Date Joined: 06/02/07
Pros: -Nice layout
-Able to overclock my i5-8600k to 4.7ghz stable. I may be able to go higher with some fiddling with the voltage, but 4.7ghz is a fantastic overclock, so I'm not feeling compelled to spend much more time with it.
-Works great with VR headset (Rift).
-Lots of USB ports (which was the main reason I purchased it -- the Rift sucks up about half of them!).
Cons: None so far!
Overall Review: I'd definitely recommend this to anybody looking for a fairly priced, fully-featured mITX board.
Pros: - Stays at 70 C under full load in my jam-packed micro-ITX case. 11 C cooler than the 970 at load.
- Runs Witcher 3 @ rock-solid 60fps, 1440p with ultra settings (hairworks turned off).
- Able to turn on 1.7-1.8 super-sampling in RoboRecall (Oculus Rift)
- Running FurMark, the clock boosted up to 2GHz, which is way beyond the specs on the box. Super cool to see.
- No apparent coil whine (970 suffered from this)
- Fans are near silent up until they hit 50% (which I've only seen when trying out some Bitcoin mining)
- Nice looking card
Cons: - For my use a 2nd HDMI port (or an included adapter) would have been preferable over 3 DisplayPorts and 1 HDMI -- I'll need to buy a $26 adapter to get a 4k signal to my TV while keeping my Rift plugged in. That said I knew this was the port config when I purchased it. Oddly I've never once owned a screen with a DisplayPort input, yet all modern GPUs are brimming with DisplayPort outs!
- Purchase price ($469.99) was steep.
Overall Review: I was somewhat hesitant to upgrade from my 970 -- my rule of thumb is to upgrade every other generation, so I was planning on skipping the 10-series altogether. I also assume the 11-series will come out mid next year, so buying into the 10-series this late in its lifespan seemed a bit silly to me. But, I had some old camera gear to sell, and I was tired of feeling like the 970 was just a bit underpowered to really shine with what I wanted to do with it (1440p and VR gaming, specifically). That said, I was pretty nervous I'd be disappointed in the upgrade since I've never bought into a single generation upgrade before.
Thankfully, that hasn't been the case. Running The Witcher 3 at 1440p/60fps/Ultra is absolutely beautiful. I'm pleasantly surprised at what an improvement it is over the 970, which in its defense, was a scrappy little beastie that can arguably still hang with the big boys. With the 1070 Ti, though, having the extra headroom to keep the FPS 100% steady at 60 (and in QHD!) is a dream. I'm super excited to dive into some new and old games, which is exactly what you want from a GPU purchase. I did overclock my monitor to 110Hz for a bit and ran The Witcher 3 @ 1080p/110FPS, but I honestly couldn't tell the difference from 60FPS. Apparently it's supposed to be night & day, but I don't see it. Please don't hurt me.
VR gaming is a less dramatic change -- the games are all built around the 970 as baseline, so my 970 was obviously doing fine with it. The headsets themselves are also the biggest limiting factor in how VR looks -- small "sweet spots" for focus, bloom, and screen door effect (SDE) are all *much* larger factors affecting the beautify of the game compared to the graphics settings and FPS. However, the 1070 Ti gives me the ability to crank up what settings I can and do some super sampling, which helps (RoboRecall @ high settings and 1.6x super sampling is a noticeable improvement over what the 970 could do).
Overall I highly recommend this card to anybody with a 970 or less (and some money to burn). GPU prices are absurd, yes, but if you've accepted that and are still in the market, the 1070 Ti (and especially this model with it's great cooling) is, in my opinion, the best bang-for-your-buck in the enthusiast space. It easily overclocks to stock 1080 speeds, so the only reason I'd look higher is if 4k gaming is your goal. Personally, my eyesight isn't good enough to tell the different from QHD to UHD on my TV from the couch, so the 1070 Ti is the card for me.
Pros: Great performance, great cooling, great everything.
Overall Review: This was a fantastic upgrade from my XFX 6870 2GB card. I'm not typically the kind of person who needs the latest and greatest video card, so I was a little weary buying a new card with the 6870 still able to play most everything at medium-to-high settings.
However, after biting the bullet, I have no regrets. The performance difference is fantastic, and after selling the 6870 for $80, the cost of the upgrade was well worth it. Definitely breathed some life into an aging 4-year-old build.
Pros: This card is running great. I've got Skyrim and Battlefield 3 up to Ultra settings and framerates are excellent. I'm very pleased with the purchase.
One of the determining factors in buying this card was the size. I've always had problems in my case with fitting increasingly large video cards in without smashing up against my hard drives, and this card was actually shorter than my old 4850. Really happy about that.
Cons: As others have said, it's a little loud. I think that this is because of the 1-fan design on the shorter card, though. Sort of the price you pay for a smaller card. My computers have always sounded like lawnmowers, though, so I don't really care.
Overall Review: I think that, right now, this is the best bang for your buck in video cards. I buy a new video card every 2-2.5 years, and I always do a lot of research to determine what the "sweet spot" is with current GPUs. The 6870, and specifically this 2gb model, seemed to be that card. Sub $200 (after rebate) and able to run the very latest games at the highest settings with very playable framerates. Cards in the past that I've felt met this criteria (and thus purchased) were the old Geforce Ti4200, the Geforce 6800GS, and then the Radeon 4850. All middling cards, but all fairly cheap with good 2+ year lifespans.
Pros: Extremely pleased with this one. I originally had ordered an ATI 4670 to upgrade from my 5 year old system (running a 6800 GS), and was unimpressed with it. I RMA'd it and ordered this 4850 instead, and the change in performance is amazing from the 4670. I can max out everything in Star Wars Galaxies, EVE Online, and Sins of a Solar Empire and it all runs great, whereas the 4670 had more than a little difficulty.