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Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Review

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Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing:

Finding out the just how much gaming FPS performance the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper can deliver will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

  • Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper: 1974MHz Core, 2151MHz Memory

Cranking up the clock speeds on this factory-overclocked card from Galax was a bit of a challenge to say the least. I tried overclocking in three different applications (Afterburner, Precision OC, and Extreme Tuner Plus) and came up with the same result in all three applications. The reasons behind trying all three was that overall overclocking was poorer on this card than any other Pascal-based video card I have tested. We all know overclocking is not a set-in-stone expectation, but you do have the law of averages and by and large that holds true in most cases. In this case, you have a card with the right cooling, an improved 5+2 phase VRM, a custom PCB and core, and GDDR5 memory, that fell below the mean averages of the cards I have tested. Now at face value, that sounds pretty damning of this Galax GTX 1070. Just because it does not hit the average marks, does not mean that it cannot overclock above the factory clock speeds. Quite the contrary.

I was able to use a +92MHz offset on the core to reach the maximum clock speed this core was capable of delivering. Increasing the applied voltage offsets did not help improve the maximum core clock speed or memory clock speed, so I left the voltage at the applied defaults. With this offset, the core cycles between 1961MHz to 1987MHz depending on the load in game, but most consistently sits at 1974MHz. Again, not bad, but on the weaker end of the Pascal cards I have tested.

Overclocking the memory on this card was every bit as challenging due to the change in memory ICs from Samsung to Micron ICs. I was able to use a +296MHz offset to reach 2151MHz as my maximum memory clock speed. NVIDIA's board partners have been kicking out BIOS updates to improve memory overclocking on their cards. Galax has a new card BIOS that is easy to flash with an all-in-one utility included. It helped bump the memory overclock offset by another 34MHz over the +296MHz offset used to run the testing on this card. Overall there is some overclocking margin available on this card. Just keep in mind that each card will give you a different overclocking result.

 


 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

 
  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Far Cry Primal
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. Hitman (2016)
  7. Tom Clancy's The Division
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  9. Ashes of the Singularity
  10. 3DMark

 

  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption



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