The Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti is what happens when a big graphics card company has little competition, haven’t released a new GPU in ages, and their engineers get bored. It’s a new graphics card trying to squeeze into the tiniest gap in the market, with high specs, and a potentially GTX 1080-killing price/performance ratio.
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- Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti release date
The new GeForce GPU is set to be unveiled on October 26, with full availability at retail happening on November 2. As available as any tech is these days…
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti specs
The latest speccy speculation has the GP104 chip at the heart of the GTX 1070 Ti sporting 2,432 CUDA cores, 8GB GDDR5, and a boost frequency of 1,683MHz.
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti price
We’re expecting a suggested price of $429, which puts it on par with the current retail pricing of a straight GTX 1070. So the chances are the price at launch will be a fair bit higher.
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti performance
With the specs so damned close to the GTX 1080 gaming performance isn't looking too far short of the top GP104 card. But what about those rumours of locked overclocking?! Well, they're just not true...
Update October 23, 2017: Retailers have jumped the gun listing the GTX 1070 Ti - days before the card’s existence is officially acknowledged by Nvidia. Although these retailers prices are massively inflated beyond all expectations, offering little to no indication of MSRP, they do offer a strong indication of what models we can expect at launch from third-party manufacturers.
Thankfully, once one retailer starts listing the card, things start to proliferate pretty rapidly, with multiple retailers - spotted by VideoCardz - now listing Nvidia’s latest Ti. From these multiple listings we can discern that Asus are not wasting any time out of the gate, with three cards expected: two ROG Strix models, the Gaming and Advanced Gaming, and the Turbo, which is likely a reference-style blower design as is the case with the GTX 1080 Turbo.
MSI are throwing their whole weight behind Nvidia’s latest, and are expected to release five cards, which are: Aero, Armor, Duke, Gaming, and Titanium.
Zotac are expected to launch their AMP! Extreme card, and a Mini, which should be an interesting small-form factor card supposedly available immediately at launch.
Gigabyte are expected to launch at least one Aorus-branded 1070 Ti.
All these cards run at stock clockspeeds, which is not unusual for brand new Nvidia cards at launch, so it’s likely factory overclocked models will be available further down the line - despite rumours that Nvidia have blocked overclocking entirely.
With the GTX 1070 Ti often compared to AMD’s Vega 56 graphics card, the initial support from third-party manufacturers makes a stark comparison to the complete lack of third party cards for AMD’s latest pixel-pusher. It seems there is no apparent shortage of Nvidia’s Pascal GP104 chips, which should come at no surprise considering they have been manufactured for over a year and a half.
Original story October 18, 2017: Of course Nvidia themselves haven’t said word one about the new GPU, despite all the rumours floating around. Jen-Hsun has already said that “Pascal is unbeatable” and that it would be around for the holiday season and the foreseeable future, so it isn’t that surprising to see the green team releasing another current-gen GPU.
And the officially unannounced GTX 1070 Ti is definitely happening; it’s been added into the support for MSI’s Afterburner GPU tweaking software, and we’ve heard directly from different graphics card manufacturers about when the card’s going to launch and when it will hit retail too.
Quite why Nvidia are doing this, however, is more interesting. Given the perceived failings of AMD’s recent Vega GPUs, it seems they have little genuine competition at the high end of the graphics market, so they could just leave the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 to battle the Vega cards. But there is the slightest chance future games could take better advantage of the Vega GPUs, with recent game releases offering team Radeon a little hope.
The idea that the GTX 1070 Ti is being designed as a contract killer with the RX Vega 56 in its sights is a tempting one, but I would be surprised if Nvidia really felt the need to release a new card. Especially as the GTX 1080 could end up as collateral damage in the crossfire.
The other thought is that there’s a bunch of GP104 chips on the factory floor that couldn’t manage GTX 1080 specifications, but were capable of more than a standard GTX 1070. That’s possible, but given the likely yields of the mature 16nm production process that too is unlikely.
So, what gives?
We’ve only got two weeks to wait for the latest Nvidia GeForce GPU, with early release date rumours being confirmed by graphics card manufacturers. The GTX 1070 Ti will release on October 26.
That’s when you’ll see all the launch numbers and performance results too. As far as we’re aware that’s going to be when the review embargo is likely to lift, with the actual on-sale date being the following week, November 2. Given that we’re talking about a new card based on a GPU that will have been around for 18 months by then we’re hoping that ought to mean yields should be excellent and availability strong.
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The GPU specifications for the new GTX 1070 Ti seem rather strange, in that they’re incredibly close to those of the GTX 1080. It will be the third GP104-based card Nvidia release in the Pascal range, with only a single streaming multiprocessor (SM) block of 128 CUDA cores being riven from the 20 SM core used in the GTX 1080.
That gives us a GTX 1070 Ti with a core-count of 2,432 and a likely GPU configuration that’s largely the same as the GTX 1080. That means we’re expecting 152 texture units and the same 64 ROPs as the more powerful chip.
In terms of the clockspeeds we’re looking at a mash-up of its sibling cards, with the new Ti card using the same base clockspeed as the GTX 1080 and the same boost frequency as the GTX 1070. Though, in all honesty, these clockspeeds are of limited relevance these days. Because Nvidia’s GPUs do whatever the hell they like, and can push the clockspeeds as high as they feel the can from the a thermal point of view, the likelihood of the GTX 1070 Ti stopping at less than 1,800MHz is pretty low.
The big difference between the GTX 1070 Ti and its older GTX 1080 sibling, however, is on the memory side. The newer card is sticking with the same GDDR5 design used by the standard GTX 1070, as opposed to the 11Gbps GDDR5X used with the latest GTX 1080 GPUs. That means the memory bandwidth will be a fair bit lower than the pricier card, which could affect gaming performance in large open-world games like Shadow of War.
Graphics card pricing is still rather ridiculous at the moment. Stock has returned for AMD’s competing Polaris GPUs, but their price tags are still way above where they were when we last recommended the GTX 580 as the go-to gaming card of this generation. That has in turn pushed the prices up across the board.
It’s arguably worse in the United States, with the GTX straight GTX 1070 costing well over $400 at the time of writing. And, with the GTX 1070 Ti expected to come with an MSRP of $429, that doesn’t leave the retailers a lot of wiggle room for their margins.
Given the typical large launch day price hikes we expect that you’re going to have to pay a lot more than the $429 the GTX 1070 Ti when it does finally arrive in retail in early November.
There really isn’t that great of a performance delta between the current two GP104-based graphics cards, so quite where the GTX 1070 Ti is going to sit between the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 is tough to call.
The first of many benchmarks for Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti has surfaced online, thanks to the 3DMark and Ashes of the Singularity databases. The latest Ti iteration from Nvidia performs as expected for the leaked specs, with frame rates placing it between the majority of GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards.
The benchmarks indicate a score of 6,340 in the DirectX 12 Time Spy benchmark, with the GTX 1080 and overclocked GTX 1070 scoring 6,886 and 5,885 respectively.
With Ashes we've seen an index score of 6,200 at the Extreme (1440p), with an average frame rate of 65.5. While AofS doesn’t offer huge details on specific graphics card numbers, such as clockspeed, in other DX11 benchmarks at the same graphical level the majority of GTX 1080 scores were a little higher, and GTX 1070 scores a little lower. No surprises there.
It won’t be surprising to see the GTX 1070 Ti hitting frame rates similar to reference GTX 1080 performance in some titles either - mainly those with less reliance on speedy memory. More or less the majority of titles running at lower resolutions than 4K will not see much of a performance deficit on the lower-spec card.
When you factor in the Pascal architecture’s historically strong overclocking performance the chances are you’ll be able to achieve performance parity with the GTX 1080 without putting too much extra stress on your new GPU silicon.
We could, then, be looking at a new Pascal cannibal, looking to chow down on all the potential sales that might have come the way of the top GP104 card. Because, while the GTX 1070 Ti threatens AMD’s recent RX Vega 56 card, it seems to threaten Nvidia’s own GTX 1080 most of all.
Yet Nvidia are not being as naive as this move would imply. Recent rumours indicate they may be somewhat forced by GDDR5X memory shortages to reduce their reliance on the top-tier memory. Rather than pulling available memory from their ever-popular GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia have instead chosen to produce the GTX 1070 Ti, utilising the same GPU as the GTX 1080, yet with GDDR5 memory instead.
With the GDDR5X memory in short supply at the moment 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.
Poor GTX 1080.