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MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z Graphics Card Review

A Closer Look at the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z »

GEFORCE® GTX 1070 GAMING Z 8G“Z” as in the last letter of the alphabet. Does the Z in MSI’s GTX 1070 Gaming line up mean that it’s the last card in their line up and the last series you’ll need to buy? MSI thinks so. There are 2 letter designations in this round of releases from MSI; the Gaming X and Gaming Z. For the 1070 line up, the Gaming X boosts the GPU 114 MHz above the reference design and memory clock speeds 108MHz in OC mode where as the Gaming Z tacks on another 63MHz for the GPU. The GTX 1070 Gaming Z also features LED lighting and uses the latest revision of MSI’s TwinFrozr GPU cooling solution.


NOTE: Pricing & Stock was not available at the time of this review.



Unlike the Gaming series packaging of the past, MSI does away with featuring the dragon as the main focus on the box but instead puts a large image of the card on the front. On the back side of the box, MSI goes into detail on the features of the GTX 1070 Gaming Z.


Inside, you’ll find a thicker, sturdier cardboard box. On top is a fold that contains the accessories and the card is tucked away inside closed cell foam and further protected by an anti-static bag.


After unpacking it all, you’ll find that along with the graphic card,  a driver and software CD, case stickers, a quick start guide and information on registering your card for the warranty are included. GEFORCE® GTX 1070 GAMING Z 8G



  • Graphics Processing Unit
    NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1070
  • Interface
    PCI Express x16 3.0
  • Boost / Base Core Clock
    1860 MHz / 1657 MHz (OC Mode)
    1835 MHz / 1632 MHz (Gaming Mode)
    1683 MHz / 1506 MHz (Silent Mode)
  • Memory Size (MB)
  • Memory Type
  • Memory Interface
  • Memory Clock Speed (MHz)
    8108 MHz (OC Mode)
    8108 MHz (Gaming Mode)
    8010 MHz (Silent Mode)
  • Output
    DisplayPort x 3 (Version 1.4) / HDMI (Version 2.0) / DL-DVI-D
  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • Digital Maximum Resolution
    7680 x 4320
  • Maximum Displays
  • HDCP Support
  • DirectX Version Support
  • OpenGL Version Support
  • Multi-GPU Technology
    SLI, 2-Way
  • Card Dimension(mm)
    279 x 140 x 42 mm
  • Card Weight (g)
  • Power consumption (W)
  • Recommended PSU (W)
  • Power Connectors
    6-pin x 1, 8-pin x 1


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  1. I have a 1070 Gaming X and the only LED lighting difference is the addition of the lighted shield. The X has only the other 2 lighting zones.

  2. Wow, no definitive price, near zero overclock headroom, no info about temps and high FPS buzzing but still gets a “must have”???
    Are you getting your paychecks from MSI???

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