Today is the day! The day when you can get your eager gerbil paws on a sweet GTX 1070 graphics card that should get you high-end performance at a more reasonable price than ever. To help you on your quest to obtain such a card, we've prepared a round-up of the multiple flavors of non-Founders-Edition GTX 1070s on offer.
EVGA's website is having some trouble this morning, which we take to be a good sign for the company's coffers. We managed to pull some information on the company's GTX 1070 cards, though. All variants come with a backplate and EVGA's new ACX 3.0 cooling setup, which the manufacturer says improves cooling performance compared to its ACX 2.0 cooler by some 10-15%. EVGA has three cards on tap, all labeled "Gaming ACX 3.0": a regular, SuperClocked, and FTW edition. The regular Gaming ACX 3.0 card offers 1506MHz base and 1683MHz boost clocks. The SuperClocked version pushes things a little further to 1594MHz base and 1784MHz boost speeds. As for the "FTW" card, EVGA is tight-lipped about its clock speeds, though we'd imagine this card will be both fast and expensive. This version comes with a 12-phase power arrangement, RGB LED lighting, and a dual-BIOS setup.
On Asus' camp, so far there's only a single GTX 1070 non-FE card on offer, but it's a good one: the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070. This card is clocked particularly hot, at 1657MHz base and 1860MHz boost speeds. Asus fitted the card with a metal backplate and its DirectCU III triple-fan cooling setup. Additional features include RGB LED lighting and headers for GPU-controlled system fans.
MSI is going for a varied selection of GTX 1070s. Along with the versions we covered previously, the company is offering three more cards, labeled Armor, Armor OC, and Gaming X. All variants have a dual-fan cooling setup. The first two cards differ only in clock speeds: 1506MHz base and 1683MHz boost clocks in the Armor version, and 1556MHz base and 1746MHz boost speeds for the Armor OC.
The Gaming X variant takes things a little further, offering three modes of operation. In the "Silent" mode, the card's base and boost clocks are 1506MHz and 1683MHz. The "Gaming" mode pushes things a fair bit to 1582MHz base and 1771MHz boost frequencies. For those wanting to push things to the limit, there's an "OC" mode on tap, which offers 1607MHz base and 1797MHz boost clocks. The Gaming X card is tricked out in other ways, too. MSI's Twin Frozr VI cooling setup takes care of chilling the card's components, and wraps the card with a metal backplate. As expected of any self-respecting "gaming" product, the Gaming X is kitted with RGB LED lighting.
Zotac is offering two choices for GTX 1070 cards: the Amp and "Amp Extreme" versions. The Amp card is fitted with a metal backplace, a dual-fan cooling setup, and RGB LED lighting. Base and boost clocks for this version are 1607MHz and 1797MHz. As for the Amp Extreme, Zotac is keeping tight-lipped on its clock speeds. This card comes with a triple-fan cooling setup, so our guess for GPU frequencies is "pretty high."
Gainward isn't the first name you'd think of when it comes to graphics cards, but the company has three custom GTX 1070s on tap: the Phoenix, Phoenix GS, and Phoenix GLH. (The acronyms stand for "Golden Sample" and "Golden Sample-Goes Like Hell." Yes. Really.) These cards come with an 8-phase power system, dual-fan cooling setups, metal backplates, dual BIOS chips, and LED-lit logos. The three cards all look similar, but a quick inspection under the hood reveals the different clock speed configurations. The Phoenix card has 1506MHz base and 1683MHz boost frequencies. The Phoenix GS pushes those clocks with aplomb: 1632MHz and 1835MHz boost. We've saved the best for last, though. The Phoenix GLH card has 1670MHz base and 1873MHz boost frequencies, which is not a significant departure from the Phoenix GS. However, this is the only GTX 1070 we spotted so far that pushes the RAM clock from the reference speed of 8 GT/s to a full 8.5GT/s, which nets the card 272 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
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