We rarely see a single-slot graphics card nowadays. Even most of the entry level graphics cards feature a two-slot design. Although some have a mini or compact form factor, but gone are those slim single-slot cards, until recently. GALAX releases their GeForce GTX 1070 KATANA, a single-slot GTX 1070 with a thickness of only 16mm, a custom PCB design and RazorX Technique cooling solution. Check out more details about the GALAX GTX 1070 KATANA below.
GALAX GTX 1070 KATANA Graphics Card
GALAX was able to forge a slim profile design for their GeForce GTX 1070 KATANA by making a custom PCB with a 4+1 power phase design. If you look at the GTX 1070 KATANA’s PCB, it’s shorter than most GTX 1070 on the market, and they could probably make a mini or compact version out of this design that will occupy two slots. Instead they went for a single-slot slim graphics card which we don’t usually see nowadays.
The GTX 1070 KATANA features a RazorX Technique cooling solution, a combination of copper cooling fin and advanced vapor chamber; I think it’s somehow similar to a Founder’s Edition cooling solution but much thinner or smaller version. There are holes on the cooler shroud so that heat can be exhausted, not only at the exhaust holes on the bracket, but also through those holes as well. I have yet to see a full review on this graphics card, specially regarding its thermal and noise performance.
At the rear output ports, the GALAX GTX 1070 KATANA has only one HDMI 2.0b port, one DisplayPort 1.4 and one DVI-D port. In terms of clock speeds, the GTX 1070 KATANA features a base clock speed of 1518MHz and a boost clock speed of 1708MHz; that’s a little bit faster than the GTX 1070 Founders Edition that has a clock speed of 1506MHz/1683MHz respectively. Never mind overclocking this graphics card, but I do hope that the cooling solution would be enough so that it won’t throttle down and gamers can enjoy that GPU boost.
As of this time, we don’t know yet the retail price of this graphics card. But I expect that it would be priced similar to most GTX 1070 in the market. I doubt that they will put a premium price on this card, hopefully not, as it may shun potential buyers away. We are also not sure if this will become available in other regions, like US and EU, aside from Asia. If it does become available, it will be under the GALAX branding in US and KFA2 in EU.
GALAX GTX 1070 KATANA Specifications
|Specifications||Galax GTX 1070 KATANA||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition|
|GPU||GeForce GTX 1070||GeForce GTX 1070|
|Video Memory||8GB GDDR5||8GB GDDR5|
|Engine Clock||Base: 1518 MHz|
Boost: 1708 MHz
|Base: 1506 MHz
Boost: 1683 MHz
|Memory Clock||8000 MHz||8000 MHz|
|Display Outputs||DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI||3 x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI|
|Multi Display Capability||3 Displays||Yes|
|DirectX||12 API feature level 12_1||12 API feature level 12_1|
|Cooling||RazorX Technique Blower||Blower|
|Slot Size||1 slot||2 slots|
|SLI||Yes, SLI HB Bridge Supported||Yes, SLI HB Bridge Supported|
|Supported OS||Windows 7-10, Linux, FreeBSDx86||Windows 7-10, Linux, FreeBSDx86|
|Card Length||253mm x 111mm x 15.84mm||111mm x 267mm|