GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 KATANA Review – The First Single-Slot GTX 1070!

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GALAX GTX 1070 KATANA Overclocking

Overclocking the Galax GTX 1070 KATANA wasn’t so difficult and it was pretty much the same step with the other GTX 10 series graphics card. We previously made a guide here on how to overclock your GeForce GTX 1070. We already know that its cooling performance is somewhat limited and letting the fan to run at auto can be limiting. So I had to increase the fan speed (further), up to 95% this time.

I was able to increase the base clock speed of the GTX 1070 KATANA to 1629MHz, with a boost clock speed of 1819MHz~1924 MHz. On full load, the clock speed was hovering around 1911 MHz. If you look at our GTX 1070 comparison table, it’s already running on par with full sized graphics cards. I think I can still push the clock speeds further but I’m sure its limited cooling capability can no longer handle the temperature and it would only throttle down.

If I only had a (single slot) water block for this, I’m positive that I could reach higher and stable clock speeds with the GeForce GTX 1070 KATANA.

Like I mentioned earlier, the boost clock speed would fluctuate from 1819MHz up to 1924MHz; usually it hovers around 1911 MHz. Will overclocking the GTX 1070 KATANA yield any performance increase? Well, take a look at the graphs below.

I tested the GALAX GTX 1070 KATANA with overclocked speeds with two game titles and some synthetic benchmarks. Below are overclock results with Deus Ex Mankind Divided and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. I used their respective in-game benchmark tool for consistency. You can see the synthetic benchmark results on the next page.

Just a note before checking out the full benchmark results on the next page. I only tested the overclock speed with two games and with 3DMark synthetic benchmark suite. I find it not practical to really overclock the card further due to its limited cooling performance. Also, all the benchmarks results you see are results using stock settings, auto fan speed and before I replaced the thermal paste.

Without further delays, proceed to the next page for the benchmark results.

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