Gigabyte GTX 1070 Windforce OC makes Pascal more attainable

Custom GTX 1070 cards are hitting the market now, and all of the usual suspects are looking to get in on the action. Today's reveal is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Windforce OC, a simpler and presumably more affordable version of the company's triple-fanned GTX 1070 G1 Gaming.

Although this take on the GTX 1070 isn't quite as fancy as the G1 Gaming, it still comes with Gigabyte's "Windforce 2X" cooling system, comprising two 90-mm fans atop a heatsink with two copper heatpipes that come in direct contact with the GPU. The factory clock speeds aren't stratospheric, but they're nothing to sneer at, either: 1556 MHz base and 1746 MHz boost clocks in "Gaming mode," and 1582 MHz base and 1771 MHz boost frequencies in "OC mode." These clocks are just a bit higher than Nvidia's reference 1506 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost speeds, but any improvement on the this front is welcome.

The backplate-reinforced circuit board has a 6+2 power phase design. Gamers only need a single 8-pin PCIe power connector to feed this card, too. The output selection has the standard three DisplayPorts, plus an HDMI port and a dual-link DVI output. Although there's no official word on pricing, Newegg is already listing this card for a reasonable $399.

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