Most of us are already aware of the fact that Nvidia had recently launched its newest graphics card called the GTX 1070 Ti. Most of us also know of the graphics card’s reference clock speeds: 1607MHz (base) and 1683MHz (boost). What we don’t know, however, is the performance of the GTX 1070 Ti when it’s overclocked. Well… until now.
A handful of consumers may have feared (or wished) that the GTX 1070 Ti may make the GTX 1080 obsolete. This is because, some have theorised that the graphics card, when overclocked, may have better performance compared to the GTX 1080 – making the latter rather unattractive. Well, according to Gainward’s findings, this may not necessarily be the case after all.
Based on testing – 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme – done on its own custom graphics card, (Gainward GameSoul GTX 1070 Ti) it was found that the performance of a GTX 1070 Ti is still lower compared to the GTX 1080, even when overclocked. Bear in mind that the GTX 1070 Ti used in this test had base and boost clock speeds of 1795MHz and 1871MHz respectively (overclocked) -these clock speeds are significantly higher than the reference clock speeds of the GTX 1080.
No details were given by the company as to why this is happening, but one can assume that Nvidia may have placed some sort of “limiter” to the GTX 1070 Ti. One can also theorise that the differences in performance between the two cards may be down to their respective memory controllers; the GTX 1070 Ti uses GDDR5, while the GTX 1080 is fitted with GDDR5X.
Those aside, there are also leaked performance benchmarks from folks at Galax. When tested using the 3DMark Fire Strike extreme benchmark, the GTX 1070 Ti was, again, found to be slower compared to the GTX 1080. That said, Galax’s leaked benchmark scores doesn’t mention whether the GTX 1070 Ti used in its tests was overclocked. Other benchmarks ran using the GTX 1070 Ti from Galax include: Rise of the Tomb Raider and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. In both game tests, the GTX 1070 Ti ran just above 60fps in 2K resolution.
Regardless, as many may have already expected, the GTX 1070 Ti is indeed slower than the GTX 1080, even when it’s overclocked – at least according to Gainward. That aside, it’ll still be interesting to see the local pricing for GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards – and how it compares to custom GTX 1080 / GTX 1070 prices. We do expect this graphics card to be priced well above RM2,000 though. We’ll have to wait until 2 November to know for sure.