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MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging, Specification and Initial Impressions
  2. Closer Look
  3. Utility and Overclocking Impressions
  4. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  5. Futuremark Benchmark
  6. OpenGL Benchmarks
  7. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  8. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  9. Hitman
  10. DOOM
  11. GPU Computation Benchmark
  12. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  13. Overclocking Profile and Manual OC Impressions
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links
  16. View All

ASIC Quality

ASIC

This is the lowest ASIC quality that I have seen, but do keep in mind that varies from unit to unit and this is a review sample. But in personal experience, while high ASIC quality does not mean over overclocking potential, it does help in getting lower voltages. Pascal is a cool little processor with a properly designed GPU cooling system. Keep in mind that I wasn’t given the retail BIOS where I can swap between profiles “OC”, “Gaming” and “Silent”. But MSI did provide a set of files and individual BIOS both OC and Gaming which did not cross the profil’s boost clock speed. All I had to do is restart twice- one for the BIOS and second one for the system to enable the driver. The end users should be able to use Gaming App 6 without restarting.

The profiles gives you the following clock speeds:

Founders Edition Silent Profile Gaming Profile OC Profile
Base 1506 1506 1582 1607
Boost 1683 1683 1771 1797
Memory 8010 8010 8010 8100

The silent profile’s clock is the same as its founders’ edition. Though I haven’t checked out the GTX 1070’s variant, Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080’s silent profile has a bit higher clock setting than its FE version.

If you’ve read the utility’s impressions, you’ll know why I’ve used Gigabyte’s XG app once you read everything.

With the OC profile enabled by default as a baseline, I’ve added +135 MHz using Gigabyte XG this time. The first attempt crashed Fire Strike Ultra (but not the system) before it would start. The +125MHz over the OC profile was stable enough to run Fire Strike’s test 1 and test 2 but crashed in combined test.

oc final

The stable overclock is +89MHz over its overclock profile which uses base/boost clock speed of 1607/ 1797 MHz. The card produced base/boost clock of 1696/1886 MHz. This is a 5.53%/ 4.95% increase over its OC profile.

Temperature Observations

With the fan speed set on auto that ran up to 30% max during 3DMark Ultra run, the card touched 67 degrees Celsius. The auto fan profile should have increased its speed to further decrease the temperatures. Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme manual base/boost clock of 1700/ 2052MHz at an auto fan speed of 38%, it as at 68 degrees Celcius. Though the difference between the manually clocked stable base clock is just 4MHz, the boost clock on the AMP! Extreme is 166MHz more than Gaming X.

The post manual OC benchmark comparisons including the OC preset, Gaming preset, the Founders Edition’s default clock and AMP! Extreme- the highest overclocked GTX 1070 out-of-the-box performer seen so far.

3DMark Benchmark

As you can see, MSI Gaming X GTX 1070’s Gaming and OC profile’s performance stays below Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme’s performance numbers.

Game Benchmarks- DX 12/OpenGL 4.5 Highest presets

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