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Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Review

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Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 
 

 

The thermal results delivered by the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper are a little warmer than I was expecting with a robust dual-fan cooling solution. In the stock testing, the results are just barely better than the baseline cooling on the Founders Edition card from NVIDIA. When overclocked and the fan pushed to the maximum level of 100%, the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper was the warmest Pascal-based card in the comparison, coming in at 64 ºC. Again, warmer than I would have expected. Where the cooling solution really did excel was in the noise department. The 100mm fans on the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper were actually very quiet even at the highest fan speed, which came in at around 2200RPM.

The power consumption results were in the ballpark when you look at the MSI and NVIDIA GTX 1070 comparison results. The power consumption results show that the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper pulled 301 watts from the wall by comparison to the 309 watts on the MSI card and 291 watts on the Founders Edition card. Galax recommends at least a 500-watt power supply for systems using this card. With only 301 watts consumed ,that recommendation is appropriate.




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