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Galax GeForce GTX 1070 EXOC SNPR Review: Huge Improvements Over Founders Edition

Author: HP   Date:  Manufacture: Galax   Product Name: GTX 1070 EXOC SNPR   Price: $429.99   Warranty: 3 Years

Introduction

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In September of 2014, Galaxy and KFA2 announced that they will be re-branding itself to a single global brand name, Galax. Galaxy and its European brand, KFA2, were the same company but they operated under different names so the updated brand name will make it easier to offer the exact same product portfolio world wide. The company was founded in 1994 and since then, they have introduced numerous well-received product series such as Hall of Fame and GC (Galaxy Clocked) video cards. Their Hall of Fame video cards are built with custom PCB designs, better power delivery circuits and powerful coolers and the GC cards come with better factory overclocks than most factory overclocked cards.

The company is based in Asia and they are slowly breaking into the Western market by offering video cards that not only perform better than reference design but also look very attractive. It certainly won't be easy for Galax to break into the Western market because there are so many video card brands on the market and it's become harder and harder to stand out from the competition. Galax’s Hall Of Fame video cards are the company's premium line cards and are well-received in the enthusiast and gaming industry. Enthusiasts love the HOF cooler design because for its ability to dissipate high amounts of heat when overclocking. All of these great features will help Galax stand out from the other companies. Also, Galax does not only make custom built video cards, but also DRAMs and SSDs.

Today I'm looking at the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC SNIPER Black edition which retails for $429.99 and comes with 3 years of warranty. There is also a white edition available which looks cooler in my opinion because it makes the video card stand out from the crowd. Very rarely will you see a graphics card with a white cooler design and I understand that most people tend to like the all-black color scheme, but it's nice to have the option for the people that like something different. Moving on, the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper is a high-end custom-built video card that is designed for gamers and comes with plenty of attractive features. The "EXOC" name stands for Extreme Overclocked and the Sniper name basically means that it is targeting the FPS gamer.

Now let's talk a bit about the internal design, the card comes with a 5+2 power design, dual 100mm cooling LED fans, custom RGB lighting, and the standard array of connectivity which includes three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b, as well as a single dual-link DVI port. It features an anodized aluminum backplate meaning that it is corrosion-resistant.

Something that I like about this card’s design is the Silent Extreme Technology which only activates the fans when the temperature reaches 45 degrees Celsius. This feature is great because it will keep the card inaudible during idle mode and increase the life of the fan. The Founders Edition uses an 8-pin power connection but the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper uses an 8-pin and 6-pin power connections and has an SLI interface. The rating for the card is 150 watts which means you can use a 500W+ PSU without an issue. Having a 6-pin and 8-pin power connector means the card can receive a maximum of 300 watts.

Galax GeForce GTX 1070 EXOC SNPR

Another thing that I want to mention is that this card comes with a base clock of 1594 Mhz and a boost of 1784 Mhz. If we compare it to the founders edition which has a 1506 Mhz base clock and 1683 Mhz boost, the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper comes with a 88 MHz base clock bump and a 101 Mhz boost clock bump over the founder’s edition. The GPU boost may run higher than 1784 Mhz but that depends on the power and thermal operating conditions. This makes the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper a tad quicker.

Looking at the above picture, you will notice that Galax is using a black PCB to match the black color scheme of the EXOC Sniper Black card. Dimension-wise, the card measures 296 x 144 x 43 mm with bracket and 282 x 128 x 43 mm without bracket. One thing that I have to mention is that the specifications listed on Galax's website say that this card has a max resolution of 4K (4096x2160@60Hz) but the GTX 1070 actually supports 8K (7680x4320@60Hz). Anyway, like most high end cards, the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper is designed to run at 16x PCIe 3.0.

Technical Specifications

Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Specifications
CUDA Cores:1920
Base Clock:1594 Mhz
Boost Clock:1784 Mhz
Memory Speed:8Gbps
Standard Memory Config:8GB
Memory Interface Width:256-bit GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth:256 GB/sec
Feature Support:OpenGL 4.5, Bus Support PCI-E 3.0,
Certified for Windows 7-10, Linux,
Free85BSDx86, Microsoft DirectX 12,
Virtual Reality Ready Yes, SLI Options
Max Digital Resolution:4096x2160@60Hz
Max VGA Resolution:2560x1600
Display Support:Multi Monitor 4 Displays, HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0b
Standard Display Connectors:DVI-D, HDMI, 3x DP 1.4
Max Graphics Card Power:150W
Min System Power Requirement:500W
Supplementary Power Connectors:1x6pin, 1x8pin
Product Code:70NSH6DHN1WS
UPC Code:4895147124209
Dimensions (with Bracket):296 x 144 x 43 mm
Dimensions (without Bracket):282 x 128 x 43 mm
Features:NVIDIA GeForce GTX VR Ready,
Simultaneous Multi-Projection,
NVIDIA Ansel, NVIDIA G-SYNC,
NVIDIA SLI w/ HB Bridge Support,
NVIDIA GameStream, NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0

Packaging & Accessories

Galax GeForce GTX 1070 EXOC SNPR packaging

The video card comes in a traditional large sturdy box and on the front, we see the Galax brand on the top left and on the bottom right we see the "GeForce GTX 1070" shown in large bold letters. On the back, you will see some of the product's features and illustrations such as the "ultimate home theater" and "higher quality video stream".

Galax GeForce GTX 1070 EXOC SNPR accessories

The product is packaged well and the video card is inside a high density foam shell to protect it during shipping. The accessories included are a setup guide, user's manual, driver disk, and two PCIe power cables. The two PCIe power cables aren't necessary in my opinion because pretty much all power supplies have at least one direct PCIe cable but nevertheless, it's nice to see them included in case you need them.

Galax GeForce GTX 1070 EXOC SNPR fans

The two manuals have all the information that you need to know about the video card and how to install it. The setup guide has information on how to quickly install your video card and get your computer up and running. The user manual on the other hand goes into more detail about the video card, troubleshooting and installing the card. It basically tells you everything you need to know about the video card.

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