to 63 ° C. The video card could not overcome this heating bar during a constant 15-minute test in the Superposition benchmark (lower left screenshot). The Boost frequency in games was kept within 1848-1860 MHz with brief peak bursts up to 1886 MHz. In some games, there was a periodic decrease in frequencies to 1810-1823 MHz. The strongest drawdowns were in Project CARS 2, as illustrated in the lower right screenshot.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced EditionASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

Maximum fan speed 1250–1280 rpm. Noise is extremely low, while ASUS ROG Strix provides complete acoustic comfort. Under harsher operating conditions inside the case or at higher ambient temperatures, heat and fan speeds may be higher, but based on our results, it is clear that the video card will in any case provide low operating temperatures with minimal noise.

The cheapest versions of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti with simple cooling, due to more serious heating and reaching a threshold temperature of 83 ° C, may show stronger frequency drops. But reviews of the reference GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on the Internet show that their frequencies are close to the level of ASUS frequencies, and on average above 1800 MHz. That is, all GeForce GTX 1070 Ti are really the same in terms of initial performance, so the results of the ASUS video card will match the results of other models. If cheap versions will somehow lose in average performance indicators, then with a meager difference.

It is noteworthy that the reference GeForce GTX 1080 show variable Boost with obvious drawdowns below 1800 MHz. Under some conditions, this may partially offset the 5% difference in compute units. As mentioned above, the main gap between the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1080 is in memory frequencies. Can this be compensated by overclocking?

All the GeForce GTX 1070s that have passed through us have easily passed the 9 GHz mark in terms of memory frequency. But the video card in question could not work stably with such overclocking. I had to stop at the memory frequency of 8910 MHz. GPU overclocking can be called typical for these chips. We hit a baseline of 1797MHz with a peak boost of up to 2088MHz.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

Overclocking was accompanied by an increase in the power limit to the maximum value (this is + 20%). Under gaming load, the core frequencies kept in the range of 2038-2050 MHz, in the heaviest games there were rare drawdowns up to 2025 MHz. This is a good result at the level of non-reference GeForce GTX 1070/1080.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced EditionASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition

By fixing the fan speed at 1500 rpm, we managed to keep the temperature at 63 °C. For an overclocked GP104 GPU, this is an excellent result. The main thing is that it was possible to maintain a low noise level and acoustic comfort.

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