NVidia 1070Ti – Unwanted Prodigal Son

NVidia 1070Ti – Unwanted Prodigal Son?

Nvidia announced another card, the unexpected GTX 1070 Ti landed on the market leaving many scratching their heads. Why would Nvidia release another card, apparently to the main/upper stream consumer when they confirmed Pascal architecture was performing well in the market on sales and performance against AMD rivals – AMD Vega RX 56 and 64.

With the 1070 and 1080 reaching the logical market of the consumer that measures the price/performance ratio for his money, we have no place to put this new card on the market and what is expected to its purpose.

The Vega 56 stole some market from the 1060 and 1070, that would be the main reason for Nvidia to release a card and even the odds that were previously balancing price/performance for AMD side. Seems a counter-information after Nvidia itself informed that the Pascal architecture was unbeatable on the market, reaching all types of consumers.

Unless… this is the same card already in existence on the market, just tweaked to beat the competition on a specific market niche. And that is exactly what we find.

The 1070 Ti is a mirrored copy of the 1080, tuned down on the Cuda cores and Boost Clocks. It is like a GTX 1080 overall, more identical in hardware and specs than with the sister GTX 1070.

NVidia 1070Ti – Unwanted Prodigal Son

So, Nvidia got hold of some GTX 1080, tuned them down and called them a GTX 1070 Ti in the end analysis. Rebranding and Repacking what was already on the market, just fine-tuning it for specific consumers.

And thinking on getting an overclocked card to get near the GTX 1080 performance for the same money it’s out of the question, Nvidia made sure that its partners won’t ship this card with different clocks that their imposed performance values.

That will not keep you from trying to get a 1070 Ti and overclock it until you reach a 1080 performance. With available overclocking utilities that you can install on your system and give it a try, the gap between 1070 and 1080 closes, but the $50 difference might give the edge towards acquiring a 1080 that clearly is powerful without overclocking issues, and still, can be further overclocked too.

On tests, the 1070 Ti is faster than the AMD Vega 56 and pairs with the AMD Vega 64 on most games. Vulkan API will change and favor the AMD, though, while some other titles close the margin between the Vega 64 and sometimes even surpass, giving an advantage to the 1070 Ti, even for a small margin again.

There is no reason for the existence of this card in the current Nvidia line-up rather than keeping closer the performance fight with the AMD Vegas and re-use some 1080’s architecture.