• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 256-bit
  • Ports: 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x DL-DVI-D
  • Slot Size: Dual-Slot
  • Dimensions: 279 x 140 x 42mm
  • Weight: 1.1kg
  • Pros:
  • Great performance
  • Cool and quiet
  • Cons:
  • Only one HDMI port
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 16,132 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 8,522 points
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 4,593 points

Taking Gaming To The Limit

It hasn’t been that long since the release of both the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, but as these massive graphical monsters find their way into the market, it’s no surprise if we would see the GTX 1070 being the most sought after card at this time. MSI has come up with their own variation of the GTX 1070 that sports their latest Twin Frozr VI cooler, and if you’re looking for a graphic card ready for VR, its right under your noses.

Getting our hands on MSI’s GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G definitely made us shook with excitement. From first looks, the graphic card looks great with its Twin Frozr VI cooler and also its smooth backplate which adds to its aesthetics. It’s quite a wide card and has a bit of weight, weighing in at 1.1kg, one of the heavier cards we’ve reviewed. To add further to its aesthetics is the added LED’s on the cooler, which you can customise on the MSI Gaming App.

The Twin Frozr VI cooler is definitely one of the best coolers from MSI by far, especially when paired with MSI’s ZeroFrozr technology. In an air-conditioned room the card was completely silent even when we were benchmarking. While benchmarking, the fans only spun at certain times, telling us that the card has low temperatures even while benchmarking on 3DMark. The graphic card supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology as well as 2-way SLI.

Performance-wise the GTX 1070 performs like a beast, eating any triple-A gaming title at 1080p. The base clock of the MSI GTX 1070 depends on the mode it’s currently in, which you can change using the MSI GAMING application. In Silent Mode the card is has a base clock of 1506MHz and boost of 1683MHz, then there’s the Gaming Mode for a little fps boost when needed with a base clock of 1582MHz and boost clock of 1771MHz. Finally there’s OC Mode with a base clock of 1607MHz and a big boost clock of 1797MHz for when you need more than a boost, or even for just pushing your performance as far as you can.

The graphic card is powered by a single 6-pin and 8-pin connector, with the 8-pin there to give the card more juice when being overclocked.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G is quiet and cool while pushing out incredible performances, at a low rated TDP of only 150W, what more could you ask for?

(previously published in issue July 2016)