Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti benchmarks: The Green Team’s response to Vega 56

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slots in between GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, giving you about 90 per cent of the performance of the GTX 1080 without paying 90 per cent of the price. It comes closest to the Vega 56 in AMD’s lineup, and usually proves the better performer while costing less to buy or to run thanks to its modest power requirements. That makes the GTX 1070 Ti a strong contender for being one of the best graphics cards on the market – despite the recent arrival of the RTX 2070, which is significantly more expensive to be a true competitor.

The GTX 1070 Ti is perfectly suited for playing PC games at 1440p, with more breathing room for ultra-wide resolutions or higher refresh rate displays than the GTX 1070. From a marketing perspective, GTX 1070 Ti was released primarily because AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 comprehensively outperformed the 1070, so with this 1070/1080 ‘tweener’ card, Nvidia was able to stifle its competition fairly effectively.

In order to give you a more accurate idea of what kind of performance you can expect and how it stacks up against the Vega line, we’ll show you how the GTX 1070 Ti performs in a range of different games released between 2013 and 2018. You can find the game that you care about the most and see how it’s handled by different video cards when paired with a suitable processor and with very high or ultra graphical fidelity settings engaged.

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For this benchmark roundup, we’ll compare the GTX 1070 Ti to four competing cards: two from Nvidia, the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, and two from AMD, the Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64. We’ll also show you how the GTX 1070 Ti compares to all of the other GTX 10-series cards and even previous generations in some special benchmarks towards the end.

If you’re viewing this page on a computer rather than a mobile device, you’ll notice that instead of an image of a graph, each benchmark takes the form of a YouTube video with some 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 what video cards and resolutions you’re interested in by using the controls to the right of the video.

For example, you could only look at the 4K results, or see how two graphics cards handle a scene at 1440p and 4K simultaneously. For a summarised look at how each card performs throughout the scene, there’s a static chart below the live data showing average frame-rates. This also includes the best and worst one per cent and five per cent results, which you can select between by mousing over different parts of the image. You can also click on the barcharts to swap between frame-rate and percentage differentials – the latter often being rather more useful in getting a handle on how different cards compare.

This system is unique to Digital Foundry, and provides a lot 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 the Digital Foundry benchmarking system works right here. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some benchmarks!

We begin with 2014 title Assassin’s Creed Unity at 1440p, where the GTX 1070 Ti turns in a solid 61 frames per second average. That’s 14 per cent ahead of the GTX 1070 and Vega 56, and even four per cent ahead of the Vega 64. Meanwhile, the slightly more expensive GTX 1080 turns in an eight per cent better result. At 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 that a strong win for Team Nvidia. Also note the wide spread on the AMD results – this is because Radeon hardware seems to have issues with AC Unity’s depth of field effect.

Next up, we have 2016 strategy game Ashes of the Singularity. We’re testing this DirectX 12 game on its ‘extreme’ preset, albeit without AA enabled. AMD cards normally outperform their Nvidia counterparts in DX12 titles, but the GTX 1070 Ti does extremely well here to record a score of 82 frames per second at 1440p, even higher than the GTX 1080 (79fps) and Vega 56 (72fps). However, the GTX 1070 Ti and 1080 run near identically throughout the test.

The 2016 Battlefield title, Battlefield 1, doesn’t offer a built-in benchmark but it does include a suitably challenging (and reasonably invariant) single-player campaign as the player drives a tank through muddy no man’s land. However, there are some close-range explosions that will result in frame-rate spikes, so please disregard these in the comparison. The 1070 Ti hits a healthy score of 91fps at 1440p, but the Vega 56 goes one better with a score that’s six per cent higher. The game is more than playable at 4K with a score of 50 frames per second for the GTX 1070 Ti, but the Vega 56’s lead extends to 12 per cent, on par with the GTX 1080.

Our oldest game in the test suite, 2013’s Crysis 3 remains a suitable challenge for modern GPUs. The GTX 1070 Ti is closer to the GTX 1080 in performance here, with a comfortable 12 per cent lead over the GTX 1070 at 1440p. 4K remains a challenge even for graphics cards made four years later, with the 1070 Ti only hitting 37 frames per second. However, that’s still 14 per cent better than the Vega 56 at the same resolution.

2016’s shooter-cum-MMO hybrid The Division comes next in our benchmark tour. We’re running the DirectX 11 version of the benchmark here, which runs faster for Nvidia than the DX12 counterpart. Indeed, the GTX 1070 Ti just about muscles ahead of the Vega 56, with a paltry four per cent lead at 1440p and one per cent at 4K. In terms of overall playability, you have frames to spare at 1440p but you’ll need a G-Sync monitor to make the most of the 38 frames per second at 4K.

Far Cry Primal, the prehistoric bridge between Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5, tends to favour cards from Team Green against the competition. However, the Vega 56 and GTX 1070 Ti are neck-and-neck here, with just one frame per second’s difference at 1440p and a dead heat at 4K. Meanwhile, the GTX 1080 offers a comfortable eight per cent lead over the GTX 1070 Ti.

Our most recent and most demanding test is 2017’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, thanks to the strength of its ultra detail setting. The 1070 Ti is just 1fps ahead at 1440p compared to the Vega 56 and the two cards are level at 4K. However, neither card performs wonderfully at 4K, with even the GTX 1080 turning in a result of just under 30 frames per second. Very high settings would be preferable for actual gameplay.

2016 title Rise of the Tomb Raider’s tripartite benchmark has the GTX 1070 Ti 14 per cent faster than the slightly cheaper GTX 1070. In terms of the continuing competition with the Vega 56, the GTX 1070 Ti is four per cent faster at both 1440p and 4K. However, neither card turns in more than a playable result at 4K, requiring lower detail settings or a G-Sync monitor to feel smooth at this taxing resolution.

Our final title is 2015 mega-hit The Witcher 3. The GXT 1070 Ti impresses with a score of 84fps, nearly as high as the GTX 1080, leaving the Vega 56 and Vega 64 in the dust. However, the Vega 56 again shows its proclivity for doing better than the GTX 1070 Ti at 4K, with a one or two frame premium over the Nvidia card. Meanwhile, the GTX 1080 takes the 4K crown with a comfortable 48 frames per second.

So how much better is the GTX 1070 Ti than a last-generation GTX 970 or GTX 980? What about a 700 series card? This benchmark shows you exactly that, showing how cards all the way back to the Nvidia GTX 750 Ti act in Assassin’s Creed Unity at 1080p. This time, the controls on the right show different generations instead of resolutions to make comparisons easier.

We’ll close out our benchmarks section with a comparison between all of Nvidia’s Pascal graphics cards. You can see that the GTX 1070 Ti slots fairly evenly into the significant space carved out by the GTX 1070 and 1080, with a slight bias towards the GTX 1080.

Now that you’ve seen the benchmarks for one card, why not check out see which GPUs we recommend? Click through to see Digital Foundry’s updated selections for the best graphics cards and for the best gaming monitors of 2018.

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