Unofficial Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti benchmark shows competition with GTX 1080
One of the side effects of the AMD RX Vega release was that Vega 56 filled a price to performance gap between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. Rumours are that Nvidia plans to release a GTX 1070 Ti to fill this gap, but there hadn’t been any benchmarks to confirm whether the specifications, which sit close to the GTX 1080, will outperform the Vega 56.
That has partially changed now after a GTX 1070 Ti benchmark leaked via the database for Ashes of the Singularity, a game popular for benchmarking hardware. The benchmark score was 6200 in 'extreme 1440p,' which WCCFtech points out is the territory that heavily overclocked GTX 1070’s reach (and some poor performing GTX 1080s). The reason that the situation is only partially changed is that the benchmarks seem to lump Vega cards together without their model number, so it is difficult to tell which results are for Vega 56 and which are for Vega 64.
Previous spec leaks have indicated that the GTX 1070 Ti is similar to a GTX 1080, sharing the same base clock of 1607 MHz, only 5 percent fewer CUDA cores, 8 GB GDDR5 instead of 8 GB GDDR5x, but a boost clock limited to 1683 MHz. Some rumors have shown up on sources such as WCCFtech and LinusTechTips claiming that Nvidia will be locking the ability to overclock the card, meaning that the maximum frequency is restricted to the boost clocks.
Given that this card shares so much in common with the GTX 1080, it would make sense to limit it's abilities somewhat to avoid cannibalizing GTX 1080 sales. After all, what Nvidia is trying to do here is capture a portion of the users who were planning to buy Vega 56, and encouraging those looking at the GTX 1070 to pay a bit more to get the Ti variant. They don't want this new card to assist those who would have bought a GTX 1080 to save some money and drop down a level.
The GTX 1070 Ti is expected to launch on the 26th of October with a rumored retail price around US$429.