Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti sits between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, giving you about 90 percent of the performance of the GTX 1080 at much less than 90 percent of the price. It’s the closest to the Vega 56 in AMD’s lineup and generally proves to have better performance while also costing less to buy or run thanks to its modest power requirements. Only the recently released RTX 2060 GPU prevents us from recommending the GTX 1070 Ti more, but if you find a used model at a good price, this next-gen card still has it where it counts.
The GTX 1070 Ti is ideal for playing PC games at 2560×1440, with more room for ultrawide resolutions or displays with higher refresh rates than the base GTX 1070 offers. From a marketing perspective, the GTX 1070 Ti was released primarily because AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 vastly outperformed the 1070, so with this 1070/1080 ‘tweener’ card, Nvidia was able to stifle its competition quite effectively. .
To give you a better idea of what kind of performance you can expect and how it compares to the Vega line, we’ll show you how the GTX 1070 Ti performs in a variety of different games released in the last half. -decade. You can find the game that interests you the most and see how different video cards handle it when paired with a suitable processor and at a very high or ultra preset.
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For this benchmark roundup, we’ll compare the GTX 1070 Ti against four competing cards: two from Nvidia, GTX 1070 and RTX 2060, and two from AMD, Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64. We’ll also show you how the GTX 1070 Ti with all other GTX 10 series cards and even with previous generations in some special benchmarks towards the end.
A late addition to the Pascal line, the 1070 Ti sits between the 1070 and 1080 and really only exists to override AMD’s RX Vega 56.
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If you’re viewing this page on a desktop instead of a mobile device, congratulations, you’re bucking the trend! You’ll notice that instead of an image of a chart, each benchmark takes the form of a YouTube video with live metrics below. Click on the video to play it and you’ll see how each graphics card handles the scene in real time. You can choose precisely which video cards and resolutions you are interested in using the controls to the right of the video. For example, you could only look at 4K results, or see how two graphics cards handle a scene at 1440p and 4K simultaneously. For a summary view of the performance of each card in the scene, there is a graph below the live data showing the frame rates, including the best and worst one percent useful figures. You can also click on the graph to switch between frame-rate and percentages; the latter is usually much more useful to get an idea of how different cards compare.
This system is exclusive to Digital Foundry and provides much more information than you would get from standard benchmarks, so we hope you find it useful. If you want to learn more about the system, check out our article on how Digital Foundry’s benchmarking system works here. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some benchmarks!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
We start with the most recent Assassin’s Creed, the ancient Greek epic Odyssey. The larger game world is substantially harder to render than its 2014 Unity counterpart, with expansive views that challenge even modern high-end GPUs. Consequently, we’re seeing sub-60fps averages across the board at 1080p, with the 1070 Ti just 1fps behind the new RTX 2060 and a significant 14 percent ahead of the base GTX 1070. The GTX 1070 Ti remains competitive at higher speeds. Resolutions, with 46 fps playable at 1440p and 28 fps at 4K. By switching to the less challenging High preset and making a few other adjustments, we expect hitting 60fps at 1440p and around 45fps at 4K to be reasonable targets. We haven’t talked much about AMD hardware in this test, as the Vega 56 and Vega 64 aren’t comparative starters on the AnvilNext engine used here until we reach 4K resolution.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Ultra High, TAA
Assassin’s Creed Unity
We continue with the 2014 title Assassin’s Creed Unity at 1440p, where the GTX 1070 Ti achieves a solid average of 62 frames per second. That’s 13 percent ahead of the GTX 1070 and Vega 56, and even six percent ahead of the Vega 64. Meanwhile, the new RTX 2060 gets a nearly equivalent result. In 4K, the GTX 1070 Ti drops to 31 frames per second, which is at least more playable than the 27 frames per second of the GTX 1070 and Vega 56. Overall, we’d call it a big win for team Nvidia. Also note the wide distribution of AMD’s results: this is because the Radeon hardware seems to have problems with the AC Unity depth of field effect that appears later in the benchmark.
AC Unit: Ultra High, FXAA
BF’s 2016 title Battlefield 1 doesn’t offer a built-in waypoint, but it does include a suitably challenging (and reasonably unchanging) single-player campaign in which the player drives a tank across a muddy no-man’s land. However, there are some close-range explosions that will cause frame-rate spikes, so ignore them in the comparison. The 1070 Ti achieves a healthy score of 93 fps at 1440p, but the Vega 56 does better with a seven percent higher score. The game is more than playable in 4K with a score of 52 frames per second for the GTX 1070 Ti, but the Vega 56’s lead remains at seven percent, on par with the RTX 2060.
Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA
Our oldest game in the test suite, 2013’s Crysis 3, is still a suitable challenge for modern GPUs. The GTX 1070 Ti records a rare performance victory over the RTX 2060 here, as well as a comfortable 12 percent lead over the GTX 1070 at 1440p. 4K remains a challenge even for graphics cards made five years later, with the 1070 Ti only hitting 37 frames per second. However, it is still 11 percent better than the Vega 56 at the same resolution.
Crysis 3: very high, SMAA T2X
Very far away 5
Far Cry 5’s calm lake scene is a nice built-in reference point: not too long, not too short, and relatively relaxing to run around compared to the repeated explosions of our train ride in Crysis 3. The game also runs well even on mid-range hardware, allowing us to ignore the 1080p results (124 fps for the GTX 1070 Ti) and look at 1440p. All of our selected cards manage to beat the 60fps average here, with the GTX 1070 Ti being the most capable along with the Vega 64 and RTX 2060.
Far Cry 5: Ultra, TAA
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Our most recent and challenging test is 2017’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, thanks to the strength of its ultra-detailed settings. The 1070 Ti is just 2fps ahead at 1440p compared to the Vega 56 and the two cards are on the same level at 4K. However, neither card performs wonderfully at 4K, and even the RTX 2060 produces a result of just under 30 frames per second. Very high settings would be preferable for actual gameplay.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA
The Rise of the Tomb Raider
2016 title The Rise of the Tomb Raider three-way benchmark has the GTX 1070 Ti 14 percent faster than the slightly cheaper GTX 1070 at 1440p. In terms of continued competition with the Vega 56, the GTX 1070 Ti is four percent faster at both 1440p and 4K. However, neither card offers more than a playable result at 4K, requiring lower detail settings or a G-Sync monitor to feel fluid at this demanding resolution.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA
The shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the 2018 release, has a reference point that is more faithful to the actual game than its predecessor. Surprisingly, given its release date, the GTX 1070 Ti is able to outperform the RTX 2060 at 1440p by a margin of four percent, with the gap closing to three percent at 4K. The GTX 1070 Ti also maintains a consistent lead of around 15 percent over the GTX 1070 at every resolution we tested.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Taller, TAA
The Witcher 3
Our final title is the 2015 megahit The Witcher 3, where we try to force Roach to navigate the busy streets of Novigrad without suddenly stopping at a market stall or running down the wrong path. The GXT 1070 Ti impresses with a score of 58fps at 1440p, almost as high as the RTX 2060, but the Vega 56 and Vega 64 cards become increasingly competitive at higher resolutions.
The Witcher 3: Ultra, POST-AA, no hairstyles
So how much better is the GTX 1070 Ti than a last-gen GTX 970 or GTX 980? What about a 700 series card? This benchmark shows exactly that, showing how cards from the Nvidia GTX 750 Ti perform in Assassin’s Creed Unity at 1080p. This time, the controls on the right show different generations instead of resolutions to make comparisons easier.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
We’ll close our benchmark section with a comparison between all of Nvidia’s Pascal graphics cards. You can see that the GTX 1070 Ti sits fairly evenly in the important space created by the GTX 1070 and 1080, with a slight bias towards the GTX 1080.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
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For more information on this card, check out our GTX 1070 Ti review here. See you at the next one.