There is always a question of if the 1070 Ti is more efficient and a better card overall than the 1070.  I wasn’t sure exactly how much different they were until I was able to test them myself. It’s time to compare the two with both Samsung and Micron memory to see if the 1070 Ti is worth the few extra bucks.

The 1070 Ti Used for Testing

The card we are using to compare against the MSI 1070 Gaming X is two slightly different EVGA 1070 Ti SC Gaming Black Edition one with Micron memory and one with the coveted Samsung memory. You can find these cards for purchase on Amazon http://amzn.to/2D2tEQW.

EVGA-1070 ti-SC

The 1070 Used for Testing

The card we are going to be comparing the EVGA 1070 Ti against in the MSI 1070 Gaming X.  I accumulated a bunch of these cards early on and my first impression was they are one of my favorite cards  However after testing the 1070 Ti you will see how my mind has changed. The 1070 is still a great card and you can find this model for sale on Amazon when available http://amzn.to/2D2fqiS.

MSI 1070 Gaming X

The biggest con of this version of the 1070 is it takes a 6 pin and a 6+2 pin to power.  This can become problematic when you are trying to build a 8+ GPU rig and you need all the free VGA cables you can get.  The version of the 1070 TI we tested only requires a 6+2 to power.  Things are starting to look good for the 1070 Ti early on.

I utilized the same Mintcell risers for every card tested on this rig and they are running off 2x 1000w EVGA GQ PSUs.  Keeping the components the same helps ensure our testing isn’t skewed by certain parts being a different make and model.

Mintcell-riser

Mintcell Risers- http://amzn.to/2CVbRHQ

EVGA 1000w GQ PSU- http://amzn.to/2qYVfgK

 

1070Ti-and-1070

 

The Test Baseline

To test the 1070 Ti and the 1070 we needed to make sure our OC settings were exactly the same.  We set all cards at 65% TDP with Core at +150 and Memory at +500.  The software we used to test was EWBF 0.3.4 and DSTM version 0.5.7.  I chose to use that DSTM over version 0.5.8 as I am experiencing some stability issues with the latest version but 0.5.7 give me no problem at all.

EWBF Testing

After I got everything set up in MSI Afterburning and ensured all the cards were running correctly, I fired up EWBF and pointed it at Zcash on Flypool. After running for 30 minutes we got the following results using EWBF version 0.3.4.

GPU 0 is the 1070 Ti with Micon memory

GPU 5 is the 1070 Ti with Samsung memory

1070-vs-1070ti

Are you kidding me? The power usage and efficiency alone blew me away. Not only are the 1070ti hashing more sols/s they are using over 30 watts less than the 1070s!  If I replaced my 1070s in this rig with all 1070 Tis I could run a whole 1070ti without using any additional power! That right there was reason enough to declare the 1070 Ti king of this battle.  Don’t forget to look at the difference between Micron memory in GPU 0 and Samsung in GPU 5 as well.

DSTM Testing

Once I had the results for EWBF I didn’t think I really needed to test it on DSTM but it has been proven that DSTM does show an improved sols/s over EWBF, granted you are paying a 2% dev fee with DSTM.  This is what I use mostly in my everyday mining rigs anyway so might as well give it a test run.  I left all the OC settings the same. For this test we I am using Mining Pool Hub for ZCL.

GPU 0 is the 1070 Ti with Micon memory

GPU 5 is the 1070 Ti with Samsung memory

1070-vs-1070ti-DSTM

The results speak for themselves yet again, the 1070 Ti is just an all around mining beast!  We can also see the improved hashrates that DSTM is providing over EWBF for those that want to see the numbers.  I am certain I can push GPU 5 a little harder since it has Samsung memory and I plan to continue tweaking the settings in the coming days.

End Results

The EVGA 1070 Ti wins hands down, not only does it run on average 30 watts less than the 1070 it also is more efficient by just under an entire Sol/w.  Combine this with the simple yet critical fact that you only need one 6+2 to power this 1070 Ti version over the dual 6 and 6+2 required for the MSI 1070 Gaming X model and its an obvious choice the 1070 Ti is king of this battle, and it’s not even close. If you are interested in building a rig made out of either of these cards take a look at our NVIDIA Rig Building Guide.

 

 

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