GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Overclocking Review

In our overclocking review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition we will see how far we can overclock the GPU and memory and then compare performance with GeForce GTX TITAN X and GeForce GTX 980 Ti. How high will she go? Can the $449 GTX 1070 outperform a $1000 GTX TITAN X? The answer is exciting.

Introduction

On Sunday, May 29th the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition was unveiled to the world. In our initial preview we detailed the specifications of the video card, and revealed pricing, and provided a lot of performance comparisons to the high-end of GPUs. In that preview we also took a quick look at a preview of overclocking with the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition video card specifically, the one for $449. We then followed-up with our full review of the Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070 as well, providing the price competitive video cards to the mix.

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Now that we have got the base performance out of the way, we can take the time to evaluate the Founders Edition overclocking potential and find out what GPU clock speed and memory clock speed is stable over time while gaming. In this evaluation today is our culmination of testing overclocking on the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition video card. We will take the final overclock of GPU and memory of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, a $449 video card, and compare it with a GeForce GTX TITAN X, a $1000 video card using a NVIDIA Maxwell GPU. Will a $449 video card beat out a $1000 video card? This should be exciting.

Overclocking

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No messing about, let's jump straight to overclocking. In the above screenshots you will see the base clock is set to 1506MHz by default and the boost clock is set to 1683MHz. The default configuration in the overclocking tool is also shown. We can turn up the Power Target to a total of 112% from 100%, therefore there isn't a whole lot of power target headroom up front. In order to get the best overclock we also raised the fan to 100% fan speed to eliminate temperature from holding us back on the overclock. Note that the fan is very loud at 100%, there isn't any annoying whine or high pitch noise from the fan, but the sound of the air moving through the card is hard to ignore. We also upped the temperature target, just in case. We wanted to ensure we got the best overclock we could.

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After a painstaking amount of time testing and re-testing to find the most stable and consistent clock speeds, we ended up with a 2062MHz GPU and 4252MHz RAM. We found that a GPU Offset of +230 was stable, but at +240 the video card did lock up in games. However, at +230 we were able to game for very long periods of time with no problem. On the memory we were able to raise the memory +250 offset.