MSI announces GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X, Sea Hawk and AERO

Published: Jun 2nd 2016, 23:33 GMT

MSI has just released four GeForce GTX 1070 models on its website (not including Founders Edition). We are seeing the same designs there were used for GTX 1080, including GAMING, SEA HAWK and AERO.


The GAMING X has three clock speed modes (Boost Clock / Base Clock / Memory Clk) controlled by MSI’s GAMING APP:

  • (OC Mode) Maximum Performance through higher clock speeds and increased fan performance
    1797 MHz / 1607 MHz / 8108 MHz
  • (Gaming Mode) The best balance between in-game performance and silence
    1771 MHz / 1582 MHz / 8008 MHz
  • (Silent Mode) The best environment for minimal fan noise
    1683 MHz / 1506 MHz  / 8008 MHz

Card is using Twin Frozr VI cooling solution equipped with Torx 2.0 fan design. This card also features Zero Frozr technology, which means fans will not spin when temperature does not exceed 60 C.

The LED illumination of the side logo and translucent fins on the shroud, can also be controlled through MSI software.

The GAMING X appears to be the only MSI’s GTX 1070 model with custom PCB featuring with two power connectors (6pin and 8pin). It also features custom full-cover backplate.

MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G (2) MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G (3) MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G (4) MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G (5)


The GTX 1070 Sea Hawk features the same clock speed configuration as GAMING X. Those presets can be applied through MSI software.

The major difference between those two cards is obviously the cooler design. The hybrid cooler developed in collaboration with Corsair consists of a high-speed pump with micro-fin copper base and 120mm fan mounted on external radiator. This card is powered through single 8-pin power connector (so likely reference design), but at least we are getting a fancy black and white backplate.

MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk (4)MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk (1) MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk (2) MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk (3)


The AERO series are what we consider in-house reference design. Those cards will likely be priced much lower than Founders Edition (close to official MSRP). There are two AERO cards, one being factory-overclocked to 1531/1721 MHz, with memory left at default speed, and the other left with at reference clocks.

MSI GTX 1070 AERO (3) MSI GTX 1070 AERO (5) MSI GTX 1070 AERO (1) MSI GTX 1070 AERO (2)

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