Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming 8G Review

Cooling & Noise

Cooling System & Backplate

As mentioned, Gigabyte's backplate plays an active role in cooling this card. It's not just there to look pretty or add structural stability.

The foil has some cut-outs for thick thermal pads, which create contact between the backplate and PCB to help with voltage regulation circuitry cooling.

Cooling System Overview
Type
Air cooling
Heat SinkAluminum heat sink for GPU with heat pipes that make direct contact
Memory cooling (modules, voltage converters) via mounting frame on heat sink
Cooling FinsAluminum, vertical orientation
Narrow configuration
Heat Pipes2x 8mm, copper composite material
VRM CoolingGPU-VRM via heat sink built in to cooler
Memory VRM on the rear via backplate
RAM CoolingVia mounting frame, and indirect cooling via heat sink
Fans3x 8cm fan module (7.7cm rotor diameter)
11 rotor blades each
Semi-passive control
BackplateAluminum
Cooling function, foil on the inside with cut-outs for pads
RGB effects

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming 8G employs a simple finned cooler with a thick aluminum base plate, which also serves as sink and mount for the two flattened 8mm heat pipes. As you can see in the picture below, these pipes are only able to cover part of GP104. Might that be a sign attempts were made to cut costs?

Fan Speeds & Noise

Our fan data shows how Gigabyte compensated for the cooler's limited surface area with higher rotational speeds. A cynical reviewer might point out that big, beefy heat sinks cost manufacturers money, while power and noise become your problem at home. But there's something to be said for striking a balance, particularly when it comes to a high-end graphics card priced just $10 under the least-expensive GeForce GTX 1080.

Nothing much changes during our stress test. Armed with three rather small fans, it's almost impossible for this card to operate quietly. In the end, though, we aren't assailed by obtrusive noise levels.

The 1070 Ti Gaming 8G's thermal solution has no reserves left to facilitate lower fan speeds. Any attempt to dial down the curve would sacrifice at least one GPU Boost step in the process.

Fan Speed & Noise Output
Fan Speed (Open Test Bench, Maximum)1825 RPM
Fan Speed (Open Test Bench, Average)1802 RPM
Fan Speed (Closed Case, Maximum)2001 RPM
Fan Speed (Closed Case, Average)1992 RPM
Noise (Air Cooling, Maximum)40.8 dB(A)
Noise (Air Cooling, Average)40.2 dB(A)
Noise (Air Cooling, Idle)0 dB(A)
Acoustic CharacteristicsAlmost no low-frequency bearing noise
Audible motor noise <1 Hz
Very audible air/tearing noise
Slight voltage converter noise

This snapshot illustrates the entire frequency range of our laboratory measurements, adding some data to our subjective observations.

We're not at all impressed by an almost 41 dB(A) measurement. However, given how light this card is and the temperatures we observed, it's pretty remarkable that Gigabyte was able to use a solution from its GeForce GTX 1070 to address 1070 Ti as well. Cost-cutting can obviously be made to work, even if it has to be paid for with higher noise levels.

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