One and a half years ago, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards to the market. We see no direct competition from AMD until the Radeon RX Vega series was introduced in August this year. The RX Vega 56 goes up against the GTX 1070 while the top-end RX Vega 64 was put against the GTX 1080.
The RX Vega 56 is doing well against the GTX 1070 in which sees the former trading blows with the GTX 1070 in several games and vice versa. NVIDIA reacts to this by releasing the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, which should sit between the existing GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 models and outperform the RX Vega 56 by a good margin.
With us today is the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING 8G. In this review, as usual we will be discussing about the performance of the graphics card in synthetic and gaming benchmarks, thermal performance, power consumption, and its overclocking potential. So without wasting time, let’s check it out now…
Out of the box, the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING 8G is a stock clocked graphics card that is powered by NVIDIA’s GP104 graphics processor based around Pascal GPU architecture. Featuring 64 ROPs and 152 TMUs, the GTX 1070 Ti comes with a total of 2,432 CUDA cores. As a comparison, the GTX 1070 comes with 1,920 cores, 64 ROPs, 120 TMUs, while the GTX 1080 boasting 2,560 cores, 64 ROPs, and 160 TMUs.
The GPU is specified to operate at a Base clock 1,607 MHz, which is exactly the same as the GTX 1080. The Boost clock on the other hand is set at 1,683 MHz, which is similar to that of the GTX 1070. The 8GB GDDR5 graphics memory operates at 8,008 MHz (8 Gbps) at 256-bit memory bus, which is similar to that of the GTX 1070 but different from the GTX 1080 that is using GDDR5X rated at up to 11 Gbps. Overall, these specifications are exactly the same as the reference GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (FE) from NVIDIA.
Same thing goes to the I/O connectivity options, the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING 8G also comes with triple DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0 port, and one Dual-Link DVI-D port. Maximum screen resolution supported is 7680×4320 (Ultra HD 8K) with the DP ports. The graphics card can support up to four multi-display setup simultaneously.
The graphics card draws power from an 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors. The recommended power supply wattage is 500 watts, so make sure that your PSU is able to deliver this wattage before purchasing this card.
Measuring 279 x 140 x 42 mm in length, width and height, the graphics card alone weighs at 1,075 grams while the whole package weighs at 1,707 g.
THE ULTIMATE GAMING GRAPHICS CARD
Design and Performance in a class of its own.
FIERCE GAMING GLOW
Customize the LED lights and effects to match your system or mood.
GAMING LOOK & FEEL
The beating heart of any GAMING build.
TORX 2.0 FAN
MSI’s patented fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance.
TORX 2.0 FAN
TEAMWORK FOR GREATER STRENGTH
Just like in games, the exclusive MSI TORX 2.0 Fan technology uses the power of teamwork to allow the TWIN FROZR VI to achieve new levels of cool.
TORX 2.0 Fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance in the heat of battle.
DOUBLE BALL BEARINGS
Double Ball Bearings give the unique MSI TORX 2.0 Fans a strong and lasting core for years of smooth gaming. They also remain virtually silent while spinning under load, keeping your graphics card cool during intense and lengthy gaming sessions.
ZERO FROZR-STAY UNDETECTED
First introduced in 2008 by MSI, ZeroFrozr technology has made its mark and is now the industry standard among graphics cards. It eliminates fan noise by stopping the fans in low-load situations. This means you can focus on gaming without the noise of spinning fans.
CATCH THE VIBE WITH COOL LED EFFECTS
Each LED can be controlled individually by choosing any of the animation effects available in the MSI Mystic Light, ranging from responding to your game sounds or music to steady light, breathing and flashing. Of course, you can also turn them off.
Lurking under the cover of the GAMING graphics card is an engineering masterpiece designed to keep the graphics card cool. Every tiny detail of the intricate heatsink plays an essential part in providing a cool & quiet gaming experience.
AIRFLOW CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
Using advanced aerodynamics, Airflow Control Technology directs more air directly onto the TWIN FROZR VI heat pipes. The special deflectors on the heat sink enlarge the surface area, which means lower temperatures and better gaming.
SMOOTH HEAT PIPES
Up to 8mm thick copper heat pipes with smooth squared shaped at the bottom maximize heat transfer from the suface of the copper base plate.
To temper the heat generated by a powerful GPU, MSI GAMING series graphics cards use a solid nickel-plated copper base plate. The base plate catches the heat from the GPU and transfers it to the heat pipes for dissipation so you can keep cool.
PREMIUM THERMAL COMPOUND
Every detail counts when it comes to creating the ultimate thermal design, which is why TWIN FROZR VI uses a premium thermal compound to make sure it outlives the competition. CLOSE QUARTERS COOLING
Below the heatsink you find the close quarters cooling which enables you to push the MSI GAMING card to the max.
EXTRA POWER INPUT
A tailored PCB design higher performance and extra cooling comes with an 6-pin and an 8-pin power connectors to allow for overclocking beyond the limits.
ENHANCED PWM DESIGN
A 10-Phase PWM design with High Quality Military Class components ensures extreme reliability and superb overclockablity and enhanced efficiency.
PERFECTION IN 2 SLOTS
Where other cards can take up to 3 expansion slots of space, the TWIN FROZR VI only takes up 2 expansion slots. This prevents unnecessary blocking of PCI slots on your motherboard, is better for SLI setups and improves overall airflow through the case.
Gaming enthusiasts are always looking for more performance to get the ultimate experience. Using multiple graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire is a great way to find out just how good it gets. MSI GAMING graphics cards fully support multi GPU technologies.
* Possibilities may vary depending on what is supported per model.
THE FUTURE OF GAMING
The smoothest, fastest and most exciting gaming experience ever by eliminating screen tearing, display shutter and input lag.
Ultra-high resolution (UHD) delivers 4x the resolution of 1080p content, enabling much sharper and crisper images with delicate details during gaming.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) enhances your gaming world with higher contrast and brighter colors than you’ve ever seen before.
PREPARE FOR VR WITH MSI
To experience and enjoy the impressive world of Virtual Reality, high-performance hardware is required. MSI, world leading brand in high-end gaming and eSports, provides the right advice to make sure your system is VR Ready. Integrating the very best of cutting edge technologies in recommended MSI VR gaming hardware for smooth performance. Together with our VR partners, MSI brings gamers an extremely realistic VR experience where games come alive.
ONLY EVERYTHING IN 3D!
TriDef VR enables gamer to play their favorite games in 3D on your HMD(head mounted display). DirectX 9,10 and 11 games have been pre-configured to generate an optimal 3D experience using GenMe’s industry leading 2D-to-3D conversion technology. TriDef VR allows users to tweak their HMD to provide optimal user experience. It is compatible with both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It also offers an unique head tracked, hands-free user interface to allow users to launch games at will while wearing HMD.Most importantly, MSI offers a 3-month free license to let gamers to fully benefit from the TriDef and get more from their VR.
A DIFFERENT VIEW ON GAMING
MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while playing a game simultaneously. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume and transparency and start gaming. With a few hotkeys you can start/pause your video or set the volume.
WANT TO SHOW OFF YOUR SKILLS OR JUST MAKE A FUN GAMING VIDEO FOR YOUR FRIENDS?
XSplit Gamecaster & Broadcaster V2 lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more.
It’s simple, easy to use and ideal for sharing your gameplay with friends, family or the world – Or for capturing those perfect gaming moments, just for the heck of it.
So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution and start streaming and recording with XSplit Gamecaster today.
MSI Afterburner is the world’s most recognized and widely used graphics card overclocking utility which gives you full control of your graphics cards. It also provides an incredibly detailed overview of your hardware and comes with some additional features such as customizing fan profiles, benchmarking and video recording.