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Posted by Heath Coop on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 8:00am

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming SLI

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Using the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming cards in SLI was quite a bit of fun. The frame rates we achieved were mind boggling. I found myself laughing a few times watching the FPS meter climb well over 100 FPS even when running some of the games at 4K.

The dual card arraignment was not without its issues though. If you panned through the graphs, you may have noticed performance was hit or miss at the 1080 resolution. In some cases, such as Grand Theft Auto: V, we were CPU bound. Yes, even with our test bench’s i7 6700K running at 4.5 GHz, we were CPU bound. Once the resolution was increased to 1440, the combination of two GTX 1070’s really started to shine.

Another issue we had was with Hitman. No matter what we tried, it just would not work under DX12 with SLI enabled. After doing some digging, I found out that this is not an uncommon problem. In fact, I was not able to find anyone who had managed to get a multi-GPU system working with Hitman under DX12. Apparently DX11 works, but unfortunately there are only minimal performance improvements, if any at all.

Ideally, it is better to go with one larger GPU than multiple smaller ones, when possible. In this case, there just is not a single GPU solution that is faster that two GTX 1070’s. If you are running at 1080 or 1440, you may want to consider running a single GTX 1080 instead. At 4K though, the lines get quite a bit blurrier. Myself, I would run the dual GTX 1070’s. For those games that do support multi-GPU, the increases in performance are quite noticeable. In the cases were multi-GPU is not supported, a single GTX 1070 is still able to deliver a satisfying experience. Once the new Titan and 1080Ti are released, I may change my mind, though I doubt it.

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is available at Newegg for a rather reasonable $429. That does add up to $858 when you factor in two cards. That is certainly not inexpensive.

Likes

  • Super Fast
  • Good Overclocking Capability
  • Quiet
  • RGB LED Lighting

Dislikes

  • SLI Does Not Always Work Correctly

Highly Recommended

 

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