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Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging and Specification
  2. GPU Design
  3. Closer Look
  4. Utility Overview
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. Futuremark Benchmark
  7. OpenGL Benchmarks
  8. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  9. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  10. Hitman
  11. DOOM
  12. GPU Computation Benchmark
  13. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  14. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  15. Conclusion
  16. Online Purchase Links
  17. View All

Disclosure: This review unit is supplied by Galax

The little introduction…

Roughly a couple of years ago Galaxy and its European brand KFA2 combined as one, becoming Galax. Why the word ‘Galax’? Who knows! Galax is more known for its all-white Hall-of-Fame series graphic cards. Recently, they have been branching out towards other components such as SSDs and memory kits. This is the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC graphic card. The other variants are the FE, Virtual Edition, EX, EXOC and the HOF followed by HOF Limited Edition.

In any case, even in India its an overcrowded market. The last GPU company to enter in India was Gigabyte VGA. Galax, with a certain exception to a group of enthusiasts, has a lot of catching up to do and it’s going to be difficult. The way I see it, Zotac is a dominant force because of its extended warranty, well-reputed AMP and AMP Extreme cooling & a long standing reputation with its users. In many cases, manufacturers like MSI have the upper hand. Gigabyte VGA manages to stand out every now and then, especially with its GPU gauntlet sorting for the G1 Gaming and its cooling system. Just recently Gigabyte VGA upped its warranty period up to 4 years upon registration for its Xtreme Gaming lineup.Even though the company was formed in 1994, over here, Galax is coming here with a clean slate. Galax really needs to know something that stands out. We’ll check out the GTX 1070 EXOC and see how it is.

What you should keep in mind is that Galax GTX 1070 EXOC has a minor 88 MHz base clock bump over the founder’s edition. This overclock wouldn’t be significant enough to reflect in game benchmarks. But seeing that it would have a better cooler than the founder’s edition chances are that its boost clock should be more stable.

Packaging

Galax has a similar internal packaging like Gigabyte VGA. Which is a good thing as the foams and inner box adequately protects the card. What I find strange is that Galax is portraying its GTX 1070 EXOC as a ‘home theatre’ card with a single mention about gaming at the side. Okay!?!! It also mentions 4K streaming but GTX 1070 actually supports up to 8K (7680×4320) resolution at 60Hz.

Galax could have provided a case badge. Those PCIe power cables are practically useless as all modern and older power supplies have a direct PCIe cables. GPU manufacturers really need to think of providing something else.

Specification

GPU Engine Specs: CUDA Cores: 1920

  • Base Clock(MHz): 1594
  • Boost Clock(MHz): 1784
Memory Specs:
  • Memory Speed 8Gbps
  • Standard Memory Config 8GB
  • Memory Interface Width 256-bit
  • GDDR5Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 256
Feature Support:
  • OpenGL 4.5
  • Bus Support PCI-E 3.0
  • Certified for Windows 7-10, Linux, Free85BSDx86
  • Supported Technologies Microsoft DirectX 12
  • Virtual Reality Ready Yes
  • SLI Options
Display Support:
  • Multi Monitor 4 Displays
  • Maximum Digital Resolution 4096×2160
  • Maximum VGA Resolution 2048×1536
  • HDCP Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • Standard Display Connectors DVI-D, HDMI, 3x DP 1.4
  • Audio Input for HDMI Internal
Power Specs:
  • Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 150W
  • Minimum System Power Requirement (W) 500W
  • Supplementary Power Connectors 1x6pin、1x8pin
Model: Product Code 70NSH6DHL4EC
UPC Code 4895147123080
Dimensions:
  • Dimensions(with Bracket): 296 x 144 x 43 mm
  • Dimensions(without Bracket): 282 x 128 x 43 mm

Keep in mind that there is an error in the graphic card’s specifications. As per Nvidia, the GTX 1070 supports up to 8K @ 60Hz. The card uses dual-link DVI-D. It cannot run VGA resolution. It looks as if Galax simply copy-pasted from the previous gen’s specifications table.

About Roshan Ashraf Shaikh

A fan of computer systems, components, peripherals and phones. Co-incidentally the owner of Hardware BBQ and Dawn of Tech

15 comments

  1. Has been wondering the power phase of this card and can’t find proper review anywhere, thank you!

  2. Sorcerer, any thoughts on the EX-only model? Apparently the only difference is that the over is missing, can you confirm? Btw, thanks for the review!

    • yeah. factory oc is the only differentiating factor.

      Thanks! Much appreciated! I hope the review helped you out!

      • Looking closely your pictures in comparison to galax official pictures, I found that the EX-only model does not have the aluminum dissipator over the VRMs…and near the PCI-E conector there are engravings that the EX-only doesn’t have as well.

        • The ex model does have aluminum dissipator over the VRMs. I have the ex version and the only difference except from the oc difference is the use of Micron vram

  3. I signed up (Disqus) just to be able to thank you for this well done review. I chose the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC mainly because of the Samsung memory, the 5+2 phase design, the double power cable (8 + 6) and the “non-stop” fans (which other people may see as a disadvantage…) I’m very glad with my choice (specially after the recent bad news about some 1070 models), but the truth is I would not be able to choose without this review. Thanks.

  4. The fan’s turn off in idle!
    I had this problem after the micron memory update provided by them. Then the fans were stuck at min 50% speed, which wasn’t changeable to somethin lower.
    They hooked me up with another BIOS within a day and now it’s again at 0% fan speed at idle.

    • Hi. Do you have the “normal” 1070 EXOC version or the newer 1070 EXOC FS (Fan Stop)? In case you have the first one, which version was the BIOS they sent you?
      THANKS!

      (btw really great review!)

      • I don’t remember the BIOS version. sorry :(. But according to the comments here they did release a new BIOS which does enable fan stop control. The unit I had for review did not have any ‘FS’ initials.

        Thanks! Much appreciated! It takes us a very long time to expand and grow compared to American counterparts, but we’re getting there. I should be starting to put video content as well, but written reviews will also be there at the same time!

  5. any chance reviewing colorful igame?

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