KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

Full name: KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame manufacturer code: 7123301.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame: Packing and delivery

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame comes in a big white box. Recalling decisions by previous generations, we can note the fact that the design has not changed. The image of a mysterious stranger adds to the mystery, but if you visit the official website, something like heroes there are many.

On the face of the developers immediately reveal the characteristics of the model – the amount of video memory is 8 GB, the additional power is supplied via the connectors under the “8+8”, provides a list of outputs.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

The reverse side of the box is discreet, but no less informative. Lists all the capabilities of the product, including support for the proprietary utility for overclocking XtremeTuner Plus is that with the release of the GeForce GTX 10X0 updated to the new version.

In the box is better than KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame you can find a treasure – rich in different elements of the package.

It includes not only the standard user manual, and documentation CD with drivers, but the hanger on the door (do not disturb), two adapters 2 x SATA -> 8pin…

… and an interesting accessory – special backup for your graphics card. New really heavy, but not so! However, the developers decided to take care in advance and prevent surprises.

Set the backup can be in two positions: at the side of the cooling system in the front part of it. However, this accessory requires a lot of space inside the case, therefore, the very idea is questionable (for example, in the case of Cooler Master HAF 922 it is not got).

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame: Appearance and dimensions

Model KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame attracts the attention of the white design of the cooling system and the PCB. Due to this series HOF stands out against the background of competing solutions that will be appreciated by fans of modding. Fortunately, on the market there are white motherboard, fans and CPU cooling system.

The developers have painted in bright colors not only PCB. Cover, vinyl, stickers on the rotors – everything is absolutely white. Only the protective caps out of the box received the opposite color – black.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

The diameter of the fan is 90 mm.

The back closes a massive “backplate”. The metal plate contains a variety of slots, but they are more decorative in nature than designed for a smooth exit of hot air. It is worth noting two areas of illumination – the inscription “Hall Of Fame” on the side and strips in the Central part.

To illustrate, here is the photo taken in the dark.

Rear panel repeats the reference version of Nvidia, and has five video outputs:

  • One DVI-D;
  • One HDMI 2.0 b;
  • Three DisplayPort 1.4.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital – up to 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz.

Supplementary feeding is implemented using two eight-pin connectors on the edge of the PCB. For convenience, the location of the cooling system is equipped with a cutout.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

Two enhanced connector – not the lure of marketers. KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame is designed not only for modders, but for overclockers, for which there is the possibility of removing restrictions on protection. The developers indicate the level TDP of 150 W, but it is in the nominal mode, during acceleration, the figure jumped the bar to 300 watts.

Given the fact that the dimensions of the video card big enough, is to take the purchase more serious.

Length is better than KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame – 318 mm, width – 137 mm height – 53 mm. In the system block it will block almost three expansion slots.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame: Cooling system

Cooling system in version KFA2 is a classic design with all the consequences. Interesting feature – despite the massive heatsink to the PCB, the cooler is mounted just four small screws.

To improve heat transfer between the tubes at the base of the soldered copper plate. It is smooth, without humps and bumps, processed efficiently, but not to a mirror Shine.

Under the cooler is better than KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame hides a silver plate, which plays the role of stiffener and radiator are all key points on Board.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

It removes heat from all the video memory chips, power transistors and other circuits. In the area of the VRM provides high fins, and the edge of the PCB, the radiator is transferred to the carrying handle and mount a complete backup.

The cooler is a two-piece heatsink from the set of aluminum fins easy form. Being pierced by five heat pipes: four diameter – 9 mm, one 6 mm. All connections carefully soldered.

White plastic cover is attached to small cogs on the perimeter. Simple form, no fancy and complex elements allow you to hide three fans and a single charge for their connection, which is very convenient. In the case of one system do not have to cut the wiring and just connect the new fan.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

On the opposite side of implemented highlight area in the form of a small ribbon with the three wires of the desired color.

For the active part of answer fans of Apistek production – rare guests in our lab, they often occur on the Palit graphics cards.

In this case, the model GA92S2H, the characteristics 12 and 0.35 A. They work in the range of 1000 – 3000 rpm while remaining very quiet up to 1300 rpm and quiet up to 1600 rpm.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame: PCB

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame based on the original PCB white color is a feature of the series Hall of Fame. Unification with the other models discovered because the developers approached the creation of this PCB with a clean slate. Its advantages include desyatiballnoy PCB, the use of tantalum and ceramic capacitors, chips DrMOS, enhanced power subsystem.

It should be noted that to take a photo of the reverse side of the PCB proved to be impossible due to the adhesive composition on the perimeter of the GPU and “backplate”: no heat, no physical efforts are not helped to separate the plate from the graphics card without mechanical damage, and this idea was abandoned.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

The power subsystem is different from the reference, as enhanced. It operates according to the formula “8+3”, in which eight phases are assigned to the GPU and three for the memory.

Looking ahead, we emphasize that it had a positive impact on the overclocking potential and significantly reduced the temperature of the VRM design compared to other tested models of the GeForce GTX 1070.

The heart of a hero review is the GPU GP104-200-A1, produced on 16 nm process technology at the 19th week of 2016. It includes 1920 shaders, 64 ROPS and texture units 120.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

Video card is equipped with eight gigabytes of memory, which recruited eight chips made by Samsung with the marking K4G80325FB. Clock frequency of the memory chips is 2002 MHz (effective frequency 8008 MHz).

Only after analysis and a detailed study of the PCB in the front part of it is found a tiny toggle switch. About it there is no information neither on the official website nor on other websites. In testing no effects or improvement of dispersal were noted.

We can assume that it is needed for extreme overclocking with liquid nitrogen, removing the limit on the maximum current and voltage.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame: Tools and testing methodology

For overclocking graphics cards, as well as monitoring temperatures and fan speed were used proprietary utility MSI Afterburner v4.3.0 Beta 14.

Check the stability of the accelerators in the process of dispersal was carried out by 3.5 utility MSI Kombustor (GPU Burn-in, 1920 x 1080). The received frequency was further tested by the runs test Heaven Benchmark 4.0 c v extreme levels of tessellation and GPU tests from the packages 3DMark 2013, 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage.

The noise level was measured using a digital sound level meter TM-102 with a measurement error no more than 0.5 dBA. The measurements were carried out with a distance of 0.3 m. the Level of background noise in the room – no more than 28 dBA. All system fans including installed in the power supply was turned off. On the charts of the conventional low noise for the system is defined at the level of 30.5 dBA, the conventional comfort – 37 dBA. The temperature of the air in the room was 25 degrees Celsius.

Additionally starred readings of power consumption using the power meter Robiton PM-2 and the temperature of the PCB infrared thermometer Fluke 59 MAX.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test

Standard frequency and overclocking

The KFA2 is of interest largely due to the design; however, because of the attractive appearance hides a good factory overclocking. Core frequency raised from 1506 MHz to 1620 MHz, in Boost mode, it increased from 1683 MHz to 1823 MHz at a voltage of 1.05 V. the Memory operates at the reference frequency 2002 MHz.

Despite the fashion trend, the fans just do not stop – for some it’s even a plus. They run very quietly with its 1000 rpm, the GPU temperature rarely exceeds 33°C.

Per load, which is traditional for these materials is the responsibility of the program Heaven Benchmark 4.0 with max graphics settings.

In a sealed enclosure is better than KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame heated to 62°C with fan speed 1400 Rev/min. cooling System is very quiet and difficult to hear even with the use of an open stand. Core frequency dynamically rises to 2012 MHz, but the bridging strips 57°C begins to decrease until 1949 MHz. You can tell it’s working frequency of the model.

The temperature of the power subsystem in the hottest point is only 65°C.

App MSI Kombustor is a more serious opponent. In the fourth minute chart becomes a direct cooler turns are recorded in 1550 b/min, and the GPU temperature and VRM design – at 71°C and 79°C. the cooling System is still running quietly, which refers to its merits.

Further experiments were conducted with a proprietary utility XtremeTuner Plus, the design of which has changed (subjectively.), and we will not touch.

The user has several tabs. The first is the auto-overclocking one-click offers two profiles with 3% and 5% increase in core clock. Similar functions we have seen before, it is a pity that a more serious climb, the developers decided not to. Of greater interest was the “Quiet mode” the fan speed is fixed at a particular step, and the consumption of 80% of par. However, in this case, taking into account effective WITH special needs in it.

Tab with backlight allows you to set the hue and choose one of two modes. Available scale RGB.

Tab “Overclock” speaks for itself. Here are available to customize the sliders with the frequencies of core and memory, power consumption, rotation speed of the impeller and limiting FPS.

The height of the Hall of Fame has always been distinguished by the extended range of voltages, not only the GPU but also the memory (albeit not in all models).

After pressing the button on the rear interface panel is better than KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame fans “roared” at full speed, the limits on consumption were lifted and we began to disperse.

Unlike AMD, the voltage increase on the GPU is not activated always. Every time you reset managed to achieve the desired effect from the fourth-fifth attempt, and it is worth noting that the voltage on GPU-Z were displayed incorrectly.

After an hour of attempts managed to increase the core clock by 130 MHz RAM – 450 MHz. In games and tests GPU frequency is dynamically raised to 2100 MHz.

If you refuse to memory overclocking, the graphics core was overclocked to 2150 MHz if of the kernel, the memory could operate at 2490 MHz. You have to sacrifice something.

The study of the capacity of the cooling system

Here is a graph of the temperature of the graphics core/system power and noise from the fan speed of the cooling system. This card is devoid of sensors in the field of power supply circuits, therefore, the results of the power section were obtained using a pyrometer.

The main competitor for the hero of the review, according to earlier tests, it turns out, the model Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, not so long ago, visited the lab. It’s two fighters of the same weight category, but in direct comparison, we note that the new KFA2 albeit not by much, but comes out ahead: it’s a little quieter and at times wins back a few degrees.

The level of power consumption

Graph the power consumption of the whole stand depending on the frequencies of video cards and operating voltage of the GPU.

Power consumption in 2D was measured at idle (on the desktop). Testing in Heaven BenchMark 4.0 was conducted under the following settings – quality: ultra, tessellation: extreme, AA8x, 1920 x 1080 resolution; MSI Kombustor – 2xMSAA, 1920 x 1080.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame: Conclusion

There is a misconception that the product line Hall of Fame belongs to the modding. But in fact, the developers have positioned KFA2 these models for overclockers and high overclocking results, and white design is nothing more than an image component. However, this does not negate the fact that with a similar motherboard (e.g., MSI XPower Gaming Z170A Titanium Edition) these graphics will look harmonious.

But back to the hero of the review. Model KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame will please its owner a great cooling system that copes with all the local heating zones, including a subsystem power supply. In addition to the design note high factory overclocking and proprietary utility for overclocking. Let her execution remains a matter of taste, but functionality is good.

While the creators of the video card has not forgotten about its overclocking potential. KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame allows you to squeeze out of a GPU max at normal air cooling while remaining quiet. In the end, considering the above, novelty is a great graphics solution, able to satisfy any requests.

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KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Hall of Fame Review and test was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby