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Asus ROG GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Strix Gaming 8G in review

With the ROG GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Strix Gaming, Asus puts an interpretation of the GP104, which has been slimmed down into the GTX 1070 Ti, on the customer shelf, which actually does almost everything right and nothing wrong. Of course, this is also reflected in the price, but we can... The rather tidy-looking board does not hide any secrets. Power supply, input range, GPU and memory are located exactly where you would have expected them at first glance. THE GPU power supply is a... Important preliminary remark We had already mentioned it at the beginning that almost exclusively the resulting boost clock rates of each GTX 1070 Ti determine the final performance and thus the so-called GPU lottery and not the manufacturer and model.... Power consumption at different loads At 177.3 watts, the power consumption in the Torture Loop is even just below the point that Nvidia has set as the Power Target with 180 watts. In the gaming loop, the power consumption of 177.2 watts is almost... Overclocking The limits of this card are those of the competitor with similar Power Target, which is of course also due to the already mentioned GPU quality. With an adjustable Power Target of 216 watts, the card was approved for... Cooling system and backplate Of course, the generated waste heat is directly related to the recorded power, for which the cooling solution is responsible for optimum dissipation. This rather conservative cooling system relies on a large lamel... Summary Well, it's always kind of better, but in this case (almost) everything is right. And this is a good one for anyone who loves a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Not too heavy, really quiet and mostly also order...

With the ROG GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Strix Gaming, Asus puts an interpretation of the GP104, which has been slimmed down into the GTX 1070 Ti, on the customer shelf, which actually does almost everything right and nothing wrong. Of course, this also expresses something in the price, but we can already spoil the fact that there is virtually nothing wrong with the card.

Of course, this card is also subject to the usual limitation that Nvidia has given to every manufacturer with the clock specifications. But at least the Asus-owned software offers the possibility of a de facto 1-click overclocking, which can be reflected in a significantly better overall performance with further manual increase.


Important preliminary remarks

Since the actual performance of all board partner cards of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti ex works has to be very similar due to the fixed base and boost offset for all manufacturers, the real achieved results depend more on the actual achieved in practice. Boost cycle, and thus indirectly from the cooling and primarily also the quality of the respective chip.

Each test based on benchmark bars is therefore only a random snapshot of a single specimen. This is precisely why we have focused on the actual technical implementation of each model and have been able to document this very well with our equipment.

Within the necessary tolerance ranges, it is definitely NOT possible that the performance of a particular card could be preceded by all others. We have therefore no longer used a manufacturer's name for the benchmarks, because according to chip quality, any card from any manufacturer can tend to the lower or upper performance limit.


Unboxing, dimensions and connections

We will discuss the exact board and cooling design separately later. The most important features are first summarized in a table:

Overview of installation dimensions, features and connections
Installation length:
30 cm (slot aperture to end cover)
Installation height:
12.5 cm (upper edge slot to top card)
4.5 cm (2-slot)
0.5 cm baking plate
1151 grams
Backplate: Yes, without cooling function, RGB logo
Cooling: Air
Vertical-aligned cooling fins
3x 9 cm (8.7 cm rotor diameter)
11 rotor blades each
semi-passive lyrised
Connections Slot blend:
2x DisplayPort 1.4a
2x HDMI 2.0
1x Dual-Link DVI-I
Other connections:
2x SLI Connector
Power supply:
8-Pin PCI-Express

Exterior views

The radiator cover is made of the usual, almost black ABS material, where you follow the own design line of the other Strix cards. You're looking for colour accents in vain on the surface, but it also fits in the same way. Because there are also the RGB-lit areas for The Christmas tree lovers.

The card with its 1151 grams is a slightly heavier middleweight, but not yet a real bad boy. The height of 12.5 cm is average, but the installation depth of 4.5 cm is quite baroque, because you can easily block 2.5 slots.

The back of the board is covered by a one-piece, blackened aluminum backplate with an RGB backpanel, but it has no cooling function.

The top of the map bears an RGB backlit ROG lettering, the color play of which can also be controlled via the supplied software. We also find the 180° turned 8-pin external PCIe power supply connection at the end of the graphics card.

The end of the map shows, like its underside, that the slats are vertically aligned and thus no air flow towards the end of the map or Slot aperture goes. Almost half are pressed towards the motherboard, which is not really the evolutionary crown. However, one can now argue about what is counterproductive in the end, because multiple curved heatpipes for a horizontal design do not make the transport of waste heat exactly more efficient.

The slot aperture offers a total of five outputs, of which a maximum of four can be operated together (multi-monitor setup). In addition to the dual-link DVI-I (no analog signal looped through), there are two HDMI 2.0 outputs and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports on the back. The rest of the slot aperture is provided with some openings for the air outlet, which hardly fulfils a real function.

The exterior no longer offers more secrets.


Since the ex-factory specifications must be the same for all GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, the following table applies equally to all cards:

GeForce GTX 1080 (GP104)
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (GP104) GeForce GTX 1070 (GP104)
20 19
CUDA Cores
2560 2432
Base Clock
1607 MHz
1607 MHz
1506 MHz
GPU Boost Clock
1733 MHz 1683 MHz
1683 MHz
GFLOPs (Base Clock)
8228 7816
Texture Units
160 152
Texel Fill Rate
277.3 GT/s 244.3 GT/s
201.9 GT/s
Memory Data Rate
10 Gb/s 8 Gb/s
8 Gb/s
Memory Bandwidth
320 GB/s 256 GB/s
256 GB/s
64 64
L2 Cache
7.2 billion 7.2 billion
7.2 billion
The Size
314 mm2 314 mm2 314 mm2
Process Node
16nm 16nm 16nm

Test system and measurement methods

The new test system and the methodology have already been described in great detail in the basic article "How We Test Graphics Cards" (English: "How We Test Graphics Cards") and therefore, for the sake of simplicity, we now only refer to this detailed Description. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. However, we have improved CPU and cooling once again in order to largely exclude possible CPU bottle necks for this fast card.

If you are interested, the summary in table form quickly provides a brief overview:

Test systems and measuring rooms
Intel Core i7-6900K -4.3GHz
MSI X99S XPower Gaming Titanium
Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200
1x 1 TByte Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)
2x 960 GByte Toshiba OCZ TR150 (Storage, Images)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro (all updates)
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
Alphacool Ice Age 2000 Chiller
2x Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Case Simulation)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Lian Li PC-T70 with expansion kit and modifications
Modes: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Power consumption:
non-contact DC measurement on the PCIe slot (Riser-Card)
non-contact DC measurement on the external PCIe power supply
Direct voltage measurement on the respective feeders and on the power supply
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multi-channel oscillograph with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current togor adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, touch divider (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with storage function
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own low-reflection measuring room, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise in dBA (Slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as a graph

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