GTX 1070 Ti vs GTX 1080: Benchmarks, and Recommendation

Updated on January 19, 2018
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Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am bringing you benchmark comparisons of the Zotac GTX 1070 Ti and the MSI GTX 1080 Duke graphics cards. I wanted to do this comparison because someone commented about which was a better value on a recent hub I did here on Hubpages. At the time, I said the GTX 1080 was a better deal given the performance. This, however, piqued my interest and I wanted to go back and review both cards to get a better perspective and be able to provide a more in-dept analysis and comparison. Both are great cards for gaming and will serve you well no matter which one you go with. The price difference is around $50 at the MSRP, so that is something that you will need to consider when purchasing. So, let’s take a look the cards tested and their specifications.

The Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti comes with 2432 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 video RAM. You get a base clock of 1607MHz and a boost clock of 1683MHz. The card touts a Memory clock of 8GHz. The Zotac GTX 1070 Ti comes in at an MSRP of $459.99.

Zotac GTX 1070 Ti Specs

  1. CUDA Cores: 2432
  2. VRAM: 8GB GDDR 5
  3. Memory Bus: 256-Bit
  4. Base Clock: 1607 MHz
  5. Boost Clock: 1683MHz
  6. Memory Clock 8GHz

The MSI GTX 1080 Duke offers 2560 CUDA cords and comes with 8GB of GDDR5X video RAM. The GTX 1080 Duke sports a core clock of 1708MHz and a boost clock of 1847 MHz. The MSI GTX 1080 Duke comes in at an MSRP of $509.99.

MSI GTX 1080 Duke

  1. CUDA Cores: 2560
  2. VRAM: 8GB GDDR5X
  3. Memory Bus: 256-Bit
  4. Baseclock: 1708MHz
  5. Boost Clock: 1847MHz
  6. Memory Clock: 10.1GHZ

Test System

For testing, I used my Intel Core i7-7700K system. The system comes with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM clocked at 2800MHz in dual channel configuration. The motherboard used is the MSI Z270 Tomahawk. I was able to overclock the Zotac GTX 1070 Ti with a +160 on the core clock and +500 on the memory clock while I was able to get +100 on the core clock and +300 on the memory clock of the MSI GTX 1080 Duke. This improved the boost clock on the GTX 1070 Ti to around 2000MHz and the GTX 1080 Duke to 2050MHz. For benchmarking the games, I tested 7 games and took an average of 3 runs for each game. All games were tested on the highest visual quality settings possible. All games tested I had tested before on my GTX 1070 Ti benchmark hubs. Without further delay, let’s do this.

Games Tested

First up is the new Call of Duty: World War II. The GTX 1070 Ti gave me a 1% low of 115 FPS and an average of 139 FPS while the GTX 1080 gave me a 1% low of 114 and an average of 166 FPS; a close matchup between the two. Next up was Assassin’s Creed: Origins which netted a 1% low of 73 FPS and an average of 94 FPS for the GTX 1070 Ti while the GTX 1080 Duke achieved 78 FPS at a 1% low and 95 FPS average. Wolfenstein II: Colossus was tested next. The GTX 1070 Ti had a 1% low of 149 FPS and an average of 172 FPS while the GTX 1080 had a 1% low of 196 FPS and an average of 198 FPS. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War was up next and the GTX 1070 Ti got a 1% low of 49 and an average of 100 FPS while the GTX 1080 got a 1% low of 55 FPS and an average of 106 FPS. PUBG was the next game tested. The game still shows bad optimization to this date as the GTX 1070 Ti achieved a 1% low of 77 FPS and an average of 95 FPS while the GTX 1080 got a 1% low of 82 and an average of 99 FPS. Prey was up next and the GTX 1070 Ti had a 1% low of 128 and an average of 186 FPS while the GTX 1080 got a 1% low of 126 and an average of 186 FPS. Finally, Destiny 2 was tested. The GTX 1070 Ti achieved a 1% low of 123 FPS and an average of 142 FPS while the GTX 1080 attained a 1% low of 128 and an average of 144 FPS.

Game
GTX 1070 Ti (1% Low/Average FPS)
GTX 1080 (1% Low/Average FPS)
Call of Duty: World War II
115/139
114/166
Assassin's Creed: Origins
73/94
78/95
Wolfenstein II: Colossus
149/172
196/198
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
49/100
55/106
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
77/95
82/99
Prey
128/186
126/186
Destiny 2
123/142
128/144

Conclusion, Final Thoughts, and Recommendation

Looking at the results, we see very similar performance from both even though the further overclocked MSI GTX 1080 Duke is 7% faster in my testing against the Zotac GTX 1070 Ti. The price difference of 9.8% for the MSI GTX 1080 Duke cannot be overlooked here with the similar performance. However, on average, from these results, you will spend around $1.94 per average frame for the MSI GTX 1080 Duke and $2.02 for the Zotac GTX 1070 Ti. So, just based on cost per frame performance, I’d go with the MSI GTX 1080 Duke. However, a better value, given the lower cost and similar performance is the GTX 1070 Ti. My final thought and overall recommendation to everyone is this: If you do not wish to overclock, go with a factory overclocked GTX 1080 like MSI’s Duke as it will outperform the GTX 1070 Ti out of the box. If you have a GTX 1070, I would not upgrade however.

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