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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Le Québécois - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - linkI had been looking at the price for the GTX 1070/1070ti/1080 VEGA56/64 since early November. It's only the week before Christmas that I saw a slight price drop on some of the GTX 1080 on Amazon.ca. I was lucky enough to get a MSI GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G for $550.
By the time I installed it a week later, it was already back above $700... and it only got worst from that point on.
I really hope your current card isn't as old as my 7970 was.
The funny/sad thing for me now is that I'm still only using a good old 12 yo 22" 1680x1050 monitor and almost all of the good 27" 2560x1440 are sold out near me right now :(.
CplShawn - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - linkI was still using my GTX580 until last week when it finally died. I got a 950 from a coworker for $40, and it's doing okay, the fan is very loud. I was looking forward to getting a 1080Ti, but there is no way in heck that I'm going to pay current prices.
Lord of the Bored - Friday, February 2, 2018 - linkI've got a Radeon 380, 4 gig.
I wouldn't even be looking to update right now if I hadn't grabbed a Rift during the summer sale. That bumped me just outside my comfort zone, which is a shame since it turns out I REALLY like VR.
Oh well, it is still servicable. I can stalling for a little more time.
DnaAngel - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - linkAnd now you can get a 1080 for $550-$575 lol. It's all over the place.
Crazyeyeskillah - Monday, February 5, 2018 - linkCan't wait to pay 800$+ for this card.
DnaAngel - Monday, May 21, 2018 - linkThe 1070Ti is marketed to compete with the Vega 56? Heck, in a good bit of these benchmarks, esp at 1440p, the 1070Ti is neck and neck with not the Vega 56, but the Vega 64, which is almost 2x the price LOL.
And yet as of writing this, AMD still has the 56 at $630 and the 64 at $800. Just bought a GTX 1070Ti for $475 2 days ago to replace my R9 390 that just died.
DnaAngel - Monday, May 21, 2018 - linkI want what AMD is smoking. For the current price of a Vega 64, you can get a 1080Ti lol. Or you can save a few hundred and get a $475 1070Ti that matches or outperforms Vega 64 at 1080/1440p in most titles hahaha.