NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Takes On The Radeon RX Vega 64 Under Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 7 November 2017. Page 9 of 9. 20 Comments

Overall, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is a very strong performer under Linux. On Windows, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is generally trading blows with the Radeon RX Vega 56, but given the current RadeonSI/RADV Linux drivers, the GTX 1070 Ti is more aligned with the RX Vega 64. In many of these OpenGL/Vulkan Linux gaming benchmarks, this $449 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was outperforming the Radeon RX Vega 64 that retails for $100 more, not to mention also consumes much more power than this GTX 1070 Ti.

Granted, that's with the latest Linux graphics driver stack and going out over the months ahead, the Radeon RX Vega performance will likely become more competitive with the Radeon open-source driver stack still maturing and seeing more optimizations for these latest-generation GPUs. Keep in mind the RX Vega can't even drive a physical display right now using the current mainline Linux kernel, but that will change next cycle with Linux 4.15 if AMDGPU DC lands.

If you don't care if a hardware driver is open-source or not, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is performing great today and delivering compelling 1440p and even 4K Linux gaming performance and all features are available from day-one when installing their proprietary driver. At least for right now, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti can beat the RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 in several Linux games but it will be interesting to see how this situation evolves in 2018 with the continued work on their AMDGPU+RadeonSI/RADV driver.

If these Radeon vs. NVIDIA results surprise you, you certainly aren't reading Phoronix enough or a Windows user, but these are actually some of the most competitive cross-vendor OpenGL/Vulkan performance we have been seeing out of AMD. Thanks to improvements made to the AMDGPU kernel driver and RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan drivers this year, only in recent months has the Radeon GPU performance becoming much closer to NVIDIA Linux performance levels.

As far as the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini itself, it's a wonderful card if looking for a highly-capable GPU that can still fit within a small form factor PC / HTPC. I'll have some more Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini thermal/power numbers and some other tests in the days ahead once completing some additional tests. The Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is currently retailing at the 1070 Ti MSRP price of $449 USD from retailers like NewEgg.com, which is where I also happened to purchase this graphics card for our Linux testing.

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