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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Power, heat, noise, clock speeds


We test power under load by plugging the entire system into a Watts Up meter, running the intensive Division benchmark at 4K resolution, and noting the peak power draw. Idle power is measured after sitting on the Windows desktop for three minutes with no extra programs or processes running.

power draw Brad Chacos/IDG

The Vega 64 still stands out as a ridiculous power hog here, but the differences—or lack thereof—between the GTX 1070 Ti and Radeon Vega 56 are much more interesting. Because the GTX 1070 Ti largely matches the GTX 1080’s GPU layout and uses GDDR5 memory instead of power-efficient GDDR5X, it draws a lot more power than the vanilla GTX 1070 does. In fact, it essentially ties the Vega 56 on that front.

Heat and noise

We test heat during the same intensive Division benchmark at a strenuous 4K resolution, by running SpeedFan in the background and noting the maximum GPU temperature once the run is over.

gpu temps Brad Chacos/IDG

Again, the GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition and Vega 56 are in a dead heat. (Get it?) Both cards use blower-style coolers, but despite the equality in temperature, Nvidia’s implementation is vastly superior to AMD’s. The ghastly Vega coolers are the loudest I’ve heard since the old Radeon 290X days. Seriously, it’s loud enough to distract you unless you’re wearing noise-proof headphones, and that’s a rare find in modern GPUs.

But the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti SC Black Edition’s superb ACX 3.0 cooling solution stands heads-and-shoulders above the reference cards. It not only runs far, far chillier, it manages to run much quieter than the others while doing so. Two fans are better than one, it seems.

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