Fan Speed & Noise
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FE
Direct comparisons between the temperature and fan speed curves allows us to examine their relationship.
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FE doesn’t employ semi-passive cooling. Consequently, there’s always a minimum fan speed, though it’s not bothersome in any way.
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FE’s noise profile is similar to the GeForce GTX 1080 FE’s. Whatever differences we observe are probably attributable to a higher-quality GPU and its cooler operation through our test run.
The most audible aspects of this card's noise profile are characterized as airflow and the somewhat growling noise made by the radial fan’s motor. Lower frequencies produced by the bearings are barely measurable, and any noise produced by the voltage converters doesn't show up at all on the spectrum.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium
Semi-passive operation is implemented perfectly on MSI's card, with an ideal start-up pulse and balance. The barely audible fans are turned on well above 60°C, and the curve shows clearly that airflow increases continuously while the temperature remains constant.
The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G’s noise level is even lower than its larger predecessor’s.
A frequency spectrum analysis reveals that the fans are quiet. Electrical noises that weren’t measurable using the Founders Edition card now make themselves known. This is because MSI's cooler barely makes any noise. Although we pick up on the voltage converters now, they are barely audible in practice.
Both thermal solutions have their advantages. Nvidia's Founders Edition exhausts heat out of your case, keeping other components inside cooler. Meanwhile, MSI improved on its already-great Twin Frozr technology.
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It's a shame the overclocking results were too inconsistent to report, but I guess that will have to wait for vendor versions to test. Also, a hat tip for using 1440p where this GPU is targeted. Now the question is what will the real world selling prices be vs. the 1080. There are $520 1080s available out there (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127945), so if AIB partners get closer to the $500 pricing threshold, that will be way too close to the 1080 in pricing.
ed: Lol at least one other person doesn't know what Ti means either : If you don't know Ti stands for "titanium" effectively they named the card GTX 1070 Titanium Titanium.
Well that is true and always goes without saying. You pay more for G-sync than Freesync which needs to be taken into consideration when deciding on GPUs. However, if you already own a 1440p 60Hz monitor, the choice becomes not so easy to make, especially considering how hard it is to find Vegas.
Also, wrt the testing of Division, and comparing to your 1080 Ti review back in March, I notice the results for the 1070 are identical at 1440p (58.7), but completely different at UHD (42.7 in March, 32.7 now); what has changed? This new test states it's using Medium detail at UHD, so was the March testing using Ultra or something? The other cards are affected in the same way.
Not sure if it's significant, but I also see 1080 and 1080 Ti performance at 1440p being a bit better back in March.
Re pricing, Scan here in the UK has the Vega 56 a bit cheaper than a reference 1070 Ti, but not by much. One thing which is kinda nuts though, the AIB versions of the 1070 Ti are using the same branding names as they do for what are normally overclocked models, eg. SC for EVGA, AMP for Zotac, etc., but of course they're all 1607MHz base. Maybe they'll vary in steady state for boost clocks, but it kinda wrecks the purpose of their marketing names. :D
PS. When I follow the Forums link, the UK site looks different, then reverts to its more usual layout when one logs in (weird). Also, the UK site is failing to retain the login credentials from the US transfer as it used to.
It's a bit odd that people are citing the monitor cost advantage of Freesync, while article reviews are not showing games actually running at frame rates which would be relevant to that technology. Or are all these Freesync buyers just using 1080p? Or much lower detail levels? I'd rather stick to 60Hz and higher quality visuals.
The typical Freesync-Buddy is playing in Wireframe-Mode at 720p ;)
All this sync options can help to smoothen the output, if you are too sensitive. This is a fact, but not for everybody with the same prio.
Well I'm not sure I understand your point. The benchmarks show FPS exceeding 60FPS, meaning maximum GPU performance. It's about matching monitor refresh rate (Hz) to FPS for smooth gameplay, not just raw FPS. But regarding the Freesync argument, that's usually what is brought up in price comparisons between AMD and Nvidia. If someone is looking to upgrade from both a 60Hz monitor and a GPU, then it's a valid point.
However, as I stated, if someone already has a 60Hz 2560x1440 or one of those ultrawide monitors, then the argument for Vega gets much weaker. Especially considering their limited availability. As I posted in a link above, you can buy a nice dual fan MSI GTX 1080 for $520 on NewEgg right now. I have not seen a dual fan MSI Vega for sale anywhere (every Vega for sale I've seen is the reference blower design).