NVIDIA released their GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 earlier this year, featuring the company's new Pascal architecture, a brand-new 16 nanometer production process, and GDDR5X memory. In our launch-day review, we were truly impressed by how well NVIDIA claimed the performance throne with the 1080, but also the GTX 1070 managed to impress with its high-end performance at an attractive sub-$400 price-point. The reference-design card, however, is sold at a $70 premium over the GTX 1070 Founders Edition sitting at $449.
The GeForce GTX 1070 uses the same Pascal GP104 graphics processor as the GTX 1080, with just 1920 enabled shaders instead of 2560, which also affects the number of texture units that are down to 120 from 160. With 64, the number of ROPs is the same, and so is the memory capacity of 8 GB. However, today's review subject, like all GTX 1070 variants, uses GDDR5 memory, unlike the GTX 1080 that comes with GDDR5X. GDDR5X offers twice the bandwidth at the same operating frequency, so NVIDIA is running the GeForce GTX 1070's memory at a frequency of 2 GHz in order to make up for that.
In this review, we are testing the MSI GTX 1070 Quick Silver OC, which was released as part of the company's 30-year celebrations. The card is based on the GTX 1070 Gaming Z, but comes with a non-red color theme and different operating frequencies. just like on the Gaming Z, RGB support is included, at a retail price of $425.
GTX 980 Ti
|Radeon R9 |
|MSI GTX 1070 |
Quick Silver OC
|Memory Size||4 GB||6 GB||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Memory Bus Width||4096 bit||384 bit||4096 bit||256 bit||256 bit||256 bit|
|Core Clock||1000 MHz||1000 MHz+||1050 MHz||1506 MHz+||1582 MHz+||1607 MHz+|
|Memory Clock||500 MHz||1750 MHz||500 MHz||2002 MHz||2002 MHz||1251 MHz|