MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X SLI Review

Conclusion

MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X SLI Review

Conclusion

We loved the GTX 1070 Gaming X from MSI when we reviewed it as a single card and the SLI option doesn't change that at all. 

It's a fantastic looking card, with great thermals, low power draw and quiet operation. Whether you pick one card or two you will be pleased with your purchase.

Indeed the only real thing to notice is more about the performance of the GTX 1070 SLI when compared to its contemporaries. If you are running a 1080 monitor then even a single GTX 1070 would be enough, although a pair of them can really make the difference in the most demanding titles whilst also future-proofing you a bit for the next generation. At 1440 the GTX 1070 Gaming X SLI still pumps out some seriously impressive frame rates, although the GTX 1080 SLI arrangement starts to make its extra performance count. It's only once you break into 4K that the GTX 1080 SLI becomes the weapon of choice, although make no mistake the MSI Gaming X GTX 1070 SLI still will keep your gaming experience one of buttery smoothness. In comparison to a single 1080 which is only £100 more expensive than it is a little more complicated. The two cards just don't seem to like anything DX12 and can even perform worse than a single one, so if its new DX12 titles you're hoping for then you also need to hope Microshaft get things singing sooner rather than later. Right now its game dependent. 

Lastly if you were lucky enough to end up with a GTX 980 Ti SLI setup then the GTX 1070 SLI doesn't quite have enough performance for you to consider throwing it away just yet. Not that any of us were expecting it to do so. Still the better power efficiency, Ansel and other Pascal GPU based improvements mean that unless you're really strapped for cash and are hunting the classifieds then you're better off going with the newer cards.

Even in an SLI setup the outstanding Twin Frozr VI cooler keeps both cards cool and quiet allowing you to focus upon the graphical splendour in front of you rather than the whine from the fans to your side. The MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X is a brilliant card and when paired up it's even more astonishing and thus it easily wins our OC3D Performance Award.

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Most Recent Comments

18-09-2016, 15:27:26

Greenback
An interesting observation at 1080 there isn't that much difference between the 70 sli and 80 sli, I know this is a bad word but are they getting bottlenecked by the system when running in 1080?Quote

19-09-2016, 03:39:03

Kaapstad
Always good to see the multi GPU reviews.

I have linked to it in the owners thread over at OCUK.

SLI MSI Gaming Xs do look good together.Quote

19-09-2016, 05:03:58

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
An interesting observation at 1080 there isn't that much difference between the 70 sli and 80 sli, I know this is a bad word but are they getting bottlenecked by the system when running in 1080?
Oh god no dude, just some games not really utilising them very well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaapstad View Post
Always good to see the multi GPU reviews.

I have linked to it in the owners thread over at OCUK.

SLI MSI Gaming Xs do look good together.
Oh awesome ty dude Quote

19-09-2016, 08:04:42

Bagpuss
Well as the owner of a 970SLI rig for the last two years I can't praise enough my experience with a dual card setup.

All the games I play work flawlessly with it (BF4, GTV V, W3,Project Cars) enabling all of them to run at a solid 60fps with maxed out settings at resolutions up to 1440p, and they are all playable to a locked 30fps at 4K.

Two 970's are still good enough to this day, so much so that I can easily skip this first generation of Pascal cards, as the only card with any sort of performance gain over 970SLI is the 1080, which is only about 25-30% faster, so not really worth it IMO.

If anyone is unsure of 1070SLI, I'd say go for it, they will easily give you 2-3years worth of 60fps, maxed out gameplay.Quote

20-09-2016, 10:30:03

RickPlaysWarr
Watching this as I have the same 2 cards going in my H440 redux build. Both with water blocksQuote
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