MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8 GB Review – Twin Frozr VI Now In Quick Silver Colors

Introduction

It has been more than two years since NVIDIA introduced Pascal to the world. Since its launch, the Pascal architecture has been refined for various markets, including gaming. The GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1060 were updated with better memory configurations, the GTX 1080 Ti got a ton of custom models and the Titan Xp reigns supreme over them all.

It won’t be a mistake to say that the Pascal lineup feels complete from top to bottom, offering good competition in every segment (not only gaming). Even after AMD’s Radeon RX Vega launch, NVIDIA doesn’t feel much threatened as they have maintained their performance against AMD’s 2017 parts with their 2016 parts. The GTX 1070 is made to compete with the Radeon RX Vega 56 and the GTX 1080 is made to compete with the Radeon RX Vega 64. All of these cards trade blows and manage to slightly outperform each other depending on the game being tested and what GPU the game engine is optimized for.

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While the updated GTX 1080 cards do well against the Radeon RX Vega 64, the Radeon RX Vega 56 with its more attractive price and performance has taken some attention away from NVIDIA’s GTX 1070. The card did receive a small price cut but didn’t get any update from NVIDIA directly so far. But more than a year after its launch, the GTX 1070 gets an update, not in the form of the changes we saw on the GTX 1080 or GTX 1060, but in the form of a completely new card.

Meet the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, the latest entrant in NVIDIA’s GeForce 10 series card and most probably the last before we get to see the first Volta based GeForce cards next year. Today, I’ll check out MSI’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium graphics card which isn’t a whole lot different than MSI’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming which I tested earlier this month.

Meet GeForce 10 Series – One More Ti In The Pack, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

With Pascal, NVIDIA launched a new generation of GeForce cards, the GeForce 10 series. The GeForce 10 series comprises the Pascal based GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, GTX 1060, GTX 1050, GT 1030 and now, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. All cards feature the same Pascal DNA and aim at the entire top-to-bottom segment of the gaming market.

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Aside from the GeForce cards, NVIDIA also has their semi-pro ‘Prosumer’ variants under the Titan branding. These include the GeForce GTX Titan X(p) (2016) and the GeForce GTX Titan Xp (2017). Both cards have optimized GeForce drivers built for them that delivers significant boost in pro work-loads where they are better suited.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA Titan XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TiNVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics CoreGP107GP107GP106GP104GP106GP104GP104GP104GP102GP102GP102
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Die Size132mm2132mm2200mm2314mm2200mm2314mm2314mm2314mm2471mm2471mm2471mm2
Transistors3.3 Billion3.3 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12 Billion12 Billion12 Billion
CUDA Cores640 CUDA Cores768 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2432 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1354 MHz1290 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz1480 MHz1480 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1392 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1530 MHz1583 MHz1582
FP32 Compute1.8 TFLOPs2.1 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.4 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs8.1 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs11 TFLOPs11.5 TFLOPs12.5 TFLOPs
VRAM2 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X11 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed7 Gbps7 Gbps8 Gbps8 Gbps9 Gbps8 Gbps8 Gbps11 Gbps10 Gbps11 Gbps11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s112 GB/s192 GB/s192 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s352 GB/s480 GB/s484 GB/s547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus128-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus352-bit bus384-bit bus
Power ConnectorNoneNoneSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
TDP75W75W120W120W120W150W180W180W250W250W250W
Display Outputs1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
Launch DateOctober 2016October 2016September 2016TBD13th July 201610th June 201626th October 201727th May 20162nd August 201610th March 20176th April 2017
Launch Price$109 US$139 US$199 US$199 US$249 US$349 US$449 US$499 US$1200 US$699 US$1200 US

 The Pascal GPUs were designed to deliver a generational leap in performance over their predecessors by embracing the latest FinFET process. The increasing demand for graphics performance in high-end gaming PCs and also the emergence of the virtual reality market have opted graphics manufacturers to focus on next generation DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphics while delivering increased performance to drive high-resolution, HDR capable displays.

Using the TSMC 16nm FinFET process, the Pascal GP104 GPU was crafted for GeForce gamers and offered three products that include the GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 and today’s GTX 1070 Ti. Right now, we are going to give you a run through of the entire GP104 GPU which is the heart of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card.

NVIDIA GP104-300 GPU Dissected – A Beefier GTX 1070 That Still Lacks G5X Memory

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti uses a GP104 SKU that falls in between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. It’s not fully enabled, but with just one SM disabled, it’s very closer to the GTX 1080 than the 1070. The NVIDIA GP104 Pascal GPU packs 7.2 Billion transistors and has 4 graphics processing clusters, all of which are enabled. This adds up to a total of 19 SM units with 128 cores each. The card is geared to power compute and memory hungry gaming applications at higher resolutions with tons of texture and geometry processing power.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti features 2432 CUDA Cores, 152 Texture Mapping Units and 64 ROPs. These are clocked at a base clock of 1607 MHz and boost clock of 1683 MHz which can go as high as 2 GHz with overclocking. The Pascal cards are built to overclock like crazy and custom models will further boost the clock rates when overclocked manually as NVIDIA has restricted AIBs from adding custom factory overclock BIOS’s in their cards.

The Pascal FinFET architecture allows for a significant increase in clock frequency. The reference GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is clocked at 1607 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost clock. The model MSI sent us actually clocks much higher than the frequencies mentioned above due to GPU Boost 3.0.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti delivers 8.1 TFLOPs of compute performance in its stock configuration. All of this circuitry is housed in a 314mm2 die size which is impressive. We have all the numbers in our reviews mentioned later in our review.

The card also features 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM that run across a 256-bit bus interface. NVIDIA is still using the 8 Gbps GDDR5 chips on the GTX 1070 Ti instead of either G5X or 9 Gbps GDDR5 chips like the GTX 1060 uses now. There’s still an ample amount of bandwidth available on the card at 256 GB/sThe card is powered by a single 8 pin power connector and has a rated TDP of 180W.

With the new compression and tiled caching system, the bandwidth on GTX 1070 Ti can be boosted beyond its full available limit.

In addition to better performance, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is also packing new technology features such as compression and tiled caching boost bandwidth, tiled rendering, DirectX 12 Flex and Flow, NVIDIA Aftermath (a new tool to identify the causes of GPU crashes) and ShadowPlay Highlights which will further boost gamer experiences running GeForce hardware.

Faster clocked GDDR5 memory still offers great performance and loads of bandwidth to the card. There are tons of features enabled on the Pascal cards such as Compute Preemption, memory compression, simultaneous multi-projection which you can read about in our detailed post here. Also, NVIDIA has launched the full fat configuration of the GP102 GPU on the latest NVIDIA Titan Xp graphics card which was launched a few months back.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Feature Slides


The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium features a fully custom card design. There are two things to note here, the Twin Frozr VI cooling and a beefy PCB design with military class components.

The MSI GeForce GTX Titanium series features a new silver and black color scheme which looks absolutely gorgeous. MSI took one step further with their design scheme by making it better than ever in terms of design and cooling performance through Twin Frozr VI.

The cooling is provided by dual Torx 2.0 fans that come with dispersion fan blades and double ball bearings. These extend the cooling airflow and deliver low noise output even under intense loads. Furthermore, MSI’s ZeroFrozr technology is onboard which means that the fans won’t spin unless temperatures hit beyond 60C (degrees).

These fans push air towards a very dense aluminum fin based heatsink block. This heatsink is fitted with a total of 6 heatpipes with a smooth squared shape to maximize heat transfer from the surface of the solid nickel-plated copper base plate that is attached directly over the GPU. The base plate also uses what MSI calls Premium Thermal Compound X which is said to offer better TIM performance compared to what other brands use.

MSI also features an anti-bending plate to support the PCB alongside a PCB backplate. The top of the shroud and the backplate comes with LED functionality allowing you to change the colors of the MSI logo on the side of the card.

There’s also a separate PCB base plate that is called “Close Quarter heatsink”. This delivers better thermal performance for the memory, VRM and electrical components and even has its own separate heatpipe cooling.

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 TI Titanium Graphics Card Gallery

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium Clock Specifications – Missing The Out of Box Overclock But Designed To Be Overclocked Manually

As for clock speeds, the GP104 GPU with 2432 CUDA cores is configured to run at the reference clock speeds that have been set by NVIDIA. The card features just one clock profile which is also true for all AIB models. The clock speeds are maintained at 1607 MHz base, 1683 MHz boost and 8008 MHz memory clock. For power delivery, the card features an 8 and 6 pin connector config so we are looking at a stable design that allows for faster clocks.

Memory on the card is 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM that is clocked at a reference speed of 8008 MHz. The display connectivity on the card includes dual DisplayPort DVI, dual HDMI 2.0 and a single DVI port.

In terms of clock speed, we are looking at three modes which are listed below:

Boost Clock / Base Clock / Memory Frequency

Coming to the PCB, we are looking at a fully custom PCB design, featuring MSI’s Military Class IV components and 10 DrMOS power phases. High-end components include 60A, DrMOS MOSFETs, Hi-C cap, super ferrite chokes and solid state capacitors.

The card uses a pure digital PWM PCB controller that enables accurate control and monitoring of power delivery to specific key parts of the PCB. Fine-tune each area for maximum performance and stability during overclocking sessions.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium comes in a large rectangular box. MSI uses an all black color theme on the graphics card package. The front of the package features the Titanium branding and a range of different marketing labels.

Features such as DirectX 12, Gameworks, Ansel and VRWorks are labeled on the front along with MSI Gaming X, VR Ready, DirectX 12 and 8 GB GDDR5 memory marketing logos. The new GeForce 10 series graphics are also fully compatible with NVIDIA GeForce Experience technology allowing for on-the-go Game Ready driver updates, optimized game settings and the ability to capture, share, screenshot and broadcast games.

The back side of the box contains an overview of the various features along with the graphics card’s specs. Some key information about MSI’s custom LED Lighting through their Mystic LED system is displayed on the box. There’s also a detailed overview of MSI’s Twin Frozr VI heatsink and MSI’s Gaming App.

A nice MSI golden card welcomes you as the box is opened for the first time. This contains additional accessories.

The accessories included in this card are a Quick User Guide, MSI stickers for different features, a “Lucky The Dragon – Computer Workshop” comic and a Thank You card by MSI. The comic is really fun to read and a nice addition by MSI. Lucky has become MSI’s Gaming product mascot and they sell stuffed toys and figures of this comic in various regions where Lucky is very popular.

Out of the box, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium is one big graphics card. It can be a little bulky for a few cases as its wider than most cards available. That’s about it as far as the package is concerned and we move over to the unboxing section where we will get a detailed look at the card and other aspects of the product.


MSI’s Twin Frozr VI heatsink may look compact but it’s actually a monster in disguise. It measures 280mm (length) x 140mm (width) x 51mm (height). The cooling extends all the way to the back of the PCB and it requires a casing with good interior space for proper installation.

It is recommended that a case with 2.5 free slot space is required for proper functioning of cooling on this card. The card also weighs in at 1075 grams which may put slight stress on the PCI Express slot. But all that hefty load of the card means that the card packs a good bunch of components with an emphasis on quality.

In terms of design, we are looking at an updated version of the Twin Frozr heatsink which is now in its sixth variation. The new heatsink looks absolutely phenomenal with a silver / black design and dragon claws featured on the back of the card. It’s one beauty to look at.

The card has two fans on the front, all of which are 100mm and come with MSI’s patented Torx 2.0 fan design that offers 22% more air pressure, allowing for increased air flow and cooler operation of the card itself.

Coming back to the fans, the card actually features two different fan designs based on the Torx 2.0 system. The first fan uses a dispersion fan blade technology that has a steeper curved blade that accelerates airflow and as such increases effectiveness in keeping the GPU cool. The second fan is more of a traditional one which pushes down a steady airflow to keep the heatsink cool. Both fans deploy a double ball bearing design and can last a longer time while operating silently.

MSI also features their Zero Frozr technology on the Twin Frozr VI heatsink. This feature won’t spin the fans on the card unless the temperature reaches a certain threshold. In the case of the Twin Frozr VI heatsink, that limit is set to 60C. If the card is operating at under 60C, the fans won’t spin which means no extra noise would be generated.

MSI has fused the Twin Frozr VI heatsink with dragon blade accents. These white colored patterns emit RGB LED lighting and you can configure them through the MSI Gaming App. These are part of the MSI Mystic LED system that is incorporated within a wide range of their gaming products. We will have a full display of the lighting features of this card in a section after unboxing.

The MSI and Dragon logo on top of the SLI connectors also features LED Lighting which can be configured through MSI’s Gaming App. The labels are inverted so when you plug the graphics card inside your PC, they will show up straight rather than upside down.

On the back of the card, we spot an extremely good looking MSI Dragon backplate. The whole plate is made of solid metal and adds to the durability of this card. The metallic silver finish on the backplate gives a unique aesthetic and has the Dragon logo at the end which looks great. There are cut outs in screw placements to easily reach the points on the graphics card.

As far as cooling is concerned, the fans do their job well but the real heat is handled by the huge heat sink block inside the MSI graphics card. The Twin Frozr IV heatsink is based on six thick copper heat pipes that offer direct contact to the GPU when running through the copper base plate. The GPU base plate is a solid nickel-plate copper design with loads of surface area for efficiency dissipating heat load.

The GTX 1070 Ti GPU comes with two SLI gold fingers which technically mean that the card supports 4-way SLI but that has changed in the GeForce 10 series. While 4-way SLI support is physically present, there are few applications that can even scale well on 4 or even 3-way SLI. NVIDIA recommends the use of 2-way SLI with the new high-bandwidth SLI bridge for the best scaling and SLI performance in games that support multi-GPU. For those who are still interested in 3- or 4-way SLI can register at NVIDIA’s site for a SLI key to enable support on their cards.

Display connectivity on the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium includes two DisplayPort 1.4 (4K @ 120 Hz), two HDMI 2.0b (4K @ 60 Hz) and a single DL-DVI which means that it is capable of supporting all next-gen displays with new standards such as HDR, VR and multi-res / multi-screen panels.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium features a custom PCB which means the power circuitry is entirely non-reference. Power is provided through a an 8 and 6 pin connector configuration which means we are looking at a maximum power input of 225W. The card has an official TDP of 180W but the premium components make sure that every bit of juice gets supplied to core, memory and VRMs when overclocked.

MSI adds extra protection to their impressive PCB by including a rugged anti-bending plate. This also acts as a memory cooling plate while the PWM heatsink with micro fins keeps the VRM cool under stressful conditions. MSI makes use of a 8+2 phase PWM design that includes their military class 4 components such as Hi-C caps, super ferrite chokes and Japanese solid caps.

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium and Gaming Design Comparisons:

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium Lighting Gallery

Following is a look at the different lighting modes that this card is able to display with the MSI Mystic Light lighting feature.


We used the following test system for comparison between the different graphics cards. The latest drivers that were available at the time of testing were used from AMD and NVIDIA on an updated version of Windows 10. All games that were tested were patched to the latest version for better performance optimization for NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.

CPUIntel Core i9-7900X @ 4.5 GHz
MotherboardASUS X299 PRIME Deluxe
Video CardsMSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning X (Overclock)
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 TI Gaming X (Overclock)
ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti OC (Overclock)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition (Reference)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Armor X OC (Overclock)
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning OC (Overclock)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury X (Reference)
MemoryG.SKILL Trident Z Series 32GB (4 X 8GB) CL16 3600 MHz
Hard DiskSamsung 960 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe
Storage DiskSeagate 3 TB (7200 RPM) Hard Disk Drive
Power SupplyCorsair RM 750X Gold Plus
DriversNVIDIA GeForce 388.00 / AMD Radeon Software Crimson Relive 17.7.2
Operation SystemWindows 10 64-bit (Creators Fall Update)

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium Overclocking

Since the card is clocked at reference specifications, there’s a lot of room for it to be overclocked. I pushed the core to +200 MHz beyond its stock profile and +500 MHz on the memory. The end result was the memory bandwidth boosting to 288.0 GB/s and the core boost beyond 2109 MHz under gaming load. I had the power and temp target slider maxed out in MSI AfterBurner so that meant that the GPU was under no restrictions or blocks when it came to overclocking. The clocks were stable after testing for an hour under stress load.

DOOM

In 2016, Id finally released DOOM. My testing wouldn’t be complete without including this title. All cards were capable of delivering ample frame rates at the 1440p resolution using Nightmare settings, so my focus turned to 4K.

Here, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is performing really well with the highest quality settings at 1440p resolution with 94 average FPS. At 4K, you can dismiss the Nightmare quality in favor of Ultra to get a decent 60 FPS frame rate which will look just as good.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein is back in The New Colossus and features the most fast paced, gory and brutal FPS action ever! The game once again puts us back in the Nazi controlled world as BJ Blazkowicz. Set during an alternate future where Nazis won the World War, the game shows that it can be fun and can be brutal to the player and to the enemy too. Powering the new title is once again, id Tech 6 which is much acclaimed after the success that DOOM has become. In a way, id has regained their glorious FPS roots and are slaying with every new title.

We tested the game at Ultra settings under the Vulkan API which is standard. Async Compute was enabled for graphics cards that support it while deferred rendering and GPU culling were disabled.

You can read our detailed analysis of GPU Culling and Deferred Rendering graphical settings for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus here!


Ashes of The Singularity

NVIDIA and AMD have been tweaking performance of their cards for Ashes of the Singularity since the title released. It was the first to make use of the DirectX 12 API and the first to leverage from the new Async compute technology that makes use of the DX12 renderer to improve performance.

Here, the GTX 1070 Ti deliver a good increase over the GTX 1070 at both 4K and 1440P resolutions. The AMD cards have had a slight edge with the title since launch and with Vega launched, we will be testing the title once again when we have a sample in our hands.

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 takes us back to the great war that was meant to end all wars aka World War 1. Using the latest Frostbite tech, the game does a good job at looking gorgeous in all ways possible. From the open world environments to the intense and gun blazing action, this multiplayer and single player FPS title is one of the best Battlefields to date.

The GeForce cards show a strong performance in Battlefield 1 with the GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti scoring over 100 FPS at 1440P and the latter delivering more than 60 FPS at 4K resolution while delivering maximum visual quality. AMD has also tweaked their performance in the title and GCN based cards now deliver good performance compared to their rivals.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Humanity is at war with itself and divided into factions. On one end, we have the pure and on the other, we have the augmented. That is the world where Adam Jensen lives in and this is the world of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game uses the next generation Dawn Engine that was made by IO interactive on the foundation of their Glacier 2 engine. The game features support of DirectX 12 API and is one of the most visually intensive titles that taxes the GPU really hard.

Here, the likes of the 1080 Ti are unable to reach 60 FPS on 4K but deliver around mid 40s (average) frame rate. We can most definitely increases the FPS by reducing a few visual settings but overall, the 1070 Ti can deliver a playable experience at 1440P resolution, similar to a GTX 1080.

Hitman (2016)

With the latest drivers, NVIDIA has managed to up the performance of their Pascal and Maxwell parts in Hitman (2016). The game has been a major win for AMD graphics cards that still show a strong gain in performance when switching over from DX11 to DX12, but NVIDIA is slowly catching up with their drivers. Here, the GTX 1070 Ti delivers more than 87 FPS at the highest settings on 1440P resolution at reference and 92 average FPS when overclocked. These numbers once again are right under the helm of the GTX 1080.

Rise of The Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the most beautiful games that I have played recently and was patched to the DX12 API. The game features a wide variety of settings and we chose Very High, HBAO+ without any AA. The game managed to hit 84 FPS on the 1070 Ti at 1440P which is good.


Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed Origins is built by the same team that made Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag. They are known for reinventing the design and game philosophy of the Assassins Creed saga and their latest title shows that. Based in Egypt, the open world action RPG shows its graphics strength in all corners. It uses the AnvilNext 2.0 engine which boosts the draw distance range and delivers a very impressive graphics display. We tested the game at maxed settings with TAA enabled and 16x AF. Do note that the game is one of the most demanding titles out in the market and as such tweaks and performance issues are being patched out.

Batman Arkham Knight

The final chapter in the Batman Arkham series, Arkham Knight, is a great hack’n’slash title. It features a great storyline, however, the PC version was plagued with several issues at launch, but was fine tuned as time went on. Now, the game delivers an impressive visual quality and is very well optimized for the PC platform.

The game comes with NVIDIA’s GameWorks technology but we will be keeping those disabled for a fair test showdown. The game does well on GeForce and even AMD cards with most hitting north of 100 FPS at 1440P. At 4K, most of the high-end cards, including the GTX 1070 Ti, manage to close in at the 60 FPS mark.

Fallout 4 (Hi-Res Textures)

Fallout 4 is a great addition in the Fallout universe. Fallout fans like me have fallen in love with this new game since it was released. Being a huge fan of RPGs and especially Sci-Fi RPG (Mass Effect for life), the game has the most advanced version of the Creation engine which was recently updated with NVIDIA’s GameWorks feature. The latest Hi-Res texture pack was released a while ago and weighed in over 50 GB which is mind boggling for a texture pack. I mean, what the hell Bethesda?

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V is the most optimized gaming title that has been made for the PC. It’s so optimized, it even runs on my crap GT 840M based laptop with a smooth FPS on a mix of medium/low settings. I mean what???

Aside from being optimized, GTA V is a great game. It was the Game of The Year for 2013. At 1440p Ultra quality, the game gave us smooth frames on all cards tested. At 4K, we saw the GTX 1070 Ti reach over 60 FPS and pretty close to the reference GeForce GTX 1080.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Using the new Anvil Next engine that was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Ghost Recon: Wildlands goes wild and grand with an open-world setting entirely in Bolivia. This game is a tactical third person shooter which does seem an awful lot similar to Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The game looks pretty and the wide scale region of Bolivia looks lovely at all times (Day/Night Cycle). Here, the GTX 1070 Ti manages around 48-52 FPS on 1440P while lacking somewhat in the 4K gaming field with an average framerate of 34 FPS when overclocked.

The Witcher 3 Game of The Year Edition

Witcher 3 is the greatest fantasy RPG of our time. It has a great story, great gameplay mechanics and gorgeous graphics. This is the only game I actually wanted to get a stable FPS at 4K. With GameWorks disabled, I gave all high-end cards the ability to demonstrate their power. The GTX 1070 Ti delivers a smoother frame rate than the GTX 1070, with 55 FPS at stock and 60 FPS when overclocked at 1440p. 4K can be achieved but by toning down the visual quality as the card hits around 50 FPS when overclocked, under full details.

Mass Effect Andromeda

Being a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, I was highly anticipating the arrival of Andromeda to store shelves. Now that it’s here, I put the fastest gaming card to the test. Using Frostbite, the latest Mass Effect title looks incredibly gorgeous and the open world settings on the different planets immerses you a lot.

This means that the game has to be a bit graphics intensive which it is. The GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti and the 980 Ti Lighting can hit 60 FPS or 60+ FPS (for 1080 / 1080 Ti) at 1440P but 4K means you need to sacrifice a little visual quality to hit the golden 60 FPS mark. Here, the 1070 Ti Gaming achieves around 39 FPS with the reference profile and 42 FPS average after a manual overclock. Like other titles we tested, reducing the visual quality by a bit can result in better performance that can reach or even exceed the 60 FPS barrier.

Watch Dogs 2

Finally, we have Watch Dogs 2. Gone is Aiden Pearce as the new game takes us away from Chicago and puts us in the shoes of Marcus, a seasoned hacker in San Francisco. Running off the Disrupt engine, the game is based on the DirectX 11 API and is a graphics hungry monster. You can see the results for yourself below:



No graphic card review is complete without evaluating its temperatures and thermal load. The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium is fitted with the most advanced version of the Twin Frozr VI cooling design. The latest Frozr VI cooler features a massive heatsink with multiple heatpipes which extend beyond the aluminum fin based design that lead towards the incredibly dense heatsink block. The card comes with PWM cooling and an anti-bending plate that keeps the card sturdy and durable in the most harshest environments inside your PC.

The patented Torx fan 2.0 design and Zero Frozr technology featured on this card make sure that it delivers the best cooling performance and best acoustics while operating.

Note – We tested load with Kombuster which is known as ‘Power viruses’ and can permanently damage hardware. Use such software at your own risk!

I compiled the power consumption results by testing each card under idle and full stress when the card was running games. Each graphics card manufacturer sets a default TDP for the card which can vary from vendor to vendor depending on the extra clocks or board features they plug in on their custom cards. Default TDP for the GTX 1070 Ti is set at 180W and since we are testing a custom board, the figures can be lower or also exceed the default TDP.

The new 16nm process on the GeForce 10 series cards based on Pascal architecture deliver huge increases in performance per watt values meaning that the GTX 1070 Ti is able to deliver higher performance while sipping in drastically lower power than previous generation cards.

In the case of our MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium sample, we are looking at an 8 and 6 pin power connector configuration. These would immediately indicate a 225W power consumption but in real world usage, the card never reached that limit. The extra power is there for stability and higher OC which depends on user preference.

You can see the results for yourself below which show that the GTX 1070 Ti Titanium has a total power input of 165W at reference and 192W at overclocked frequencies on the peak stress test. This is a fair bit lower than what an overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 manages to deliver.

NVIDIA kicked off the year with their GTX 1080 Ti and they are ending it with the GTX 1070 Ti. Both launches are pretty significant in a sense. The GTX 1080 Ti was launched at a time when everyone was anticipating the AMD Radeon RX Vega series graphics card. It may have seen as NVIDIA acting in response to the attraction that AMD’s upcoming series was gaining. The GTX 1080 Ti launched early and even after RX Vega’s arrival, it continues to be the fastest gaming graphics card.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is another story though. It launched after the RX Vega cards. Out of the two Vega cards, the RX Vega 56 was called out as the best one with stunning perf/$. The Vega 56 has been seen to outperform the GTX 1070 while staying right under the GTX 1080. To fill this little performance gap, NVIDIA is introducing the GTX 1070 Ti. There are reasons why the GP104 GPU is selected for the 1070 TI, as it’s one chip that can be seen as being under utilized for the desktop GPU segment. The difference between the GTX 1070 (1920 Cuda Cores) and GTX 1080 (2560 Cores) is quite evident. While there are several mobile SKUs of the GP104 GPU, the desktop market will be finally getting a new SKU.

This SKU (GP104-300) is very close to the GTX 1080 but it also has some features of the GTX 1070. The 2432 cores for example are just one SM away from the GTX 1080’s full 2560 cores while the card still uses GDDR5 (8 Gbps) memory instead of G5X to limit the manufacturing costs. It’s a 180W TDP design but NVIDIA has done something different this time. Rather than allowing AIBs to offer factory overclocked variants, they have set a reference clock lock across all AIB models.

This means that while AIBs cannot ship cards with out of box factory overclocks, their cards can be overclocked manually by the user. This means that having better PCBs, more power on the board and better cooling systems matter a lot this time. So users paying extra for the custom cards will reap the reward of better performance and overclocking support. But those who get a reference card will still be able to overclock and find good performance that is slightly under the GTX 1080 and the gap can simply be shortened by overclocking. It’s certainly not convenient to be forced to overclock the card manually as many users have become accustom to factory overclocks and AIBs are not to blame here as the decision was made by NVIDIA.

Looking at the Titanium model, MSI basically put a different theme over the Gaming model. Instead of going for red and black, they chose silver and black which to be honest looks very appealing for gaming PCs. On the other hand, the cooling assembly is slightly better than the Gaming model that allows for lower temperatures and better stability under overclocked conditions. This allowed us to overclock the 1070 Ti Titanium a bit more than the Gaming model. If you are in the market to get a GTX 1070 Ti, the Titanium model is going to be your best bet for a card that looks stunning and also performs great in games.

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9.25

Rocking a solid design, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium is a great graphics card for gamers under the $500 US budget that performs well and overclocks even better.

Performance9
Value9
Design & Aesthetics10
Features9

Pros

  • Great gaming performance at 1440p resolution.
  • Performs nearly identical to a GTX 1080 in some titles.
  • Great power and performance efficiency with 16nm FF (tweaked) process.
  • Upgrade from GTX 970 and GTX 980 will be a big boost.
  • Titanium design looks amazing, goes well with several builds.
  • MSI's custom 10 phase PCB design is suited for manual overclocks.
  • MSI Twin Frozr VI cooler offers great cooling and low noise output.
  • MSI GTX 1070 Ti Titanium operates cool and silent under gaming load.
  • ZeroFrozr Technology Included on Torx 2.0 fans.
  • Uses 8 +6 pin connector config instead of reference 8 pin, offers higher OC and stability.
  • Great overclocking potential, full tuning options with MSI Afterburner app.
  • Lot's of display connectivity, great for VR and multi-display PCs.

Cons

  • Price could have been a bit lower ($479.99 US).
  • No Factory OC out of box. (NVIDIA restriction for AIBs)
  • Some GTX 1070 Ti models may not make much sense over a GTX 1080 for the same price.
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