ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti Review

Conclusion

ASUS Strix GTX 1070 Ti Review

Conclusion

Having only just written the conclusion for the nVidia GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition, nearly everything we've written there applies here.

The nVidia product range, currently consisting of the GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti, is extremely tight. We used to rag on companies for trying to dissect the market into such tiny sectors that it was almost a joke, and the introduction of the GTX 1070 Ti is in danger of turning the GTX range into a laughing stock. If you're tight for cash, get the 1050 Ti, if you have loads of it get the 1080 Ti, and if you're somewhere in the middle you either grab a GTX 1060 or the GTX 1070 depending upon your finances. Except now, with the introduction of the GTX 1070 Ti you get that. Graphics cards are the single biggest area of any system where spending a little extra gives you massive rewards. You'll struggle to spot the difference between - for example - a Z370 Prime and a Z370 Maximus Extreme in daily use, but the difference between a 1050 Ti and a 1070 Ti is night and day in gaming fluidity.

But what's done is done, how does the ASUS Strix take upon this latest GP104 GPU based card fare?

It's exactly what you think it's going to be. No matter how often nVidia claim that their vapour chamber and single blower fan is the perfect cooling solution, nobody else agrees and once again the performance of the partner cards bears this out. Peak boost speeds on the ASUS Strix might be only 25MHz or so better than the nVidia Founders Edition, but the average boost clock - the one that actually matters in gaming because it's about how quick it is over a long period of time once the temperatures climb - was nearly 60 MHz quicker. We saw in every single test we ran how this more consistent level of GPU clock speed pays dividends with the ASUS around a frame or two per second better than the nVidia.

It isn't only the performance that the ASUS improves upon. It's more efficient, requiring about 10W less at the wall, so your electricity bill will thank you. More importantly the temperatures are seriously cool. How cool you ask? Well the nVidia Founders Edition ran at a peak of 77°C. The ASUS Strix, with an overclock in place, topped out at 60°C. Sixty. If you look at our temperature graph on the preceding page you'll note that, water cooled models aside, the bottom three cards are all ASUS Strix models of various types. That DirectCU cooler is the freaking mutts nuts. The cats nightclothes. The knees of a bee.

The ASUS Strix GTX 1070 Ti looks brilliant, goes well, is cool and quiet and doesn't cost the earth. If you can't quite stretch the budget to a GTX 1080 Ti or a GTX 1080 then you can buy this and be assured that it's every bit as fast as its slightly bigger brother, and thus it wins our OC3D Enthusiast Award. That cooler is legendary.

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02-11-2017, 11:02:13

AlienALX
Blimey now that's more like it ! thanks Guv !Quote

02-11-2017, 11:19:41

AngryGoldfish
I feel like there's something wrong here. In multiple benchmarks (Hitman, GOW4, Ashes) the 1070Ti Strix is beating the 1080 Strix. How can that be? I think you might need to retest some of these as something is obviously weird.Quote

02-11-2017, 11:46:06

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
I feel like there's something wrong here. In multiple benchmarks (Hitman, GOW4, Ashes) the 1070Ti Strix is beating the 1080 Strix. How can that be? I think you might need to retest some of these as something is obviously weird.
Drivers maybe. When the 1080 came out it wasn't that hot in DX12. You also need to remember, the 1080 has been out for a long time now, and drivers will absolutely no doubt have improved since.

Well, unless Tom tested them all again for the review.Quote

02-11-2017, 12:50:42

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Drivers maybe. When the 1080 came out it wasn't that hot in DX12. You also need to remember, the 1080 has been out for a long time now, and drivers will absolutely no doubt have improved since.

Well, unless Tom tested them all again for the review.
This is a big issue with video card benchmarks in my opinion. Instead of having the most up-to-date information for each review (within reason), we have to cross-reference the data with another review of a more up-to-date card. So in this case I'm using Guru3D's review of the 1070Ti. I've gone to the Hitman benchmark, and instead of using their supplied graphs, I provide my own. As in, I take a more recent GTX 1080 review posted by them a couple of months ago and compared the two cards with that data rather than the original 1080 review from mid-2016. At 1440p, the 1070Ti scored 100 FPS in Hitman, while the 1080 scored 114 FPS. That's more indicative of what most people should be seeing. I did the same with GOW4 and the 1080 was 13% faster than the 1070Ti. Again, a more expected and accurate result.Quote

02-11-2017, 14:19:44

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
This is a big issue with video card benchmarks in my opinion. Instead of having the most up-to-date information for each review (within reason), we have to cross-reference the data with another review of a more up-to-date card. So in this case I'm using Guru3D's review of the 1070Ti. I've gone to the Hitman benchmark, and instead of using their supplied graphs, I provide my own. As in, I take a more recent GTX 1080 review posted by them a couple of months ago and compared the two cards with that data rather than the original 1080 review from mid-2016. At 1440p, the 1070Ti scored 100 FPS in Hitman, while the 1080 scored 114 FPS. That's more indicative of what most people should be seeing. I did the same with GOW4 and the 1080 was 13% faster than the 1070Ti. Again, a more expected and accurate result.
Yeah it's kinda sucky but I can totally understand it. First you would need to basically keep every single card you review (most go on to other reviewers) and then you would need to test every single one again and again.

I didn't expect the Ti to beat the 1080. We all knew it wouldn't really. It was just to make the higher mid range cheaper. The 1070 IMO is starting to creak and show its age now, not being any faster than the old gen high end. We needed something just that bit better.

Tis a good release by Nvidia, I just hope the prices are right.Quote
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