ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti GAMING Advanced Edition

Today we review the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti A8G GAMING Advanced Edition video card on the test bench. The video card has very a long name, but also the video card with the highest GeForce GTX 1070 Ti overclock we’ve ever achieved. Find out how it compares to Radeon Vega 64.

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ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti "A8G" GAMING Advanced Edition

ASUS is taking it up even one step further with the "A8G" ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti "A8G" GAMING Advanced Edition ($479.99 after $20 MIR) video card. This one has an MSRP of $499.99 and this is the one we are evaluating today. What makes it so Advanced? This one utilizes a "binned" GPU. That means "cherry picked" GPUs that should allow the highest possible overclocks with the lowest voltages and temperatures backed with the robust hardware and cooling of the STRIX line.

This "A8G" model is therefore aimed squarely at overclocking with the usage of Advanced Binned GPUs. This takes overclocking to a whole new level. Of course, the base and boost clock are still 1607MHz base and 1683MHz boost out-of-the-box, so you will have to manually overclock for the best result. If you install GPU Tweak II there is an "easy overclock" button that raises the base clock to 1683MHz and the boost clock to 1759MHz in software. Again, manually overclocking will take you much higher on this video card, especially once you apply more voltage and bump up the fan speed.

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Video Card Comparisons and Questions to Tackle

First and foremost, we are using an AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 for comparison, instead of the Radeon RX Vega 56 for this evaluation. This time, it makes the most sense. The MSRP of the video card we are evaluating is $499.99. The MSRP of Radeon RX Vega 64 is also $499.99. Yes, we acknowledge there are inflated and dynamic prices at the moment. In fact the least expensive Vega 64 we find in stock right now is $700, albeit with two games included.

As of right now this video card is the most capable overclockable GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, meaning it is the highest we’ve ever overclocked a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. In light of that it is important to find out if a highly overclocked GeForce GTX 1070 Ti video card, like this one, can reach or exceed AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 performance. After all, we know GeForce GTX 1080 competes on performance with Radeon RX Vega 64, and we know from our last evaluation with the MSI GTX 1070 Ti that GTX 1070 Ti can reach GTX 1080 levels of performance when overclocked. Therefore, the question is how much faster will this one push performance since it is the highest overclock we’ve ever achieved on a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU.

Also, since we have previously evaluated GeForce GTX 1070 Ti performance on AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 you can look back into that evaluation to find out how that compares and use those numbers to compare in the games in today’s evaluation. We will in fact reference Vega 56 in some of the games so you know where it stands as well, in text. The test that really matters here though, as you’ll see is how Vega 64 stands up to a highly overclocked GTX 1070 Ti.

If performance of an overclocked GTX 1070 Ti is as fast as, or faster than Vega 64, then you know it will blow away the Vega 56, so it will be easy to extrapolate data. When it comes down to it, the price point of the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti A8G GAMING Advanced Edition warrants testing against the Radeon RX Vega 64.

In addition, we will be adding the "reference" Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070 Ti video card to compare with as well. We did not include this in our launch evaluation, so this is new.

The reason being is simple, ASUS employs the STRIX cooling which can affect GPU Boost frequencies in-game. This could potentially mean that a robust custom cooled video card could perform faster in games than the reference blower cooler on the Founders Edition card, even though the base and boost clocks are the same on the video cards.

If this is true, then it would provide a reason why you would want to buy a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti with more robust custom cooling, even though NVIDIA won’t allow different factory overclocks. We are going to test this, and find out if performance is the same or different between the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti GAMING Advanced Edition and the Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.

Therefore, there are many questions to ask and test. We want to know if the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti A8G GAMING AE video card is faster than the Founders Edition video card. We want to know how high the video card will overclock. We want to know if this overclocked performance is as fast as, or faster than AMD Radeon RX Vega 64. We want to know if this video card at $499 is a good value, considering it does carry a hefty price premium. We want to know if that price premium is worth it when overclocking is taken into consideration, especially considering the inflated AMD Vega pricing as of late.

In this evaluation you will see that we abbreviated "Advanced Edition" to "AE" and "Founders Edition" to "FE" on the video cards in the graphs. We will compare ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti GAMING AE Overclocked to default performance, to Founders Edition GTX 1070 Ti performance to Vega 64 performance.