NVIDIA’s RTX 2070 is the most balanced in terms of price:performance ratio amongst the current crop of RTX cards. With the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti still sitting on sky high prices, the RTX 2070 presents a decent entry into the RTX realm without going past the current prices of last-gen’s top cards. This makes it more ideal to people comparing RTX prices to GTX 10-series cards. For those looking to get an affordable option that still manages to flex out some decent performance and also sport overall good build quality, many brands have crafted aftermarket-cooled cards that offer both at decent prices.
One of those brands is GALAX and today we’ll be taking a look at their GALAX RTX 2070 EXOC graphics card. This card comes in both black and white versions as well as OC and non-OC variants. Amongst the OC variants, there’s a 1-click model that features further OC features but focusing on what we have today, we have the factory overclocked RTX 2070 from GALAX from their mainstream offering of graphics cards.
Read on and find out more about the GALAX RTX 2070 EXOC.
About the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
The NVIDIA RTX 2070 is the third card in the NVIDIA RTX stack initial announcement. It was released a bit later than the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 and NVIDIA has set a starting SRP of $499 for the card. The RTX 2070 Founders Edition is priced at $599. Board partners have SKUs that start at $499 which is what NVIDIA has asked but will be able to make models that can go higher in pricing.
The RTX 2070 is a change in direction in terms of the chip segment. Previous GPUs of the xx70 lineage have been cutback version of the xx80 cards sharing a similar GPU e.g. the Pascal-based GP104 are used by the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 which is joined later on by the GTX 1070 Ti. For the RTX 2070, it uses the TU106. The TU106 is basically one-half of the TU102 powering the RTX 2080 Ti.
The RTX 2070 features 2304 CUDA cores and runs at 1410Mhz base clock and can turbo up to 1620Mhz on reference cards. NVIDIA distinguishes their self-made Founders Edition cards for the RTX 20-series with a factory OC and the RTX 2070 FE will have a boost clock of 1710Mhz. The RTX 2070 features 8GB of GDDR6 memory running at 1750Mhz wired to a 256-bit wide bus.
About the GALAX RTX 2070 EXOC
GALAX has been, for the most part of the last 3 years, doing better with their designs and have reached that point where even their entry-level models exude a decent amount of quality than their counterparts during their early days. GALAX or KFA2 for our western readers, have had great success with their Hall of Fame series and that has indeed helped them make better designs that have trickled down to their more affordable models.
The new RTX cards from GALAX come in various models, so much so you’d actually have a hard time scouring their product pages to see which is which. To make it more simple, they have their RTX 2070 variants come in the following types of coolers:
- Blower type – reference type with blower cooling solution
- EX – basic model with twin fan design, also comes in OC variants
- EX White – white version of above, also comes in OC variants
- OC edition – features a crystal shroud and full copper contact heatsink
- OC edition White – white version of above
- SG edition – triple fan cooler
- EX OC Gamer – last-gen Hall of Fame-style triple fan cooler
GALAX doesn’t actually provide actual tiering for these cards so it gets confusing. What they are pretty much the same cards with varying cooler solutions which in turn affect silence, temps and to a degree, performance.
In this review we have the EX OC model, which is one of their fast-moving models due to its balance of price and performance. This GPU features a black shroud and two 100mm RGB fans. The RGB effect isn’t elaborate and only allows changing of the fan LED colors. The neutral color motif allows the card to adapt to any theme build.
As for specs, the GALAX RTX 2070 EXOC features a 1810Mhz Boost clock on top of a 1410Mhz base clock. Memory settings are untouched.