It has been almost a year and a half since Nvidia released their mid to high-end GPUs, the Gtx 1070 and Gtx 1080, based on their latest Pascal architecture. Pascal GPUs have been very well received by the Pc community due to their great power efficiency, thermals, and high overclocking capabilities.
The Gtx 1070 is still the best choice for people who own 1440p 60 Hz monitors and want to max out every game at this resolution. The Gtx 1080, on the other hand, is aimed at those who want to max out every game and want more than 60 fps. With the right settings and small compromises, the Gtx 1080 can hit over 100 fps in almost every title in 2560×1440.
With these things in mind, would there be any room for a GPU that sits between the 1070 and 1080 performance wise?
Nvidia just answered this question today with the release of the Gtx 1070Ti, which is the best mid-range video card on the market right now.
The Gtx 1070Ti launched today on November 2nd and is quite a bit faster than the Gtx 1070 while being slower than the Gtx 1080.
Why did Nvidia decide to release the Gtx 1070Ti in the first place?
The release of AMD’s Rx Vega GPUs was very much anticipated by the community but did not really do anything in the high-end GPU market. Nvidia’s Gtx 1080Ti is still untouchable, while the Vega 64 offers performance almost on par with the Gtx 1080 and the Vega 56 outperforms the Gtx 1070 in most games, being really close to its bigger brother the Vega 64 in many games.
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RX Vega is still pretty expensive with prices nowhere near the advertised MSRP, power consumption is off the roof and overclocking potential is nowhere near Nvidia’s Pascal architecture.
Vega 56, however, is a pretty powerful GPU for the price and comes out on top in most gaming scenarios against the Gtx 1070. Nvidia decided to do something about it and released the Gtx 1070Ti.
The Gtx 1070Ti beats the Vega 56 in gaming benchmarks while still maintaining its distance to the Gtx 1080. This launch was a really smart move by Nvidia which not many reviewers and consumers anticipated.
Gtx 1070Ti Specifications
The Gtx 1070Ti is based on the same GP104 16nm chipset. Its base clock has been boosted to 1607 Mhz in which is the same as the Gtx 1080, while the Gtx 1070 features a base clock of 1506. While the 1070 features 1920 CUDA cores, the 1070Ti has 2432 only 128 less than the Gtx 1080’s 2560 CUDA cores.
In terms of memory, the 1070Ti does not come with the 1080’s GDDR5x memory but instead, Nvidia decided to stick with the classic GDDR5 memory of the standard Gtx 1070. The Gtx 1070Ti shares the same memory bandwidth as the Gtx 1070 with 256Gb/s, with the Gtx 1080 having a bandwidth of 320Gb/s. Both the 1080 and the 1070Ti have the same TDP of 180W, an additional +30W compared to the 1070’s 150W.
The MSRP for the Gtx 1070Ti is 449$, an additional 50$ in comparison to the Gtx 1070 which launched back in May 2016 at 399$. The Gtx 1080 has an MSRP of 549$ since the launch of the Gtx 1080Ti back in March.
Gtx 1070Ti Benchmarks
In general, the Gtx 1070Ti is around 10-12% faster than the Gtx 1070 while being 10% slower than the Gtx 1080 hitting the middle ground between the two GPUs. As mentioned before, the freshly released 1070Ti wipes the floor with the Rx Vega 56 leaning more towards the Gtx 1080 in terms of performance than the Gtx 1070.
While I can not provide you with detailed benchmarks because I do not own a Gtx 1070Ti, Steve from Hardware Unboxed can. Click on the video below if you are interested in watching gaming benchmarks of the newly released Gtx 1070Ti. Also, make sure to subscribe to his channel and click on the notification icon to ensure that you get the latest videos.
Pricing and Availability
The Gtx 1070Ti comes at a very lucrative price point of 449$. While its MSRP is only 50$ more than the Gtx 1070, be prepared to give out quite a bit more if you want the 1070Ti right now, because GPU prices are not consistent for quite some time now due to mining. You would be better off waiting a while for prices to settle before buying one, as you do not want to overpay for the 1070Ti. If you are going to pay too much, why not go with the Gtx 1080 in the first place?
Nvidia should not have a problem mass-producing the Gtx 1070Ti because Pascal GP-104 chips have been around for over a year now. Again, considering the fact that GPU prices are pretty volatile right now it would be a wise move to wait until all manufacturers come up with their own version of the Gtx 1070Ti.
Nvidia has made a strong point with the release of the Gtx 1070Ti not only dominating the high-end GPU market with GPUs like the 1080 and 1080Ti but also tackling AMD’s only advantage in the GPU market the RX Vega 56. Given the fact that Vega cards are still way over their advertised MSRP and the lack of aftermarket cards by manufacturing partners, the Gtx 1070Ti looks like a great choice for those who are not willing to spend more than 500$ to get a Gtx 1080.
With performance closer to the 1080 than the 1070 and overclocking capabilities on par with the two with an overclocked 1070Ti reaching 1080 stock performance, it seems like Nvidia has found room to fit another card between their two well-received GPUs.
Make no mistake, Nvidia’s Gtx 1070Ti is the best mid-range video card, giving Pc gamers another option for a great 1440p gaming experience at a fairly competitive price.
What is your opinion of Nvidia’s latest release? Do you think there is a reason for the Gtx 1070Ti to exist in the first place? Would you buy one? Let me know in the comment section below.