EVGA GTX 1070 SC Review & Overclocking Benchmarks

By Published June 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Additional Info

  • Component: Video Card
  • Original MSRP: 440
  • Manufacturer: EVGA

Black Ops 3 Benchmark – EVGA 1070 SC vs. 1070 FE, MSI 1070, Fury X 

Black Ops III at 1080p shows the MSI GTX 1070 at 175FPS AVG and the GTX 1070 SC at 171FPS AVG, with the MSI card sustaining generally higher 1% and 0.1% low values as a result of its stable clock-rate. Granted, that doesn't mean they're noticeable at this high framerate. The Founders Edition card sits at 166FPS, or a difference of 2.97%.




Moving to 1440p, we see the EVGA GTX 1070 SC and MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X are effectively tied, with the MSI version of the card leading by just 0.7FPS – completely imperceptible to the user. The cards are, for all intents and purposes, identical in performance. There is a slight gain of 4.2% when moving from the reference 1070 to the EVGA 1070 SC.

At 4K, the EVGA GTX 1070 performs at 55FPS AVG and sustains tightly-timed 1% and 0.1% lows at 43FPS and 40.7FPS, respectively. These are superior to the Fury X, which looks fine in its averages, but fails massively in the 0.1% low department as a result of its low VRAM. The MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X runs at 57FPS average, or a gain of 3.57% over the EVGA card. The reference card sits at 53.3FPS. They're all pretty close at 4K, mostly because it's such an abusive setting.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Benchmark – EVGA 1070 SC vs. MSI 1070, 1070 SLI, 390X

Our initial Mirror's Edge Catalyst GPU benchmark can be found here, including information on the game's overall performance.



Running at 4K, the GTX 1070 SC is about equal with the MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X, both of which run ~10FPS below the 1080 Gaming X (22.5% difference).

The Division Benchmark – EVGA 1070 SC vs. MSI 1070 Gaming X




The Division is relatively punishing – evident in part by its mass exodus of players. The GTX 1070 Gaming X runs 1.3FPS faster than the EVGA GTX 1070 SC (2.9%), and the SC runs 8.23% faster than the FE card at 4K. At 1440p, all three cards easily maintain 100+ FPS, with the tiering stacked similarly to 4K.

GTA V Benchmark – EVGA 1070 SC vs. 1070 FE, MSI 1070 X, 390X, 380X



GTA V shows almost identical performance between the EVGA and MSI GTX 1070 cards, with the FE card only marginally behind. At 1080p with Very High and Ultra settings, the EVGA 1070 SC runs at 121.7FPS average and 87.3FPS 1% low. That's identical to what the MSI card is outputting with its 13MHz speed difference. The 0.1% lows are the only location we see a difference, where the MSI card leads by a bit over 2FPS.

At 4K, similar results are netted – MSI leads by 1FPS average, EVGA leads the 1070 FE by about 1.5FPS. Not very exciting, but somewhat expected.

Metro: Last Light Benchmark – EVGA 1070 SC vs. MSI 1070 Gaming X




Metro: Last Light positions the GTX 1070s in a neat stack, not even 1FPS (AVG) apart at 4K. We're seeing performance results that mostly match the GTX 1070 FE review posted.

Shadow of Mordor Benchmark – EVGA 1070 SC vs. MSI 1070 Gaming X




Shadow of Mordor puts the EVGA GTX 1070 at 121.7FPS, just 1FPS behind the MSI 1070 and about 1FPS ahead of the reference 1070. At 1440p, we see the gap marginally widen between the aftermarket cards, which sit at 86FPS for EVGA and 89FPS for MSI. That's a 3.43% difference. The Founders Edition card is at 77FPS, which is actually noticeably slower than the AIB partner versions. In fact, that's 14.46% slower than MSI and 11% slower than EVGA. This result coincides with our original GTX 1070 FE overclocking results, showing that Mordor is sensitive to clock-rate.

Mordor at 4K shows the EVGA 1070 SC at 49FPS, with MSI at 51.3FPS and the FE card at 40.7FPS – noticeably slower than both. That's an 18.5% lead for EVGA over the FE card.

Last modified on June 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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