Like other manufacturers, EVGA has launched not only NVIDIA graphics card GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 reference design Founders Edition, but also presented their models with alternative cooling system and higher clock speeds. However, an alternative PCB design with enhanced power system in the tested cards SC Gaming and unused, it remains the prerogative of the FTW or Classified model. It was in our test lab and received two such video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 (08G-P4-6276-KR) and EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + ACX 3.0 (06G-P4-6368-KR).
In our test lab we have already visited the video card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 and EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING ACX 3.0. Due to the factory overclocking they offer a performance boost of a few percent compared to the Founders Edition, and the cooler provides a lower noise level. But for them EVGA did not use an alternative layout of the printed circuit board with enhanced power subsystem. Video cards were based on the reference PCB. Its corporate PCB design EVGA reserves for more expensive video cards FTW and Classified. But the latest available only on the flagship chips Pascal. Besides the alternative design of PCB, we obtain an improved cooler and higher clock speeds. In practice, the video card must demonstrate a high level of performance and work with minimal noise. However, only the tests will show whether the EVGA managed to fulfill the promise with the GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 and GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0.
Both 3D-accelerator based on modern architecture Pascal, provided by NVIDIA in the second quarter. At the EVGA GeForce GTX graphics cards in 1070 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 running GPU GP104, the younger GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 – trimmed GP106. The latter contains about 4.4 billion. Transistors, the older model number is 7.7 billion. This difference is due to different numbers of stream processors. The older GPU installed three clusters GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters). Each stream contains five GPC multiprocessors (Streaming Multiprocessors) with two blocks of stream processors 64, giving a total of 1.920 stream processors (3 x 5 x 2 x 64). In younger model NVIDIA removed one cluster GPC, as a result of the number of stream processors was reduced to 1.280. Both cards to each streaming multiprocessors added eight texture units, giving 120 or 80 TMU. Connected to the memory controller 64 or 48 pipelines raster operations (ROP).
We get the differences in memory configurations: from NVIDIA and EVGA memory connected via 256 or 192-bit memory, depending on the model. If GeForce GTX 1080 uses faster chips GDDR5X, here we get older memory GDDR5. The reduced memory interface GeForce GTX 1060 and led to a reduction in capacity from 8 to 6 GB. However, even 6 GB is more than enough for today’s games. In memory clock speeds are no differences, both cards we receive 2.002 MHz. Compared with the Founders Edition Boost and base frequency increased significantly. In the case of GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0, we obtain an increase from 1.506 / 1.683 MHz to 1.607 / 1.797 MHz, the video card GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 – increase from 1.506 / 1.708 MHz to 1.620 / 1.860 MHz. That is approximately 100 MHz above.
If you are interested in the details Pascal architecture, we recommend that you contact our test GeForce GTX 1080, in which we examined the details of Pascal, 16-nm FinFET and discussed new features.
Compared with the previously tested versions Gaming and SC models have FTW we get a marked increase in frequency. Both cards are equipped with enhanced power system and a powerful cooler, so you can expect a higher frequency in practice, as well as good overclocking results.
As we are used to from the previous generations, along with a line of Pascal we have several options for graphics cards. In addition to standard video cards with standard cooler and clock frequencies EVGA has introduced models SC and SSC with alternative cooler and factory overclock. But an alternative PCB design has been laid up for FTW lines and Classified, Classified and in the family got only GeForce GTX 1080. Also, EVGA is preparing a hybrid graphics card, equipped its with a closed loop and an air cooler. But higher clock frequencies compared to the version FTW is not expected.
For our test version of EVGA FTW sent. Compared with the previously tested version SC we get an improved cooler and enhanced power system. The number of phase voltage increased, instead of one 8-pin PCI Express power socket on the graphics card is supplied via two 8-pin socket. Higher clock speeds cleanly stitched in BIOS / UEFI, unlike ASUS or MSI they do not need to be activated via the utility.
Compared with the Founders Edition graphics card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 theoretically clock showed an increase of 7%. In practice, the frequency was even higher frequency increased to 1.987 MHz, the minimum Boost growth in our tests was 1.911 MHz. In general, EVGA card can be called one of the fastest growing market.
Depending on the game, we have not only a different frequency but also a different temperature. Cooler FTW from EVGA graphics has led to a temperature ranging from 67 to 69 ° C, which can be called a fairly low.
Before we move on to a detailed examination of EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0, let me give you a cooler specification, PCB, etc.
video length is 268 mm, the EVGA GeForce GTX here in 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 is consistent with the other models in the GP104. Cooler thickness occupies two slots, it uses six nickel-plated copper heat pipes with numerous aluminum fins. Two fans 95 mm larger than the video card SC, they are stopped in the sleep mode.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 can be purchased from 459 euros, which is considerably more expensive than the cheapest models 1070 GTX.
Visually EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 seems slightly larger junior version of SC, tested previously. But the biggest changes are waiting for us under the cooler.
The cooling system is very close to the younger model – at least visually. But instead of the white backlight is now used RGB LED, the color of which can be adjusted via the utility Precision XOC. During the cooling meet six nickel-plated copper heatpipes and two large axial fan with a diameter of 95 mm and numerous aluminum fins.
Unlike previous generations of Pascal line cooler left the impression of a very high quality. EVGA continues to use the cooler as thick as two slots, but the plastic casing is reinforced by numerous aluminum inlays with beautiful studs.
One of the important changes concerns the power subsystem. Instead of a single 8-pin PCI Express slot for additional power supply is equipped with a graphics card has two. Thus, on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 can theoretically apply to 375 watts from the power supply. NVIDIA indicates maximum power of 150 watts, EVGA has increased it to 215 watts.
In the slot cap we do not get any change compared to the Founders Edition. As before, there are three output DisplayPort, one HDMI and DVI.
For extra strength and cooling EVGA installed behind a metal plate. For some components in it to make a hole, also cut and EVGA logo.
Not all modern NVIDIA graphics cards can work in multi-GPU mode. But in the case of two video cards EVGA on GP104 we have two SLI interface. Therefore EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 will work fine in a multi-GPU configuration.
The front panel of the video card under the cooler closed aluminum plate. It make a hole for the GPU and memory power phase, as well as of the GPU.
GPU GP104 from NVIDIA – the second oldest Pascal chip for the consumer market. Stronger only GPU graphics card in the Titan X. But here, 7.7 billion transistors -. Not a small number, they are distributed over an area of 400 square millimeters.
EVGA has established a fairly strong power subsystem. In the standard version, with the ACX 3.0 cooler we get 4 + 1 phase, in this case, the video FTW – 10 + 2 phase. What should improve the overclocking potential of the graphics card.
Unlike coolers ASUS or Gigabyte heatpipes are not in direct contact with the GPU – EVGA chose thick copper contact plate. Six nickel-plated copper heat pipes transfer heat then numerous radiator fins. Through these two large 95-mm fan blows air.
Package can be called average. EVGA GeForce GTX added to the 1070 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 two video card power adapter, user’s manual, CD with drivers, Quick Setup Guide, the label on the body and the poster for the gamer room.
For the youngest of GeForce GTX 1060 EVGA GAMING other than the regular version without overclocking SC has produced a model with a proprietary cooler and a slight factory overclock. Founders Edition Graphics Card EVGA itself is not for sale – it is only available through NVIDIA. As variant Classified should not expect – this line is reserved for the flagship GeForce GTX 1080. EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 is the fastest EVGA 1060 GTX on the model.
Graphics card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 – is not only the fastest EVGA representative on the GPU GP106, but only with an alternative layout of the PCB. All other graphics card EVGA GTX 1060, a standard PCB Founders Edition. Of course, the card operates at increased frequencies. At NVIDIA reference model, we obtain the base frequency and Boost at 1.506 / 1.708 MHz in the case of FTW + increase quite significantly – 1.633 / 1.860 MHz. 6 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2.002 MHz.
In practice, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 running on an even higher clock frequencies. In games, the GPU frequency up to 2.003 MHz, and we got this level in all tests.
Is that different temperature. Dual-slot cooler to cool the GPU temperature 65-66 ° C, which is well below the cooler Founders Edition from NVIDIA, with which the temperature reached 78 ° C. compared with the older GeForce GTX 1070 FTW temperature nominally below of this review.
Before we move on to a detailed examination of EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0, let me give you a cooler specification, PCB, etc.
Outwardly, the two test graphics cards hard to find vivid differences with the exception of a different color. The length of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + ACX 3.0 is 266 mm, but the dual-slot cooler longer protrudes beyond the printed circuit board. additional power supply via a single 8-pin connector, and is also less than the diameter of the two fans – 85 mm.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 price ranges from 319 euros. What is also much more expensive than the cheapest of Representatives 1060 GTX.
Instead, a combination of black, beige and white colors in the “older” the GTX 1070 FTW, “younger” model uses a combination of simpler. The cooler is completely black, but beautiful, and rivets are seen here.
There were no two large 85mm fans and numerous aluminum fins. But the GPU GP106 we get virtually half of transistors: their number is 4.4 billion, so cool a chip easier..
The power system is also simplified, additional power is supplied to the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 through a single 8-pin PCI Express slot. Although the same Founders Edition used 6-pin socket. Thus, the graphics card can theoretically produce up to 225 watts of power. EVGA raised the bar for power from 120 to 150 watts.
On the cap slot we get a standard set of interfaces. Namely, three video outputs DisplayPort, one HDMI and DVI. The upper half-slot plug is perforated for better ventilation.
For your video card GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 EVGA backplate refused. We get the bare PCB.
SLI interfaces available. NVIDIA refused to support Multi-GPU configurations on the GeForce GTX 1060.
To board connects only one 8-pin PCI Express connector, but you can see the solder points for additional 8-pin socket. The reason lies in the fact that EVGA has chosen layout the PCB, close to the older models.
Behind the metal plate is not present, however, it is added between the cooler and the PCB. Large aluminum plate improves cooling components, and also improves the mechanical strength of the card.
For components, subsystems and GPU power provided notches.
In video Founders Edition, as well as the younger models EVGA GTX 1060, we get 3 + 1-phase power system. In versions of EVGA FTW + is extended to 6 + 1 phase, which improves the overclocking potential of the graphics card.
The cooler was a bit gutted: instead of six heat pipes in the junior graphics used only three. And they do not have a nickel-plated surface. The tubes are not in direct contact with the GPU.
Package is quite meager. In addition to driver CD the buyer will receive only a user manual and a sticker on the case. Supplied with power adapter and a poster.
Proceed to estimate noise power and temperature.
In the case of the first test of GeForce GTX from EVGA 1060 we had to wait for a BIOS update, but EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0, it was not necessary: the fans are stopped at idle, then the card works passively and silently. The same applies to older models on the GPU GP104. Radial fan Founders Edition works with the noise level 38.5 and 39.2 dB (A).
Under load, the cooling system has to dissipate up to 150 and 215 watts of heat. Both video card test run near the mark of 40 dB (A), they are among the most silent models in the market. Unless AMD Radeon R9 390X and RX 480 quieter, but, depending on the model, they give less performance.
Problems with overheating is observed. Due to the shutdown of fans in 2D-mode video card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 and EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 are heated to 46 and 52 ° C, which slightly above patterns Founders Editions or other cards with the reference cooler in our tests .
In games the opposite situation: two video cards EVGA heated to 69 and 74 ° C. In reference NVIDIA graphics cards temperature was in the region of 80 ° C.
Despite the high level of factory overclocking both test EVGA graphics card for desktop Windows is more economical than the corresponding model Founders Edition from NVIDIA. But the essential difference is difficult to call.
In games, higher clock speeds are already visible. Together with the other components of our test systems graphics card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 consumed 278.5 watts, that is, more than 16 W Founders Edition. In the case of older model GeForce GTX 1070 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 difference of 26.7 watts. We got the power consumption 332.3 watts.
When you connect two monitors any problems with power from two test cards are not observed. The difference is a few watts.
Quiet, fast, cold and overclockable – it can be described as either of the two video cards tested the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 and GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0. Both cards are equipped with a very quiet cooler ACX 3.0, stops the fan in idle mode, the card up to a certain temperature is cooled passively and completely silently. In games noise is about 40 dB (A), but there is no overheating. The temperature remains at a good 10-20 ° C below the video Founders Edition. The reason lies in the company’s cooler ACX 3.0, which contains up to six copper heatpipes, aluminum fins and numerous two large fan diameter up to 95 mm. Low temperatures have allowed EVGA harder unscrew the clock frequencies compared to the entry-level models or SuperClocked. Both cards run about 100 MHz faster than NVIDIA reference model, but memory clock frequencies EVGA has not increased. In practice GPUs GP106 and GP104 showed Boost frequency of about 2.0 GHz.
If you need more performance, then you can resort to overclocking. Both cards are well dispersed due to enhanced power system, they are able to bypass many of the other models in our test lab. So, both models can be recommended to overclockers. Unfortunately, change the voltage with a proprietary utility EVGA Precision XOC failed. This function is the prerogative of the senior Classified model.
Supplement for the graphics card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 is not that big compared to the cheapest model 1070 GTX, it is a few thousand. Graphics card is available from 355 euros. In the case of younger EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW + GAMING ACX 3.0 graphics card has not yet appeared in retail market, but the supplement is also quite reasonable.
Thanks to its high performance, powerful and quiet cooling system, good overclocking potential of both cards to receive our reward “Excellent iron.” Congratulations!