MSI GTX1070 Gaming X Review


MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X Review


It's crazy how much your idea of performance can change in the ever evolving world of technological innovation.

A scant few months ago we were all blown away by the nVidia GTX 980 Ti with its updated cooler which negated a lot of the "only a reference card" problems we were used to. That was swiftly followed by the partner offerings which really unleashed the performance of the Maxwell architecture. The Founders Edition cards for the Pascal GPU were equally impressive, leaving us to wonder if the partner cards could gap them in the same way that they had in previous generations. When we saw how good the GTX 1070 Founders Edition was our fears were further strengthened. nVidia managed to consign the concept of a reference card to the history books.

It doesn't mean that a great cooler and clever design can't still bring a whole bundle of extra performance to the table though, as is ably demonstrated by the MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X.

When we see any new architecture we always like to compare it to a previous generation. This is a great way to get a handle upon its performance capabilities, by equating them to something many of us are familiar with. If the Founders Edition GTX 1070 was around the same level as a low-end (if such an expression can be used) GTX 980 Ti, then the MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X, with its outstanding Twin Frozr VI cooler, is equal to the very best that the Maxwell GPU had to offer. If that doesn't leave you impressed then perhaps you need to re-evaluate what would impress you.

It looks fantastic. In fact it takes a particularly eagle-eyed geek to spot the differences between this and the GTX 1080 Gaming X we looked at recently. With the same cooler and a backplate it's as gorgeous as its big brother was. Of course that does also mean that the lighting on the Twin Frozr VI is as dim and bland on the GTX 1070 as it was on the GTX 1080. How much this matters is down to personal preference but we feel that the MSI Gaming X is so fabulous in every other regard that we're willing to entirely overlook it.

It's rare to find a combination of silent but powerful cooling matched up to a card that has build quality only equalled by its performance and power efficiency. No matter what your chosen gaming resolution is or which titles you prefer to play it's a safe bet that the MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X will leave you delighted with your gameplay smoothness, and it's easily worthy of our OC3D Performance Award. 

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Most Recent Comments

24-06-2016, 14:47:11

Nice review, Shame about the price. my 970 cost me about 280 (and it wasn't the cheapest) and the cheapest 1070 on overclockers is about 370. big price increase from the last generation.Quote

24-06-2016, 14:55:39

Great review. I got my first MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X the other day and i love it. The new cooler is very quiet and keeps the card at only 69c when my card is fully overclocked and over volted. My manual overclock takes the card up to 2050mhz +100mhz on core and +500mhz on memory stable. I was able to clock the ram up to +600mhz and it was stable in benchmarks but crashed on long term gaming.Quote

24-06-2016, 17:07:05

Originally Posted by demonking View Post
Nice review, Shame about the price. my 970 cost me about 280 (and it wasn't the cheapest) and the cheapest 1070 on overclockers is about 370. big price increase from the last generation.
That is due to the fact that the 1080 has what would be ti performance and 1070 delivering what would be seen as 1080 performance. A douchebag move by nvidia to raise the prices and milk the market even further. I'm starting to wonder if the TI will be priced as a titan card which is what I'm waiting for but if that will be the case I'm going AMD.

At least AMD is pressuring them in the mid tier market with their new releases and Nvidia has no new card in that range released yet, but I'll bet we won't see the TI until Q4 maybe even a Q1 next year.Quote

25-06-2016, 09:31:56

Performance has nothing to do with anything. Nvidia just thinks they can drive prices up. Nobody gave them the finger when they pulled that first Titan stunt. This very same card is starting at 599€ in Greece. Bought my first 980Ti for 650€.
I will not be supporting them anymore.

25-06-2016, 15:56:47

You forgot to do a noise chart, how much quieter is it compared to the 1080 thanks to the lower power draw?Quote

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