Since the introduction of Nvidia’s Pascal Architecture graphics cards everyone seems to want one for the advantage in performance boost and much more efficient power consumption. Not only is demand at an all high, the market is flooded with 21 different models for the GTX 1070 alone. Which also happens to be the card that we are going to look at today. We’ve be awed by the presence and performance of the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Extreme Gaming but not many people have pockets deep enough to accommodate such a marvel. Thus, we’ve turned to something much more within the majority of people’s reach. Today we’re taking a look at the Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming.
Just to highlight, there are 4 different models of GTX 1070 offered by Gigabyte. The Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC for people who love Small Form Factor (SFF) builds, the GTX 1070 Windforce OC which is the entry level full sized graphics card, the GTX 1070 G1 Gaming which is aimed at gamers and sits in the middle ground, and finally the GTX 1070 Extreme Gaming which is the highest end premium GTX 1070 graphics card that shares the same design as the GTX 1080 Extreme Edition and is meant for those who want to push the performance limits with air cooling.
Let’s jump into some specs. It has Nvidia’s 14nm FinFET Pascal architecture chip like the GTX 1080. For it’s base clock, it runs at 1594 MHz in Gaming Mode, 1620 MHz in OC Mode, with boosts clock speeds of 1784 MHz in Gaming Mode and 1822 MHz in OC Mode. It’s decked out with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 8008 MHz with a 256-bit interface. To keep this puppy cool it’s fitted with 3 of Gigabyte’s own WindForce 3x Cooling System which is a proven design that actually improves the card’s cooling like seen in the GTX 1080 Extreme Gaming. The fans have a similar design to the Extreme Gaming, but are 90mm in size and spaced out evenly unlike the stacked 100mm fan configuration on the Extreme Gaming.
The card gives off a very gaming enthusiast finish with mainly black all around with orange accents that seem to form an ‘X’. Taking closer look at the cooler, the 11-blade 90mm fans have raised indentations on them that supposedly increases the airflow while being as silent as possible. Like many other cards out there, it features a semi-passive fan design which kicks in only when temperatures hit a certain threshold such as when doing intensive 3D work or gaming. Underneath them are two aluminium fin heat dissipators that are interwoven with two large copper composite heatpipes that contact the GPU chip directly. The other components aren’t left out as well to ensure product longevity. On the top of the card we have the RGB lighting which I find quite odd as they are the only parts that are lit in any way. The Gigabyte logo and the ‘Fan Stop’ wording are customizable with different colours and lighting effects via the Gigabyte Xtreme Engine Utility. Near the mounting bracket is where we get the SLI interconnect. The GTX 1070 is in fact the lowest end pascal card that has SLI multi-GPU support. On the top right hand side we get the single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The back of the card is adorned with a full metal back plate to improve it’s rigidity and prevent sagging. Finally, for the I/O, it has 3 DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, 1 HDMI 2.0b and 1 Dual-Link DVI-I port. The HDMI 2.0b port does support 4K with 60Hz refresh rate. One thing to note is that no other adapters are included in the package so if you choose to have DVI to VGA or do an SLI configuration, you will have to purchase one separately beforehand.
Now for the Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Utility, it’s a new software that allows you to not only control the cards performance but as well as other Gigabyte gaming peripherals. You can set all the usual things needed. Such as overclock presets, lighting settings, and even overclock it manually via adjusting the voltages, clock speeds and fan curves for maximum performance possible in this SKU.
Fire Strike Extreme : 7444
Fire Strike Ultra : 4209
Crysis 3 Very High : Min: 49, Max: 153, Avg: 110
Witcher High: Min: 54, Max: 153, Avg: 94
Tomb Raider Max Settings: Min: 114, Max: 190, Avg:148
This is the first custom GTX 1070 we’ve looked at from Nvidia’s board partners and it looks pretty good so far. It is cheaper than the Founders Edition that Nvidia offers with slightly better performance to boot. It’s excels and devours any game titles in 1080p and even 1440p resolutions. For 4K gaming, it can be done but we highly recommend going the GTX 1080 route as it doesn’t have the necessary power to drive serious game titles excellently in that resolution. In terms of overclocking performance, the Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming does pretty well. It’s really easy to dial in overclocks, tweaks and fan curves via the Xtreme Gaming Utility. It’s priced at $429.00 dollars on Amazon with prices in Malaysia ranging from RM2000-2300. The pascal series is doing so well that Nvidia is struggling to keep up with the demand on all pascal cards. The Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is definite one on my recommendations as it has one of the best value to performance ratio for a GTX 1070. The issue currently is getting one at a reasonable price as it seems the prices are inflated due to the high demand and shortage in supply. Apart from that, it’s stellar card if you don’t need the Xtreme Edition card and just want something that will keep your system kicking pixels for quite a few triple A titles to come.
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