Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti review: The best 1440p graphics card in weird graphics card times

We review the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti SC Black Edition and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition vs. Radeon Vega.

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Our test system

We tested the GTX 1070 Ti and EVGA’s GTX 1070 Ti Black Edition on PCWorld’s dedicated graphics card benchmark system. Our testbed’s loaded with high-end components to avoid bottlenecks in other parts of the system and show unfettered graphics performance.

  • Intel’s Core i7-5960X with a Corsair Hydro Series H100i closed-loop water cooler ($110 on Amazon).
  • An Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard.
  • 16GB Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory ($195 on Amazon).
  • EVGA Supernova 1000 G3 power supply ($190 on Amazon).
  • A 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, PCWorld's pick for the best SSD ($150 on Amazon).
  • Corsair Crystal Series 570X case, deemed Full Nerd’s favorite case of 2016 ($180 on Amazon).
  • Windows 10 Pro ($190 on Amazon).

We’re comparing the GTX 1070 cards against AMD’s Vega duo, the $399 Radeon RX Vega 56 and $499 air-cooled RX Vega 64. Both were benchmarked using the Balanced power profile on the stock BIOS. Of course, because the GTX 1070 Ti was designed to slot between the (theoretically) $350 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and $500 GTX 1080, we’re testing those as well. All of the cards are reference models except the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti SC Black Edition (obviously), which we tested in both its out-of-the-box configuration as well as with Precision XOC’s new one-button overclock feature. We discussed the details of our overclock in the previous section.

Each game is tested using its in-game benchmark at the mentioned graphics presets, with VSync, frame rate caps, and all GPU vendor-specific technologies—like AMD TressFX, Nvidia GameWorks options, and FreeSync/G-Sync—disabled. Given the capabilities of these particular cards, we’re testing at 1440p and 4K resolutions alone. They’d all scream at 1080p. Every card was tested using the most current drivers available from AMD and Nvidia.

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti benchmarks

The Division

The Division ($50 on Amazon), a gorgeous third-person shooter/RPG that mixes elements of Destiny and Gears of War, kicks things off with Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine. We test the game in DirectX 11 mode.

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The GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition essentially draws even with the Radeon Vega 56 here, and splits the performance difference between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. Out of the box, the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti SC Black Edition does the same, but with Precision XOC’s auto-overclock applied, it squeezes out a 4.5-percent frame rate increase at 1440p resolution.

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