Gainward GTX1070 & GTX1080 GLH Phoenix Review

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As befits a Phoenix labelled card the packaging is arresting at the very least. Anyone who played the early Pokemon will be reminded of Moltres. At the very least there is no doubt which variant you've brought.

The 980 Ti version of the Phoenix cooler was all red with three fans, but the Pascal GPU models are a combination of red, black and a sort of bronzy gold type colour. We have to confess it doesn't work at all for us. More red, or maybe accepting the Golden Sample part of it and going all out with a gold colour might be tolerable. This is neither one nor the other. Hmm.

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However, beyond the different power inputs you'll struggle to tell the two cards apart. Which is a nice feature if you want to pretend that you have the bigger card, or just want all the benefits of the cooling capacity for the GTX 1080 on the GTX 1070.

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From this three-quarter view you can see what we mean about the colour scheme just not meshing. The design of the top looks fine with swooping curves, but the sort-of-gold colour doesn't float our boat.

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There is plenty of ventilation at the exhaust/output end of the two Phoenix cards. You can also see how they are larger than the twin-slot coolers we've seen recently, without fully going into three-slot supercard mode.

Further 'well damn' moments are had with the logo lighting. It's a spectacular colour rich affair that, theoretically, can show red, green or blue (not to be confused with full-spectrum RGB). However, in our testing it only showed red very briefly when the system was turned on, and otherwise remained resolutely green. Which doesn't exactly mesh with the red/bronze aesthetic of the rest of the card.

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Fortunately, as you're about to see, the looks are where the bad points about the Phoenix stop.

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Most Recent Comments

07-07-2016, 15:01:03

I was watching the review, and a thought came to me I wonder if there is an advantage to getting a card reviewed after a few driver updates, and it's like you read my mind.Quote

07-07-2016, 15:06:44

I have the Gainward GTX 1070 Phoenix. I also tried the GS and the GLH bios. My stock bios only goes up to 109% powertarget and that's too low for high overclocks. Both the GS and GLH have 114% powertarget, much more workable. I can maintain 2050MHz as minimum clockspeed for my graphics card. Memory goes beyond 2300MHz.

GLH could be cherry picked, my graphics card wasn't able to go that high on the clockspeed. Firestrike was borderline stable with +70mv. (my graphics card barley responds to voltage)

The cooler is absolutely awesome. On many previous graphics cars I had waterblocks. With this card that's not necessary.
With a quiet fan profile (slightly more aggressive than stock) the graphics card get's 55 degrees during Witcher 3 (V-sync activated, not 100% load).

You can find all the bioses at Techpowerup, currently 'under unverified' section.

Great video/review!

Tom, I was able to change the color, but I chose to deactivate the led. Once the is set to off, the led remains deactivated permanently until altered (not dependant on software, let stays of during booting for example).Quote

07-07-2016, 16:41:22

Red black gold and green. Dang, why didn't I think of that before? oh yeah, 'cause it looks like Tom Tit.Quote

24-07-2016, 10:57:05

what is the height of the Gainward GeForce GTX 1070 Phoenix GLH?Quote

31-07-2016, 09:43:18

Is it the regular Asus Strix cards that are featured in the benchmarks. The OC are perhaps closer to the Gainward cards?

I'm considering the following 1080 cards right now: Asus Strix OC, Zotac AMP Extreme, Gainward GLH Phoenix or Gigabyte Xtreme gaming.

Any good particularly good reasons to pick one over the other, other than availability (which kind of sucks right now)?Quote

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