31 GTX 1070 EXOC

Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging and Specification
  2. GPU Design
  3. Closer Look
  4. Utility Overview
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. Futuremark Benchmark
  7. OpenGL Benchmarks
  8. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  9. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  10. Hitman
  11. DOOM
  12. GPU Computation Benchmark
  13. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  14. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  15. Conclusion
  16. Online Purchase Links

Galax calls its overclocking utility as XtremeTuner Plus. Since this is the first Galax GPU I am testing, we’ll take a look at its utility.

Main Options

There are four self-explanatory tabs available for Galax the GTX 1070 EXOC. The first tab that is displayed by default is the overclock tab. Naturally, this is where you would do manual overclocking. If you click at the ‘1-Click OC’, you will have three modes, 3% OC, 5% OC and the silent mode. I am not sure why could Galax simply have an out-of-the-box full factory clock like Zotac or “OC Modes” like how MSI uses. 5% is hardly any increment. A lot of people prefer factory tested overclock frequencies to use. Unfortunately, Galax missed that train for its EXOC cards, with nothing more than 50MHz OC out-of-the-box. Manual overclocking is the way to go.

The Lighting tab lets you change the colour of that small “GeForce GTX” on the side. Keep in mind that it cannot control or switch off the red LED lights under the fan blades. Too bad!

Value Readouts!

While it doesn’t let you log its readouts like GPU-Z, there is a way you can observe the GPU’s values (core/memory clock, temperature, fan speed, GPU voltage and fan speed in RPM). It’s annoying that Galax could let the user expand this window as per user’s preference.

Other Observations

The utility does have a spelling error- ‘Huaping’. The sentence construction makes an impression that the translation is done via. Google. You can save ‘profiles’ but not in the same way as you would with MSI Afterburner, Gigabyte XG Tool or Zotac’s firestorm. It’s not a limited one-click load/save option. But you can load/save the ini file in the utility’s directory. XtremeTuner Plus in a way gives the ability to store ‘unlimited’ profiles in the system.

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  1. Has been wondering the power phase of this card and can’t find proper review anywhere, thank you!

  2. Sorcerer, any thoughts on the EX-only model? Apparently the only difference is that the over is missing, can you confirm? Btw, thanks for the review!

      1. Looking closely your pictures in comparison to galax official pictures, I found that the EX-only model does not have the aluminum dissipator over the VRMs…and near the PCI-E conector there are engravings that the EX-only doesn’t have as well.

        1. The ex model does have aluminum dissipator over the VRMs. I have the ex version and the only difference except from the oc difference is the use of Micron vram

  3. I signed up (Disqus) just to be able to thank you for this well done review. I chose the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC mainly because of the Samsung memory, the 5+2 phase design, the double power cable (8 + 6) and the “non-stop” fans (which other people may see as a disadvantage…) I’m very glad with my choice (specially after the recent bad news about some 1070 models), but the truth is I would not be able to choose without this review. Thanks.

  4. The fan’s turn off in idle!
    I had this problem after the micron memory update provided by them. Then the fans were stuck at min 50% speed, which wasn’t changeable to somethin lower.
    They hooked me up with another BIOS within a day and now it’s again at 0% fan speed at idle.

    1. Hi. Do you have the “normal” 1070 EXOC version or the newer 1070 EXOC FS (Fan Stop)? In case you have the first one, which version was the BIOS they sent you?
      THANKS!

      (btw really great review!)

      1. I don’t remember the BIOS version. sorry :(. But according to the comments here they did release a new BIOS which does enable fan stop control. The unit I had for review did not have any ‘FS’ initials.

        Thanks! Much appreciated! It takes us a very long time to expand and grow compared to American counterparts, but we’re getting there. I should be starting to put video content as well, but written reviews will also be there at the same time!

    1. I wouldn’t mind reviewing anything as long as they’re willing to send a unit. All they have to do is reply to the mail which was initially sent.

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