GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White
Announced and released late last year, Nvidia’s GeFroce GTX 1070 Ti GPU was designed to bridge the performance gap between the core 1070 and the beefier GeForce GTX 1080. Which has its own 1080 Ti version, but to afford on of those one usually needs to seek local council approval or that of their financial manager to see if an expensive GPU is the wise investment they think it to be. Anyway, the 1070 Ti is by no means a cheap or entry level card (at least not in Australia) but the performance was impressive, making it a tasty proposition for those looking to expand beyond the realm of 1080p.
The EX-SNPR White version of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti from hardware maker GALAX is our first taste of a GPU from the company – even though GALAX has been making them for years. To say that the EX-SNPR White 1070 Ti is impressive would be an understatement as the overall design, build quality, and performance put it up there with the very best. Plus, the sleek white form and near silent fans make it desirable for just about any build.
Of Numbers and Heat Sinks
In terms of raw numbers, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti features 27% more graphics-processing horsepower than the base GeForce GTX 1070, thanks to upping the CUDA core count to 2432 from 1920 CUDA cores. As to what exactly a CUDA core is, that’s anyone’s guess, but like with a lot of things in this tech world more equals better. The 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White from GALAX features a base clock of 1607Mhz and a 1683Mhz boost frequency with plenty of headroom for overclocking thanks to generous heatsink and cooling features of the card. It’s that latter part that’s important here as from a numbers perspective it looks and sounds identical to just about any 1070 Ti card on the market.
- GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
- CUDA Cores: 2432
- GPU Base Clock: 1607MHz
- Boost Clock: 1683MHz
- Memory: 8GB GDDR5
One of the design features outside of tech specifications comes with the cooling and decision to include a sturdy aluminium back plate on the GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White. Which, although can feel larger than it needs to be works wonders in eliminating sag – which has been a problem with several high-profile GPUs. The big difference, sometimes the only difference, between all different versions of the 1070 Ti comes down to the cooling – which plays into just how far each card can be pushed and how cool it’ll run at base or basic boost frequencies. Cooling here is handled exceptionally well at base and boost clock frequencies, with temperatures hovering around the 70-degree Celsius mark. Compared to the 1070 Ti reference model created by Nvidia itself you’re getting at least 10-degrees less heat with fans that even when pushed remain relatively quiet. A testament to the efficiency of Nvidia’s Pascal architecture and the build quality of GALAX’s effort.
Test System Specs:
AMD Ryzen 1800X (CPU), GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 (Motherboard), Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB DDR4 3200 (Memory)
From a build perspective a card like the 1070 Ti represents way too much power for a simple 1080p screen. At that resolution you’d be hard pressed to not experience any title running at max settings at a blistering frame-rate. For the GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White we decided to run all tests at the 1400p resolution which is currently the range most high-end gaming monitors sit these days. That being 2560x1440p.
As expected the 1440p numbers and performance of the 1070 Ti from GALAX are impressive, and comparable to the ROG Strix from ASUS we tested last year. From this perspective pairing this card with a G-SYNC capable display makes the most sense as you get the right amount of headroom for fluid, stutter, and tear-free gaming performance. In terms of overclocking we were able to push clock speeds by about 10% and see very little difference in terms of heat – with the GALAX GPU keeping all those CUDA cores in check at around 75 or so degrees.
At resolutions higher than 1440p we were able to push DOOM and other titles to maintain steady 60fps or so frame-rates. Titles like Assassin’s Creed Origins on the other hand tens to hover around the 30-fps mark. But that’s at near maximum settings. All in all, great performance and really, further proof that in 2018, this is the sort of card that can still push games to their limits.
The GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White does more than enough to stand out both visually and in terms of raw performance. From the sleek and impressive white design, to the customisable RGB lighting on the top panel, and even the intuitive GALAX Xtreme Tuner Plus software – it’s an exceptional GPU with nary a blemish or mark against it. In fact the only real down-side is that it draws power closer to a 1080 than it does a 1070, which is to say that the 1070 Ti is every bit the in-between card that it purports to be. But, with modern power supplies being what they are, this shouldn’t be a problem for most builds. Though we’d say the recommended 500W power supply is a little generous, we’d got 650W at least for this.
For exceptional post-1080p performance, great near-silent cooling, stylish design, and one-click overclocking the GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White is definitely one to consider.