MSI GeForce GTX 1070 SEA HAWK X Review

Published: 28th Dec 2016, 10:23 GMT


As we’ve shown you earlier, GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X suffers from a rather high clock frequency fluctuation. Normally all it takes to get rid of this problem is to raise TDP limit. This is not possible with the Sea Hawk, since the maximum TDP is 105% in BIOS. This means that we are just adding frequency to the card that is already capped by the power limit. However clock speed will still increase as games normally do not utilize 100% of GPU power, so there’s still room for overclocking.

In the end, we managed to increase the frequency by 150 MHz on the core and 400 MHz on the memory.

So here are all profiles and their clocks.

Reference :1506 MHz1683 MHz~2002 MHz
Silent Mode :1506 MHz1696 MHz1802 MHz2002 MHz
Gaming Mode :1586 MHz1772 MHz1869 MHz2002 MHz
OC Mode :1607 MHz1797 MHz1886 MHz2027 MHz
Manual Overclocking :1732 MHz1922 MHz2024 MHz2102 MHz

As you can see there’s not much of a difference between Gaming and OC Mode. Silent mode is essentially what you would expect from a reference-clocked card. Manual overclocking gave us on average 155 MHz more than Gaming mode.

As you might expect higher clock comes at the price of higher temperature, but that part was covered in our stability test, earlier in this review. Here I will only show you how manual overclocking affects fan curvature when applied. It was not modified, this is simply how GPU responds to higher temperature. Of course, let me remind you, this is just the blower fan on the card, not the fan on the radiator.

Review Contents
Page 1Overview MSI GeForce GTX 1070 SEA HAWK X
Page 2Testing platform & methodology
Page 3STABILITY Temperature ● Core Clock ● GPU Usage ● Memory Usage
Page 4DirectX 12 Battlefield 1
Page 5DirectX 11 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Page 6DirectX 12 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Page 7DirectX 12 The Division
Page 8DirectX 12 HITMAN
Page 9DirectX 11 Metro: Last Light
Page 10DirectX 11 Project Cars
Page 11DirectX 11 Rainbow Six: Siege
Page 12DirectX 11 Titanfall 2
Page 13DirectX 12 Rise of the Tomb Raider
Page 14DirectX 12 Total War: Warhammer
Page 15DirectX 11 Witcher 3
Page 16Overclocking
Page 17Conclusion