Well, let me ask you a question.
Are you a hardcore gamer? Because one doesn’t simply look out for best graphics cards unless they are gamers or software engineers.
Another question, I severe this is the last one.
Are you facing problems finding the best suitable graphics card for you?
Well, you are in luck because I have taken care of this issue for you. I have crafted a list of best graphics cards 2017.
I have done hours of hard work in search of best graphics cards for gaming and shortlisted top 10 best graphics cards which you can buy right now, so keep your credit cards ready.
Best Graphics Cards 2017 Reviews
It’s obvious, the list includes a couple of most expensive graphics cards, but the thing is, these graphics cards truly deserve to be included in our list of top 10 best graphics cards 2017.
|Best Graphics Cards||Video Memory|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti||4GB GDDR5|
|MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060||6GB GDDR5|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0||8GB GDDR5|
|ASUS GeForce GTX 1070||8GB GDDR5|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING||6GB GDDR5|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC||3GB GDDR5|
|EVGA GeForce 210 Passive||1GB DDR3|
|MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480||8GB GDDR5|
|Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming||8GB GDDR5|
|MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X||8GB GDDR5|
EVGA is a favorite brand in gaming world which offers a full lot of gaming hardware, but the product we are going to discuss here is GeFore GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming.
This graphics card is priced under $200, and it made to the top of our list.
This graphics card looks like a beast and offers improved performance and excellent efficiency. It includes the much wanted latest NVIDIA Pascal architecture.
The GTX 1050 Ti specs include a stunning 4GB memory which helps you display extraordinary, close to reality visuals at 1080HD+.
It gives you a choice of cooling options, factory locks and memory sizes which make it extremely suitable for almost all systems. It comes in with an ACX fan technology consisting of double ball bearings and swept blades and an efficient motor which draws more air with less consumption, an important trait of a GPU.
The EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC’s base clock is 1354 MHz, and it comes in with a boost clock of 1468 MHz. The specifications and performance of EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming are promising, and it particularly clocks higher than the guaranteed ones.
If you are looking for something that works like a charm but doesn’t cost much, the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti graphics card is the right choice for you.
Don’t worry; it’s not the evil monster. It’s the good one because it’s way powerful.
MSI has actually nailed the graphics cards market with its top to the bottom launch of one of the best graphics cards.
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 managed to secure the second spot on our list of best graphics cards 2017 because it runs both, faster and cooler.
Right now, this monster is being sold under $300 which is a bit high, but I bet you won’t regret putting your money in it.
MSI has put in a lot of efforts to make these graphics card one of the best for gamers and programmers. It has three different modes, and it also consists gaming modes which have few variations in GPU and RAM.
Base/Boost on MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060:
- OC Model: 1594/1809 MHz
- Gaming Mode: 1569/1784 MHz
- Silent Mode: 1506/1708 Mhz
This version also includes the same Twin Frozer VI cooling technology as the GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 did.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 has an impressive 6GB memory size and a memory clock speed of 8100 MHz.The maximum resolution it can support is 7680 x 4320. In addition to that, it also requires a 400W power supply and consumes around 120W power on average.
It also has a TORX 2.0 Fan design which is capable of generating 22% more air pressure to keep the card cool and noise free under pressure. The LED effect can also be customized by choosing the animations of your choice from MSI Gaming Apps. The LEDs can also be set to respond to specific sounds or music and can be turned off too.
One of the best things of MSI GeForce GTX 1060 is that it tries its best not to make noise even when under extreme pressure and this is what most of the people love about graphics cards.
For gamers who are using a 1080p display or TV, the MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 is capable of handling any kind of program at 60FPS or above.
Coming to 2560 x 1440, it would again manage 60FPS or above on average with quite perfection and quietness. It would sound a bit heavy above these settings, but if you manage to tweak down some in-game graphics settings, there won’t be any issues.
You can also enjoy 4k gaming with MSI GTX 1060 at 3840×2160 with around 30FPS or higher. It’s no big deal, but you won’t be enjoying much at 30FPS but keeping in mind the price tag, a graphics card that is able to handle 4K gaming at 30FPS and above is quite exceptional.
MSI is a big and quality brand, so you don’t really need to worry about the bucks you are spending because they are going to give you a lot of enjoyment.
It plays games stunningly at 1080p and 1440p with 60FPS on average while its impressive Twin Frozr VI keeps the situation under control and quite, too.
MSI’s Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 offers a lot of value at a reasonable price that you can buy right now, being more efficient than NVIDIA’s own GTX 1060 edition. So, it’s time you take the decision.
No doubt, EVGA is a heaven for gamers.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 graphics card deserves to be listed here because of its outstanding performance.
This graphics card is super efficient for playing 1080p and 1440p games. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 super clocked can also be eyed at 4K gaming, but you can’t rely entirely on it for that purpose.
The card is currently priced under $400 which would surely give you a shock at first, but if you are looking for a full-time gaming experience, I would recommend you to buy this one right now as it is going to last long.
EVGA has used its ACX 3.0 technology in a lot of graphics cards, and same goes for this one too. In an idle situation, the fans are even not running, so the card remains extremely quite.
The super efficient ACX 3.0 gives passive cooling up to 60 degrees Celcius without using the fans which or just awesome.
The specs of EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 include an 8GB RAM, the maximum resolution it can support is 7680 x 4320, and it has a memory speed of 1594 MHz.
The clock rate is around 1594 MHz/1784MHz (base/boost), and it comes in with a brilliant memory clock of 8008 MHz.
There is a common myth that the more memory a card has, the better it performs in the field (games of course), but that is not entirely true because the memories can be either Samsung or Micron.
Like I have explained it, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 is a quite card, and it stays under 70 degrees Celcius in normal conditions, and the fans only start once it crosses the particular temperature.
This awesome EVGA graphics card has a reputation of performing where all the other cards have indeed failed to do so.
The card has been tested with COD: Black Ops 3 at 1080p and it gives a stunning result of 175FPS on average.
It also passed the 1440p test by giving around 171FPS on average which is more than brilliant, and it was just .7FPS less than the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card.
At 4K, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 performs at 55FPS on average and maintains 1% and .1% low at 43FPS and 40.7FPS.
GTA V also gives somewhat similar results for this card. At 1080p with Ultra High settings, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 SC Gaming runs at 121FPS on average and 87FPS 1% flat.
Similar results are also noted at 4K resolution with the MSI GTX 1070 leading by only 1FPS which is remarkable.
Overclocking was successful with this card. FPS results produced a bit of difference in most games, but some games were really sensitive to overclocking and produced greater results.
I won’t say this is the perfect card for you to buy in the budget range but if you have some extra money, you will not regret buying this card because it has already secured the future and it’s going to last long.
Of course, no introduction needed for ASUS hardware, one of the most popular industry in the gaming world. Am I wrong? 😉
ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 is one hell of a gaming graphics card. The long name is a headache but what it tells you is that the card is of the ASUS Republic Of Gamers and of the STRIX band.
The O8G represent OC edition of the card.
The base clock is set to 1506 MHz and the boost clock at around 1683MHz with a breathtaking 8GB od GDDR5 memory which runs at 8GHz.
The company delivers ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 gaming card with a default gaming profile which has a base clock operating at 1632 MHz and a boost clock at around 1835MHz.
You can also install the GPU Tweak II which will allow you to enable the OC Edition which will raise the base clock to 1657MHz and the boost clock 1860MHz.
This video card uses Super Alloy Power II hardware technology and a 6+1 phase setup. The ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 o8G Gaming card is equipped with DirectCU III heatsink and fan technology.
The fans are triple winged for improved air pressure and cooling. The fans don’t run when the card is at idle, so this is pretty good stuff.
It also has two dedicated GPU Controlled fan power headers which means it supporters ASUS FanConnect.
The ASUS’s Aura RGB lighting technology is also installed on the card, and there is an attractive LED design on the cloak of the card along with ROG logo and label stop on the backplate. You can use the Aura software and chose how the lighting works. You can change the colors, brightness and set different light responses at various sounds or music.
The card was tested with Fallout 4 with highest possible settings at 1440p. The overclocked version of ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 OC Edition was 8% faster than the factory version. Compared to the founder’s edition, the overclocked version was 14% faster.
At default, the card gave around 30FPS with Ultra Settings and with overclocking, the frames were raised above 40FPS on average.
The card gave good results with The Witcher 3. The card could run Witcher 3 well at 1440p with highest post processing settings. At ultra high graphics, the game ran extremely well with HairWorks set to AA to 4X AA.
Overclocking helped a lot for this game which incredibly increased the minim framerate and raised the average FPS to a much enjoyable point. The overclocked version was 8% faster than the factory overclocked card while it was 16% quicker than the Founder’s Edition, exactly double to that.
Coming to the heating and temperature, the factory default version sits at around 57W, and when the games are running, the consumption rises to around 270W.
Similarly, the overclocked version was a bit higher than the default one and the same version consumed 293W when on games. Keeping in mind these stats, even the overclocked version remains under 300W which is really impressive gaming performance by a graphics card.
The average clock speed hits 1985MHz while gaming and the GPU temperature hits at 65 degrees Celcius with 45% fan speed. It shows that the ASUS DirectCU III technology works pretty well.
The card didn’t make fan noise even at 75% fan speed which was raised for clocking purposes, and even then the fans were incredibly quite.
So, ASUS has done an extraordinary job in releasing this beast of video graphics, and you are going to love it. The price is, of course, high, but the famous proverb sets fit here; “The more the sweet, the more the reward.” :).
If you compare the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC Gaming with its standard version, the company has outfitted the gaming version by shrinking it impressively in size making it only 6.8′ long and 4.4′ high.
The GTX 1060 is equipped with GP106 GPU, which features ten streaming multiprocessors making the total 1280. It includes 80 texture units and a total of 1536KB L2 cache limit.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming also comes in with six 32-bit memory controllers. There are eight ROPs each one linked to a memory controller, and it has a beautiful video memory of 6GB GDDR5.
It has a 1506MHz base and 1708MHz boost clocks with a memory speed of 8008MHz.
The built in cooler has small but efficient heat-sink fans with a double ball bearing fan fitted on the top.
The outputs are similar to other cards including HDMI 2.0b output, DP 1.2 certified and DP 1.3/1.4 ready which support 4K at 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz.
The thief ran quite awesomely with this graphics card; it was tested on a variety of settings ranging from the lowest to the highest, that is 4K. All of the games graphics options were enabled including FXAA and camera blur.
With Thief, the graphic card gave a good 75FPS on average.
The Hitman (2016) gave somewhat similar results to the Thief. The game was tested using DirectX 12 with all graphic options turned on and set to high. At 2560 x 1440 with Ultra preset, high-quality textures and settings, the game ran at 48FPS on average.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 gave 28FPS on average at the 4K resolution which is pretty good performance under the budget.
The overclocking of this card gave good results, and the card hit a remarkable GPU clock of 1949MHz at only 73 degrees Celcius which are impressive.
Overclocking of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 increased its gaming performance, it can’t be compared to high-end graphics cards, but the performance inevitably improves with a little bit of tweaking.
With no added voltage the base and boost clocks were raised to 1702MHz and 1930MHz while the memory increased up to 9120MHz.
Of course, a graphics card can’t be valued without discussing its power consumption and noise features. So coming to the point, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming card proved to be one of most efficient cards regarding power consuming.
It consumed the least amount of power as compared to other cards under test. The numbers were 204W under extreme pressure.
Coming to the temperature, the card was able to keep core temperature under 70 degrees Celsius while under load. Fans were extremely efficient and didn’t start until the temperature reached 62 degrees Celcius, even then the fan speed was at 44%.
Concluding it, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming card is identical in performance to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition. There are slight differences in performance which may be because of different hardware and cooling procedures.
Big cards are surely loveable, but the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming comes under $300 price tag and has enough power to run heavy games at 1440p.
So, if you are looking for a graphics cards that has the capability to run big games at high graphics settings but you don’t want to break the bank too, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming graphics card is definitely worthy.
Before going deep into the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WindForce OC review, I would like to let you know that Gigabyte is a trusted brand with a reputation for selling quality graphics cards at reasonable price ranges.
Gigabyte has secured a lot of respect from its release of GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. The new GeForce GTX 1060 WindForce OC Edition is a complete angel pack.
It is termed as a quality budget graphics card which is capable of giving you quality gaming time.
It’s VR support is impressive and probably better than all the other graphics cards out there.
It has a video memory of 3GB GDDR5 and has a 200mm GP106 GPU. It supports 1.5MB of L2 cache and 8 ROPs. The base/boost is 1582MHz/1797MHz in OC mode while the gaming mode goes up to 1556MHz in base and 1771MHz in boost.
It supports a custom cooler (WindForce), and a factory overclock, and even after that, it comes under $200 which is nice.
Even its a dual fan model but its size is still small as compared to other cards; it’s 223mm long and 121mm tall and thus can fit comfortably in the majority of the systems. The front is made of plastic with orange linings and also has a metal backplate which gives an intense look.
It has two DVI-D connectors, but the general use is only HDMI 2.0 connector and one DP 1.4 header.
The WindForce 2X cooling technology is equipped with 90mm twin fans. The fans consist 11 blades each with a unique design to direct the air more efficiently, and this results in 23% more air power as compared to other cards.
The fans are also programmed to spin opposite to each other which as claimed by Gigabyte reduces turbulence.
The fans are also semi-passive operatable and won’t even run when the GPU is cool enough.
It also supports DirectX 12 and has a three-year warranty.
Enough of specifications and endorsement, let’s come to performance now.
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 was tested with the breathtaking, latest in the market Battlefield 1; the starting mission was chosen as it was one of the most graphics demanding areas.
The results were good enough, at 1920 x 1080 with Ultra settings and DirectX 12, the game ran smoothly and quietly at 74FPS on average which is great.
However, at 2560 x 1440 Ultra settings, the framerate was reduced to 41FPS on average which is still bearable as there won’t be any noticeable lags.
Fallout 4 was also tested with the gameplay where the character runs just outside Corvega Automation Plant which means that it was not an ordinary test but a test where the graphics cards feel real pressure.
At 1920 x 1080, the card gave 53FPS on average, and at 2560 x 1440, the framerate went down to 33FPS on average which is not bad for a budget graphics card.
Regarding power consumption, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 OC 3GB was an average competitor with a consumption of 68W at idle and 212W at full load.
The maximum temperature bearable for this card is 92 degrees Celcius, and the GPU could easily run at 150MHz with a base clock of 1732MHz and boost clock of 1947MHz. The overclocked version is also 9% faster than the OC gaming mode.
At 1080p, the card performed well with almost all of the games above 60FPS on average while the GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition is 11% better than this card 1080p and 16% at 1440p.
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WindForce OC is a beauty within, you get a super cooler that works extremely quite and handles the heat pretty well, you also get a factory overclock, and the size of the card is extremely suitable.
So, with these all in one specification at an affordable price range, I am convinced enough to recommend it to you.
You won’t believe, but cheap cards with good performance like EVGA GeForce 210 Passive 1024MB DDR3 do exist.
Such cards are not powerful and efficient enough as the ones listed above, they truly are the beasts of the gaming world, but these cards can still give you a good amount of enjoyable gaming time in return of a handful of money.
Isn’t it incredible? It is!
With this graphics card, you will be able to stretch to the high-quality graphics and texture settings, and it has an incredible video memory of 1024MB.
Going in depth with specs, it has got some real muscle according to its price range which is more than affordable.
It has got 16 processing cores, 240Hz max refresh rate, 520MHz GPU and a great 1238MHz shader clock.
I recommend minimum PSU for this graphics card should be around 300W to let it run smoothly and without any issues.
As explained above, it comes in with a 1GB video memory 64-bit DDR3, a similar variant with 512MB video memory is also available, but that would go to down for modern gaming world.
It has HDMI, VGA, and DVI-I ports.
With DirectX 10.1 and NVIDIA physcX technology, this card is suitable for average computer games, HD video playbacks and photo and video editing.
The EVGA GeForce 210 Passive 1024 graphics card has an effective memory clock 1200MHz and 9.6GB/s memory bandwidth.
The card has 16 CUDA core processors with PCI Express 2.0 compatibility and supports shader model 4.1 and later.
You will also be getting the necessary drivers required to run this card along with a three-year company warranty which is trustworthy.
Enough of specifications, let’s come to the performance.
With the specifications the EVGA GeForce 210 Passive 1024MB is loaded with, it can run almost all games at low or moderate settings.
Maybe, it would run same games at high settings too, but you will possibly experience some lag and low FPS on average.
The specifications are overall excellent, and its price is more than affordable. So, my verdict is that, if you are not a professional gamer or are just taking a start in gaming, this card can give you good learning time and you won’t have to burden your pockets too.
The MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 is a really attractive package with military class IV components and a factory overclocked speed of up to 1316MHz.
It also includes RGB lighting system to match the theme of your OS, and in addition to that, the MSI Gaming App will give you full control over the response and behavior of LEDs.
The card comes in with a driver disc and a quick guide to aid you with the installation.
The MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 graphics card is manufactured with the AMD’s Polaris 10 4th Generation technology.
It contains two 95mm Torx 2.0 ball bearing fans which are capable of delivering 22% more airflow to the heat pipe. The backplate is rigid which supports pressure and also helps in cooling.
The Twin Frozr VI is pretty large, so there’s a good cooling system. It is 10.8 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches in size, and so it could fit comfortably in the majority of the systems.
The military class components used on 6+2 phase system on this card are Super Ferrite chokes, and these combinations together provide an excellent cooling and power efficient product.
The Polaris 10 core has 2304 shader units, 134 texture units and 32 ROPs with a max boost clock speed of up to 1316MHz in OC edition.
You can use the MSI gaming app to chose between the three profiles. The gaming mode has a core clock of 1303MHz while the silent profile offers 1266MHz.
The MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 uses a powerful 8GB video memory from Samsung and runs at 8GB/s rate and flows through 256-bit.
At the overclocking profile, the memory speed increases from 8GB/s to 8.1GB/s.
The MSI Gaming App is a cool feature because it lets you control almost every inch of your graphics card with a single click ranging from the fans to the LEDs, you got everything under your finger tip.
The overclocking went great with this card as the core speed increased to 1410MHz and 2190MHz was recorded on the video memory.
Heading towards gaming performance, Far Cry Primal was tested with MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 Gaming graphics card. At 1920 x 1080p, the game ran with 63FPS on average while the frame rate boosted to 68FPS on average with overclocked version on same resolution.
At 2560 x 1440, the recorded frame rate was 45FPS on average, and it raised to 49FPS on average with the overclocked edition.
The FPS was however down at 4K resolution, and it was expected to be, the MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 Gaming gave 25FPS on average at 3840 x 2160 and 28FPS with overclocking.
Battlefield 4 was also run on the card. At 1920 x 1080, 74FPS on average was recorded which increased to 78.7FPS with overclocked.
The frame rates dropped down to 46.92FPS on average at 2560 x 1440 and further went down to 24FPS on average at 4K settings.
Of course, a good graphics cards review is incomplete without testing its temperature and power consumption at idle and under load.
At idle the MSI Afterburner showed 43 degrees Celcius, and under pressure, the temperature of MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 increased up to 72 degrees Celcius.
The card consumed 101W at idle and 277W under load while the consumption under load for the overclocked version was 309W.
The temperature and power consumption stats show that MSI has honestly done the homework and their Twin Frozr VI equipped MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 graphics card is a success.
The Twin Frozr VI technology is designed as dead silent technology, and at idle the twin fans run at zero RPM until the core temperature crosses 60 degrees Celcius which means that the card will be quiet until the fans start spinning and even after that, there is no considerable noise, which is impressive.
Currently, the MSI Gaming Radeon RX 480 is priced under $250 and believe me this price is nothing as compared to the performance and efficiency of this card. You get good FPS for all latest games with efficient power consumption and no noise.
The new Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming graphics card has the same 8GB of video memory as its other versions of GTX 1070 and the same CUDA Core count too, but the clock speeds have changed from version to version.
This graphics card comes in with a GP104 GPU in two modes. There’s a base/boost clock of 1620MHz/1822MHz in OC mode while 1594MHz/1784MHz in Gaming edition.
Its 8GB of GDDR5 video memory is clocked at 8GHz.
The card has triple fan cooler installed with WindForce technology, and the backplate is rigid to support cooling and pressure.
The cooling technology is so efficiently designed that up to 60 degrees Celsius, the fans won’t spin and so there won’t be any noise.
There’s an EGB LED logo on the top that can be controlled and animated according to your desires.
Enough of introduction, let’s jump to the performance now.
Far Cry Primal is a pretty heavy game and somewhat nightmare for the graphics cards, I would say.
Well, at 1920 x 1080 with Ultra Preset and AA disabled, the game ran at 93FPS on average. When the resolution changed to 2560 x 1440 with same settings as before, the frame rate decreased to 65FPS on average which is impressive.
At 4K, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming graphics card was still able to run the game at 36FPS on average, which is an absolute beauty.
Okay, you might have played Metro Last Night.
At 1920 x 1080 with Very High-Quality settings, the game ran at 130FPS on average. At 2560 x 1440 with same graphics settings, the recorded frame rate was 81FPS.
However, at 4K there were an average 36FPS.
The gaming experience with Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming was impressive.
The GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition consumes 215W while the overclocked Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming consumes around 250W of power, which is better than most of the hardcore graphics cards.
If we say that Gigabyte has been successful in manufacturing a dead silent card in the shape of Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming, it won’t be wrong at all.
The fans don’t spin while the temperature is under 60 degrees Celsius, while under load, the temperature on average is somewhere around 63-65 degrees Celsius, which means the fans are spinning, but you won’t be hearing any noise. You will have to be in a quiet room to notice it.
The performance of Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is impressive in addition to lower temperatures and power consumption.
Wrapping it up, Gigabyte offers great value for your money with their product, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming graphics card. Right now, it’s priced under $400 which would be a bit high for some of you but if you want real gaming experience, with low power consumption, noise and without breaking the bank, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming should be your ultimate choice.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X is something unique from MSI. It has a really different and cool design as compared to other graphics cards.
It’s one of the very few models in MSI’s list of graphics cards that have water cooling system and its the cheapest one.
It has a single propeller-like fan installed along with the AIO cooling technology. It has an 8-pin connector on the side with MSI logo, illuminated by LEDs.
The shroud is an aluminum plastic mixture, and there is a rigid backplate.
The one and only fan installed in the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X needs external connection, you can also connect it to the CPU which means that the same voltage will be supplied to the fan as the CPU.
The graphic card has three modes in total which can be controlled through MSI Gaming App similar to the MSI Radeon RX 480 and MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards. Gaming mode is selected by default.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X consists Pascal GP104-200 GPU. It has 1920 CUDA Cores and a 256-bit interface with 8GB GDDR5 of breathtaking video memory.
Isn’t it cool?
Why won’t it be, it uses AIO cooler. Just kidding! 😛
Let’s have some overview of its performance in the battlefield.
Battlefield 1 was run on MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X and results were great.
At 1920 x 1080 with Ultra settings enabled, the average frame rate was 69FPS. At 2560 x 1440 there was a decrease of 20 points, and 49FPS was received on average.
At 4K, the frame rate dropped to 25FPS on average, which is not bad.
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare is one of the latest games so it would be a good idea to bring it on a benchmark.
If you don’t know, COD Infinite Warfare is locked to 125FPS on average in the single-player mode, and the numbers even decrease in Multiplayer.
The results we receive while running COD Infinite Warfare on MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X were somewhat surprising.
At 1920 x 1080 with ‘Very High’ graphic settings, 88FPS on average were recorded. At 2560 x 1440, the frame rate dropped to 58FPS on average.
However, at 4K resolution, the card managed to get 34FPS on average which is better because at this frame rate you can enjoy the game without any noticeable problems such as lags.
Let’s have a look at the noise and power consumption.
As expected, the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X cooler is super fantastic. The temperature of the card never goes beyond 50 degrees Celsius. When the system is idle, the GPU temperature is around 32 degrees, and under load, it rises to 48 degrees Celsius.
So, the water cooling technology is really going to help you.
The power consumption was tested at all three different modes, and there were only slight differences.
At silent mode, the card consumed around 298W. In gaming mode, there was an increase of 1W in power consumption.
While in the OC mode, the card consumed 301W.
With the overclocked version, the base and boost clocks were slightly increased along with the frequency reaching to 150MHz on the core and 400MHz on the memory.
Well, the overall performance of MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X is pretty much impressive especially the water cooling under only $500 price tag, I bet you can fall in love with it.
If you are in search of a graphics card that offers a great cooling solution along with close to high-end gaming comfort, the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X is made for you.
Why Are Graphics Cards So Important?
- Well, you shouldn’t be asking this question if you are a gamer. Graphics Cards are core components in the gaming world.
- You cannot probably call yourself a hardcore or professional gamer if you don’t have a good graphics card.
- Graphics cards aid the hardware of your overall system and thus hold a crucial part of programming too.
You might have searched for best graphics cards for PC before and so it maybe in your knowledge, how hard it is to find quality graphics cards that add value to your computer without breaking your bank.
This is where lists like these play a crucial part. I have crafted this list of best buy graphics cards after a lot of research and experience keeping in mind the present gaming demands and the price tag.
I hope this list will help you chose the best graphics card within your price limit. Do keep in mind that each one of these graphics cards has different characteristics and so a card that suits someone else might not fulfill your needs.
I have tried to add the cards only that are no too budget offended and in reach of everyone with high-end gaming characteristics.
If you think I have missed a card that deserved to be here, do let me know.