MSI releases their fastest GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards yet, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Gaming Z graphics cards. The GTX 10 Gaming Z series is somewhat an upgrade from the Gaming X series. They feature the same TwinFrozr VI cooling technology, similar design, but the Gaming Z sports faster or higher clock speeds compared to the Gaming X. On top of that, MSI also added some LED lighting effects on the Gaming Z series to differentiate it from the Gaming X. Basically if you want the faster card (and bling) that MSI has to offer, the GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 Gaming Z would be it. Check out more of its features and specifications from the press release below.
MSI GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Gaming Z Graphics Cards
As the world’s most popular GAMING hardware vendor, MSI is proud to unleash the ultimate premium Pascal-powered graphics cards. The highly exclusive MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING Z 8G and MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING Z 8G cards represent the absolute Zenith in custom GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics cards. As the last character of the alphabet, Z also represents the final form of MSI GAMING graphics cards.
Rocking the award-winning TWIN FROZR VI thermal design with supreme cooling power allows the GAMING Z cards to have extreme core and memory clock speeds out of the box. The renowned shapes of the eye-catching TWIN FROZR cooler are intensified by a fiery red GAMING glow piercing through the cover. A completely new custom 10-phase PCB design using Military Class 4 components with an 8+ 6-pin power connectors enables higher overclocking performance to push your graphics card to the max.
Besides making the cards more rigid, the classy matte black backplate of GAMING Z cards feature an RGB LED shield which, together with the MSI GAMING dragon RGB LED on the side can be set to any of 16.8 million colors to reflect your mood or build.
MSI’s new TWIN FROZR VI Thermal Design raises the bar of Graphics Card air cooling. TORX Fan 2.0 is the enhanced version of the patented TORX Fan technology which generates 22% more air pressure for better cooling performance while further reducing noise levels. The new fans are equipped with Double Ball Bearings to ensure lasting smooth and silent operation. Connected to the huge heatsink are 8mm copper heat pipes with a squared shape at the bottom for optimal heat transfer from the solid nickel-plated copper baseplate combined with premium thermal compound X to keep the Pascal powerhouse cool.
To fully enjoy the impressive world of Virtual Reality, high-performance hardware is required. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 GAMING Z graphics cards deliver the perfect performance for a smooth VR experience. The MSI Gaming App now features a function to optimize PCs for smooth VR performance. MSI also introduces the VR Boost Kit, which makes VR more user-friendly by making all the required connections for VR accessible in a single 5.25 inch front panel.
The MSI Gaming App allows gamers to quickly switch between OC, Gaming and Silent performance modes, depending on their needs. The latest version of MSI Gaming App features One-click to VR, which instantly optimizes your PC for the best Virtual Reality experience. It also includes host of premium features like EyeRest to improve image quality and Dragon Eye which allows you to watch a YouTube video or stream while gaming. Last but not least, the Gaming App features a LED control tab, allowing gamers to choose from 5 unique lighting modes to set the right ambience for their gaming sessions with just one click.
MSI GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Gaming Z Specs
|Specifications||MSI GTX 1080 Gaming Z||MSI GTX 1070 Gaming Z|
|Graphics Processing Unit||GP104-400||GP104-200|
|Boost / Base Core Clock||1911 MHz / 1771 MHz (OC Mode)|
1873 MHz / 1733 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1733 MHz / 1607 MHz (Silent Mode)
|1860 MHz / 1657 MHz (OC Mode)
1835 MHz / 1632 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1683 MHz / 1506 MHz (Silent Mode)
|Memory Size (MB)||8192||8192|
|Memory Clock Speed||10108 MHz (OC Mode)|
10108 MHz (Gaming Mode)
10010 MHz (Silent Mode)
|8108 MHz (OC Mode)
8108 MHz (Gaming Mode)
8010 MHz (Silent Mode)
|Output||DisplayPort x 3 (Version 1.4) / HDMI (Version 2.0) / DL-DVI-D||DisplayPort x 3 (Version 1.4) / HDMI (Version 2.0) / DL-DVI-D|
|Digital Maximum Resolution||7680 x 4320||7680 x 4320|
|Virtual Reality Ready||Y||Y|
|DirectX Version Support||12||12|
|OpenGL Version Support||4.5||4.5|
|Multi-GPU Technology||SLI, 2-Way||SLI, 2-Way|
|Card Dimension(mm)||279 x 140 x 42 mm||279 x 140 x 42 mm|
|Card Weight (g)||1112||1096|
|Power consumption (W)||180||150|
|Recommended PSU (W)||500||500|
|Power Connectors||6-pin x 1, 8-pin x 1||6-pin x 1, 8-pin x 1|