NVidia GTX 1070 Ti Review: A Strategic Play at Vega 56 (Ft. Colorful)

By Published November 02, 2017 at 9:00 am

Additional Info

  • Component: Video Card
  • Original MSRP: 450
  • Manufacturer: NVIDIA


The most important aspect of game benchmarking is not to feature dozens of games, but rather to focus on representing each type of game. Vulkan, DirectX 11, and DirectX 12 are all represented below.

DOOM GPU Benchmark: GTX 1070 Ti vs. Vega 56, GTX 1070, & GTX 1080

We’re running DOOM with Vulkan, ultra settings, and async compute, because anti-aliasing can be disabled for async compute. This chart is for 4K. The GTX 1070 Ti averages 68FPS, with lows at 51FPS 1% and 42FPS 0.1%. This plants it 1.6% behind the nVidia GTX 1080 reference card; of course, aftermarket cards would rank higher, but keep in mind that nearly all GTX 1070 Ti cards are functionally the same in non-overclocked performance. This might as well be reference, as it has the same clocks.

1070ti bench doom 4k 1

The 1070 Ti also outperforms the reference 1070 by about 25%, with the overclocked 1070 SC being outperformed by 14.2%. That’s a pretty reasonable climb, and shows that the GTX 1070 Ti is much closer to the GTX 1080 than the 1070. Overclocking the GTX 1070 Ti puts it up at 77FPS AVG, a jump of 12% over reference. The GTX 1080 overclocks to be 3% ahead, which means that your differences will vary more from chip-to-chip than anything else. In this particular game, overclocking is something of an equalizer between the two, and the extra money on the 1080 makes no sense.

As for Vega 56, that’s at 61FPS stock, marking it ahead of the 1070 non-Ti reference card by 12%. The 1070 Ti outperforms Vega 56 stock by 11.6%. Our heavy OC on the Vega 56 card, which includes powerplay BIOS mods and a liquid cooler, gets us up beyond the 1070 Ti and 1080, and closer to a 1080 Ti. It’s also modded in heavier ways than we’ve yet done for nVidia, so keep that in mind.

1070ti bench doom 1440p

Scaling is largely the same in the lower resolutions, but we do start bumping into the game’s engine constraint (200FPS) toward the upper-end, which means we can’t truly know the unconstrained FPS of the higher-end devices.

Destiny 2 GPU Benchmark – GTX 1070 Ti vs. 1070, Vega 56, & GTX 1080

1070ti bench destiny2 4k high

1070ti destiny2 4k highest

Note a few things about Destiny 2, our next game: One, in our dedicated Destiny 2 GPU benchmark, we found that switching between High and Highest settings has major impact on the hierarchy of cards. In the beta, AMD lost huge ground with Highest DOF; with launch, nVidia is losing ground with Highest. We will show both, then you can just decide how you’d like to play the game. We tested Destiny 2 at 4K high and highest, 1440p high and highest, and 1080p highest.

Destiny 2 at 4K Highest isn’t that playable, so we’ll move along quickly. At 4K with High settings, the 1070 Ti outputs an AVG FPS of 63FPS, putting it 8.2% ahead of the 1070 SC card. The Vega 56 stock card averages 60FPS, ranking the 1070 Ti as 5% ahead of Vega 56. The GTX 1080 is 16% ahead of the stock 1070 Ti, but overclocking ties it up. That obviously would change with overclocking the 1080, too.

1070ti bench destiny2 1440p highest

At 1440p and Highest, where AMD tends to perform its best, the 1070 Ti stock card operates a 74FPS AVG, meaning that the 1080 FTW stock card is 13% ahead of the new Ti. Vega 56 keeps an 83FPS AVG, functionally tied with the 1080 FTW, and so is also about 13% ahead of the 1070 Ti. Overclocking the 1070 Ti gets it up to 83.2FPS, tied with the 1080 FTW and Vega 56 cards. Again, you could then OC these to continue the leap-frogging.

1070ti bench destiny2 1440p high

1440p/High reshuffles the hierarchy, with the Vega 56 card now behind the 1070 Ti card, at 107FPS AVG versus 117FPS AVG. The 10-series card hierarchy remains about the same as before. This is where you need to decide how you feel about high versus highest settings for this game.

1070ti bench destiny2 1080p highest

The 1080p results for high and highest are also above.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands – GTX 1070 Ti Benchmark vs. Vega 56, GTX 1080

1070ti bench grw 4k

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is next, tested at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p, and using Very High settings.

1070ti bench grw 1440p

For 1440p, Ghost Recon positions the 1070 Ti stock card at 68FPS AVG, ranking it equivalent to the Vega 56 card when overclocked, or behind Vega 56 when power modded. The 1070 Ti stock card is also roughly equal to the overclocked 1070 SC and reference Vega 64 card at stock clocks. The GTX 1080 reference card performs about 9% ahead of the 1070 Ti, when both are stock, and performs about 7% ahead of the 1070 Ti when both are overclocked. Vega 56 is able to keep up when modded with powerplay tables and pulling 400W from the wall, pushing a 72FPS AVG.

Note that the overclocked 1070 Ti drops some frametime consistency in the 0.1% low values due to clock behavior.

1070ti bench grw 1080p

At 1080p, the GTX 1070 Ti stock card pushes 91FPS AVG, marking it again functionally tied with the GTX 1070 SC overclocked card and Vega 56 powerplay card. The reference 1080 places 8.3% ahead of the 1070 Ti, both stock, or 7.4% ahead when both are overclocked.

For Honor – GTX 1070 Ti Benchmark

1070ti bench forhonor 4k

For Honor is tested at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p. This game is particularly unfriendly toward overclocks on both AMD and nVidia hardware, so we generally do not include them. Our Vega 56 OC was stable, for whatever reason, so that’ll be in here.

1070ti bench forhonor 1440p

At 1440p, the GTX 1070 Ti operates at 94FPS AVG, putting it about 6.5% ahead of the lower overclocked Vega 56, with the powermodded Vega 56 4% ahead of the 1070 Ti. Versus the GTX 1070, the 1070 Ti is a full 17% ahead. The GTX 1080 maintains a lead of 3.5% over the 1070 Ti, again reiterating the fact that a 1070 Ti is way closer to the 1080 than the 1070.

1070ti bench forhonor 1080p

At 1080p, the scaling and stack is largely the same: The 1070 Ti is about 15% ahead of the reference 1070, or 12% ahead of the SC version. It’s 28% ahead of the stock, reference Vega 56 card, or 5.5% ahead of the OC, and a bit behind the powermodded Vega 56 card, which is admittedly an unfair comparison – but a big data point that we have.

Sniper Elite 4 Benchmark – Vega 56 vs. GTX 1070 Ti, 1080, 1070

1070ti bench sniper 4k

Sniper Elite 4 is tested with high settings and asynchronous compute, using DirectX 12 for the API. Sniper Elite tends to favor AMD devices, which shows a bit here: The Vega 56 reference, stock-clocked card operates a 53FPS AVG, which puts it closer to the 1070 Ti’s 54FPS than seen in other tests. The 1070 Ti maintains a lead, stock-to-stock, of 2% in this game. The 1070 SC overclocked card is functionally equivalent to the stock Vega 56 in performance. As for the 1080, that’s about 11.3% ahead of the 1070 Ti when both are stock, but overclocking gets the 1070 Ti to 60FPS AVG, with the 1080 overclocked to 69FPS AVG. The 1080 maintains a 14.5% lead to the 1070 Ti, in this game, showing that Sniper does actually seem to care about shader count on nVidia hardware.

Ashes of the Singularity Benchmark (4K/High)

1070ti bench aots 4k

Ashes of the Singularity more belongs in the synthetics section, so we’ll start that. At 4K and with high settings and DirectX 12, Ashes positions the 1070 Ti at 74FPS AVG, or 5.6% ahead of the 1070 SC when overclocked, and about 21% ahead of the reference 1070. Vega 56 ends up at 67FPS AVG when stock, allowing the 1070 Ti a lead of 10%. The GTX 1080 reference card leads the 1070 Ti by 7% when both are stock.

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Last modified on November 02, 2017 at 9:00 am
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