Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 8G NVIDIA Series Graphics Card Review

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 8G NVIDIA Series Graphics Card Review

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Takeaway: Ultra smooth video performance, fast refresh rates, handles most newer games at Ultra quality.

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Edition Graphics Card has a slick looking black and orange color scheme on the outer casing, which is made of plastic and doesn’t look as premium as perhaps the price you paid for it. However, this makes the card a little bit lighter despite its size. The bottom of the card does have a back plate which augments its cooling capability while adding strength and durability to the card. On top, the card has three 80mm cooling fans, aka the 3x WindForce cooler and two aluminum cooling blocks which are separate but connected together using two hybrid copper heat pipes. The front half of the card contains the GPU and video memory, while the second half houses the power components. Note that there are two revisions of this card and I’ve got revision one which is basically the same as revision two but it doesn’t support RGB Fusion for lightshow syncing.

The 6+2 power phase design makes the card a superior overclocker with more stable voltage output compared to the Founder’s edition, though it only requires one 8-pin PCI express power connector. Both the Gigabyte logo and Fan Stop indicator on the side are RGB capable and can be controlled via the Gigabyte’s dedicated software. There are 2 SLI connectors on the outside edge and finally for output there is a DVI-D connector, three display ports 1.4 outputs, and an HDMI 2.0 B port. This card is capable of playing all the latest games at 1440p and 60 frames per second, but can achieve higher frame rates at 1080p on 100hz and 144hz monitors, and supports ultrawide gaming across 3 monitors at 1080p 60 FPS.
Installation in my gaming rig was quick and straightforward, after plugging into the PCIe slot, and connecting the cables. You’ll want to download and install Gigabyte’s Gaming Extreme Engine software to change the card’s settings. The card has three different working modes: OC, gaming, and eco mode. In gaming mode you’ll be using the factory default overclocked state while OC mode increases the frequency by about 20 Mhz.

When comparing this card’s performance against the card that I originally had installed, the GTX 1060. The card does really well with high resolution output and reaches a high FPS that can match or exceed the needs of a gaming monitor with a high refresh rate. OC mode does have slightly better performance compared to gaming mode in terms of fps, but it’s not terribly significant so you can choose to run the card in OC mode all the time for a little better performance overall, or use it in gaming mode to save a bit on wear and tear.

You can push the video card to even better performance using manual overclock settings to reach about 2000 MHz on the GPU core clock and over 2300 MHz on the GDDR 5 memory. Load temperatures run at about 65°C with fans running at 50%, that’s a speed of about 2100 RPMs. The noise actually isn’t that bad, but at 100% speed, the fans are pretty loud. The idle temps for the card sat at about 30°C and the G1 shuts the fans off in 0 dB fan mode when the card is running cool. You’ll also see the Fan Stop indicator illuminate when this happens. You can adjust the color and animation of the lighting effects in the software (XTREME Gaming for Rev 1, RGB Fusion for Rev 2).

Overall, this video care is a really good value when you take into account its speed, performance, and price point. It’s one of the least expensive cards at this level of performance and can handle just about any game at high resolution beautifully.

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