MSI’s got a GeForce GTX 1070 for you

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We’ve told you all about MSI’s available and impending Nvidia GTX 1080 cards, Along with a few from other manufacturers. The GTX 1080 is a single card that offers what Nvidia calls “irresponsible amounts of performance.” Retailing locally for around R14999, I don’t really see these cards selling much after the initial wave of people severe technolust or those with more money than sense.

Why? Because the GTX 1070 offers similar performance at a much more bank-balance friendly price (rumoured to be around R8999 for the Founder’s Edition – and a smidge cheaper for the after marker varieties). With performance that eclipses the 980Ti and the Titan X at a fraction of the cost, this is your next GPU upgrade – especially if you’re keen on a little future proofing.

As with its 1080’s MSI has a whole range of 1070 cards for you to choose from. The MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G is probably the best of the bunch for the enthusiast. The Twin Frozr VI cooling solution means you’ve got two extra-large fans, with metal bearings. It’ll also not spin its fans unless the GPU temp reaches 60 degrees, so it’ll be pretty quiet for day-to-day use. Like its 1080-based sibling, it has an LED illuminated shroud, with markings meant to be claw marks from the company’s dragon mascot. It’s got a custom PCB with an unlocked voltage and an extra 6-pin connector for more juice.

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Importantly, it’ll let you overclock right out of the box with 3 speed settings:

  • (OC Mode) Maximum Performance through higher clock speeds and increased fan performance: 1797 MHz / 1607 MHz / 8108 MHz
  • (Gaming Mode) The best balance between in-game performance and silence: 1771 MHz / 1582 MHz / 8008 MHz
  • (Silent Mode) The best environment for minimal fan noise: 1683 MHz / 1506 MHz  / 8008 MHz

As with the 1080, there’ll also be the Corsair-branded, water-cooled Sea hawk version, which is essentially the reference card, though the extra cooling allows it to be tweaked to the same higher clocks as the Gaming X.

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For those of you who don’t need extremes or gaudy lights, MSI’s Aero cards are pretty close to standard references designs. There is one that’s factory overclocked at 1531/1721 MHz and one that’s essentially just MSI’s reference card; like a slightly cheaper Founder’s Edition.

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If you’re itching for a graphics card upgrade and can’t wait for benchmarks, pricing and availability of AMD’s Polaris-based RX480, this is the card you should probably look at. The GTX 1070 launches tomorrow, 10 June.

Last Updated: June 9, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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