Galax GTX970 EX OC Black Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Galax GTX970 EX OC Black Edition Review


Like many of you we were wondering who Galax are. It's certainly a new name to us. However, when you discover that they used to be branded as Galaxytech and KFA2 then it all becomes clear. Indeed KFA2 provided one of our favourite GTX570 graphics cards, so we're definitely interested in how their expertise has affected the GTX970 EX OC Black Edition.

We know your time is valuable, especially at this time of year, so we'll bring you up to speed as we go.

Technical Specifications

As is so often the case when we're looking at graphics cards the specifications aren't the full story. This is particularly true with the nVidia GPU Boost taking such great advantage of any thermal headroom.

GPU Engine Specs:
CUDA Cores1664
Base Clock (MHz)1164
Boost Clock (MHz)1317
Memory Specs:
Memory Speed3505 (7010 ) Mhz
Standard Memory Config4096MB
Memory Interface Width256-bit GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)224
Feature Support:
Bus SupportPCI-E 3.0
Certified for Windows 8Yes
Supported TechnologiesDirectX 12
SLI Options3-WAY
Display Support:
Multi Monitor Yes
Maximum Digital Resolution4096x2160
Maximum VGA Resolution2048x1536
Standard Display ConnectorsDual DVI-I/DVI-D, HDMI x1, DisplayPort 1.2 x1
Audio Input for HDMIInternal
Standard Graphics Card Dimensions:
Length271 mm
Height124.3 mm
Width41.5 mm
Power Specs:
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W)145W
Minimum System Power Requirement (W)500W
Supplementary Power ConnectorsOne 6-pin,One 8-pin
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Most Recent Comments

09-12-2014, 09:56:53

Seems like a proper tidy card, an the temps were fantastic tooQuote

09-12-2014, 11:47:18

Still waiting for mexican edition.. i heard you get free tacos with itQuote

09-12-2014, 14:50:50

So what's the difference between the black edition and none black edition? Just the backplate and pcb color?

EDIT: Never mind I researched it. Apparently it's a little bit faster as well. For those wondering the black edition Core Clock is at 1164MHz and Boost Clock at 1317MHz. The none black edition is Core Clock: 1126MHz, Boost Clock: 1266MHzQuote

10-12-2014, 06:34:25

currently got an 670 EX oc (KFA2 but the exact same as Galax(y)), can't complain about it in any way, cool, quiet and fast. I think that this brand are overlooked alot here in the uk but i have heard they ship alot more units in the states.
might upgrade to this after xmas, or the iChill.Quote

17-12-2014, 13:28:25

Just a quick question, it's hard to tell from the pictures, but what colour would you say describes the fan shroud more, A gold ish colour, or a black chrome/nickel ish, or just a silver ish effect, I'm also seing a very light blue tint in some pictures.

? I'm planning on a build in a PS07, with an Asus Z97 Gryphon, with the cpu, getting wet, with an EK Supremacy EVO - Acetal, black chrome fittings, and black hardline tube. I want to keep it dark, with maybe red led fans ?, and no internal led's. Even if it is more, silver, than black, do you think with the darkness of the internals would it reflect the black more ?

Or should I just stop being so tight and fork out the extra few quid, and go for the all black OC'ers exclusive. Cheers mate, and HO HO Ho....Quote

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