This is my first ever review for a High-End Graphics card, and then again it’s my first review of a graphics card simple as that.
The PNY GTX 1070 XLR8 OC it’s possible one of the cheapest high-end graphics cards on the market, coming in at around $399 and for what it can offer it’s a great price to pay.
Very minimal in design, NO RGB LED’s, just a shed load of power, using Black as its base colour and Red to help it stand out, this fan is a beast, with its three fans that glow red, thanks to the Red LED and translucent fan fins.
- Factory Overclocked
- PNY Silent XLR8 Triple Cooler
- Simultaneous Multi-Projection
- VR Ready
- NVIDIA Ansel Support
- NVIDIA SLI®w/ HB Bridge Support
- NVIDIA G-SYNC™
- NVIDIA GameStream™
- NVIDIA GPU Boost™0
- Microsoft®DirectX® 12 Support
- Vulkan API Support
- Open GL 4.5 Support
- PCI Express 3.0
- Max Digital Resolution – 7680×4320 @ 60Hz1
- 3x DisplayPort 1.4
- HDMI 2.0b
|PNY Part Number||VCGGTX10708XGPB-OC|
|Card Dimensions||12” × 5.03” × 1.49” Dual-Slot|
|Box Dimensions||15.5” × 7.7” × 3.8”|
|NVIDIA CUDA Cores||1920|
|Core Speed||1607 MHz|
|Boost Speed||1797 MHz|
|Memory Clock||8 Gbps|
|Memory Size||8GB GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||256 GB/s|
|SLI||SLI HB Bridge Supported|
|Resolution||7680 × 4320 @ 60Hz (Digital)1|
|Power Input||One 8-Pin|
|Bus Type||PCI-Express 3.0 x16|
So what is in the box?
You get the graphics card, a 6 to 8 pin PCIe power connector, some documents, giveaway instructions (World of Tanks), a transfer sticker and a CD (no one uses CD’s come on go digital). It did put a smile on my face CD, come on PNY, this is 2017, we no need CD, we no console people, we new age people that have adopted digital and don’t care for hard copies.
Just look at that PCIe cable that comes with the card, who the hell decided to chuck that crap with this card, it does not suit the card, does the card no justice and looks damn right ugly, but do not fret, grab yourself a modular power supply, and there will be no need to use these disgusting looking PCIe power adapter cable.
The Fans on this card really do a great job to emphasise the gorgeous Red from those LED’s thanks to the fans being Translucent with a tint of black, PNY has also added accents of red around the front and back fan to help with the overall design. If you are wondering what size the fans are, they are 80mm and the card size length is just under 30cm, that’s a pretty large card.
The back of the card is very minimal, a full cover backplate that helps to remove heat, no real styling, just simple and effective you could say, for a minimalistic type gamer, this is perfect. They do however manage to add the XLR8 logo and PNY logo in white and upside down when viewing the card from outside the case. some bright spark must have been drunk that day when he/she had the idea of stickering.
There was also a Barcode label on the card stuck dead centre, looked total shit, so that came off straight away.
The 8 pin PCIe connector is mounted on the back end of the card with and two SLI connectors at the front of the card if you wish to SLI up these bad boys. I hope one day to do this for certain, 2 x Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB OC Cards mounted in my new PC, damn it will be a total beast.
Now that’s the internal stuff done, how does it connect to your displays? there are three Displayport 1.4 connections, One HDMI 2.0b and a duel-link DVI-D connection. If you are like me and looking for 4K60, you can achieve this via the 1.4 Displayports or the HDMI 2.0b port. If you are looking for 8K60 or 4K120 you can also achieve this by using the DisplayPort’s, the DVI-D sucks.
Now some sites go into detail and open these bad boys up, not me, I have no clue what I am doing, so I shall leave that shit to other sites, who love taking a risk, me, I just want it to damn work.
Now came the testing.. our system.
- MSI Z170A Gaming M3 Motherboard
- Crucial 3000mHz 32GB Ballistic Tactical DDR4 Ram
- Cooler Master Seidon 120 V2 Cooler
- Cooler Master Pro 5 NVIDIA Edition Case
- Cooler Master V850 PSU
- Intel Core i5 7600, Kaby Lake, Quad Core, 4 Thread, 3.5GHz, 4.1GHz Turbo, 6MB Cache, CPU
- 2x 3TB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s 64MB Cache HDD
- 1x 6TB X300 High Performance Hard Drive from Toshiba
- 1x 128GB ADATA SSD – Boot Drive
- 1x 275GB Crucial SSD – 2nd Boot Drive
- PNY Nividia GTX 1070 OC GPU
- TP Link TL-WDN4800 N450 PCI-E Network Card
- 2X CoolerMaster SickleFlow 120mm Silent Green LED PC Case Cooling Fans
First test, benchmark with Unigine Heaven 4.0 this is how it scored
and this is the video
I have thrown everything at this system and this awesome GPU from Resident Evil 7, Dishonored 2, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2 & Sniper Elite 4, everything on the highest possible settings, and the system was easily pulling over 60FPS. This card is a hungry, polygon grinding powerhouse, totally different to its user, me, who is a lazy, short, can not last 1 hour in the gym without almost dying (metaphorically speaking)
User DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) I was also able to run games at 4K, and 60 FPS was possible with some games, but not all. If I had two of these cards, then 4K would be possible for all games, but for the price, just running games easily, over 60FPS, way over most of the time, running everything on the highest possible settings, what more do you want, this card will give you endless hours of fun.
So I built my new system, here is a video of the final build
I did a full system performance test, the GPU scored a 3D mark of 11673.2
Now since this is my first graphics card I have no other cards to really compare it to, however, I do have a 970m in my MSI laptop, and I can comfortably say this GPU pisses all over that card. It’s like my new GTX1070 is teabagging my nice MSI GS70, rather upsetting TBH, I love that laptop, but, time has come, where the old, gets replaced by the new, and the new becomes my pride and joy and the old, well gathers dust and prays to be used in the future.
Now this is something I figured out myself check out this CPUz
This cards GPU Clock speed is almost hitting the same speed at a GTX 1080 which has not been Overclocked yet, which is awesome when you consider the price, $399 compared to a GTX 1080 costing around $600, it’s really a no-brainer which one to buy if you want performance, got a budget and don’t wish to pay out a fortune like me.
Do not get my wrong the GTX1080 is the best card on the market for sure, but this PNY GTX 1070 8GB OC GPU is affordable, powerful and plays anything you chuck at it.