GPU mining is becoming more interesting by the day. With the recent addition of Bitcoin Gold to the portfolio of ASIC-resistant coins and Ethereum price having a steady upward trend, GPU mining seems to be at its peak.
This motivates me to keep trying the newest GPUs for mining in the hope of finding the next jackpot. Or at least, I hope to find a decent alternative to our beloved RX 4xx and 5xx cards.
Today, I’m reviewing the brand new GTX 1070 Ti – the newest addition to the family of mid-high-end GPUs.
GTX 1070 Release
The GTX 1070 Ti is being advertised as a new-gen gaming GPU with a ton of features that should make it interesting for gamers. Besides those I’m going to list in a minute, the 1070 Ti also got great aesthetics – for instance, the color of its LED logo and lights can be tweaked so it matches the color of the rig, the shape and color of the board looks great on its own, etc.
All of this means that the card will probably will be available for sale for a short period of time. I can already picture hordes of hungry gamers ripping the cards off the shelves. Or is that so? Ironically, as for today, gaming gear sites haven’t been really excited when reviewing the 1070 Ti, which gives us some hopes.
Apparently gamers aren’t really thrilled about the card, since it performs not better than the AMD RX Vega 64 and only about 8% better than the GTX 1070. 8% is good improvement, but it only serves to compensate the price difference.
This probably means that we, miners, will have a chance to get the card at a reasonable price for our rigs.
One of the main pros of the card is that the GTX 1070 Ti got a really nice cooling system. This is actually one of the main reasons why I’ve ordered mine. Overclocking is often limited by the cooling capacity of the GPU. Some people install custom cooling systems on their cards, but it takes a lot of work to do so.
Fans are turned off by default and will start spinning only after the card reaches 64 degrees. Even then, those are way more silent than most of the fans you will hear. This is rather impressive, considering that the card features three fans, not one.
According to the specs, Geforce’s signature Windforce fans together with composite heat-pipes make the cooling system about 50% more efficient than the one on the 1070 Ti FE. While I have no way to find out whether the 50% is a real number, I do notice that the card is really well cooled and I am inclined to believe that it has a long lifespan.
GTX 1070 Ti Specs
8GB GDDR5 256bit memory
WINDFORCE 3X with Blade Fan Design
Protection Metal Back Plate
RGB Fusion-16.7M Customizable Color Lighting
Support up to 8K display @60Hz (requires 2*DP1.3 connectors)
Boost: 1721 MHz / Base: 1632 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost: 1683 MHz / Base: 1607MHz (Gaming Mode)
It is also worth mentioning that the GTX 1070 Ti features 2,432 CUDA cores, while the 1070 has only 1,920. The base clock of the 1070 Ti is 100 MHz higher too, though the rated boost clock remains the same at 1683MHz. All of this is cool, though by having same memory bandwidth, both cards hash the same no matter the difference in the amount of CUDA cores.
It is also worth mentioning that legitreviews found a bug that makes the GTX 1070 Ti hash lower than expected. When gaming, the memory can be clocked up to 2000 MHz without any issue. Now, when mining, the clocks of some of the memory banks go down to about 1900 MHz.
They’ve said that they have contacted Nvidia regarding this issue in the hope that it might be fixed in future driver releases.
While I’m not thrilled about the new card, I am looking for ways to make it work for mining. At best, the 1070 Ti will become an okay mining card. At worst, it will grab the attention of gamers and will hopefully make the 1070 more available for sale. The huge amount of cores it features apparently does not affect mining, but hopefully gamers will find a way around to make it a great gaming GPU.
GTX 1070 Ti Pros
Great cooling system
Great build quality – high-end mosfets and capacitors definitely add to its stability and lifespan
Possible overclock potential (yet to be explored)
Sturdy and silent fans
Stylish, fancy and gaming-oriented design – can be sold to gamers
GTX 1070 Ti Cons
Low hashrate when on factory settings
High power consumption (will require a beefy PSU(s), especially if the rig is big enough)
Price not low enough when compared to its alternatives
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