Just a couple days ago, Gigabyte introduced us to its Aorus take on the recently-revealed GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. That card is nice, but it's also $700. Gamers without quite that much scratch in the bank might be more interested in the recently-announced Aorus GeForce GTX 1070 8G.
Aorus' take on the GTX 1070 boasts a base clock of 1632 MHz and boost clocks up to 1835 MHz in its OC mode—a respectable increase over Nvidia's reference 1506 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost speeds. To keep its hardware cool, the card uses Gigabyte's Windforce cooling system with three 100-mm fans to blow air straight down at the GPU. A solid chunk of copper provides direct contact to both the GPU and memory chips. Finally, the company fitted a copper backplate to strengthen the card and dissipate heat away from the back side of the GPU.
The Aorus GTX 1070 offers an interesting set of options for display outputs. On the back panel, there's an HDMI 2.0 port, a DVI-D port, and three DisplayPorts. Additionally, there's a pair of HDMI connectors on the inside end of the graphics card, a boon for owners of VR headsets. However, when those two HDMI ports are hooked up to a VR headset (through the front panel of a user's case), only one of the rear DisplayPorts will be usable.
Other features include RGB LED lighting, diagnostic LEDs that indicate if there's a problem with the power supply, and a 10+2 power phase setup. Aorus hasn't yet announced pricing or availability, but since its GTX 1080 Ti card was briefly delayed into the first week of April, it's likely that the GTX 1070s will start showing up for sale in that time frame as well.
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