GALAX has developed a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with an ultra-slim one slot wide cooling system. The industry’s first single-slot GeForce GTX 1070 is understood to be released in China in early 2017, but it is unknown whether the video card will ever make it outside of the country.

Single-slot gaming graphics adapters for high-performance cards are not a common occurrence, especially as most AIB partners now run dual slot for anything 75W for over. After developers of GPUs for years have developed dual-slot designs for their coolers, the vast majority of motherboards have enough space to install at least one single slot graphics card. Nonetheless, there are systems equipped with extra add-in-boards (audio, SSD, additional SATA or Thunderbolt 3 controllers, etc.) that require slim single-slot components as there is simply not enough space inside. Meanwhile, it is not easy to find high-performance single-slot graphics cards: even some low-profile boards feature doublewide radiators. Companies like AMD and NVIDIA release professional graphics cards with slim coolers (e.g., Quadro M4000, Radeon Pro WX7100 and so on), but such products are not intended for general consumers because of high prices and some other peculiarities. By contrast, the forthcoming GeForce GTX 1070 from GALAX is a high-end consumer product with a single-slot cooling system.

The upcoming GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 uses a copper radiator with very thin fins and a metallic cover. Copper quickly absorbs heat, which is why it is used to make small form-factor coolers (including those for servers). Meanwhile, to maximize cooling potential of the whole system, GALAX uses a blower-type fan that generates very high air pressure by rotating at a very high speed. Such fans inevitably generate a lot of noise, but that is a tradeoff between dimensions and performance. Copper heatsinks are typically heavy too, as well as pricier than regular GPU heatsinks.

So far, GALAX has only demonstrated the graphics card at an event in China (and clearly labelled it GTX 1070 for anyone wondering) and has not revealed its frequencies or other peculiarities. Since NVIDIA’s partners are not allowed to downclock GPUs, it is highly likely that the card will run at reference 1506/1683 MHz (base/boost) clock rates. As for connectivity, the board has three connectors: a DVI, a DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0.

GALAX belongs to Palit Microsystems, one of the world’s largest makers of video cards. From time to time Palit’s brands release unique NVIDIA-based graphics adapters that have features not available on competing solutions. Usually, such AIBs are only sold in China, but at times they make it to the U.S. and Europe under various trademarks.

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  • megadirk - Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - link

    Nope, ITX has only one PCI-E slot. Reply
  • edzieba - Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - link

    Yes, but only if the motherboard supports PCIe Bifurcation (e.g. Asrock X99 ITX, or the Z170 Fatal1ty ITX), you use a riser with a clock duplicator, and the OS and drivers handle it. Currently, it works under Linux with Nvidia GPUs but the Windows Nvidia drivers don't work properly (either see only one card, or crash). IIRC AMD cards with on Windows, but I'm not sure if that's in crossfire or just multi-adaptor. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - link

    Possible, just wait for eGPU Thunderbolt box that is capable of dual card which doesn't exist yet but hey, itx with dual pci-e slot is also non-existent. Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - link

    barely, with specific setups.

    But a dual slot DTX board could do it, or a micro ATX board with room between cards for cooling.
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  • mortenelkjaer - Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - link

    Doesn't look like they want to do SLI with this one at all - from the pictures. Reply
  • Morawka - Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - link

    I'm glad that single slot is at least a option on air cooling with the 1070.. I still would have preferred 4X or 5x Mini display ports instead of the other options, but i'm sure they have to include HDMI for nvidia (VR requirement) Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, December 22, 2016 - link

    I like the idea of single slot graphics cards, but a 1070 seems a bit much for a single slot solution. Kudos if Galax can pull it off and even more kudos if they can do it without high pitched fan whine. I do think a 1060 and/or 1050 would have been a better candidate for something like this though. Reply
  • doggface - Friday, December 23, 2016 - link

    I figure the only way you make your money back on the expensive cooling components is on a more expensive card. You can hide the extra cost easier on a $350 card than a $200 card I imagine.

    However I agree.

    I feel like if you had a case that was set up right, say with 140mm fans at front and back, you would be able to evacuate the heat well enough... But yeah. Typical It's case is So full if cables the airflow would be tricky.
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