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Zotac GTX 1070 Ti Mini Review and Benchmarks

Updated on November 12, 2017
Zotac GTX 1070ti Mini
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Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am reviewing the new nVidia GeForce GTX 1070ti graphics card. I was looking forward to getting my hands on this card and was able to do so. I preordered through Newegg and it came via FedEx late yesterday. So, let’s do this.

The nVidia GeForce GTX 1070ti I have on hand is the Zotac Mini version. I chose this version out of necessity. I'm to keep costs low as I purchase these items. Money does become an issue. So, this card at Newegg is retailing for $450 currently. The GTX 1070ti is an 8GB, 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 video card. The 1070ti has a core clock of 1607MHz and a boost clock of up to 1683MHz with 2432 CUDA cores. For reference, the GTX 1070 comes with 1920 CUDA cores and the GTX 1080 comes with 2560 CUDA cores. The ZOTAC 1070ti Mini has one DVI port, one HDMI port, and one DisplayPort. The Mini supports up to 4 monitors, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, and draws 180 watts through a single 8-pin connector. Zotac recommends a 500 watt power supply to power this card.

There were talks that nVidia would not allow overclocking on the GTX 1070ti but that is not the case as I was able to get a mild overclock on this card. I got a stable 80MHz increase on the core clock and a 125MHz increase on the memory clock with overclocking. The card performed as expected both at stock and overclocked, as will be shown in the gaming benchmarks below. The question is though, is this card worth what you pay for?

Test System

Processor
Intel i7-7700K (4.8GHz)
 
Motherboard
MSI Z270 Tomahawk
 
RAM
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2666MHz)
 
Power Supply
EVGA 550BQ
 

Benchmark Methods

All games tested are tested on the highest settings available in the game settings and at 1080p. The average frame rates and 1% lows are an average of 5 runs of each game. The results are as follows:

Battlefield 1

Average FPS
138
 
1% Low FPS
119
 

For Honor

Average FPS
133
 
1% Low FPS
101
 

Far Cry Primal

Average FPS
107
 
1% FPS
89
 

Civilization VI

Average FPS
94
 
1% Low FPS
74
 

The Division

Average FPS
105
 
1% Low FPS
67
 

Rise of The Tomb Raider

Average FPS
146
 
1% Low FPS
111
 

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V)

Average FPS
101
 
1% Low FPS
73
 

Doom

Average FPS
188
 
1% Low FPS
157
 

So, there you have it. Not bad at all for nVidia’s newest GPU on the market. You get pretty decent value for the money but it’s pretty much in between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 which is what I feel nVidia was shooting for in trying to close the gap while competing with the RX Vega 56. At $450 dollars, you get decent value for the money.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

The nVidia GTX 1070ti is a decent card with good performance and a decent price for the performance. After benchmarking with this card and actually taking a moment to use the card in normal gameplay that I do, it’s apparent that it is a good card but I feel as though nVidia is only putting this card out to try and corner the market on GPUs as this card looks as though it is specifically targeting the performance of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. At $450, I would not purchase this card however because you can spend just $50 more and get better performance or you can spend just $50 less and overclock a GTX 1070 and get the same performance as a stock GTX 1070ti. At the same time, you can get reference RX Vega 64 cards on Newegg for just $50-$60 more and get better performance. Throw in a GPU water-cooling adapter from NZXT or Corsair with liquid AIO cooler for around $160 total and get far better performance. So, if you can get your hands on the 1070ti for around $375-$400, then pick it up. Otherwise, I’d go for the GTX 1070, RX580, or RX Vega 56.

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