Size does matter!

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti marks Nvidia’s final foray into the Pascal architecture. It is the last bastion of the said architecture, melding the best of GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080’s features. That is, with a mission to go head to head with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56. Granted, we do not have any RX cards to compare with the GTX 1070 Ti. But, we have the GTX 1050 up to the GTX 1080 Ti to check out the card’s performance across our charts. 

Now, our card’s model is the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini. The smallest GTX 1070 Ti in the market as of this review at 8.3 inches. This makes the card compatible with most SFF systems available in the market. Learn more from the official product page and get it at Amazon.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1070 TI ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 TI Mini GeForce GTX 1080
SHADER UNITS 1920 2432 2432 1920
ROPs 64 64 64 64
GPU GP104 GP104 GP104 GP104
TRANSISTOR COUNT 7.2B 7.2B 7.2B 7.2B
MEMORY CAPACITY 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
MEMORY TYPE GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5X
MEMORY BUS WIDTH 256-bit 256-bit  256-bit 256-bit
CORE CLOCK 1506 – 1683 MHz+ 1607 – 1683 MHz+  1607 – 1683 MHz+ 1506 – 1733 MHz+
MEMORY CLOCK 2000 MHz 2000 MHz  2000 MHz 2500 MHz
TDP 150W 180W  180W 180W

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:

The  GTX 1070 Ti Mini comes in the usual ZOTAC packaging. Gray and yellow sure are the company’s flagship color combinations, allowing gamers to take an easy guess that it is a ZOTAC product even from afar.

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The graphics card comes with a quick installation guide, a software disc, a case badge and even a 6+6 to 8-pin power adapter. No fancy stuff here, just the essentials with added spice.

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DESIGN, LAYOUT AND BUILD QUALITY:

The card is down right one of the best GTX 1070 TI when it comes to aesthetics; even so if we’re to add the size into the equation. It’s a cheeky card with an 8.3″ of length, featuring dual 90mm fans and a gun metal shroud. The card had these chevrons that lights up in Blue fashion together with the ZOTAC logo at the side.

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Looking at the back, we could see that the part of the card’s length is actually due to its cooler. It extends roughly at about 1.3 inches, making the PCB real-estate at just around 7 inches. The back-plate is a nice addition for looks and protection from the elements.

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Despite the size, the ZOTAC GTX 1070 Ti Mini comes with proper cooling. It has 4 heat pipes and the GDDR5 chips gets a proper active cooling as well. Power is provided by an 8-pin connector.

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There are 5 display options to choose from, with 3 of those being DisplayPort 1.4 connections. Even with 5 ports present, cooling is definitely far from hindered.

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SOFTWARE:

The FireStorm 2.0 is a new and improved graphics card utility from ZOTAC. It houses tons of options to optimize and customize your ZOTAC based graphics card. That said, you could use the app to adjust fan speed settings, allow GPU temperature target limit and so much more.

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The ZOTAC FireStorm 2.0 also comes with a monitoring tool. This is specially useful to check for clock stability issues.

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THE TEST SYSTEM AND BENCHMARKS:

Our test system is based on a Intel Core i5 6600K gaming system, which should be in-line with the latest mainstream gaming components. The operating system used is a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Edition with power options set to high performance. Third party background applications are disabled unless they are absolutely required.

TEST SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
PROCESSOR Intel Core i5 6600K
MOTHERBOARD ASUS Z170-A
CPU COOLER Cryorig C1 Top Flow
MEMORY KIT Crucial Ballistix Tactical @ 2666MHz 4x4GB Kit
GRAPHICS CARD ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1050 TI OC 4GB
INTERNAL STORAGE  Crucial MX200 250GB
POWER SUPPLY CORSAIR RM850X 850W
DISPLAY 27″ DELL U2715H + LG 43UF680T 4K UHD TV
OPERATING SYSTEM Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

The games and benchmark tools should include 720p, 1080p, 1440p, and 2160p results if necessary to the hardware being tested. They are outlined below for your reference.

  • 3DMARK 2013 – Firestrike Presets.
  • Luxmark – OpenCL benchmark.
  • Aida64 Extreme Edition – GPGPU benchmark.
  • Overwatch – Settings are set to Ultra with a Render Scale set to 100%.
  • Battlefield 4 – Settings are set to Ultra.
  • DIRT: Rally – Settings are set to Ultra.
  • Project CARS – Settings are manually set to maximum with anisotropic filtering at x16.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Settings are set to Ultra with V-SYNC turned off.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Settings are set to Ultra with Nvidia HairWorks turned off.

FRAMES PER SECOND 101:

FPS is the general unit of which we measure a graphics card’s performance. Since higher FPS means that there are more frames rendered each second – the higher value, the smoother the gameplay should be. Check out the difference of 30 and 60 FPS on this LINK.

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FPS values are recorded by FRAPS in-game using a linear route or gameplay for consistency. The results includes the Average FPS and 1% Minimum FPS. The 1% Minimum FPS represents the negative spikes or drops in-game sufficient enough for a gamer to notice. If the game doesn’t support FRAPS, we will use the in-game benchmark tool available.

TEMPERATURE POWER AND NOISE:

The graphics card thermal figures are taken during a 15 minute idle, and a 15 minute load via AIDA64 Extreme Edition’s GPU Stress Test. The ambient temperature is checked at 27°C (±1°C), with values extracted via HWiNFO and GPU-Z.

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The total system power consumption are taken during a 15 minute idle, and a 15 minute load via AIDA64 Extreme Edition’s GPU Stress Test. The measurements are taken by a watt-meter.

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The graphics card noise levels are taken during a 15 minute idle, and a 15 minute load via AIDA64 Extreme Edition’s GPU Stress Test. The ambient sound level is 34dBA (±1dBA), with measurements taken by a sound level meter situated exactly 12 inches away from the card.

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Despite the size, the ZOTAC GTX 1070 Ti Mini featured an excellent cooling performance on our bench. It deserves praise really, considering that it’s consuming power within the GTX 1080’s area. While the dual 90mm fans doesn’t feature 0dB technology, it is relatively quiet. That said, it wins at the temperature and noise departments while power draw is just so-so.

SYNTHETIC OPENCL AND GPGPU PERFORMANCE:

3DMark 2013 is a suite of benchmarks catered for the gamers and enthusiasts. The total system scores from each presets will be used.

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LuxMark is an OpenCL cross-platform benchmark tool and has become, over past years, one of the most used OpenCL benchmarks.

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The Aida64 Extreme Edition GPGPU Benchmark is designed to measure GPGPU computing performance via different workloads. Every benchmark methods are designed to work on up to 16 GPUs, including AMD, Intel and nVIDIA GPUs, in any combination.

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Interesting benchmarks we got here from 3DMark and LUXMark. 3DMark benchmarks suggests that on 1080P, the GTX 1070 Ti is no faster than the GTX 1070 (OC variants), while 1440P and 2160P proved that it is just a tad faster. LUXMark shows that it is just next to the GTX 1080 Ti when it comes to OpenCL performance, with the GTX 1080 showing a lackluster performance compared to both lower-end cards. Finally, we get to see the 1070 Ti’s Single-Precision performance which is just about 4% lower than the GTX 1080.

GAMING PERFORMANCE:

Overwatch is Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed First Person Shooter, running on a custom game engine utilizing the DirectX 11 API. Settings are set to Ultra with a Render Scale set to 100%.

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Battlefield 4 is Electronic Art’s popular First Person Shooter, running on the Frostbite 3 game engine developed by DICE utilizing the DirectX 11 and the Mantle API. Settings are set to Ultra.

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DIRT: Rally is CODEMASTER’s take on the rally racing game genre. It utilizes the EGO game engine with support for the DirectX 11 API. Settings are set to Ultra.

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Project CARS is Slightly Mad Studios’ latest simulation racing game, running on the Madness game engine utilizing DirectX 11 support. Settings are set to maximum.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is Bethesda’s critically acclaimed Action Adventure RPG. Skyrim utilizes the Creation Engine with DirectX 10 support. Settings are set to Ultra with V-SYNC turned off.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CDProjekt RED’s award winning Action Adventure RPG. The Witcher 3 utilizes the REDengine 3 with DirectX 11 support. Settings are set to Ultra.

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Gaming performance is where we could see how the GTX 1070 Ti sits between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080. On most titles tested, the GTX 1070 Ti is just around 8% slower than the GTX 1080, while it is at best, 9% faster than the GTX 1070 (Again, versus OC variants). We are unable to achieve the double digit gains due to the variants of the cards we have but if we’re to consider the pricing of ZOTAC’s 1070 and 1070 Ti cards we got, the 1070 Ti Mini gets a good head start at $449. That’s versus the GTX 1070 Amp! Extreme at $464.

WRAPPING IT UP:

With the GTX 1070 Ti tested, it is certain that this card sits between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080. While it is nothing new based on other reviews, testing the GTX 1070 Ti Mini vs factory overclocked the GTX 1070 models provided us many things. First off, is its viability as an upgrade from the GTX 1060. If you’ve got the card, shelling out for the GTX 1070 Ti is a better choice over the GTX 1070. That is if we’re going to account for the card’s performance vs the top-end GTX 1070s. The card we got is essentially a stock GTX 1070 Ti and holding itself over the best GTX 1070 models is a feat on its own.

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Product stacking and viability aside, the arrival of the GTX 1070 Ti matters not much when it comes to the pricing of other Nvidia cards. That said, Nvidia made sure that it is indeed a true option for those looking for a card with a power near the GTX 1080 without shelling in for its price tag. While I’d like to say something about AMD cards on this area, we never had the chance to test Radeon products for quite a while now.

As for the card specifics, ZOTAC made sure that the GTX 1070 Ti Mini lands with features and performance apt for its GPU’s capabilities. Sure it’s made for SFF PCs that could house 8.3″ cards but it is no slouch at the cooling, noise and even the performance department. Warranty’s still at 5 years too which is a testament of ZOTAC’s commitment to their consumers.

  • NEAR GTX 1080 LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE
  • EXCELLENT COOLING SOLUTION DESPITE SIZE
  • EXCELLENT NOISE OUTPUT
  • 5 YEAR WARRANTY
  • POWER DRAW COMPARABLE TO GTX 1080

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