GALAX Teases Upcoming HOF PCI-E SSD

GALAX, formerly known as GALAXY, is well-known for their amazing graphics cards that push the hardware to the limits of what’s possible and we have also seen them create the same great things with memory modules. The next logical step for the company is to branch out and enter the SSD market.

During our visit to CES in January, we had a first look at the HOF PCI-E SSD although the details were sparse at the time and we didn’t find out when it was to be released either.

What we do know is that it is a PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and the drive is using NVMe rather than AHCI for its connection. This in return results in a much better performance and the officially given ratings will allow the drive to read with up to 2600 MB/s and write with up to 1300MB/s. The random performance is equally impressive with 300K IOPS at 4K read operations and 200K at write operations.

The PCB itself was hidden from us at the time and we could only see the beautiful casing with signature HOF engravings. That changed today as GALAX published more photos, renderings, and real benchmark results on their Facebook page. While the information still is sparse, we get some more information from just looking at these newly shared pictures.

While the finished product is a full-sized card, the PCB itself seems to fit the HHHL standard (half-height, half-length) which should make it compatible with low-profile brackets. Whether such a solution will be released is another matter, but it does open up the options for modders.

Below are the officially released benchmark results which look pretty good to me, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be tweaked a little more with firmware optimizations. There’s still a little work to be done by GALAX and the HOF PCI-E SSD is now officially classified as “near completion”.

Are you looking forward to this storage drive or do you prefer something less extravagant and smaller such as the newer M.2 type drives? Let us know in the comments.

KFA2 Launches Cosplay Competition

 

KFA2, part of GALAX, formerly known as Galaxy are renowned for their unique, ostentatious take on aftermarket GPU cooling. In particular, the Hall of Fame cards consist of an all-white PCB and aggressive factory overclocks. The HOF range symbolizes a no compromise approach and accommodates users looking to build a white themed PC. In my opinion, the HOF Graphics Cards are absolutely stunning and a perfect match alongside the Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark S and Avexir Sabrano 2400MHz RAM.

To promote their product line, they have launched a Cosplay competition and offering 3 major prizes. The winner will receive a Parrot BeBop Drone and Limited Edition t-shirt. If you finish in 2nd position, they will send out a GTX 980Ti HOF and Limited Edition T-shirt. Finally, 3rd place is presented with a GTX 960 EXOC White and Limited Edition T-shirt.

In GALAX’s official press release, they outlined how to differentiate yourself from the competition and rules for entry:

“This video competition will be judged on two key elements. First, by the most creative costume of a recognizable PC video gaming character, and second, by the funniest or most obscure situation in the film itself. We want see you out in public mixing with the everyday Joe, taking what is normally seen on screen into the public domain; pranks welcome.”

Competetion Rules:

  • Create a film with a maximum 3 minute run time
  • Anything goes bar any criminal activity, violence, nudity, racial or religious insensitivity, bad language or other generally offensive behavior.
  • Keep it clean and creative. Video content must be your own.
  • Host your film on YouTube and include “What’s Your Game? Cosplay Competition” in the title.
  • To submit your entry, email your YouTube link to geforceculture@kfa2.com – making sure to include your contact details with full name & email address.
  • All entries must be submitted by July 31, 2015
  • Submissions will be reviewed by the judging panel with in the first week of Aug. 2015 and a list of winners published Aug. 7th, 2015.

I’m sure the winning entries will illustrate the passion and ingenuity we come to expect from PC Gamers.

Will you be entering or do you prefer a more understated style of competition? Let us know and we can pass the information onto KFA2/GALAX.

GALAX Hall Of Fame DDR3 Memory Modules Officially Released

GALAX is well-known for their graphics cards and recently they also ventured into the space of storage with their new Gamer SSDs. This time GALAX is reaching into the memory department and release a new set of DDR3 memory modules in the Hall Of Fame (HOF) series.

The new memory modules feature a huge heatsink with aluminium fins (1.5mm thickness unilateral and 3mm bilateral). They modules are hardened against corrosion, anodised, sandblasted, and look great.

The new memory modules are released as 2400MHz kits in either single 4GB or 8GB dual-channel kits, coming with timings of 11-13-13-30.

This memory chips are made by SKhynix and are well-known and liked by enthusiasts for their reliability and performance and easily clock up to 2600-2933MHz.

A high-end computer part needs LEDs these days, for some reason. So GALAX also added LED strips on the top of the heat spreaders to light it up.

It doesn’t look bad tho with the lighting and I could see this look good in many systems and mods.

There’s also a video available demonstrating the new modules, but it is located on a Chinese video site. It worked fine for me while writing this article, but that’s not guaranteed to be the same everywhere.

KFA2 Launches 8Pack Designed GTX 980 Graphics Card

8Pack is without a doubt one of the most skilled overclockers and as such it’s no surprise that some of the best hardware manufacturers want his input on how to create the best product with that in mind. We’ve previously seen the impressive 2000W PSU from Super Flower, and this time it is KFA2 that teamed up with 8Pack to create a beast of a graphics card.

The new card resembles the latest KFA2 cards with the triple fan cooler, but this time we also get the 8Pack branding on both the fans and the good looking backplate. The backplate helps both with the cooling of the card when those heavy clocks speeds are running as well as improving the overall sturdiness of the card and prevent PCB warping and bending from the cooler weight.

The selection process of the components to assemble the 8Pack Edition graphics cards is said to be unique, allowing only the highest GPU core and memory types to be used, but the card also uses uprated capacitors and VRM components to allow for even faster and more stable clock speeds.

All this power has to go somewhere and the 8Pack Edition comes with a factory set boots speed of 1440 MHz that is guaranteed, but how high you want to take the clocks yourself is your choice.

Specifications

  • Base core clock: 1304 MHz
  • Boost clock: 1440 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7010 MHz
  • Memory: 4096MB GDDR5
  • Power: two 8-Pin connectors
  • Dimensions with Bracket: 308 x 129.1 x 49 mm
  • Dimensions without Bracket: 294 x 116 x 46.1 mm

The new KFA2 GeForce GTX 980 “8Pack Edition” 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card will be available exclusive from Overclockers UK for £589.99. The 8Pack GTX 980 HOF also qualifies for NVIDIA’s new Batman Arkham Knights and The Witcher 3 bundle.

GALAX Reveal Custom GTX HOF Water Cooled Edition Graphics Cards

Do you like your graphics cards to be a faster and cooler? Of course you do! GALAX have signed on the design held of Diamond Cooling to create their stunning Custom GTX HOF Water Cooler Edition graphics cards, something that will no doubt please the enthusiast gaming/system building crowd amongst you.

The Hall of Fame (HOF) series of cards are already well known for their blazing fast, high-end performance and impressive cooling capabilities, but the new custom water cooling blocks are set to take that even further.

“Working in-conjunction with Diamond Cooling based in Europe, specialists in all things custom and cool, KFA2 has developed a water cooling solution designed to fully unleash the raw potential of the GTX 980 and 970 HOF graphics cards with the unprecedented cooling capacity needed for extreme overclocks.”

The cards will feature full PCB coverage water blocks, a stunning design, high-quality materials and will be available in two styles, one with a white acetal top and another with PETG acrylic top.

Key Features:

  • Fits both KFA2 GTX 970 and GTX 980 Hall Of Fame graphics cards
  • Custom engineered design to maximize coolant flow and heat transfer
  • Pure copper blocks
  • Nickel plating
  • PETG acrylic / white acetal top
  • Full PCB coverage including power connectors
  • Coolant channel specially built for optimal flow with bidirectional hookups

The custom GeForce GTX 980/970 HOF water cooled editions are available in limited quantity by special order. Click here for more information.

Will you be ordering one of these gorgeous new graphics cards?

GTA V – The Way It’s Meant to Be Played – 4K and Nvidia Shield

Introduction


In September 2013, Grand Theft Auto V finally hit our screens, albeit via the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, consoles that I loved playing on, but which were kept as a lead platform for far longer than they should have been. They weren’t incredibly powerful systems to begin with and time wasn’t kind to them. The buffed up release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sure looked pretty, but they still weren’t the way I wanted to play Grand Theft Auto V, not even close.

The PC release of the game was a mystery for so long, but I kept my faith. I was sure that it will be happening and it comes as little shock that I was right on the money. The only downside to the PC release was that it took so much longer than the console editions to be released. I’ve stuck to my guns and since the original console release, I haven’t played a single minute of GTA V, I don’t know the story and the only things I have seen of the gameplay are funny videos that get posted to YouTube and Reddit.

So why did I wait so long? The promise of 4K gaming, frame rates that are at least above 30, increased texture detail, longer draw distances, mods and the multitude of other graphics enhancements that PC gaming provides us. On top of that, I love my Nvidia Shield and use it to stream games around my house, the prospect of playing GTA V on a tablet while laid in bed is just too tempting. The prospect of playing it streamed to my big screen TV in 1080p at 60FPS with the graphics dialed up to ultra, even more so.

Two New Hall of Fame GTX 980 Graphics Cards from GALAX

GALAX already has five Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 based graphics cards, but that doesn’t stop them from creating two more. The new GTX 980 HoF DUCK Edition and GTX 980 HoF TecLab Edition take the Nvidia chip and pushes it even further thanks to the custom PCB design, components and coolers.

The GALAX HOF Duck Edition currently holds the second place in official Fire Strike competition with an impressive score of 10580 points. The record was placed by Duck-OC who also helped to design this card and make it what it is. It is still unknown what clock speeds the card will come with, but Duck-OC overclocked the card to 2123 MHz for his record.

The Duck Edition features the same design as the other HOF cards with its triple-fan cooling solution, white PCB and backplate and it comes with the easy overclocking button located on the rear IO.

 

The second new card was created together with the guys from TecLab, which is kind of obvious with the GALAX GTX 980 HoF TecLab Edition name.

The TecLab card is a little thicker than the other cards and takes up another half slot beside the default two, and it comes with a darker theme of black and grey. It also comes with a backplate and OC button as the other cards and this will most likely be the new flagship in the GTX 980 series.

Sadly we don’t know any further specifications at this time, but I’m looking forward to learning about them. These look like some serious graphics cards, but they’ll most likely also carry a serious price.

Thanks to VideoCardz for providing us with this information

GALAX Enters the SSD Market with New Gamer Series SSD

GALAX is a company mostly know for the graphics cards, but now they’re venturing into the storage market with their new Gamer series solid state drives. The new drives are powered by the JMicron Heracles SATA III controller and boosted by an SLC Cache Auto-Release which streamlines the data pipeline and prevents cache bottlenecks.

The new SSDs are created with both high-end desktop PCs and notebooks in mind and excel at both random read/write operations for multitasking and sequential operation for fast loading times; two things a gamer wants. Other features include a high physical durability and 2 million hours MTBF, built-in wear leveling and Error Correct Code (ECC) to ensure that the data remains secure and transfers reliable even after years of heavy use.

The performance of the Gamer SSD is pretty good with sequential read and write speed of 540 and 480 MB/s respectively. Random 4K read and write performance is rated to 74,000 and 76,000 IOPS.

The GALAX Gamer SSD follows the form factor of most solid state drives with a 7mm height and comes is 2.5-inch big. “Demonstrations have shown the GALAX Gamer Series to have among the lowest power consumption of any drive in their class during even the most intense activity, with power usage practically nil during idle.” That sounds pretty good and the Gamer series SSD could be amazing for improving both performance and battery life of your notebook simultaneously.

The new GALAX Gamer SSD are available now as a 120GB model for $59.99 and 240GB model for $104.99 directly at GALAX. I couldn’t find it available in Europe at the time of writing.

Thanks to GALAX for providing us with this information

Galax and Diamond Cooling Show off First GTX 980 HOF WC Prototype

Galax and Diamond Cooling have come together to create a magnificent looking card that packs an amazing punch. At the base, we find the great GTX 980 HOF card with its white PCB while the cooling is being taken care of a white full cover water block designed by Diamond Cooling.

“We have changed the design internally slightly after initial testing. But this block has good cooling performance. We expect to be taking pre-orders very soon. We do this to get a certain idea of how big the demand is so we can create a first batch,” Diamond Cooling said.

These are the first prototypes and will come as both a full copper base and nickel plated base versions. The full cover water block takes care of all components on this card that in return should allow this record-breaking card to achieve new heights.

Design:

  • Full copper base
  • Nickel plated base
  • Microfin cooling solution
  • Active cooling of all components
  • White POM top
  • Water channels designed to have a similar flow no matter which port is used as the in- or outlet of the block.

There are also plans for a similar water block for the GTX 970 Hall Of Fame (HOF) card. Diamond Cooling said that they put a little easter-egg on the card. Can you spot it? I’ll give you a hint, it’s plugged into the rear of the PCB.

The new GALAX GTX 980 HOF WC graphics solution should go on sale in January or maybe February 2015, a short wait for an amazing looking card.

Thanks to Galax for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Diamond Cooling

Galax Annouces GeForce GTX 970 Black Edition

Galax, or Galaxy as they are known in the EMEA region, has launched its latest graphics card in the form of the GeForce GTX 970 Black Edition. The 19cm long PCB is covered with an aluminium fin stack heatsink and the card uses two 80mm fans to keep everything cool.

The card comes factory overclocked with a speed of 1126MHz and with a boost speed of 1266MHz. Like on most GTX 970 cards the memory frequency hasn’t been touched and runs at 7GHz.

The new Galax GTX 97 Black Edition graphics card should be available now for a price of €319.90 with VAT.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp

GALAX Hall of Fame GTX 970 and 980 Released

Are you a fan of the Hall of Fame series of graphics cards? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that GALAX have just released the latest and greatest in the series; the GALAX GTX 980 HOF and the GTX 970 HOF.

Each of the new cards comes factory tuned with the highest core clocks in its class. Everything has been stripped down and rebuilt for speed on these cards. They’ve got the custom white PCB, ultra-premium components, 7 heat-pipes with a triple fan cooler, Hyper Boost technology, dual BIOS and a whole lot more.

The 980 HOF comes equipped with 2048 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1304 MHz and a boost clock of 1418 MHz. The GTX 970 HOF features 1664 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1216MHz and a boost of 1380 MHz.

Key Features:

  • Completely redesigned PCB layout from the ground up, optimized for GM204
  • 10 layer manufacturing process in HOF signature pure white color
  • Extended PCB width for optimized layout and cleaner signal
  • Advanced GALAX exclusive “Triple Force” cooler
  • 2x 80mm fan + 1x 90mm fan
  • 4x 8mm heat pipes + 3x 6mm heat pipes (total 7 nickel-plated heat pipes)
  • Copper base cooler
  • Integrated MOSFET heatsink
  • Customizable top HOF LED (control blanking frequency, brightness with GFE)
  • Plastic cover with premium die-cast aluminum accents
  • Anodized aluminum backplate protects components and reinforces PCB
  • Next generation IR3595 Digital PWM controller provides 2X switching frequency vs. previous generation
  • 8 phase GPU + 2 phase memory power
  • IR3555 with next gen DrMOS and 60A output
  • Aerospace-grade GALAX Extreme Power Inductors provide ultra-long life, high endurance and low noise vs. normal power inductors
  • Hyper Boost technology acts like a hardware turbocharger, increasing fan speed and maximum power delivered to the GPU with the push of a button
  • Voltage tool (developed by enthusiasts) allows voltage beyond stock limits
  • Hardware dual BIOS simplifies the tweaking process by enabling risk-free firmware updates and customization
  • Prelim internal overclocking results: >1.5GHz on air, >2.1GHz on LN2

The cards will start cropping up at major retailers any time now and prices are expected to hurt your wallet; if you want the best, you’re going to have to pay for it.

Thank you Guru3d for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Guru3d.

It’s Back – Overclockers UK Create GTX 9 Series Pyramid

We work very closely with Overclockers UK, and we know that even though business is of paramount importance, they also like to have a bit of fun too. Especially when it comes to interacting with their customer base and many frequent visitors to their huge forums.

In typical taste of the lads at OcUK, they have devised a cunning plan of showing off some of their stock of various branded GTX 900 series graphics cards. They have done something similar in the past with new graphics card launches, so regular fans of them will know what to expect.

With the last launch day pyramid, the picture circulated the web in every direction and we feel this one will be no different.

Overclockers UK state:

The pyramid is just a small taste of what Overclockers UK have to offer, with inventory of over 1000 NVIDIA GTX 9 series graphics cards.”

They have also apologised for the lack of an iconic item; the soft toy burger, which has always photobombed these types of pictures, but with a hectic launch in the early hours, it was sadly forgotten.

To make up for it, they have given a large selection of cards from various brands at amazing prices to keep you happy, so check out what’s available here.

It’s also worth noting that their gaming systems have also been updated to include the new cards as a choice when ‘speccing’ up a new rig.

Unseen GTX 9xx Cards Spotted

It’s complete graphics card overload today, the launch of the new Nvidia cards is obviously approaching fast and dozens of pictures have started to leak online. Most of the cards below haven’t been seen yet, so let’s get started and see what is on offer.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 OC

The stock GTX 980 from Gigabyte is based on a reference design, so nothing too exciting here, but we have it on good authority that they’ll also be launching their custom G1 Gaming series of cards, unfortunately no images have leaked, yet.

Colorful iGame GTX 980

The Colorful GTX 980 certainly stands out from the crowd, it’s packed with a completely over-the-top cooler, 12+2 phase design and no doubt a monster sized overclock; certainly one to watch out for, but expect it to be one of the most expensive 980s on the market.

Colorful iGame GTX 970

The iGame GTX 970 is another interesting one, the card is a non-reference design with two fans, but no factory overclock, so it’s likely focused on cool and quiet performance.

Galax GeForce GTX 970 GC

Galax (previously known as Galaxy) have created a full custom PCB, with a 6+1 phase design and a custom fan. Why on earth they put a blue PCB on a premium card is unknown, but they did!

MSI GeForce GTX 980 & 970

These MSI models may not be pretty, but the cheap plastic cooling solution means this model will be cheaper than those that feature the reference cooler. Planning on stripping the card down for a water cooling block or simply need to save a little extra money? This might be the best card for you.

ASUS STRIX GTX 980

Another ASUS card has leaked today, a factory overclocked GTX 980 with their popular 0dB DirectCU II cooling solution. It’s rumoured that this card will not be available at the 9xx launch date, but will follow shortly afterwards.

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of VideoCardz.

Galax First New Graphics Card Leaked

Some of the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 9xx series cards that have been leaking this week have been branded Galax, which at first may seem like a new GPU manufacturer, but it is in fact Galaxy acting under a new, if only slightly different name.

Galaxy’s European brand KFA2 are also being renamed Galax as the company looks to unify their brand. This means that we will likely see Galax branded GC and HOF series graphics cards. I really like the KFA2 branded cards, so fingers crossed that Galax will continue their legacy of completely crazy card designs under the Galax brand name.

A Galax GTX 970 card has leaked and appears to feature a GC-style cooler, which you can see below.

Hopefully this also means that company is going to make both Galaxy and KFA2 series cards available in more markets and in greater numbers. If you want a card that still says KFA2 on it, you best be quick, because it’s likely that retailers are already clearing out the old stock to make way for the Galax branded cards.

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information.