When I first caught the rumor that NVIDIA was planning to release a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti this fall, my naive mind once again thought it was probably false. After all, there’s barely any room in between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, so a 1070 Ti would be the result of NVIDIA trying really hard to create a new price-point, maybe (?) in an attempt to rub salt in AMD’s wounds – that is, if the red team’s fans want its product, they’re going to be overpaying for it.
Well, here we have some more “proof” that a GTX 1070 Ti is in fact a real thing. Stateside, GIGABYTE conveniently leaked a product page, and overseas, KFA2 conveniently leaked a product page. I am not insinuating that either of these companies conveniently made the same mistake to reap some of that juicy publicity, but the timing is sure convenient, isn’t it?
Speaking of convenient, here’s what we know about the GTX 1070 Ti in comparison to the rest of the current GeForce lineup:
|NVIDIA GeForce Series
||12GB @ 11GHz
|GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
||11GB @ 11GHz
||12GB @ 10GHz
|GeForce GTX 1080
||8GB @ 10GHz
|GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
||8GB @ 8GHz
|GeForce GTX 1070
||8GB @ 8GHz
|GeForce GTX 1060
||6GB @ 8GHz
|GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
||4GB @ 7GHz
|GeForce GTX 1050
||2GB @ 7GHz
See what I mean by “there’s barely any room in between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080”? If an SM has 128 individual cores, 15 SMs make up a GTX 1080, whereas 20 make up the TITAN Xp (and likewise, the Quadro P6000). The middle of those would be 17.5 SMs, which isn’t going to happen, for obvious reasons. So, building up from the GTX 1070, it seems 17 or 19 SMs would be used. If I had to guess from a pure technical and business standpoint, I’d wager 17 would have been chosen, but WCCFTech a week ago said that it’s actually going to be 19.
If that all proves true, it means that the GTX 1070 Ti will have a mere 128 fewer cores than the GTX 1080. That alone would paint a poor picture for the 1080, but NVIDIA has a trick up its sleeve: the Ti is set to have memory clocked at 8GHz, rather than 10GHz or 11GHz. Of course, that means fairly little when overclocking exists – perhaps getting it up to at least 9GHz would be possible.
Ye ol’ GeForce GTX 1070, soon to gain a Ti brother
I am not going to justify made-up rumors by linking to them, but one appeared over the past week about NVIDIA locking overclocking on the 1070 Ti. Others have shot down that idea, as it simply doesn’t make any technical sense.
Still, there’s a big question that still lingers: Why is a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti happening? Seriously… why? We may learn more as time goes on. It seems silly to think that an entire SKU will come out of nowhere just to sting AMD’s sores, so in actuality, the reason is probably as simple as the fact that it’s been months since the last NVIDIA release, and with the holiday season upon us, the company may just want to get some hype built up.
Either way, if this card does indeed exist, you can expect a review from us in the near-future (no, we don’t have one, and no, NVIDIA has (genuinely) never contacted us about it).