Updated on 15 July 2016: Added details on price of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming and Xtreme Gaming.
Updated on 12 July 2016: Added details on the price of the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 and MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G.
Updated on 7 July 2016: Added details on two new Gigabyte cards.
Updated on 5 July 2016: Added details on the recently announced Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming.
Originally published on 13 June 2016:
Custom versions of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 were announced only recently, but for all their much-vaunted performance, they still command a fairly stiff price. That’s where the GeForce GTX 1070 comes in, offering performance on the same level as the GeForce GTX Titan X at just half the price.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition cards from various brands are already available to buy at S$768, but you’re probably curious what the different vendors have cooked up, especially after the US pricing of custom GeForce GTX 1080 cards turned out to be less than the Founders Edition variant (which doesn’t even come with things like triple-fan coolers, factory overclocks, or extra power connectors).
As it turns out, brands are sticking to the same formula. This means more or less the same selection of cards as there was with the GeForce GTX 1080, complete with goodies like customizable RGB lighting.
As with the GeForce GTX 1080, ASUS has unveiled two variants of the ROG Strix GTX 1070 – an overclocked version with boosted clock speeds and another clocked at reference speeds.
In OC mode, the factory overclocked card runs at a base clock of 1,657MHz and boost clock of 1,860MHz, a decent bump up from the reference 1,506MHz base clock and 1,683MHz boost clock. But while the other card ships with reference speeds out-of-the-box (Gaming mode), in OC mode it can be notched up to a 1,721MHz boost clock. On the other hand, its more aggressively overclocked counterpart already features a 1,835MHz boost clock in Gaming mode.
That aside, the cards are identical, and they feature the same DirectCU III triple-fan cooler, semi-passive wing-blade fans that have been engineered to increase airflow and static pressure, and heatpipes that are in direct contact with the GPU.
And like the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080, both cards also feature ASUS FanConnect technology, which is a new way of controlling chassis fan speeds by linking them – via two 4-pin fan headers – to the GPU instead of the CPU. GPU temperatures are apt to exceed those of the CPU, so this helps to ramp up cooling when it is most needed.
Other notable features include ASUS’ Aura RGB lighting on both the shroud and backplate, which you can customize with your choice of color and illumination effect. Then there’s the inclusion of a second HDMI port (in place of a third DisplayPort connector), which allows you to connect a VR headset and HDMI display simultaneously.
Finally, ASUS also highlighted the beefed-up components – dubbed Super Alloy Power II – on the cards that it says improve power efficiency, reduce component buzzing, and enable lower temperatures.
The overclocked version of the ROG Strix GTX 1070 retails for S$829 locally.