Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 970 Flame Wars and Galax GeForce GTX 970 GC Graphics Cards Pictured
The latest GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards from Colorful and Galax (formerly known as Galaxy Microsystems) have been revealed. While Galax focuses on their GC design, Colorful is going the non-reference with iGame series brand. Both the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 will hit the market this week on Friday with prices of $299 for the GTX 970 and $549 for the GTX 980 reference models.
Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 970 Flame Wars and Galax GeForce GTX 970 GC
NVIDIA’s GeForce GX 970 features 13 SMM units placed in 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters). Since each SMM unit has 128 CUDA cores, 32 in each logic unit (32 x 4), the total number of CUDA cores equates to 1664 on the die. From the first generation Maxwell core architecture, we learned that a Maxwell SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) unit has 128 cores compared to 192 on the current generation Kepler SMX units. The cores fused on the GeForce Maxwell generation of graphics cards were shows at 35% faster than Kepler cores but the percentage is increased with the second generation Maxwell architecture due to a mature process and architecture design that enables amazing power efficiency.
Along with that, we have a 4 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-Bit memory interface clocked at 1753 MHz (7.00 GHz Effective) which pumps out 224.4 GB/s bandwidth. The core clock is maintained at 1051 MHz and 1178 MHz boost clock something which I was expecting if the cards were to be able to take on the GK110 core based graphics cards. Lastly, we have the fill rate numbers which amount to 33.6 GPixels/s Pixel and 145.0 GTexels/s Texture fill rates. Now these are strictly the reference clock speeds and the custom models from both ASUS and Gainward will be clocked higher than these.
The Colorful GeForce GTX is a custom model which makes use of a custom designed cooling system that uses dual fan configuration to cool the heatsink assembly underneath it. The display outputs include the standard dual-DVI, HDMI and a Display port. The I/O panel also comes with a boost switch which enables a second BIOS that has a factory OC configuration stored within it. The card makes use of a 8 Phase PWM supply and power is fed through dual 6-Pin connectors which will be enough to feed this 148W beast. There are two SLI goldfingers which enable 4-Way SLI. Overall, the built quality of the card is great and we expect the card would be able to pull some good numbers when overclocked.
The second card is from my personal favorite brand Galaxy Microsystems who have now been renamed to GALAX which is the reason for the missing Y on their cards. The Galax GeForce GTX 970 GC makes use of a custom designed PCB and a large cooling assembly which incorporates dual 92mm fans and a massive aluminum fin array through which heat is dissipated by four internal heatpipes that connect to the copper base. The GeForce GTX 970 makes use of a 7 Phase PWM supply (6 Core and 1 Phase for memory). The PCB is colored blue but the components are solid and high-end which allow for more overclocking potential. We are looking at a 8+6 Pin power configuration and the card sticks to the dual slot design. Display outputs include Dual DVI, HDMI and a Display port.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Specifications:
|GeForce GTX 570||GeForce GTX 580||GeForce GTX 670||GeForce GTX 680||GeForce GTX 770||GeForce GTX 780||GeForce GTX 780 Ti||GeForce GTX 970||GeForce GTX 980|
|SM Units||15 x 32||16 x 32||7 x 192||8 x 192||8 x 192||12 x 192||15 x 192||13 x 128||16 x 128|
|Core Clock||732 MHz||772 MHz||915 MHz||1006 MHz||1046 MHz||863 MHz||875 MHz||1051 MHz||1126 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1464 MHz||1544 MHz (Shader Clock)||980 MHz||1058 MHz||1085 MHz||900 MHz||928 MHz||1178 MHz||1216 MHz|
|Memory||1.2 GB GDDR5||1.5 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5||3 GB GDDR5||3 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock||3.80 GB/s||4.0 GB/s||6.0 GHz||6.0 GHz||7.0 GHz||6.0 GHz||7.0 GHz||7.0 GHz||7.0 GHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||152.00 GB/s||192.4 GB/s||192.0 GB/s||192.0 GB/s||224.5 GB/s||288.6 GB/s||336.0 GB/s||224.5 GB/s||224.5 GB/s|
|Texture Fill Rate GT/s||43.92||49.41||102.5||128.8||134||166||210||145.0||TBC|
|Power Connectors||6+6 Pin||8+6 Pin||6+6 Pin||6+6 Pin||8+6 Pin||8+6 Pin||8+6 Pin||6+6 Pin||6+6 Pin|
|DirectX 12 Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Launch||December 7th 2010||November 09 2010||May 10th 2012||March 22nd 2012||May 30th 2013||May 23rd 2013||December 2013||18th September 2014||18th September 2014|
|Price||$349 US||$499 US||$349 US||$499 US||$349 US||$499 US||$699 US||$299 Reference