EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 gaming graphics card review (Including the ACX, FTW, FTW DT, Hybrid & SC variations)


EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 Review In Few Words (Mini Review)

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 is a great card for both 1080p & 1440P gaming, in case you want it to play games at 1080p, it will last you for years to come, with room to upgrade your monitor to 1440P in case you want. It can be considered a good option to play games at 4K to some extent, but you can’t bank on that. The way the card can stay quiet, and the lower temperature some of the cooling options can provide you make this card a good purchase.

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Pros Of EVGA Geforce GTX 1070

  • Is a quiet card, one that can stay at relatively low temperature.
  • Many of the models offers a good chance for overclocking.
  • A great card to run games at 1080p.

Cons Of EVGA Geforce GTX 1070

  • Has the Possibility of coil whine, which can be annoying for some people.

Technical Specifications

    • 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
    • PCIE 16.
    • Supports DirectX 12.0.
    • Supports double Bios on select models.
    • Memory bus width:- 256 bits.
    • With the FTW model, you can completely adjust your RGB LED to your liking.
    • Ports:- 3 displayports port, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI.
    • Supports up to 4 monitors at the same time.
    • Card dimensions:- 1.5 x 10.5 x 5.06 inches.

The following is a listing of all the features, pros & cons of EVGA GeForce GTX 1070, based on what I know about graphics cards, as well as my research. Bear in mind that I don’t own EVGA GeForce GTX 1070, but I have linked to the sources of the different things I state about the cards where attribution is due.

Since you are most likely going to get EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 to play games, it is worth noting that it is an excellent card to play games on 1080p (1920 X 1080), and at the maximum settings at that. It will last you for years in the future. It can run them on 1440p very well. It can run current games on 4K resolution for a budget card, but you can’t bank on it for that purpose, I pretty much advice you to get a higher card in case your aim is to play at that resolution.

When it comes to the memory installed on the card, EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 has 8 GB of GDDR5, which has double the bandwidth of GDDR3, which translates into performance. It is a common belief that the more memory a graphics card has, the better the performance, which isn’t exactly true. Depending on which card you got, the memory can be either Samsung or Micron. You may not be able overclock the memory of your card in case your card has Micron memory, thanks to a firmware problem, where the card don’t raise voltage to match the hike in the frequency. EVGA released a firmware update to solve this problem, fortunately. Installing the update fix this problem in the card, even if you updated the driver at a later date.

New shipments of EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 will have this firmware update out of the box. But it was worth noting this here.

Depending on which version you get of the card, you may or may not be able to overclock it, the FTW version comes overclocked out of the box, same for the OC version. but you may still be able to overclock it above that, though I can’t guarantee that for you, incremental overclocking & experimenting is the key to know how much more power you could squeeze out of your card.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 is a quiet card, and it can stay below 70c quiet easily, and the fans only run only when temperature goes after a certain temperature. But it is worth noting that your card may get coil whine, something you can annoy you while playing games under load, but it is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Different Models Of EVGA Geforce GTX 1070

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 comes in different models, depending whether you want your card overclocked out of the box, or in case you wanted better cooling options. I will talk about these options here in some details.

The founder edition version of EVGA GeForce GTX 1070, is the reference card available at launch. Unlike the other variations I mention here.

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FTW stands for “For The Win”, the FTW models come overclocked out of the box, and you may be able t overclock it higher than in case you got a reference card. These cards can run at 20-30C cooler However, the FTW DT models runs at base reference clock speed, they can be good in case you want something slightly more affordable.

The hybrid model comes with a hybrid cooler, which offer a good compromise between ease of installation and good liquid cooling for your graphics card.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Hybrid Cooling

Some of the models are labeled with ACX, which stands for “Active cooling extreme”. This is EVGA’s custom cooling solution (each graphics card manufacturer has their own custom coolers). This article talks in great detail a about it, but in short, cards with ACX cooler tends to be quieter, designed in a way that doesn’t block any adjacent PCI-e ports, long lifespan for the fans, strong base plate so the card won’t sag after a long period of use, and more heatsink volume.

Kindly find the base clock & the boost clock for all the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 models in the table below. To make things clearer, base clock is the speed at which the GPU of your card will run at, and it won’t get below that. As long as the temperature of your gpu, the card will work at higher speed, which is the boost clock speed.

Display Ports in EVGA GeForce GTX 1070
Display Ports in EVGA GeForce GTX 1070

All the different models of EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 have 5 ports, 3 displayport ports, 1 HDMI and one DVI. Having one HDMI may be a bummer for some people, it may not be good for those who aims to use this card for VR, at least not without an adapter. Also, note that despite the fact that the card has 5 ports in it, you can only connect up to 4 monitors to it at the same time.

Some of the models, like the GTX 1070 FTW Hybrid, offers double bios, a feature that allows you to switch between two bios systems on the same card, using a switch on the card itself. This is useful to prevent pricking your card in case you want to tweak your card bios. In case of the FTW model, you can completely adjust your RGB LED to your liking as well. Something you can’t do with the SC version of this card.

And Finally

I don’t have much negative things to say about this card (other than the possible coil whine maybe, which is common in many cards). As long as you know the resolution you are going to run your card at. You will be happy with EVGA GeForce GTX 1070. The only case I advise you to get another card is in case you want to run games at very high resolution, like 4K. Add to that EVGA’s great support, which is top notch from what I keep hearing about them.

I hope you liked my EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 review, and see you again in another review. ^^

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