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October 16, 2017

Nvidia GTX 1070ti – Everything We Know So Far

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Nvidia are set to round out 2017 on a high note by launching the brand new 1070ti. It will be due some time in October and here is everything we know so far.

Design

The style of the reference edition is going to be pretty much like every other reference edition card. It will feature the same angular components that make it one of the best looking stock cards to date. The only real thing that will change is the addition of the Ti after the 1070. I suppose it cuts down on costs and keeps the doesn’t cause any lack of cohesion in the lineup. Plus if you’re not a fan of this edition you can always wait for the third party options to follow.

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The cooling will likely be the same too, it will be likely to borrow the blower style cooler that is used on all reference 1070s. Whether it will have been enhanced to cope with the extra power is unclear at present, so it may see higher temps than that on the 1070.

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Specifications

According to an article by wccftech the 1070 Ti is based around the same GP104 core as the 1070 and 1080 and it also sports the same 16nm FinFET process. The Die size remains the same at 314mm2 as does the number of transistors and also the 8GB of GDDR5. It also shares the same 256 GB/s memory bandwidth, 256-bit bus, the single 8 pin power in and the same rear ports.

rear-portsSo its safe to assume that the Ti is essentially a beefed up version of the 1070. That is no bad thing as the 1070 is a great card.

Where the Ti will differ is in the number of CUDA cores, the clock speeds and TDP. The 1070 has 1920 CUDA cores and the Ti will see that increase to 2432. The base clock sees a boost too, that will be 1607 MHz which is 101 MHz more than the stock 1070. Strangely though the boost clock stays the same at 1683 MHz. The TDP will increase to 180W which is required to feed the card more juice. However none of these numbers are yet to be confirmed though, so they may change come launch date.

Benchmarks

I’ve done some digging and found a few articles that have apparently got hold of some leaked benchmarks from the 1070 Ti. These are from hothardware.com and show how the 1070 Ti performs in Ashes of the singularity. The results are for DX12 at 1440p with 4x AA enabled.

The test system is using an i9 7900x at 3.3 GHz but no word on its RAM capacity or any other system info.

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So you can see from the results that the 1070 Ti performs better than the 1080. However I’m not sure the results are like apples to apples as the full system specs are not included and also the testing that hothardware did were using different settings and possibly a different (not comparable) system. So take the numbers with a pinch of salt.

But if you disregard the other numbers and focus on the 1070 Ti, you can see that it performs very well in a demanding game. Only time will tell if it will be better than the 1080, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were.

Performance rumours

There was also some whispers that the 1070 Ti would not be able to be overclocked. If you read the bottom paragraph of hothardwares article, they mention that there have been rumours that this was true.

There have also been rumors that NVIDIA may lock the frequencies on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and disallow its hardware partners (and maybe consumers too) from overclocking.

wccftech backs this up and its article essentially says that Nvidia would not create a card that conflicts with its own. By that I mean they wouldn’t allow overclocking as it would then be able to directly match the 1080, which is more expensive.

Now there have been rumors that the card will not be overclock-able. Word on the grape vine is that the clocks of this card are maintained at 1607 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost frequencies. This would result in a maximum compute performance of 8.1 TFLOPs at the given specifications.

It then goes on to state that

Such a restriction would almost certainly have to be enforced by software – one I presume to make sure that sales of the GTX 1080 aren’t cannibalized

It does make sense, I mean why would you make a card that is better than your current one, but for cheaper?

But in a more recent article by pcgamesn.com state that this could have been a simple misunderstanding and that the cards are being to these clock speeds at launch. Manufacturers are often locked to these speeds at launch with only higher speed variants available at a later date, so its hard to tell. I personally can’t see them disabling any features to prevent overclocking as its a big selling point for Nvidia cards.

In the same article there is also something interesting about why Nvidia are choosing to make the 1070 Ti. According to the post, Micron, the supplier of the GTX 1080s memory is facing shortages of the GDDR5X used in the 1080. This is just speculation but it makes sense, if there is a shortage of the 5X memory then why not create a sort of replacement using the GDDR5 that the 1070 uses, that way they are still offering a card similar to the 1080 but using same memory found in the 1070. So it could be win win, I mean the 1070 Ti will likely be cheaper than the 1080 but perform just as good.

So looking at both points its hard to tell. On the one hand Nvidia wouldn’t want the 1070 Ti to be better than the 1080 because then no-one would buy it. On the other hand, if the rumours are true, Nvidia might not have a choice and they may have to sacrifice sales of the 1080 due to a possible shortage of it memory.  But as always, all will be revealed when the card gets announced.

Pricing and release date

The 1070 Ti is supposed to be launching the 26th October and will have a price tag of around $429 US. That makes it $70 cheaper than the 1080 and $80 more than the 1070. So if it does release and it is the price thats rumoured that makes it one heck of a bargain.

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