Review: MSI Nvidia GTX 1070 Gaming X graphics card
While a lot of people mention 4K with near religious fervour, the new standard for many games is 1440p. If you are one of those people who just bought a 1440p monitor, or maybe you just prefer 21:9 and went for a 2560 x 1080 instead, you need to pay attention to the Nvidia GTX 1070. Here we have MSI’s Gaming X card for review.
I just recently upgraded to a 23″ 2,560 x 1,080 monitor as an easier alternative to dual monitors. It uses less desk space and I am no longer annoyed by slight differences in brightness or colours between the screens. It also is a good middle ground for a machine used for work and play. Why am I telling you this? Because it means benchmarks can be run at a higher resolution, which should help those people who have a monitor at or beyond 1,920 x 1,080.
The GTX 1070 offers great performance. In 3D Mark’s Fire Strike test a score of 15,000 was obtained when paired with an i7-4770K. Other scores include 8,240 in Fire Strike Extreme and 4,478 in Fire Strike Ultra.
For a more real world look at what the card is capable of I loaded up Ashes of the Singularity and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to see what the card could do. Where is Batman, you might ask? I have retired it from the benchmark suite for oddities, but more about that in a separate post.
Shadow of Mordor looks amazing at 2,520 x 1,080 and everything set to ultra quality. This GPU is more than up to the task, with an average of 120 fps and a minimum of 86 means you shouldn’t have any problems with this game. Ashes of the Singularity is a beast of a game, capable of crippling cards. It is almost more of a tech demo / benchmark tool than a game, but it makes a nice replacement to Batman. Running its GPU-focused benchmark at 2,560 x 1,080 gives an average framerate of 71.4 fps. By comparison my 960 looks like a slideshow. The best part of all this? The temperature. Even when testing Fire Strike at 4K, this card only went up to 65 degrees. It doesn’t even ramp the fans up to full speed. Granted it is winter, but I was seriously impressed by what this card can do under pressure.
Lights, if you like
If you have a serious GPU you might as well show it off, right? This card features a light-up MSI logo and Mystic Lighting so that you can show off your machine at a LAN or other event. Make the lights trigger to music or game sounds or just a steady light. For me it isn’t that important where my case is but it looks nice without being garish.
If you are using the GTX 960 or GTX 970 this is a great new card if you feel like your card is straining to keep up with the latest games. If you are looking at increasing resolution, or already have and are feeling the strain, this is a great card. MSI has done a good job on making a rock solid card that runs so cool I ran the benchmarks several times just to make sure.
GeForce GTX 1070
16 nm GP104 silicon “GP104-200-A1″ GPU
1920 CUDA cores
15 out of 20 streaming multiprocessors enabled
256-bit GDDR5 memory, 8 GB standard memory amount
Maximum GPU Boost frequency ~1,700 MHz
6.45 TFLOP/s single-precision floating point performance
150 W TDP, single 8-pin PCIe power connector
3x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b