Last Updated: April 2018
IGN recently took a look at several of Nvidia’s freshly-minted GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards from multiple manufacturers. We benchmarked two pretty high-end GPUs from Zotac and Asus, and a midrange card from EVGA. This allowed us to get a pretty good look at the spectrum of performance and features that are possible with Nvidia’s newest GPU, and of course we wanted to pass along our extensive findings.
There are a few caveats though. First, we haven’t yet looked at boards from some of the usual suspects like MSI and Gigabyte. As we evaluate more GPUs we’ll keep this post updated with all our findings. Our testing has also convinced us that most GTX 1070 Ti cards will perform very similarly regardless of price, so we’re sure whatever card you choose will end up being close in performance. What you’re really paying for are small differences in fan sound, lighting, and accompanying software suites.
Without further ado, here’s our picks for the best GTX 1070 Ti GPU.
The Best Overall – Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
This GPU is a beast, plain and simple, and it has some sweet features that make its $50 premium over the base model worth it. For starters, this GPU is massive, measuring almost 12 inches long and just a hair over two inches thick. Its prodigious girth allows it to run so quiet you won’t even know it’s on, even when it’s running at full load for hours. I tested it with an open case and could never tell if it was running or not – it’s that quiet, and also ran at 63C too, which is about as chilly as you can expect from a GPU running at almost 2Ghz.
Silent operation aside it has sweet lighting that is easily customizable, and you can also sync the lighting with the LEDs on your Asus motherboard too. It also includes fan headers on the PCB so you can plug in two case fans and have them sync their operation with the GPU temp, which is handy for making sure all the fans are spinning up or spinning down at the same time, both for quiet computing and excellent cooling. At $499 it’s the same price as a low-end GTX 1080, so that’s a tough call, but compared to a $550 or $600 GTX 1080 it’s a great value and its benchmarks make it absolutely sublime for 2560 x 1440 gaming.
Another Amazing Option – Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Extreme
Zotac’s AMP! Extreme cards are always like the T-Rex of GPUs – huge, massively powerful, and a bit over the top, even by high-end GPU standards. The GTX 1070 Ti version is an admirable addition to the lineage, as it’s exactly the same size and shape as the GTX 1080 Ti version, measuring almost 13 inches and taking up 2.5 PCIe slots. It’s likely to be the largest GTX 1070 Ti available, and all that square footage translates into a massive amount of cooling, and a card that is so quiet if it wasn’t for its super-bright LEDs you wouldn’t even know it was working hard.
Even under load, after hours, it was running at 59C. That’s a frosty GPU. Our test card, which was sent to us in sealed retail packaging, overclocked to 2.1GHz, and of course its performance was top notch too. We don’t like the cheesy “Push The Limit” logo on the top of the card, and the yellow and black stripes are a bit much too, but if you dig the look this is one audacious GPU, and easily one of the best 1070 Tis available.
The Budget(ish) Option – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti SC Black Edition
EVGA’s SC Black Edition sounds pretty fancy but it’s a pretty basic GPU really. But for a lot of people that don’t want something huge and expensive like the two GPUs above, this is a marginally cheaper option. It is a humble two-slot model that only measures 10.5 inches, which is the same as the Founder’s Edition. The only really interesting “feature” is its ACX 3.0 cooler, which does a great job and is relatively quiet, but is relatively conservative compared to the cooling apparatuses on the bigger GPUs above.
At $469 it’s only $20 more than the Founder’s Edition, and for that Jackson you get the swanky cooler, but not much else. There’s an LED, but it’s white and you can’t change the color, and aside from that, this is just a regular ol’ GPU. Still, if you’re on a budget, it runs essentially just as fast as the more expensive GPUs, and if your rig already has white fans, you’re all set.
Cheapest Option – Nvidia’s Founder’s Edition
In the past Nvidia has always priced its Founder’s Edition cards higher than its partners’ boards in order to avoid direct competition, but for this particular GPU they’ve changed this policy, and it’s the lowest priced model you can find at $449. That is probably upsetting some of its partners, but if you’re just looking for a no frills GPU, the Founder’s Edition is a decent option. However, the Founder’s Edition cards are definitely not immune to the laws of supply and demand, and with a price this low, demand is high, and supply is usually sold out. We did not review this particular GPU, but have reviewed the Founder’s Edition 1060, 1070, and 1080 and they are consistently good despite being kind of boring. Is is the reference model, after all. They usually run a bit hotter than partner boards from Asus, EVGA, etc. due to the blower style cooler, but they aren’t super hot or loud compared to GPUs of the past. If you don’t need RGB lighting or anything fancy, it’ll get the job done.