GALAX GeForce RTX 2070 Super HOF AE review

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GALAX GeForce RTX 2070 Super HOF 10th Anniversary Edition

The name is so long that we have to shorten it here and there, but we review the GALAX GeForce RTX 2070 Super HOF (Hall of Fame) 10th Anniversary White Edition. The product is big, impressive, massive and all-white including the PCB. It has an included external LCD screen and the sheer looks to make you smile. This RTX 2070 is based on the new Super series, as in super-charged based on a Turing TU104 chip.

Congratulation goes out to Galax, as the brand is celebrating its anniversary of the GALAX brand, 10 years. Of course, they've been around longer but a re-brand was necessary to no run into any issues with Samsung and their Galaxy branding. To commemorate they have released an Anniversary Edition of the 2070 Super Hall of Fame edition. It's fired up with three-fan based cooling solution it is bound to remain chilled nicely. But it also has configurable LED zones with a plethora of animation options. Once powered on, this graphics card will look really nice. It has been a strange year for NVIDIA as the GeForce RTX 2060, 2070 2080 and 2080 Ti became available. People had been very interested and were warmed up for DLSS (Tensor) and the ability to play Battlefield V in that hybrid Raytraced way. NVIDIA initiated massive internet virals to gain media coverage. But then it all kinda exploded in their face as end-users looked the other way when they learned about the very steep price level. There is no audience more critical than a PC Gamer, and when they have to pay a large sum of money for visual differences that are often hard to spot and cost a lot of FPS, you bet that can (and did) backfire. None the less, NVIDIA chose a direction that in my opinion was the right course to follow, and something they cannot back away from. So what to do in the meantime to satisfy the budget-conscious PC gamer? Well, with the help of the RT and Tensor-less GTX 1650, 1660 and 1660 Ti NVIDIA got the noses of many gamers pointed in the right direction again. However, graphics cards anno 2019 has become seriously expensive, that fact alone and all by itself is increasingly endangering the GPU related industry, as to why pay 500 to 1000 bucks for just a graphics card when you can buy a complete console for less? That is the core and rudimental essence of the root problem that NVIDIA and AMD are fighting right now. None the less, a few weeks ago, NVIDIA started teasing a new Super series, which we still like to refer to as a supercharged product. With AMD's NAVI based Radeon RX 5700 series coming out of the closet soon, NVIDIA figured that it was important enough to release a new series smack down in the middle of vacation time, the summer. Today sees the release of two out of three cards; that's right, there will also be a GeForce RTX 2080 Super, but not a 2080 Ti Super. There are subtle differences to be found in an increased shader count as well as the usage of GDDR6 graphics memory. The new "Super GeForce RTX 2060" cards are a "Turing Refresh" with higher GPU clocks, 256 more shader processors and 8GB GDDR6 memory. 


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The new revamped and Super model 2070 offers a notch more. This graphics card has 2560 activated shader processors for the Super version (that value was 2304 on the RTX 2070). It has a 1770 MHz boost clock for the founder's version. This card has also been fitted with 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory, 8GB of it. You will have noticed that both cards make use of the same GPU, they are just configured differently. The TU104 silicon in use offers over 13 Billion transistors. NVIDIA is making use of the very same cooler, however with a Super logo on top of it. Both founders cards offer one HDMI port and multiple DisplayPort outputs, a DVI connector is included for the 2060 model only. You will also see the Virtual Link (USB) connector on the 2070 and 2080 Super. This product (founders edition) will be priced at 499 USD.

GALAX GeForce RTX 2070 Super HOF (Hall of Fame) 10th Anniversary Edition

The 2070 SUPER series graphics cards are based on Turing architecture, offering that fundamental shading engine paired with RT and Tensor cores. Our tested card has been fitted with 8GB of GDDR6 memory running a 256-bit wide bus.  GALAX offers several SKUs with varying cooling option and Boost clocks, this is the most premium edition they have to offer. All white, including the PCB, custom triple-fan (90mm) cooler, an external LCD screen for monitoring, added white PCIe Graphics power connector cables and even a Cooler Master graphics card holder. The card retains its signature HOF white and silver design we know from GALAX, the center fan holds a timeline that appears it will light up when you have your system powered on. The card comes fitted with two PEG (PCI Express Graphics) power headers (8-pin).

    

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GeForce FounderRTX 2070 SuperRTX 2070 FERTX 2060 SuperRTX 2060 FE
GPU TU104-410-A1 TU106 TU106-410-A1 TU106
Shader cores 2560 2304 2176 1920
Boost frequency 1770 MHz 1710 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
Memory 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6
Memory frequency 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory bus 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit

 * reference specs

 

There's more to it. You'll get a bump on boost frequency as well, 1905 MHz and 15.5 Gbps on that graphics memory! The card offers one HDMI port and three DisplayPorts. There is no DVI and/or Virtual link (USB) connector. This Turing GPU empowered product keeps that GPU at roughly 65 Degrees C marker depending on game load whilst remaining virtually silent. 

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