We can finally stop talking about the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti as a speculative release based on leaks and rumors. Following several weeks of bread crumbs teasing the card's launch, NVIDIA this morning made the new card official, and is even accepting pre-orders for it on the company's website. The only real disappoint is the lack of surprise—the specs line up with the most recent leaks.
That's okay because the real question is how it performs, so there is still some anticipation left and room to speculate. Specifically, it will be interesting to see how the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti fares against AMD's Radeon RX Vega 56, the card it will inevitably be compared against. As for NVIDIA's own product lineup, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slides in neatly between the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080.
So, what are we looking at here? Well, the official spec sheet indicates 2,423 CUDA cores, up from 1,920 on the non-Ti 1070 and slightly less than the 2,560 CUDA cores found on the GeForce GTX 1080. It has a 1,607MHz base clock and 1,683MHz boost clock, and 8GB of GDDR5 memory (not GDDR5X) running at 8Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus.
Sliding a card in between the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080 is somewhat of a balancing act, and there is bound to be some overlap. In this case, the clockspeeds bump up against each card. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has the same base clock as the GeForce GTX 1080 (1,607MHz base / 1,733MHz boost) and same boost clock as the GeForce GTX 1070 (1,506MHz base / 1,683MHz boost).
NVIDIA's new card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe connector and has a 180W TDP. And contrary to previous rumors suggesting that NVIDIA would lock the clocks on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (yeah, right!), NVIDIA said it built the new card with overclocking in mind.
"We designed the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to be an overclocking monster with plenty of headroom for gamers to crank up the clock speeds. And our partners have built cards with thermals and power supplies that allow gamers to push performance way past stock specifications," NVIDIA said.
In other words, "Pshaw!" That is quite a different story than what the rumors have been saying as of late. It is also good news for gamers who might want to save a few bucks over the GeForce GTX 1080, while achieving similar performance. In fact, NVIDIA is not real on showcasing performance as it compares to the higher end SKU, but is happy to point out that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers double the performance of the previous generation GeForce GTX 970, and comes out ahead of the GeForce GTX 1070 (based on Nvidia's internal benchmarks).
There you have the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti in a nutshell. We will have our own numbers to share once we get our hands on one and have a chance to run it through our gauntlet of benchmarks. In the meantime, you can pre-order the card now for $449 ahead of its November 2 retail release.
Anyone who is interested in this card is not limited to buying direct from NVIDIA. The company's hardware partners have their own SKUs to offer, including EVGA, which announced no less than four custom GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards. They include:
- GeForce GTX 1070 Ti SC Gaming—$469.99
- GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming—$489.99
- GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Gaming—$499.99
- GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming SC Hybrid—$529.99
"Take your EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to the next level with exclusive EVGA Precision XOC / EVGA OC Scanner X integration. With the click of one button, EVGA Precision XOC will detect, scan, and apply your optimal overclock!," EVGA says.
All but the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming is available to pre-order now from EVGA.