10 MSI Gaming X GTX 1070

MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging, Specification and Initial Impressions
  2. Closer Look
  3. Utility and Overclocking Impressions
  4. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  5. Futuremark Benchmark
  6. OpenGL Benchmarks
  7. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  8. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  9. Hitman
  10. DOOM
  11. GPU Computation Benchmark
  12. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  13. Overclocking Profile and Manual OC Impressions
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links

It’s easier to remove and maintain the MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X. It’s just a shame that you’ll end up breaking the warranty label by removing one of the four spring loaded screws surrounding the core.

Heatsink Design

You will need to remove 15 screws from its backplate including four of its spring-loaded ones. The PCB and the GPU Cooler easily separates without the need to worry about messing the VRAM and VRAM/MOSFET’s thermal pads. This is because this card uses two metal plates for the VRAMs and VRMs.

There are four standard sized nickel-plated copper heatpipes with a solid heatbase. This ensures proper contact. MSI practically brags about this in its product page. It is worth mentioning that as direct heatpipes cooling, in reality, is just a cost-cutting measure rather than a feature.

Heatsink Plates

It is good to see such implementation on the Gaming X. If you dismantle this card to change the thermal paste, you wouldn’t mess with the thermal pads over the GDDR5 memory chips and the MOSFETs. You dismantle the card, clean the heatsink, clean and re-apply your preferred thermal paste and put it back together. Back to business as usual!

Gigabyte was pretty close-ish to do this on the G1 Gaming GTX 1080 since the VRAM plate was on the heatsink. The VRAM plate on the Gaming X is flat because it touches the heatfins and heatpipes, enabling heat exchange upon contact. The fan blows over the power management area of the PCB. Therefore, it makes sense for the other plate design as a passive heatsink.

MSI says its uses a premium thermal paste for its Gaming X. The thermal paste looks more ‘liquid’ compared to many graphic card’s TIM application I’ve seen so far. As you can see, the VRAM’s plate is connected to the I/O shield. I am assuming this is to help the card from sagging? Not sure if this will card will since it’s much lighter than the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme due to the choice of materials and size of the cooler. Nevertheless, it’s a good practice from MSI.


Once you remove the heatsinks for the VRAMs and MOSFET/VRAMs, you’ll see eight Samsung GDDR5 chips.There’s a total of 10 chokes with a thicker thermal pad above it. The card has two connectors for fans and one for its LED. Unlike the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme.

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