Galax GTX970 EX OC Black Edition Review

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The box is slightly odd. We're sure that it's supposed to be something, we're just not entirely sure what. You'd expect something labelled the "Black Edition" to be, well, black.

The card itself we like the look of. It's the common two PWM fan arrangement that is a regular feature of 3rd party coolers. The gun metal surround has enough creases and folds in it that it catches the eye and should provide good airflow in multi-card scenarios.

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The warning on the backplate makes us chuckle, and double so when we discovered exactly how warm the EX OC Black gets. We'll give you a hint, this warning is completely unnecessary.   

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There is another heat warning on the front too, but more interesting are the little folds and vents. No wasted space at all and yet despite the emphasis on cooling capacity the card still looks the business. It doesn't even need more than a 8+6pin power input.

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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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