NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TI Full Specs and Clock Restriction Detailed

NVIDIA is prepping their latest GeForce 10 series card, the Pascal based GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for launch later this month. There have been new reports about the card, including full specifications from Expreview and also some interesting details that reveal that the card would come with locked down clock frequencies.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Could Be As Fast As The GTX 1080 For a $100 US Less But Might Come With Locked Clock Frequencies

We first got to hear about the GeForce GTX 1070 TI about a month ago. At that time, we were quite skeptical if there was any more room to fill in the GeForce 10 series lineup by such a card. Based on latest findings, the card does exist as we have confirmed ourselves from three different board partners and it will indeed be launching later in October in custom flavors. But that’s the more fun part of this leak.

First of all, let’s talk specifications and as always, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti uses the GP104 GPU to power it all. While we have seen many variants of the GP104 GPU, the GTX 1070 Ti uses an entirely different variant. This new SKU, known as GP104-300 has just one SM disabled meaning it should be very close to the GTX 1080 in terms of specifications and performance. So the chip features the 7.2 billion transistors on a 314mm2 die, has 2432 cores scattered across the 19 (out of 20) enabled SM units. This also gives us a total of 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 Gbps to pump out 256 GB/s bandwidth. The clocks of this card are maintained at 1607 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost frequencies.

In terms of power, the card is stated to feature the same TDP as the GTX 1080 at 180W, requiring a single 8-pin power connector to boot. As for pricing, this SKU is said to go for just around $100 US cheaper than the $499 US GTX 1080 at $399 to $429 US.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti NVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics Core GP107 GP107 GP106 GP104 GP106 GP104 GP104 GP104 GP102 GP102 GP102
Process Node 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Die Size 132mm2 132mm2 200mm2 314mm2 200mm2 314mm2 314mm2 314mm2 471mm2 471mm2 471mm2
Transistors 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion
CUDA Cores 640 CUDA Cores 768 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1280 CUDA Cores 1920 CUDA Cores 2432 CUDA Cores 2560 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock 1354 MHz 1290 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1607 MHz 1417 MHz 1480 MHz 1480 MHz
Boost Clock 1455 MHz 1392 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1683 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1530 MHz 1583 MHz 1582
FP32 Compute 1.8 TFLOPs 2.1 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 8.1 TFLOPs 9.0 TFLOPs 11 TFLOPs 11.5 TFLOPs 12.5 TFLOPs
VRAM 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X 11 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 7 Gbps 7 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 9 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 11 Gbps 11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s 112 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 224 GB/s 256 GB/s 256 GB/s 352 GB/s 480 GB/s 484 GB/s 547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus 128-bit bus 192-bit bus 192-bit bus 192-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 384-bit bus 352-bit bus 384-bit bus
Power Connector None None Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power
TDP 75W 75W 120W 120W 120W 150W 180W 180W 250W 250W 250W
Display Outputs 1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
Launch Date October 2016 October 2016 September 2016 TBD 13th July 2016 10th June 2016 26th October 2017 27th May 2016 2nd August 2016 10th March 2017 6th April 2017
Launch Price $109 US $139 US $199 US $199 US $249 US $349 US ~$429 US $499 US $1200 US $699 US $1200 US

So The GTX 1070 Ti Sounds Great But What’s Up With The Locked Clocks?

The more interesting part of this leak is that there are two sources confirming that the card may be shipping with locked frequencies. First one is Expreview themselves and the second is Eteknix. You may ask how are locked clocks that big of a deal and why is NVIDIA doing so? First of all, as can be seen, the card has specifications almost on par with a GTX 1080 and clocks (reference) are also the same. This would mean that NVIDIA is giving away their GTX 1080 performance for a $100 US less which doesn’t make much sense.

However, there are some comprises made on the GTX 1070 Ti. The card has GDDR5 memory and not GDDR5X as the GTX 1080. The card will only be available in custom models so prices will vary from model to model. Thirdly, the card will stick with a series of locked clocks to ensure it performs close but not better than a GTX 1080 to make the GTX 1080 buyers have an incentive to choose that card over the 1070 Ti. Surprisingly, this sounds like a software level block which can be easily overcome by overclockers and we will have to wait till reviews hit the web to learn more about the clock restrictions.

It will be also interesting to see if the card boosts the same as a GTX 1080 or those clocks are affected too. It could also mean that NVIDIA is just letting AIBs make the coolers do most of the job rather than providing factory overclocked variants out of the box. As you know, GPU Boost 3.0 takes into account the power and thermals to let the card boost beyond its reference clocks. So the better the AIB designs, the better the boost clocks but just not out of box overclocked specs.

Nevertheless, the GTX 1070 Ti sounds like a great option for new GeForce buyers who want to get about the same level of performance that a GTX 1080 offers (-5% ~ -10%) for a $100 US cheaper. It launches later this month (26th October as rumored) so we will surely have more updates for you before then.



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Episode 540: Reset the Metroid Clock – Radio Free Nintendo

The game just came out and already the grousing about the next 2D Metroid is underway.

Last week’s unprofessionalism came with consequences. Jon Lindemann has been removed from Radio Free Nintendo. To give ourselves a chance to recenter, we decided to focus on an unusually long New Business segment. Greg takes lead-off with the first properly-authorized appearance of Samus in a year, with Metroid: Samus Returns. We’ll call his impressions fairly deep; as of recording he’d already cleared the game twice. For the momentous release of a 2D Metroid we give him all the space he needs – leading to a meaty 45 minutes of impressions. James has been trying to clear out his backlog, and finally got around to the trans-media property that is Final Fantasy XV. Watching the movie tie-in/trash fire Kingsglaive should have warned him what lay ahead. This may be the only game where the writers literally lost the plot. Guillaume was inspired by the announcement of Hamster’s impending ports of Nintendo’s arcade games to take a look at ACA NeoGeo Aero Fighters 2. A dolphin, a baby, and a robot walk into a bar and then liberate/destroy all the world’s cities. Guillaume closes out the show with a look at Super Bomberman R. He still finds the game a bit rough, despite a raft of post-launch patches, but concedes that matchmaking aside they fixed online.

Jon will be un-fired, and return next week, and so will Listener Mail. You can send your questions, comments, concerns, and Metroid 2D petitions to our inbox.

This episode was edited by James Jones. The “Men of Leisure” theme song was produced exclusively for Radio Free Nintendo by Perry Burkum. Hear more at Perry’s SoundCloud. The Radio Free Nintendo logo was produced by Connor Strickland. See more of his work at his website.

This episode’s ending music is Title Theme from SteamWorld Dig. It was requested by Ben. All rights reserved by Image & Form International AB

Tesla Now On The Clock – Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA)

When a sports team has its turn to make a draft pick, we often hear the phrase “they are now on the clock.” It’s a very appropriate phrase for Tesla (TSLA), as the company officially starts the Model 3 delivery process this Friday. As Musk and Co. get ready to show off Tesla’s newest vehicle, the company enters the next stage of its development.

With just a few days left to the unveiling, there is still a lot left to be answered regarding the vehicle. We know the starting price is $35,000 before incentives, but what exactly does that get you? Musk has talked about the Model 3 having substantially less configurations, so that also means the number of options consumers will have is much less.

I’m still curious to see what battery pack options are given, as Tesla has said the 3 will have at least 215 miles of range and likely a pack size less than 60 kWh. If Tesla can’t get its 60 kWh battery pack to match the range of General Motors’ (GM) Chevy Bolt, I would expect that the base Model 3 will have a 55 kWh pack. That way, Tesla can say the Model 3 has a lower range because it has a smaller battery pack.

For those that think this will be a buy the rumor, sell the news event, it’s important to note that the scheduled start is 7PM Pacific on Friday. Thus, if there is any bad news out, markets won’t be open for trading, so the weekend can help digest things.

Additionally, for those that thought Musk’s production schedule tweet might cause a drop in reservations, don’t forget that this news came out after the Q2 period ended. Tesla’s customer deposits balance should get some help from the solar roof product deposits that started before the quarter ended, and a potential drop in Q3 could also be potentially mitigated by deposits being taken for the soon to be announced Tesla semi.

The Model 3 reveal also comes at a time when GM looks to make the Chevy Bolt available nationwide. While sales of the all-electric vehicle have not been tremendous so far, it seems as if recent reports of production cuts at the Bolt factory have been misinterpreted. According to a factory worker there, Chevy is cutting production of the Sonic, while also boosting production capabilities for the Bolt, which makes sense if the car is going to be available throughout the US. There still is no indication that the Bolt will be a Tesla Model 3 killer, but it could steal some sales from Tesla if the Model 3 production ramp moves slower than expected.

Tesla has also made a number of moves to differentiate the Model 3 from the Model S, in order to avoid too much cannibalization of its premium sedan. Earlier this year, the company eliminated the 60 kWh version of the S, and apparently is also about to get rid of the single rear-wheel drive motor version. That version goes for $69,500 currently, meaning that the Model S will start at $74,500 going forward, barring other changes, which would be more than double the base price of the Model 3.

Tesla still has a lot to prove in many other areas as well. For instance, the company’s highly touted solar roof product is nowhere to be found, despite installations that were supposed to start in June. Additionally, as I detailed a few weeks ago, Tesla is way behind in its plan to double its supercharger base this year.

In fact, the company has fallen even further behind since, now needing to add almost 175 stalls per week during the rest of 2017 to accomplish this feat, yet over the past 15 weeks, the average is just 51. Since those bullish on the company talk about the supercharger network as being a huge advantage over other EVs, you would think Tesla would make it a priority, but that doesn’t seem to be the case currently.

With Tesla on the clock now for the Model 3, and earnings scheduled for next week, we are entering a very interesting 10 days or so for the stock. This is further compounded by the fact that shares are currently sandwiched between their 50 and 200-day moving averages, meaning a breakout to either direction could be magnified technically if one of those levels is breached. There has been plenty of hype for the Model 3, so as Tesla enters the next stage of its history with tremendously high expectations, it is time to deliver.

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Action Launcher gets a huge update with new icon, more free features, animated clock icon, and more

Action Launcher 3 is getting a significant makeover, starting with the name. No more will it be known as Action Launcher 3—now it’s just Action Launcher. You’ll notice a lot of changes this time, some large and some small. Even free users will get a nice surprise when they grab the new update. And if you’re still salty about paying for the Action Launcher 3 upgrade, you have recourse now.

Here’s the changelog for Action Launcher’s June 2017 update.

  • NEW: Action Launcher 3 has been renamed to Action Launcher, and has a shiny
  • new icon to prove it!
  • NEW: Use an animating, Android O-style clock icon for the Google Clock app
  • (requires Lollipop or later). This animating clock is also available as a standalone
  • widget.
  • NEW: By default, all new installs of Action Launcher will use Pixel Launcher style All
  • Apps, folders and everything in between.
  • NEW: Many Pixel Launcher features that previously required Plus are now free for
  • all users. Furthermore, the app is now far less aggressive in prompting users to
  • upgrade to Plus.
  • NEW: Full integration of Pixel Launcher’s UI styling for displaying App Shortcuts
  • (previously known as Quickcuts). App Shortcuts display when long pressing an icon
  • from either the desktop or All Apps list.
  • NEW: App Shortcuts can be used in combination with Shutters and Covers.
  • NEW: App Shortcuts can be dragged and placed as shortcuts on a home screen.
  • NEW: Revamped appearance of the icon indicators for Covers, Shutters and App
  • Shortcuts..
  • NEW: Smartsize icon resizing is no longer a beta feature, and is enabled by default
  • for all Plus users.
  • NEW: Add animated caret indicator when opening/close Pixel style All Apps.
  • NEW: Custom system fonts are correctly applied to labels on the desktop.
  • NEW: The horizontal screen margin can be adjusted (via Desktop settings, phones
  • only).
  • IMPROVEMENT: Lots of polish to ensure the app’s look and feel mimics that of Pixel
  • Launcher. Notable areas of focus include the padding of All Apps drawer and folder
  • appearance.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Optimizations to memory, battery usage and scrolling performance.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Order the date and month displays on the date widget is correctly
  • localized.
  • IMPROVEMENT: The screen edge shadow no longer displays at the bottom of the
  • screen when using a tinted dock.
  • IMPROVEMENT: On first boot, the home screen animates smoothly on screen rather
  • than having shortcuts snap on.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Update translations.
  • BUG FIX: Remove stutter first time All Apps drawer is opened.
  • BUG FIX: Open folders display a shadow.
  • BUG FIX: Fix aliasing on the icons of the first 3-4 shortcuts in a folder.
  • BUG FIX: Improved support for tall devices like the S8 and G6.
  • BUG FIX: Notification panel shortcut works on Galaxy S8.
  • BUG FIX: Fix issue where removing the last shortcut from a Home screen page
  • would sometimes also fail to also remove the now empty Home screen.
  • BUG FIX: Fix issue where items could appear on the Quickbar multiple times.
  • BUG FIX: Improve detection of App Shortcuts on pre-Android 7.1 devices.
  • FIX: Misc. stability fixes.

Developer Chris Lacy reports he spotted an interesting tweak to the Pixel Launcher on Android O, and he’s ported it to Action Launcher. The Google Clock icon is actually animated—it’s got a second hand and everything. The app icon and logo have been revamped as well. So, that’s fun. As for more useful features, all the Pixel Launcher styling options are now included in the free version of Action Launcher. That’s also the default style when you install Action launcher now. Some of the upgrade nags have been removed as well.

The app shortcuts (previously known as Quickcuts in Action Launcher) are now in proper Google Pixel styling, and they work alongside Covers and Shutters. The icon indicators for these features are different in this version, too.

The new version of Action Launcher is live in the Play Store. If you bought Action Launcher 2 and upgraded to the paid version of AL3, Chris Lacy is doing you a solid. Anyone who is still irked about paying for the upgrade can contact him using the Gmail account that purchased both versions, and you’ll get a refund for your Action Launcher 2 purchase. In related news, the listing for Action Launcher 2 will be removed from the Play Store soon.

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Get the New Clock & Camera Apps from Android O on Your Nexus or Pixel « Android :: Gadget Hacks

Get the New Clock & Camera Apps from Android O on Your Nexus or Pixel

Android O doesn’t have an official code name yet, but it’s certainly got plenty of cool new features. The OS won’t officially debut until Q3 2017, but we’ve gotten our hands on some of the updated stock apps thanks to the Android beta program.

Developer krisyarno went ahead and pulled the updated Clock and Camera apps from the latest preview build of Android O, and while not much has changed, you’ll be happy to know that you can install these apps as an update on your Nougat-powered Pixel or Nexus without being rooted. Even better, they’re just regular APKs, so installation couldn’t be any easier.

Don’t Miss: All of the Cool New Features & Changes in Android O

Requirements

Step 1: Install the New Clock & Camera

To try out the latest Clock and Camera apps from Android O, start by tapping each of the download links below. From there, open each APK from your notification tray or with any file browser, then just press “Install” when prompted.

Step 2: Enjoy the New Features

At this point, your stock Camera and Clock apps will have been updated to the latest versions from Android O. Like I said, not much has changed, but one difference is that the Clock app uses a dark gray background regardless of the time of day. Previously, the background was a light blue color in the morning, then got darker after sunset.

Android Nougat clock (left); Android O clock (right).

Functionally, the Camera app isn’t any different, so pictures you take will look exactly the same as they always have. But now, there’s a more obvious way to switch between photo and video modes.

Previously, you could swipe left or right on the viewfinder to switch between modes. That gesture is still present, but now, there’s an icon that you can tap to switch between photo and video modes. This icon appears on either side of the shutter button depending on which mode you’re in.

So nothing groundbreaking, but it’s nice to have the latest and greatest — especially without having to worry about the potential bugs that would come along with installing the full Android O preview build. How are you liking these new apps from Android O? Let us know in the comment section below.

Cover image and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks