The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Review: iCX Brings the Lights and Sensorsby Nate Oh on January 31, 2018 9:00 AM EST
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A few months ago, NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti series with their Founders Edition card, accompanied by a number of partner boards. Targeting the competing Radeon RX Vega 56, the launch put the GTX 1070 Ti right between the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 in terms of price and performance, filling a gap that was not particularly wide in the first place. That level of performance was achieved through a new 19 SM configuration of GP104 with a 180W TDP and 1607MHz core clock over the GeForce GTX 1070 with its 15 SMs, 150W TDP, and 1506MHz core clock.
And in consideration of that, all partner GTX 1070 Ti cards adhere to the reference 1607MHz core and 1683MHz boost clocks. In this way, the model could exist in the $450 – $500 MSRP window without significantly cannibalizing sales of the neighboring GTX 1080 and 1070. So for EVGA, they rolled out four GeForce GTX 1070 Ti models at launch, all featuring the same clocks. But as NVIDIA did with the Founders Edition, EVGA is also pushing overclocking as one of the selling points, leaning on their Precision XOC utility and its GTX 1070 Ti specific overclock autoscan.
Going straight to the higher-end with the FTW model, today we are taking a look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2, equipped with the iCX temperature sensor and cooling system.
|GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specification Comparison|
GTX 1070 Ti FTW2
GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition
GTX 1070 Ti SC Black Ed.
|Memory Clock||8Gbps GDDR5||8Gbps GDDR5||8Gbps GDDR5|
|Memory Bus Width||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit|
|Power Connectors||2x 8-pin||1x 8pin||1x 8pin|
|Cooling||Dual fan open air||Blower||Dual fan open air|
|Manufacturing Process||TSMC 16nm||TSMC 16nm||TSMC 16nm|
Because of the enforced reference clocks, we have the interesting scenario where EVGA’s factory overclock tiers of SC to FTW do not actually denote factory overclocks, though presumably the GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 remains capable of higher manual overclocks than the others. Without such factory overclocks, the distinguishing elements of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 come down to the iCX cooler, power system, dual BIOS, and, naturally, RGB LED capability, a featureset identical to EVGA’s GTX 1070 and 1080 FTW2 iCX models.
In any case, manual overclocking is still permitted, which EVGA has tried to make as straightforward as possible with their confusingly named Precision XOC feature “XOC Scanner” that is exclusive to the GTX 1070 Ti for the time being. In short, XOC Scanner will scan, test, and apply in a single step as opposed to the multiple steps needed in utilizing OC ScannerX normally. Without manual overclocking, the GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 is nominally specified at reference clocks even though the FTW2 features a higher power limit, improved cooling, and better power subsystem than the Founders Edition, so performance will be very similar out-of-the-box.
With the exception of the EVGA’s hybrid cooled GTX 1070 Ti, the launch cards and later FTW2 Ultra Silent are still priced conforming to the GTX 1070 Ti’s price window, and reflecting the quality and feature differences. Except quite noticeably, the EVGA store pricing at the time of writing is very much inflated from launch, coupled with almost every product being out-of-stock.
For those who haven’t come across the extraordinary amount of cryptocurrency news coverage of the past few months, demand for graphics cards in mining cryptocurrency continues to exceed sensibility and has somehow reached a new high. The end result is that current GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 pricing is not applicable at all to more normal circumstances, something that is especially significant to the GTX 1070 Ti lineups given their price window between the GTX 1080 and 1070.
In more concrete terms, the going rate for GTX 1070 Ti models at the time of writing is in the $500 to $1000 range – assuming they can be found in stock. The specific card of today’s review, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2, is currently listed at $1300 on Amazon, $100 more expensive than purchasing a Titan Xp directly from NVIDIA. The pricing inflation is such that prebuilt gaming PCs may provide more value than a marked-up graphics card. Though it is safe to say that in this market, there is little concern of sales cannibalization by the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. As for its nominal competitor, the Radeon RX Vega 56 is listed around $1000 or more, and seems to be much shorter supply.
The other current event, no less significant in impact, is the outing of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU exploits and the corresponding performance-affecting security patches, which we will touch upon in a later section.
|Early 2018 GPU Pricing Comparison (Crypto-INSANITY Edition)|
|Radeon RX Vega 64||$1200+||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti|
|Radeon RX Vega 56||$1000+||GeForce GTX 1080|
|$650+||GeForce GTX 1070 Ti|
|Radeon RX 580 (8GB)||$500+||GeForce GTX 1070|
|$300+||GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)|
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Dr. Swag - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - linkFury x always was faster than a 980
DnaAngel - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - linkHeck my old R9 390 would match or outperform the 980 in a good amount of titles. Which was always comical, as the 390 was supposed to compete with the 970, which it did at launch with launch drivers, but after a few months of driver improvements, it was going toe to toe with not the 970, but the 980 lol.
masouth - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - linkEither I'm just missing your sarcasm or you are dredging up 2.5 year old GPU news regarding the Fury X being faster than a GPU released 9 months before it while simultaneously ignoring that the GTX 980ti which was released 2 weeks before the Fury X was faster than the Fury X?
Sounds like another day in the world of GPUs. Anybody that thinks buying the top tier is going to stay there for much more than 6-12 months either caught the market at the absolute perfect time or is basically delusional.
masouth - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - linkand yes I realize you are commenting on the charts but how data ends up on charts seems like old news as well.
Makaveli - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - linkSo winning by 3-5 fps in a game is destroying now??
nice troll bait.
CiccioB - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - linkYou made my day... comparing the Fury X with the 980 to signa point... wait.. the new flagship Vega64 is faster than the 1050Ti!!!!!!!!!
Yes, all 1050Ti owners are crying out for that result!
AMD fanboys can really become ridiculous
BurntMyBacon - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - linkI completely agree that the Fury X vs 980 is a bad comparison and I have no intention of defending what should not be defended.
Regarding ridiculousness however, the 980 is a single SKU below the proper competition (980Ti) and still in the same high end classification. While not the case here, there have often in the past been price disparities between the top end SKUs from ATi and nVidia that warrant such a comparison.
1080Ti > 1080 > 1070Ti > 1070 > 1060 > 1050Ti
N/A > Vega64 > Vega56 > N/A > 580 > 570
On the other hand, your Vega64 vs 1050Ti comparison is pitting AMDs top GPU against a card 5 SKUs below nVidia's top GPU (4 SKUs below the proper competition) and classified lower mid range at best. Then you proceed to suggest these comparisons are somehow similar and label IGTrading as a "ridiculous" AMD fanboy. IGTrading's comparison was certainly the wrong comparison, but who's more deserving of the "ridiculous fanboy" label?
DnaAngel - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - linkThat analogy doesn't really work. Maybe in 4K, but only a small fraction of users are at 4K right now. The majority are in 1080/1440p and at those resolutions, the 1070Ti is not only trading blows, but sometimes outperforming not the Vega 56 it was meant to compete against, but the 800 dollar Vega 64.
Jad77 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - link...the Lights and Sensors and the weirdest graphics card cosmetics I've ever seen. Why didn't EVGA use the new 1080 ti shrouds? Whatever, I've gone without Pascal this long I'm waiting for Volta.
Gunbuster - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - linkI'm confused on that as well. It's got a half-hearted Tron sorta thing going on with the light diffusers, but then has the steampunk rivet looking screw things, then the dollar store electronics looking badges laid over and blocking two of the lights...