Recently we looked at the GTX 1080 from GIGABYTE. It’s a truly stellar card, but is also rather costly, as is always the case with high-end GPUs. This time, we’re working with a cheaper alternative in the form of the MSI GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC edition. At just under R10,000, value isn’t the word that comes to mind when you consider that you can buy a gaming-capable notebook for that amount of money. You should consider, however, that the GTX 1070 (and in particular this model) is faster than the outgoing GTX 980 Ti (in reference form). It consumes far less power, runs cooler and is significantly better suited to DirectX 12 and future titles than the Maxwell-based GPU. The GTX 10XX series will continue to gain performance while the Maxwell GPUs march steadily to their twilight.