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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.

MSI-GTX-1070-GAMING-X-8G

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.

MSI-GTX-1070-Sea-Hawk

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.

MSI-GTX-1070-AERO

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

24 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    June 9, 2016 at 11:03

    That sea hawk version is puuurdy

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    • HairyEwok

      June 9, 2016 at 11:12

      It better be puurdy for people with a price tag of R16.5k

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      • Ottokie

        June 9, 2016 at 11:14

        That’s a lot of moola O.o

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        • HairyEwok

          June 9, 2016 at 11:18

          Yeah, I’ll stick with my MSI GTX780. More than enough power for 1080p gaming.

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      • Pariah

        June 9, 2016 at 11:20

        That’s for the 1080 one though, not the 1070 one.

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        • HairyEwok

          June 9, 2016 at 11:21

          Yeah, @ottokie:disqus it is for the 1080 so the 1070 seahawk should be about R10k

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          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            June 9, 2016 at 11:23

            And that makes me still feel very poor…

          • Pariah

            June 9, 2016 at 11:24

            Yup.

          • HairyEwok

            June 10, 2016 at 09:49

            We can be poor buddies together then.

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            June 10, 2016 at 10:10

            Awesome! I’d have offered you a beer, but…nowadays they cost half the price of a GFX card…

          • HairyEwok

            June 10, 2016 at 11:06

            It’s ok, river water will do.

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            June 10, 2016 at 11:13

            Just take out the chunky bits…

  2. Darren Peach

    June 9, 2016 at 11:07

    Reading about modern gfx cards and overclocking is like trying to read hieroglyphs ( yes I googled the spelling ) for me. And I am not just talking about the technical stuff. Out of touch in a biiiig way.

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  3. Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

    June 9, 2016 at 11:07

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    • Raptor Rants

      June 9, 2016 at 11:33

      As green as I am I kind of need to agree. I’ll wait for a 1060 or 1050 release and see those prices. Or even consider the AMD if it’s cheaper. Yeah. I am considering AMD due to these insane prices. That being said. $350 for a card is amazing at that performance. BUT our ZumaConomy just doesn’t equate well with tech anymore 🙁

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  4. HairyEwok

    June 9, 2016 at 11:09

    MSI isn’t helping SA at all. Now people will have to use their credit cards to purchase the gfx cards and making debt now is a big no no for SA XD

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  5. Captain JJ or is it I&J?

    June 9, 2016 at 11:15

    I’ve only had joy from MSI hardware

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  6. Raptor Rants

    June 9, 2016 at 11:31

    And here I thought you guys meant as in a give away. Thanks for being the destroyers of hopes and dreams

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  7. DrKiller

    June 9, 2016 at 15:47

    That top card is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen since I saw myself

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  8. Henry Dowd

    June 9, 2016 at 22:24

    When do the other gtx 1070s launch because i can only find release dates for the founders edition.

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      June 10, 2016 at 07:18

      The FE is out today; the others are coming in a few weeks, manufacturere dependent.

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  9. Polo

    June 10, 2016 at 07:57

  10. chimera_85

    June 10, 2016 at 08:29

    Eish I want one of these haha but still think I’m gonna go for the AMD RX480

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  11. DelBoy

    June 16, 2016 at 21:29

    just received the Gaming X 1070 today love it, would of liked to get the 1080 but the price difference and small, performance increase isn’t worth it I think unless all your TV’s and monitors are 4K all mine are 1440p 144hz so this card is perfect… only cost £419 in the UK and I sold my G1 Gaming Gigabyte GTX970 for £200 last week so buzzing!!

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