Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti Preview
Published: 27th October 2017 | Source: Nvidia |
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One of the neat little draws of Nvidia's GTX Founders Edition cards is the premium unboxing experience, offering users some sturdy packaging that is pretty much purpose built for Nvidia's GTX Founders Edition cooler designs.
It is a basic packaging design, but it makes for some easy opening, repackaging and makes for a nice little shelf ornament if you are a fan of hardware boxes.
Inside is the GPU itself, which arrives covered in anti-static packaging, alongside a nice Nvidia case badge as well as a manual and a driver CD. Our advice is to use Nvidia's most recent drivers, which are available to download on their website, though it is nice to see that they are still shipping them, even if a pen drive would be much easier to use.
Founders Editions owners will also get a neat little Nvidia "Special-Edition Premium" case badge, which will undoubtedly increase your FPS by 10% is used (it won't). Nvidia was also kind enough to tell us not to stick it in our sibling's hair, which I am sure they conducted a lot of stress testing to figure out was a bad thing.
Aesthetically Nvidia's GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition GPU looks almost identical to the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 that it is attempting to nestle in-between performance-wise.
When compared to the GTX 1070 it is obvious that Nvidia has added a little to their Founders Edition cooler design, that thing being the new Ti logos that adorn the GTX 1070 Ti's backplate and top-end. Otherwise, the GPUs are pretty much identical, aside from the higher clock speeds and increase CUDA core count on the GTX 1070 Ti.
Looking at the rear I/O of this GPU it is nice to see that Nvidia has decided to continue using a DVI-D connection on the rear of their GPUs, which was a feature that was conspicuously absent on their GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition cards. This will be great news for those that still use DVI displays, though those are starting to become increasingly rare in the modern era of HDMI and Displayport.
Nvidia has decided to power this GPU using a single 8-pin PCIe connection, which like the remainder of this GPU's cooler design is identical to Nvidia's GTX 1070 and 1080 Founders Edition models. Nvidia has included the same LED-backlit GEFORCE GTX logo as always, though I imagine that some Nvidia fans would like to see this replaced with RGBs on future hardware.
On the rear of the GPU, we can see Nvidia's usual screw mounts, which are designed to be used with specialised GPU support hardware, which is often found in high-end gaming prebuilds, offering the GPU support during shipping. This add-on isn;t really needed on a consumer GPU, though it is nice to see that it is there just incase.
On the rear of this GPU, we see Nvidia's second GTX 1070 Ti logo, which sits on the removable part of Nvidia's GTX 1070 Ti backplate. This section can be removed if users are using two of these GPUs in an SLI configuration, allowing some additional airflow to get to the top card if there are no PCIe lane gaps between both GPUs.
Nvidia's GTX 1070 Ti will release on November 2nd and we will be posting a full review for this GPU on the same day at 2pm GMT. Until then you can join the discussion on Nvidia's GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition on the OC3D Forums.