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Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Review


Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Conclusion:

Galax is delivering a card that has a room full of potential and delivers on most of it right out of the gate. Visually, it is tough to go wrong with basic black front and back with some serious RGB accents. The card is a looker with red LED lighting in the fans and the default red LED lighting for the back plate. This one accent makes the card stand out from the crowd, as the LED lighting is bright enough to catch the eye and mesh with the RGB theme of your build. By using Galax's Xtreme Tuner Plus application, you have the option to change the LED lighting on the back plate to any shade in the rainbow. The only detraction from this cool feature is that the LED lights on the cooling fans stay red even after applying the changes. Overall, the black theme with RGB lighting just looks good.

While the back plate LED lighting looks great, the thickness of the assembly may cause some fitment issues on your motherboard. When originally installing this card in my Maximus VIII Extreme, I found that the back plate interfered with the shroud over the I/O panel ports above the top PCIe 16x slot and the very edge of the Q-DIMM slots on the board. If the motherboard had standard DIMM slots, the card would not have fit in the top PCIe 16x slot. Depending on your motherboard layout, you may or may not run into this issue. A fix would be to slim up the LCD diffuser and back plate assembly. It would not take much in the case of my test board, but a sixteenth of an inch would go a long way toward resolving the concern. If the black theme is not up your alley and you are running a "Snow Edition" chassis, this card is offered up in white with the same accent technology used to effect.

Getting around to the performance of the card shows that Galax has set the card up to deliver excellent performance with the well-rounded core clock speed and memory speeds used for this EXOC Sniper version of its GTX 1070. Out of the gate, this card has a factory GPU Boost speed of 1784MHz, but it runs a bit quicker than that in just about every game. In addition, 8GB of GDDR5 memory lets you comfortably turn up the visual quality settings. This combination allowed the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper to excel by comparison in the game testing. Where the card broke down performance-wise was the comparative overclocking results. The core clock speed was only stable between 1961MHz and 1987MHz. When you look at the speeds I have averaged on the NVIDIA Pascal-based cards, I have averaged about 100MHz higher on six other cards. That's not to say that the core cannot overclock on the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper, as the card was able to generate above a 200MHz boost over the factory boost clock speed. The memory on the other hand was not as generous, with only a 151MHz bump over the baseline 2000MHz. A recently reported issue with Micron-based GDDR5 generating poorer memory overclocking results than cards using Samsung GDDR5 memory ICs pointed to my lower than average memory overclocks. To fix or improve the memory overclocking, each of the affected manufacturers, including Galax, have posted BIOS fixes for the cards that improve memory overclocking. You can get the Galax BIOS here for the Galax GTX 1070 variant you purchase.

The bottom line here is that if you are not one to tune your card for higher performance through overclocking, then you have no reason to worry, as the card performs admirably throughout my testing. During my testing, I found that the noise levels generated by the card were pretty low, even with the fan speeds ramped up to 100%. The 100mm dual-fans used on the EXOC version of Galax's line-up do fairly well keeping the card cool enough at just 71 ºC under load or about 5 degrees Celsius warmer than Galax advertises, but is not a significant issue due to the obvious testing ambient temperatures. To alleviate fears of an overheating 5+2 phase VRM, Galax does use a large aluminum heatsink over the VRM on the all custom PCB with airflow coming through the large dual-heatpipe-equipped heatsink.

Overall, the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper is a high performing card that delivers FPS and game experience results on par with the GTX 1070 cards I have tested. It runs cool and quiet and features a pretty unique RGB LED lighting assembly to make it stand out in the crowd. If you are looking for a new GTX 1070 video card for your next build, the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC SNIPER is a factory-overclocked card that does well for the $429 USD price point.



  • Stock performance
  • Factory-overclocked
  • Good looks
  • Low noise
  • RGB backplate lighting
  • NVIDIA Ecosystem



  • Thick backplate assembly
  • Core overclocking
  • Memory overclocking


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  1. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper: Specifications & Features
  3. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing: Fallout 4, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  5. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing: Far Cry Primal, Battlefield 4
  6. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hitman (2016)
  7. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing: Tom Clancy's The Division, Unigine Heaven 4.0
  8. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing: Ashes of the Singularity, 3DMark
  9. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Testing: Temperature & Power Consumption
  10. Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper: Conclusion
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