Galax GTX 1070 EXOC-SNPR Temperature, Noise and Overclocking
The EXOC-SNPR doesn’t have a very large cooling solution, unlike the Hall of Fame series. It’s similar to most of the graphics card in the market with a dual fan setup. I’m happy to find out that the fans on the GTX 1070 EXOC-SNPR are very silent. Not to mention, its cooling solution is quite effective. At full load, temperature can go up at around 80 degree Celsius with the fans set to auto (actual is around 47% fan speed). That’s an acceptable value considering the fan speed and the size of its cooler. If you bump up the fan speed manually expect to have a (much) lower GPU temperature.
Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper – Noise
When it comes to noise, this graphics card is dead silent when idle or light load. And it doesn’t exhibit any coil whine, at least for this specific card I have. It’s basically dead silent since the fans don’t turn on unless it reaches the threshold temperature of around 45 degree Celsius. When I’m just browsing the internet, watching movies or playing some music, I could see it spinning occasionally a few rounds then stops. Even on full load the GTX 1070 EXOC-SNPR is still silent, inaudible if you have a closed case setup. I tried bumping its fan speed up to 85%, and at that level I could start to hear the fans but they are still generally silent. No, not loud compared to other fans.
Since I wasn’t very satisfied with the 1-click OC as it only gives a maximum of 5% boost (4.2% increase to be exact), I tried to manually overclock it. I was able to push it up to 1688MHz base and 1871 MHz~2037MHz boost, with its memory clock running at 2100 MHz. Unfortunately, that’s not a very significant increase at all. It’s only a 5%~ 6% increases and there were no substantial improvement or increase on benchmark scores and frame rates on games. Overclocking is usually a case to case basis and one GPU may not overclock well compared to other GPU of the same brand/model. Probably that is the limit of this card.
Next page, let’s see the benchmark results we got while testing the Galax GTX 1070 EXOC-SNPR.