As the launch of Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti creeps ever closer we’re starting to get more and more benchmark leaks surrounding it. We’ve yet to get our hands on actual silicon, but we already know how it’s going to perform, we didn’t even really need the latest leaked 3DMark test results.
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The GTX 1070 Ti is set to launch sometime around the beginning of November with an official unveiling expected next week. As is their wont, Nvidia haven’t said a single official word about the unannounced card at all. There have been so many leaks, and we’ve spoken to enough people with insider knowledge, however, to know it really does exist. And no, they haven’t locked down overclocking, you fools.
The latest performance figures essentially just confirm what we kind of already know – the GTX 1070 Ti is going to perform somewhere in between a heavily overclocking GTX 1070 and a reference-clocked GTX 1080. If I told you the 3DMark Time Spy results of the those two cards were 5,885 and 6,886 respectively you could pretty quickly figure out what the GTX 1070 Ti is going to achieve.
If you said around 6,300 then you’re spot on. If not, try and keep up.
The latest leak has the card reportedly hitting 6,340 for an overall Time Spy index score. The interesting thing, however, is that the chip was apparently running at 1,866MHz – far above the 1,683MHz Boost clock that has so far been mooted. That means you’re getting the same performance as something like the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC SNPR when it’s running at over 2GHz.
Push any GTX 1070 Ti, with a third-party cooler, over the 2GHz mark and you’re almost certainly going to be hitting performance parity with a stock-clocked GTX 1080. That might seem a little nuts for Nvidia to be seemingly cannibalising its high-end GP104 card, but there’s a good chance they’re struggling to make that many of those boads at the moment.
The GDDR5X memory the GTX 1080 uses is reportedly in short supply at the moment, so it makes sense for Nvidia to want to use up the stock of GP104 GPUs sat in their inventory for something – and something more expensive than a straight GTX 1070 – before they eventually bring out the new Nvidia Volta gaming cards next spring.