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    MSI 1070 Sea hawk vs MSI 1070 Armour OC

    Which do you think is the best card. The Sea hawk is cheaper by £10 and is liquid cooled but uses a reference board, is it better to buy the Armour due to this ?

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    In terms of cooling performance, the sea hawk would most likely be better. The cons of the sea hawk is that it requires that your case to support a 120mm rad+fan, it is still limited by voltage/power due to an unmodified bios and you need a spare fan header to power the 120mm fan as well.
    The reference board is already decent enough for Pascal.

    For a 1070 it wouldn't make too much difference in performance. The Sea Hawk should give you better thermals and less fan noise as it's water cooled. Both cards should boost to 2000Mhz even though the MSI Armour has more power phases and an additional 6 pin power (as well as the standard 8 Pin on the 1070) it won't affect performance or overclocking as the Nvidia limits how much power can go through the card so the extra 6 pin doesn't make much difference. If you have the space in your case go for the Sea Hawk, less noise and better thermals with the same performance.

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    Suztera

    In terms of cooling performance, the sea hawk would most likely be … In terms of cooling performance, the sea hawk would most likely be better. The cons of the sea hawk is that it requires that your case to support a 120mm rad+fan, it is still limited by voltage/power due to an unmodified bios and you need a spare fan header to power the 120mm fan as well.The reference board is already decent enough for Pascal.


    I've got plenty of space in my case to house the cooler and fan connection wise it isn't an issue. A little weird not having the GPU control the Fan speed though but I guess a lot of AIO are like this. Do you think it being a ref board is a minus against the armour with better components and layout ?

    kester76

    I've got plenty of space in my case to house the cooler and fan … I've got plenty of space in my case to house the cooler and fan connection wise it isn't an issue. A little weird not having the GPU control the Fan speed though but I guess a lot of AIO are like this. Do you think it being a ref board is a minus against the armour with better components and layout ?


    It's because it's reusing its existing AIO cooler rather redesigning it completely. Most of the high-end water-cooled cards will have a connector to connect the fan and can be controlled by the card itself.
    Whether you get a card that overclocks well depends on your luck due to silicon lottery.
    With sufficient cooling, the reference board is perfectly fine.

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    randomvector

    For a 1070 it wouldn't make too much difference in performance. The Sea … For a 1070 it wouldn't make too much difference in performance. The Sea Hawk should give you better thermals and less fan noise as it's water cooled. Both cards should boost to 2000Mhz even though the MSI Armour has more power phases and an additional 6 pin power (as well as the standard 8 Pin on the 1070) it won't affect performance or overclocking as the Nvidia limits how much power can go through the card so the extra 6 pin doesn't make much difference. If you have the space in your case go for the Sea Hawk, less noise and better thermals with the same performance.


    Thanks, I'll look a bit futher into this. Do you think there will be any other price drops on these cards ?

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    Suztera

    It's because it's reusing its existing AIO cooler rather redesigning it … It's because it's reusing its existing AIO cooler rather redesigning it completely. Most of the high-end water-cooled cards will have a connector to connect the fan and can be controlled by the card itself.Whether you get a card that overclocks well depends on your luck due to silicon lottery.With sufficient cooling, the reference board is perfectly fine.


    I probably be using the default clock OC speeds on the unit but after putting up with my ref r9 290 I'd like something a little quieter during the summer months.
    I think I'll sleep on this before pulling the trigger on a £380 GPU, not sure if the 1070s are going to drop a little more after the 18th.

    kester76

    Thanks, I'll look a bit futher into this. Do you think there will be any … Thanks, I'll look a bit futher into this. Do you think there will be any other price drops on these cards ?


    RIght now, most likely no. Perhaps when there is a new release of gpus, it may drop.

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    Suztera

    RIght now, most likely no. Perhaps when there is a new release of gpus, … RIght now, most likely no. Perhaps when there is a new release of gpus, it may drop.


    Wasn't sure if the RX 580 would cause the 1060 to drop and have a knock on effect with the other cards. Also are card manufacturers switching GDDR5 to GDDR5x on the lower tier models ?
    pcgamer.com/asu…am/

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    Thanks everyone I'm going to get some sleep and think about it.

    ​You think in your sleep?

    Wouldn't you be better of getting a 1080 for this price , I mean they don't run that hot or loudly anyway
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