ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Review

ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

With every GPU launch, there are a few particular cards that we’re always eager to see come to the market. Of course, the STRIX is one of them, and we’re super excited to have it on our test benches this week.

Pretty much every 1070 Ti is damn near the same at the core of it, but the big gains come from the power delivery and cooling hardware that is applied. That means more stable and consistent performance for all you gaming enthusiasts. With the triple fan STRIX cooler, this should easily be one of the best on the market, and no doubt it’ll be priced to reflect that.


With 2432 CUDA cores, the GTX 1070 Ti boasts 27% more pixel-processing horsepower than the vanilla 1070. The 1683MHz Boost clock is the same, putting you within striking distance of the GTX 1080 at 2560 cores and 1733MHz. You get 8GB of dedicated video memory with each GPU; the Ti pushes GDDR5 to 8Gbps, just like the GTX 1070, while the 1080 opts for pricier GDDR5X at speeds up to 11Gbps.

What ASUS Had To Say

Although the overclocking potential is heavily dependent on the characteristics of individual GPUs, cooling remains critically important to success. That’s why the Strix 1070 Ti is equipped with a monster heatsink similar to what comes strapped to our top-of-the-line Strix 1080 Ti. The 2.5-slot design includes larger radiators with more fin area for heat dissipation. Underneath, a smoother MaxContact base improves thermal transfer from the GPU by eliminating microscopic gaps between the two surfaces.


For in-depth specifications, please visit the official product page here.

A Closer Look

First impressions of the new toy from ASUS are very good, they’re not reinventing the wheel here, but they’re taking care of the fundamentals. The card uses the cooler design we’ve seen on many ASUS cards recently, but it’s a great cooler, and looks stunning, so I’m not complaining, not by any measure.

Power Delivery

The card deploys a single 8-pin header, and we have seen some with two 8-pin connectors, but I think this should be more than enough.

Around the back, you’ll find a good range of connections, with two HDMI, two DP, and a single DVI. Of course, that’s more than enough for a few displays or VR devices.

The card is quite large, and clocks in at 2.5 slots thick too. This larger size is not so bad though, as it allows for a much larger surface area for cooling the GPU; as you can see, those heat sinks are prettyy hefty!

The card uses three custom fans, with smart fan tech allowing the card to run completely passive, or only trigger one fan at a time if required. Overall, that means is should be cool and quiet for most of the day.

Around the back, thing look even better! There’s a lovely full-size backplate with an RGB LED logo in the corner for some added flair.

The Republic of Gamers logo is also LED lit, matching up with the other lighting highlights on the card.

Finally, one of my favourite features is the built-in fan hub. You can connect two chassis fans here, allowing the card to pull more air into the chassis when it needs it.

Testing & Methodology

Please note that on 16/04/2017, the graphics cards featured in this review have are retested. The retesting was done to implement new changes in the way we review, the settings we use, the software required and more. We’ve also made some slight hardware changes to our test benches, and all games were updated, as has the OS, graphics drivers, etc. Of course, this would mean new results would not be a fair comparison to old. For your reference, the last review to feature our past results is found here.

Here is the test system used for all graphics card reviews (pictured above) and game performance analysis:

Graphics Card Test System

Primary Display

Additional Hardware


Throughout the testing procedure, we always use demanding presets which stress graphics cards to reasonable limits. However, in the interest of fairness, any technology which favours either AMD or NVIDIA is disabled. More specifically, this refers to PhysX, Hairworks and similar technologies. Additionally, we also disable all forms of AA, including FXAA, to gauge performance levels which aren’t impacted by sophisticated AA. Theoretically, we could have employed FXAA because it only has a minor impact on the frame-rate, but many users strongly dislike the hazy image this causes. V-Sync is always disabled in our testing, graphics card power usage set to optimised or balance, and the system power mode set to High Performance.

Some benchmarks may feature more cards, this is due to some tests being older or newer than others, and being used in other game specific feature tests we have conducted, so you’ll find all relevant cards included in each chart as we add or remove new and old tests.

Selecting strenuous presets especially at higher resolutions can cause hitching and other performance problems on graphics cards with lower amounts of video memory. For example, Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Very High textures requires 4GB of RAM to maintain a smooth frame-rate. In theory, we could run the benchmarks at the High setting, but this defeats the purpose of high-end graphics cards which are designed to cope with the absolute best graphics on the market. Furthermore, the notion of enthusiast cards sporting less than 4GB memory has become less of an issue. Of course, whenever we’re tackling more affordable GPUs, the settings will be altered accordingly and detailed for clarity. Identical settings are used for all resolutions, 1080, 1440, 2160, and 1440 Ultrawide unless otherwise stated.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Settings

For this game, we use the Very High preset, with some small changes to increase the Texture Filtering, turn off the AA, and all V-Sync settings.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Graphics Settings

Far Cry Primal Graphics Settings

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Graphics Settings



Everyone has a reasonable noise level preference when it comes to comes to components on a computer. Some can handle all fans at 100% load to keep temperatures down; some want an entirely silent computer. To accurately gauge the noise output of a graphics card, we position a Precision Gold N05CC Decibel meter from one meter above our open-air test bench and take an average reading at idle and load.

Power Consumption

With electricity becoming increasingly expensive across most parts of the world the need for computer components to become energy efficient has never been more relevant. Graphics cards are often the most power-hungry components of a desktop system so having a capable graphics card is crucial to keeping power bills under control. Power is tied to heat, so lower power consumption means a graphics card is likely to run slightly cooler and put out less heat into your system, meaning your other components will run cooler with improved longevity. AMD and NVIDIA have both made power consumption an integral part of the way graphics cards dynamically overclock, so the need for graphics card vendors to use efficient VRM and PCB designs is becoming essential to maximise performance.

We take power readings during idle state with no background applications running. Then again at 25%, 50%, and 99% completion of the Unigine Superposition benchmark, using the average as the final published result.


The cooling solution which graphics card vendors choose to implement is one of the main differences that consumers have to contend with when selecting a graphics cards. Apart from their acoustic properties, the thermal properties of graphics card coolers are critical. Lower temperatures are always better, and with AMD and NVIDIA opting to use dynamic overclocking algorithms that take temperature into account, it is important that graphics card vendors use high-performance cooling solutions to maximise performance. The era of graphics cards reaching critical temperatures are now in the past, but the importance of low temperatures remains. Lower temperatures mean better stability, longer component longevity, and lower fan speeds.

We take temperature readings after 10 minutes of desktop idle with no background programs running, then take the recorded maximum delivered from Unigine Superposition after a 4K optimised run, confirming the numbers are accurate with HWMonitor. Ambient temperature is always kept +/- 1c from 21c.


The STRIX isn’t the fastest 1070 Ti we’ve tested, but in all fairness, it’s going to be hard to tell them apart in a blind study, as their performance is very similar. what’s cool is how close the performance is to that of the GTX 1080.

Unigine Superposition

The ASUS 1070 Ti scores big with our Unigine test, hitting 4024 points, putting it pretty close to the 4212 of that Gigabyte GTX 1080!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Another strong result again, and while not the fastest 1070 Ti we’ve tested, it’s very competitive and hits some decent framerates throughout.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Again, we see more strong numbers and this card could easily do well above 60 FPS even at 4K with Tomb Radier. There’s not much in it, but again it’s very competitive with the other 1070 Ti cards.

Far Cry Primal

Now we move into our non-DX12 testing, and again, the ASUS card is hitting strong numbers, even performing extremely close to the GTX 1080 at 1080P, but losing some ground as we move up in terms of resolution.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Finally, the results on our final benchmark are right where you would expect them. At this point I feel like I could benchmark blindfold and guess the performance. That being said, these are strong figures, there’s just unpleasant surprises, which is of course a good thing.

Acoustic, Thermal and Power Testing

Acoustic Performance

Hitting 42 dBa at full is something to be proud of here, that big cooler design does an amazing job. It’s whisper quiet even while benchmaking endlessly, and that’s impressive.

Thermal Performance

Pushing the card shouldn’t be an issue with that massive cooler, and what a shock, it wasn’t. The card topped out at just 64c at full load, which is quite honestly chilly for a GPU.

Power Usage

Finally, the power usage is pretty decent too, and with just a single 8-pin power cable, that’s to be expected. The card topepd out at just 287 watts.

Final Thoughts


The Nvidia GeForce 1070 Ti series is priced right between the GTX 1070 and 1080, obviously. This is pretty reflective of the performance too, and it’s also quite a bit cheaper than the similarly performing VEGA 64, so I guess it’s priced pretty fairly at £485.28.


We’ve tested a bunch of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards so far, and while I was initially sceptical of them need to exist, I’m finding it pretty hard to hate them. Their performance is almost, and I mean very very closely matched to the GTX 1080. However, at a lower a price point and with plenty of overclocking potential, they’re easily the better value for money.

Vega Vs Nvidia

Budget not considered, if I were forced to pick a VEGA 64 or the 1070 Ti, I would be properly torn to decide. Both cards have some great benefits. However, this card is just straight up cheaper and performs about the same, making it a sure hit for many gamers. The latest model from ASUS blends amazing build quality, and a powerful cooler, making it easily one of the most attractive GPU on the market for under £500.

Added Value

While the design of this card isn’t anything new to ASUS fans, it’s a tried and tested look that’s still one of my favourites on the market. Add to that the obligatory RGB lighting for some added visual kicks, the fan-hub feature, zero RPM mode, and that lovely backplate, and you’re getting a lot for your investment. All 1070 Ti’s are virtually the same, so pick the brand and style you love the most and go nuts!



ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Review