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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