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MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM Review

NVIDIA is launching the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti today, and we’ve got a custom retail MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM video card to test and overclock, yes overclock, to the max. We’ll make comparisons against GTX 1080/1070, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56 for a complete review.

Introduction

NVIDIA today launches its new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. This video card sits in-between GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti specifically targets AMD’s new AMD Radeon RX Vega lineup, specifically the Radeon RX Vega 56.

Thanks to stiff competition from AMD finally in the GPU market NVIDIA has sought to dethrone AMD once again, and this new video card is configured to do that, no question about it. On one hand, this shows how well AMD is competing right now, on the other hand, it shows how fierce NVIDIA can be to pounce on the competition. NVIDIA cannot and will not let the competition win, if it has that option.

W are evaluating a full retail custom add-in-board partner video card with the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM 8G video card. This is a custom-built video card around the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti built with quiet cool operation, and overclocking in mind.

That’s right, overclocking. We are going to be talking more about this and showing you how well the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti overclocks today. All that nonsense about non-overclockability on the GTX 1070 Ti has been complete hogwash, and we are going to show you real data today of overclocking performance.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

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The "reference" NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti card's MSRP $449.99. Let’s talk about the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU itself. This GPU is based off of the GeForce GTX 1080. It is in fact a lot closer to a GeForce GTX 1080 than a GeForce GTX 1070. 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.

What we want to point out specifically in the above screenshots directly from the reviewer’s guide is the emphasis on overclocking ability. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti uses the same 5-phase dual-FET power supply that is on the GeForce GTX 1080. On the Founders Edition video card NVIDIA is using the same copper vapor chamber cooling used on the GeForce GTX 1080. With a full 8-pin power connector it has plenty of power delivery. Custom board partner video cards will offer custom PCBs, hardware and cooling for overclocking.


MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM

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Today we are evaluating the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM video card. This video card is priced at $479.99 with a $10 rebate. That means that this specific custom video card is being sold at a premium, but it is geared up to overclock, and as you will see we had a very positive overclocking experience.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM comes clocked at the NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 1607MHz base clock and 1683MHz boost clock. However, thanks to the improved hardware and cooling GPU Boost is able to run a lot higher than this while gaming. You will see what the actual frequency is on the next pages.

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MSI has put an extra power connector on this video card with a 6-pin and 8-pin power required. This helps add more power delivery to the video card for overclocking. MSI also uses a customized PCB layout designed for more cooling. MSI uses a close quarters heatplate that cools memory, VRM, and provides extra stability. MSI’s Military Class hardware is in use with Hi-C CAP, Super Ferrite Chokes, and Japanese Solid Caps. MSI has employed a 10-phase PWM design on this video card for added overclocking ability and stability. MSI’s Twin FROZR VI thermal solution is being used with TORX 2.0 fans. A large backplate adorns the back and this video card of course has MSI’s RGB Mystic Light feature.