The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Review
A Closer Look at the GTX 1070 Founders Edition
In many ways the GTX 1070 Founders Edition can play a doppelganger for its bigger brother, the GTX 1080 Founders Edition. It uses the same machined aluminum silver / black heatsink cover with and heat-resistant acrylic window, measures the same length at 10.75” so fitment within smaller cases (read: SFF market) may be challenging and is designed in such a way that it exhausts all hot air outside the chassis.
One thing to note is that even though this particular Founders Edition card commands a pretty hefty premium over some board partners’ designs, it doesn’t include some of the advanced thermal management characteristics of the GTX 1080. Gone is the vapor chamber cooler and in its place is a basic setup with a few heatpipes, a copper contact plate and a large fin array. So what are you paying a premium for? Well, the chance to own one of these before the board partners’ versions are available of course! Unfortunately, sarcasm can’t be conveyed well over writing….
Around the back edge there’s a small opening within the shroud which facilitates air movement over the PWM components and increases the amount of fresh air available for the fan if there’s another GTX 1070 installed within close proximity.
As is usual for these reference cards (or Founders Edition if you buy into NVIDIA’s new lexicon) there’s a glowing green logo on the GTX 1070’s side which advertises to the world that you do indeed have a GeForce GPU within your system.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s no mission critical components located on the back of Pascal cards thus far. That makes the backplate on the GTX 1070 absolutely pointless but it does actually look really good, particularly when you have a windowed case.
Power input is done via a single 8-pin connector which bodes well for the amount of input capacity left for overclocking. Expect board partners’ cards to be equipped with slightly higher end setups but any that are based upon the reference design may still be power limited when overclocking.
Video output connectors are standard for this generation with three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and single connectors for HDMI 2.0b and dual link DVI. That means the maximum resolution would be 7680×4320 at 60Hz and 4KHDR is fully supported.
- A Closer Look at the GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- Test System & Setup
- DX11 / 1440P: Ashes of the Singularity / Fallout 4
- DX11 / 1440P: Far Cry 4 / Grand Theft Auto V
- DX11 / 1440P: Hitman / Rise of the Tomb Raider
- DX11 / 1440P: Star Wars Battlefront / Division / Witcher 3
- DX11 / 4K: Ashes of the Singularity / Fallout 4
- DX11 / 4K: Far Cry 4 / Grand Theft Auto V
- DX11 / 4K: Hitman / Rise of the Tomb Raider
- DX11 / 4K: Star Wars Battlefront / Division / Witcher 3
- DX12 / 1440P: Ashes of the Singularity / Hitman
- DX12 / 1440P: Quantum Break / Rise of the Tomb Raider
- DX12 / 4K: Ashes of the Singularity / Hitman
- DX12 / 4K: Quantum Break / Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Analyzing Temperatures & Frequencies Over Time
- Thermal Imaging / Acoustical Testing / Power Consumption
- Overclocking Results; A Bucketfull of "Meh"
- Conclusion; A Screaming Value? Maybe...