The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Review



Thermal Imaging

Much like the GTX 1080, there really isn’t anything to be concerned about here since all of the visible components remain relatively cool. With that being said, thermal imaging can’t see below the coolers in order to analyze the components themselves.

Acoustical Testing

What you see below are the baseline idle dB(A) results attained for a relatively quiet open-case system (specs are in the Methodology section) sans GPU along with the attained results for each individual card in idle and load scenarios. The meter we use has been calibrated and is placed at seated ear-level exactly 12” away from the GPU’s fan. For the load scenarios, Hitman Absolution is used in order to generate a constant load on the GPU(s) over the course of 15 minutes.

The GTX 1070 is one quiet card which should havee already been evident by the fan speeds it required to keep the core within its optimal temperatures limits. However, while adequate is good, there is very little room for overclocking.

System Power Consumption

For this test we hooked up our power supply to a UPM power meter that will log the power consumption of the whole system twice every second. In order to stress the GPU as much as possible we used 15 minutes of Unigine Valley running on a loop while letting the card sit at a stable Windows desktop for 15 minutes to determine the peak idle power consumption.

I’ve already commented at length about what NVIDIA has been able to achieve with their 16nm FinFET manufacturing process and these results simply cement my expectations. In short, the GTX 107o is able to -at times- offer nearly twice the performance of a GTX 970 and yet it consumes less power. Really what more is there to say?

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