EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC2 Gaming iCX Review (08G‑P4‑6573‑KR)

  • Hitman
  • Rise Of The Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3

Hitman

Hitman

On release players have access to the Intro Pack content – Prologue Mission, the Paris Sanguine Fashion Show, full access to Contracts Mode, Escalation Mode, elusive targets and other live content. Remaining content will be available as six releases periodically throughout 2016, starting April 2016.

As Agent 47, you perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Future locations – in April, Sapienza Italy, track down a scientist residing in the sunny coastal town. In May, the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, Morocco. And as the story expands you will travel to Thailand and the USA before concluding in Japan later in 2016.

We went straight for 1440p in Hitman and since it’s popping out 76.4 FPS there was really no need to go to 1080p in this epic title.

The GTX 980 gen video cards struggled with 4K gaming but it looks like Nvidia and EVGA have that problem conquered and hit 48.2 FPS at this uber resolution.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Tomb

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It is the sequel to the 2013 video game Tomb Raider, a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. It was released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in November 2015 and for Microsoft Windows in January 2016. It is set to release for PlayStation 4 in the second half of 2016.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was officially announced in June 2014. The game’s storyline follows Lara Croft as she ventures into Siberia in search of the legendary city of Kitezh, whilst battling a paramilitary organization that intends on beating her to the city’s promise of immortality. Presented from a third-person perspective, the game primarily focuses on survival and combat, while the player may also explore its landscape and various optional tombs. Camilla Luddington returns to voice and perform her role as Lara.

Upon release, Rise of the Tomb Raider received positive reviews, with critics praising its graphics, gameplay and characterization. It was the best-selling Xbox One game during Christmas week, and had sold over one million copies by the end of 2015. Additional content was also released, including a new story campaign, a new gameplay mode, as well as new outfits and weapons for Lara.

Coming out of the Tomb at 1440p the EVGA GTX 1070 SC2 Gaming iCX pushes 82.1 FPS with Laura Croft zooming through the routine survival and combat gameplay.

The 4K resolution in Rise of the Tomb Raider was quite stunning and the EVGA GTX 1070 SC2 iCX gave us 44.2 FPS to enjoy all the eye candy.

The Witcher 3

Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an open world action role-playing video game developed by CD Projekt RED. Announced in February 2013, it was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 19 May 2015. The game is the third in the series, preceded by The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, which are based on the series of fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

Played in a third-person perspective, players control protagonist Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as a witcher, who sets out on a long journey through the Northern Kingdoms. In the game, players battle against the world’s many dangers using swords and magic, while interacting with non-player characters and completing side quests and main missions to progress through the story. The game was met with critical acclaim and was a financial success, selling over 6 million copies in six weeks. The game won multiple Game of the Year awards from various gaming publications, critics, and game award shows, including the Golden Joystick Awards, The Game Awards, Game Developers Choice Awards, and SXSW Gaming Awards. Two expansion packs were released for the game: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.

The Witcher 3 posed no problem for the EVGA GTX 1070 SC2 iCX at 1080p and we got 85.6 FPS from this formidable video card.

Running at 1440p the EVGA GTX 1070 SC2 Gaming iCX weaved its spell on Witcher 3 pushing out 73.1 FPS.

The Witcher 3 proved massive GPU power is needed at 4K and the EVGA GTX 1070 SC2 iCX powered out 43.7 FPS and at this level on Witcher 3 the GTX 1070 is the lowest tier Nvidia video card we would recommend at this time (short of the 980Ti of course but we recommend sticking with the current generation of video cards).

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  1. Congrats, nice review. I’m waiting for the review of the GTX 1070 FTW 2 to compare if it’s worth paying more for it

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