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Galax GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White: The card you want for Christmas

By Kenny Yeo - 2 Nov 2017

Conclusion

The card you want for Christmas

NVIDIA’s high-end GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics cards are some of the most dominating graphics cards and the release of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti only strengthens what is already a very formidable lineup. 

The Galax GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White is a more than decent take on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Let's begin with the bad things and I only really have only two gripes about the cards: its power consumption and its thickness.

The white of the card makes it perfect for Christmas.

Its power consumption is significantly higher than the GeForce GTX 1080, which isn't a deal breaker in my books, but is something worth considering especially if you are trying to build an efficient system. With regards to thickness, the aluminum backplate improves structural rigidity but it could make installation tricky on some motherboards.

That said, there is a lot to praise about the card. For readers who are sticklers about noise, the Galax card is eerily quiet even when it is taxed. Performance is also good and its ability to overclock is quite decent. With a few simple tweaks, we were able to get an 8% boost in 3DMark scores, which should translate to real-world performances that are on a par with the GeForce GTX 1080. And finally, to satisfy gamers who love lighting effects, the Galax card also comes with customizable RGB lighting that is well implemented and not too over the top. 

The Galax GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White is eerily quiet even under heavy loads.

There has always been a mark up when graphics cards arrive on our island and the Galax GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR is no different. Nevertheless, at S$739, the Galax GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White is attractively priced compared to the competition. It costs about the same or even less than some factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 1070 cards, and is substantially more affordable than a GeForce GTX 1080. Coupled with its performance, overclockability, and features, we think the Galax GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White is a great example of a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card.

As for the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, the timing of this release is opportune as it comes at a time when AMD has won some fans back with its new Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. 

The Radeon RX Vega 56, in particular, gave NVIDIA something to think about as it was more than a match for the GeForce GTX 1070. The GeForce GTX 1070 is easily one of NVIDIA’s best sellers as it offered groundbreaking performance for the price. For US$399, gamers could get a graphics card that offered performance that rivaled a US$999 GeForce Titan X (Maxwell), which is incredible.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is, therefore, the logical next step for NVIDIA and its GeForce GTX 1070. With a US launch price of US$449, gamers could now get a card that is only a smidge slower than the more costly US$549 GeForce GTX 1080. Based on US launch prices alone, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti looks like remarkable value.

Even though the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti represents great value, it doesn't mean you should be rushing out to get it.

That said, existing GeForce GTX 1070 owners shouldn’t rush out to upgrade as the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti doesn’t really break any boundaries insofar as performance is concerned. Overall, it was about 10% to 15%, which is significant, but it won’t allow it run games at 4K comfortably unless you are willing to sacrifice on graphics fidelity. For the utmost 4K gaming experience, you are still going to need a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or another GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 in SLI.

For anyone else looking to upgrade from something older, less powerful (GeForce GTX 1060 and below), or building a new system, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti looks like the best value proposition for a high-end graphics card. This is a card that will comfortably crunch titles at 1440p and at extreme graphics settings, and will even run at 4K quite readily if you are willing to turn down the graphics settings. As a matter of fact, you will have to wonder who in the right mind would still want to get a GeForce GTX 1080.

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9.0
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Value 9
The Good
Good performance and overclocking potential
Quiet and effective cooler
RGB lighting effects
Upgraded power supply phase
The Bad
High power consumption
Aluminum backplate adds thickness and weight
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