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NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti arrives to take on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

By Koh Wanzi - on 27 Oct 2017, 2:04am

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti arrives to take on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

NVIDIA has finally announced the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, a brand new GPU that sits snugly between the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080.

The card costs US$449, and it’s positioned to take on the US$399 AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, which previously went up against the GeForce GTX 1070. The latter card lost out slightly to the Vega 56, so the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is NVIDIA’s way of hitting back at AMD.

The reveal follows multiple leaks and rumors, including one that said that NVIDIA would be blocking overclocking on its newest Pascal card. But you can breathe a sigh of relief, because the reverse is actually true.

According to NVIDIA, it designed the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to be an overclocking beast, with generous headroom for enthusiasts to turn up the clock speeds. The Founders Edition model will also come equipped with the same 5-phase, dual-FET power supply used on the GeForce GTX 1080.

The new card is based on the same GP104 GPU that’s found in the GeForce GTX 1080, and comes packed with 2,432 CUDA cores, a roughly 26 per cent jump over the 1,920 CUDA cores on the GeForce GTX 1070

Compared to the GeForce GTX 1070, which disabled five SMMs on the GP104 chip, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti only disables one cluster. 

As a result, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti should offer a nice jump over the 1070, except in titles where memory bandwidth is the limiting factor (there's no improvement in this area). 

Here's a look at how the specifications compare with the cards on either side of it in the product stack:

High-end GeForce 10 series comparison
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPU GP104 GP104 GP104
Process 16nm 16nm 16nm
Transistors 7.2 billion 7.2 billion 7.2 billion
CUDA cores 2,560  2,432 1,920
Texture mapping units 160 152 120
Render output units 64 64 64
GPU base clock speeds 1,607MHz 1,607MHz

1,506MHz

GPU boost clock speeds 1,733MHz 1,683MHz  1,683MHz
 Memory 8GB GDDR5X  8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5
 Memory clock speed 10,000MHz 8,000MHz 8,000MHz
Memory bus width 256-bit  256-bit 256-bit
Memory bandwidth 320GB/s  256GB/s 256GB/s
TDP 180W  180W 150W
Launch price US$699 US$449 US$449

NVIDIA's latest card is really looking like a blend between both the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070. For instance, it features the base clock of the former, but sticks to the boost clock of the latter.

What's also interesting is that NVIDIA hasn't set two different prices for vendor models and the Founders Edition card, as it did with its other high-end 10-series GPUs. The Founders Edition cards used to retail for a premium, but there's now just a single starting price for cards from NVIDIA and its partners. 

In addition, the GeForce GTX 1080 has seen a significant price drop since its launch in 2016, and partner cards now start at US$499. That's very close to the price of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, so it'll be interesting to see how the new dynamic will play out with consumers. NVIDIA's also walking a fine line here, especially as the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti may come a little too near to the 1080 in terms of performance. 

The Founders Edition model is slated to begin shipping on 2 November, alongside cards from NVIDIA's partners. We'll also have a round-up article up soon with all the custom card options available, with further details of local price and availability, so stay tuned for that. 

Source: NVIDIA

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