In a move that everyone saw coming thanks to leaks on the internet, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was announced late last week. This is NVIDIA’s new second-tier flagship model, being fast enough to beat a GTX 1070 and AMD’s latest cards, but slow enough that it doesn’t pose a threat to the GTX 1080. The card will be available locally soon, and it’s only a matter of time before the GTX 1070 gets even cheaper.
In a nutshell, the GTX 1070 Ti is a cheaper GTX 1080. While the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 share the same die, NVIDIA disables a lot of the silicon to drop the performance to a level they’re comfortable with, and they also equipped it with slower RAM to give the GTX 1080 another selling point. The GTX 1070 Ti is a mix of those two cards, and its performance is somewhere around 10-15% slower than the GTX 1080.
On paper, it is extremely close to the GTX 1080’s stock performance. It only lacks 128 CUDA cores and eight texture units, and its base and boost clocks are faster than the GTX 1070, yet just low enough to see it lag behind the GTX 1080. The rest of the card should share more design elements with its bigger brother, like the board design and the power distribution layout, and the port layout should also be the same. Even the power requirements are identical.
Pricing is another interesting part of this announcement. The GTX 1070 Ti will go on sale, for both the Founders Edition cards and custom designs by their partners, for $449. That’s the same price the GTX 1070 launched at when NVIDIA sold them directly, and it’s just low enough to spur on sales of the card because not everyone can afford a GTX 1080. Sales during the mining boom may have altered NVIDIA’s plans somewhat to eventually make this card a reality, but it’s launching so late into the life of the Pascal family that it will have only a few short months to take up shelf space before NVIDIA debuts their Volta GPU family.
It’s not like NVIDIA needs to worry about AMD’s cards either. With a lack of custom designs on the horizon, issues with chip delivery, possible HBM shortages, and a high price that no-one wants to pay for Vega 64, it’ll be a while before AMD’s top-end cards will be able to compete with NVIDIA’s partners before the holiday season starts up.
As far as cards go, every one of NVIDIA’s partners will have GTX 1070 Ti variants on sale when the card officially launches on 2 November 2017. Local prices seem to fall between R8,500 and R9,000, which makes it cheaper than AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56, and only a little more expensive than the GTX 1070 cards available online.
All that we need to find out now is if the rumours are true that these cards can’t be overclocked. Even if that ends up being the case, these cards will still be the best bang for your buck that you could buy locally.