- Introduction, Packaging and Specification
- GPU Design
- Closer Look
- Utility Overview
- Test Bench and Testing Methodology
- Futuremark Benchmark
- OpenGL Benchmarks
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- GPU Computation Benchmark
- Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
- GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
- Online Purchase Links
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.
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.
|GPU Engine Specs:||CUDA Cores: 1920
|Model:||Product Code 70NSH6DHL4EC
UPC Code 4895147123080
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.