Page 1: Reviewed: KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 Black EXOC Sniper
KFA2 isn’t the most common graphics card brand around. While part of the Galaxy name, the brand sees limited release globally to a number of countries that mainly focus around the European region. So with that said, let’s look at one of the GTX 970 models out of the company, the GTX 970 Black EXOC Sniper.
18 months after the launch of the GTX 970 you have to wonder if there’s anything interesting to look at still. With strong sales of the model still and the price being better than ever, the GTX 970 continues to be one of the better high-end purchases at the moment despite the scandal that revolved around its memory.
Of course, there’s also the fact that companies continue to release new variations of the popular model. During CES we saw a number of companies show off new models for two reasons. One, the model continues to sell and is extremely popular among gamers. The second reasons is that companies are taking the chance to test upcoming cooling solutions that are expected to show up on the Pascal generation of cards.
So with that all said and done, let’s take a closer look at what KFA2 offer with their EXOC Sniper variant against the reference NVIDIA model.
|The KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 Black EXOC Sniper compared|
|model||KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 Black EXOC Sniper||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970|
|price||starting from 330 euros||starting from 310 euros|
|GPU||GM204 (Maxwell)||GM204 (Maxwell)|
|Manufacturing Process||28 nm||28 nm|
|transistors||5.2 billion||5.2 billion|
|GPU Clock Speed u200bu200b(Base Clock)||1,178 MHz||1,050 MHz|
|GPU clock (Boost Clock)||1,329 MHz||1,178 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1,750 MHz||1,750 MHz|
|memory size||4 GB||4 GB|
|Memory interface||224 + 32 bit||224 + 32 bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||224 GB / s||224 GB / s|
|Typical Board Power||145 Watt||145 Watt|
|SLI / Crossfire||SLI||SLI|
The KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 Black EXOC Sniper differs from the reference version in two ways. The first is the cooling solution and the second is clock speeds. While NVIDIA provides a reference clock speed of 1,050 MHz, KFA2 has boosted this too 1,178 MHz. This results in an increased boost clock from 1,178 MHz to 1,329 MHz. This translates to an increase of 12%, whether we see this in our benchmarks today, we’ll find out later on.
While KFA2 have chosen to increase the core clock, they’ve left the memory running at the default 1,750 MHz. The 224 + 32-bit wide memory interface offers bandwidth of 224 GB/s. Outside of that, the core architecture details remain unchanged as we see 1,644 Shader units, 104 texture units and 56 ROPs.
|Comparison of temperature and clock|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||59°C||1,405 MHz|
|Battlefield: Hardline||59°C||1,405 MHz|
|Grand Theft Auto IV||58°C||1,405 MHz|
|Far Cry 4||59°C||1,405 MHz|
|Total War: Attila||59°C||1,405 MHz|
|Metro: Last Light Redux||58°C||1,405 MHz|
|Tomb Raider||59°C||1,405 MHz|
|DiRT Rally||59°C||1,405 MHz|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||59°C||1,405 MHz|
The dependencies of the boost clock speeds work in sync with the GPU temperature. While the 1,329 MHz rated clock is just a minimum, we can see across the board that our KFA2 GTX 970 Black Sniper EXOC managed 1,405 MHz in all our benchmarks. As for the temperature, that bounced between 58 and 59c depending on the game. We’ll see how this compares to other models a little later on.
The GPU-Z screenshot confirms the details we’ve just mentioned.