Date: Tuesday , December 05, 2017
On November 7th, 2017 NVIDIA launched its new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU. The $449.99 MSRP "reference" Founders Edition video card is aimed squarely at the face of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 video card. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 has an MSRP of $399.99.
In our launch evaluation we evaluated a retail custom video card from MSI with the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM video card for $469.99. Remember, the MSRP of AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 is $499.99, so these video cards are coming quite close to Vega 64 MSRP pricing already.
Today, we are evaluating another GeForce GTX 1070 Ti based video card but this time this is a massively beefed up specially Advanced Binned version aimed squarely at the hardcore enthusiast with overclocking in mind. Say hello to the card with the long name, the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING Advanced Edition (ROG-STRIX-GTX1070TI-A8G-GAMING) video card. The MSRP on this whopper is $499.99, definitely a price premium over "reference" MSRP (if you can find any cards at MSRP any more).
We have a lot of questions and goals to tackle in this evaluation. Some of the questions we will ask and test and answer are as follows, is this video card going to be worth it considering the price premium? Does it offer anything over a reference video card considering the out-of-box clock speed settings are clocked the same as a reference card since NVIDIA does not allow factory overclocks on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti?
Will the better cooling allow GPU Boost to perhaps perform faster than a reference card thus providing better performance? How high can we overclock it? Will this video card's overclock compete with a Radeon RX Vega 64 considering the MSRP of this video card at $499.99 is exactly the same as the Radeon RX Vega 64 MSRP of $499.99? As you can see, we have a lot to talk about, a lot to test, and a lot to figure out.
Before we take a look at the ASUS video card specifications let’s remind ourselves what the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is all about. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti shares more in common with a GeForce GTX 1080 than it does the GeForce GTX 1070. In fact, in our performance evaluation we found it performs closer to GeForce GTX 1080 performance than GeForce GTX 1070 performance.
The pricing of GeForce GTX 1070 Ti "reference" Founders Edition cards is $449.99. Technically, this is halfway between the $399.99 MSRP of Radeon RX Vega 56 and the $499.99 MSRP of Radeon RX Vega 64. As we start to test custom video cards, like we did the MSI video card, and like we are today with the ASUS ROG STRIX GAMING Advanced Edition video card, those can cost even more. With today’s video card for example it also has an MSRP of $499.99, at that price it competes with Radeon RX Vega 64 on MSRP alone. It certainly is starting to step further away from Radeon RX Vega 56 pricing.
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is based off of the Pascal GPU architecture. It uses 4 Graphics Processing Clusters and 19 Streaming Multiprocessors. This makes for 2432 CUDA Cores. It has 64 ROPs and 152 Texture Units. The base clock runs at 1607MHz and the boost clock runs at 1683MHz. The GPU supports GPU Boost so the actual in-game frequency will usually be higher.
On the memory side it runs 8GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus at 8GHz. This provides 256GB/sec of memory bandwidth. As you will see, memory mirrors GeForce GTX 1070, but the core comes close to GeForce GTX 1080. TDP is 180 Watts. It requires one 8-pin power connector.
ASUS is offering four distinct versions of video cards based on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU. Naturally, each one is priced differently all the way down from the reference MSRP of $449.99 up to $499.99 with the model we are reviewing today. The lowest priced model is the $449.99 ASUS Turbo model. This one utilizes a reference designed blower cooler. While this is the lowest-end model, the ASUS Turbo still utilizes ASUS’s Super Alloy Power II custom circuitry for a robust build. This video card runs out-of-the-box at 1607MHz base clock and 1683MHz boost clock.
Next up the chain is the $469.99 ASUS Cerberus video card. This one utilizes a much better dual-fan cooler design for better cooling, and also 0db zero noise cooling at idle, and of course Super Alloy Power II. The base and boost clock are again the same as the Turbo model, which is the same as reference. This one is probably the best balance of cooling and price, cause moving up the chain to the next two STRIX models cost a higher price premium.
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti "8G" GAMING
The first STRIX model we come to is the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti "8G" GAMING model. The MSRP on this one is $479.99. Now the video card is really beefed up, we have the three-fan cooling, 40% improved dissipation area for the heatsink, and all the bells and whistles ASUS has to offer in terms of cooling and hardware build. Note the base and boost clocks are still the same as the other two video cards, because NVIDIA says so, no factory overclocks out-of-the-box. Normally this is where the product stack stops for STRIX, but not on GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Turn to the next page for the ultimate ASUS STRIX GTX 1070 Ti video card, and the one we are evaluating today.