We review the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X armed with 8GB GDDR5 graphics memory. Now most of us just like the reference founders edition cards, but be honest with me .. every person really waiting to start to see the board partner cards, right ? They are factory tweaked and cooled better. Let’s browse the new 8 GB beast from MSI, the GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G with the cool TwinFrozr revision VI cooler. When the original Pascal articles launched three weeks hence, it caught us somewhat by surprise, some of the reference review took down this web site for two minutes as our load-balanced front-end servers cannot handle the near 2500% upsurge in traffic. Crazy stuff, and that’s testimony to the actual fact that you guys have already been waiting lengthy on the brand new graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia. It’s once and for all reason, the graphics card industry, or the GPU industry has been on hold, looking forward to a smaller GPU fabrication process to be viable. Last generation GPUs were predicated on a 28 nm fabrication, an intermediate proceed to 20 nm was said to be the answer for today’s GPUs, nonetheless it was a problematic technology. Apart from some smaller ASICs the 20 nm node is a fail. Which means industry had to hold back until an ever newer and smaller fabrication process was obtainable in order to shrink the die that allows for less voltage use in the chips, less transistor gate leakage and, obviously, more transistors in a GPU. The answer was found in the recent 14/15/16 nm fabrication processors and processes with the now all too familiar FinFET + VLSI technology (basically wings on a transistor). Intel has been using it for some time, and today both Nvidia and AMD are moving towards such nodes aswell. Nvidia may be the first to announce their services predicated on a TSMC 16 nm process fab by introducing Pascal GPU architecture, named following the mathematician much like Kepler, Maxwell and Fermi. That stage has passed, the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 have already been announced with the 1080 slowly becoming obtainable in stores these days, the 1070 cards you’ll commence to see selling by in a few days (June 10th 2016). Both cards are equally impressive in it’s product positioning, though I really do feel the 1070 would be the more attractive product because of it’s price level, the 1080 cards is really what every person want (but perhaps can’t afford). The good thing though is that the board partner cards will sell for less against the Nvidia reference / Founder edition cars. Obviously the higher-end all custom-made SKUs will probably level with that founders edition card price level again, but I am pretty certain you’d like to spend your cash on a fully custom-made AIB card that’s already factory tweaked a lttle bit opposed the the reference one.
In this review we go through the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G fitted with a Pascal GP104 based GPU. Something series that is to displace the GeForce GTX 980. It’s all custom with 10 power phases, includes a nice dark aesthetic feel and includes the new TwinFrozr VI model cooler, that’s marketed as a cooler with Balls of Steel. Seriously I am not making that up, it literally was in the news release and also refers towards the Double Ball Bearings that the fans use — crafted from steel. The GeForce GTX 1070 is centered on that Pascal GP104 GPU, yet for clear reasons needed to be slowed up a bit. The GeForce GTX 1070 may have the same GP104 GPU housed on it’s PCB as the 1080, nonetheless it is a cut-down version of the GPU as Nvidia stripped away some segments. Where in fact the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2560 shader processors, the GeForce GTX 1070 has 1920 shader processors. This implies it really is has 15 out from the 20 SMs active (15 streaming multi-processors x 128 shader cores). To be able of magnitude, the secondary biggest change may be the memory type being “regular GDDR5” memory rather than the brand new and hip GDDR5X. That memory is clocked at 2,000 MHz which is 8 GHz (GDDR5-effective) at a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s. Both variations are in charge of a performance drop from 9 TFLOP/s Single-precision floating point performance for the GeForce GTX 1080 towards 6.45 TFLOP/s for the GeForce GTX 1070. You should have pointed out that MSI is release a a regular Gaming and an X and a Gaming Z model. The standard Gaming model (no X or Z) won’t have the backplate and configurable RGB LED light system and basic clock frequencies. Then there will be the X models, they are released in the original launch and have a backplate and RGB system and so are clocked a notch higher. Then your Z models is definitely the most high-end SKU, a lot more overclocked with all the current benefits the X model has aswell. So we test the X model, but you will have even more quickly clocked revisions. The Gaming Z offers you all the top features of the Gaming X, but with higher clock speeds. Right with that explained, the cooling perf has been improved and coupled with a fresh generation fans, the airflow is improved whilst remaining silent. Up-to 60 Degrees C the card will stay static in passive mode, e.g. the fans won’t spin. The TWIN FROZR cooler is currently intensified by a red GAMING glow piercing through the cover, as the MSI GAMING dragon RGB LED privately could be set to some of 16.8 million colors to complement the LED lights in the color-tone of your personal computer. The GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G includes MSI’s traditional Military Class 4 pieces and holds both an 8- and 6-pin power connector. At the backside you’ll spot a good matte black solid backplate. Both versions do have TwinFrozer VI as wel as a memory cooling plate and a PWM heatsink.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G is with the capacity of clock frequencies of 1797 MHz (boost) / 1607 base) MHz (in OC mode) with 8192 MB GDDR5 / 8100 MHz effective data-rate on the memory. Straight from the box your card will be clocked at 1582/1771 MHz. Right, we’ve enough to discuss and show, let’s head on-wards in the review. We’ll focus on something overview in the photo-shoot.