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.

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?

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 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

Galaxy Enters the SSD Market on the SATA and PCI-Express Lane

Galaxy is most known for their absolute top-tier graphics cards, but now they’re starting to venture into other areas including the solid state market. The products are still aimed at gamers and they are preparing a default 2.5-inch SATA drive, but also a PCI-Express based solution with speeds up to 1600MB/s and a capacity of up to 4TB.

The cards, or rather the parts, are jointly developed with JMicron and feature a custom and optimized firmware directed at the kind of usage a gamer is likely have. The most interesting of the two is probably the HOF branded PCIe SSD featuring the Heracles JMF811 JMicron controller and a PCIe 2.0 interface (x4). As previously mentioned, it can reach speeds up to 1600 MB/s and will come in capacities of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB. The large amount of capacitors on the back of the card will help to flush all pending data in case of power loss.

There are still a lot of open questions regarding the card. We don’t know whether it will be AHCI or NVMe based nor if the card is passive or active cooled. The great looking casing might point towards an active cooling, simply due to the accumulated heat in such a module.

The 2.5-inch drive is slightly less spectacular with read and write speeds around the 550 / 460 marker and 32/26K IOPS respectively. But these are still great figures considering we’re dealing with a 128GB drive while a 256GB version also is said to become available.

That is all the information we have at the current time, but with CES in Las Vegas just around the corner, I’m sure more details will emerge very soon.

Thanks to TweakTown and MyDrivers for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TweakTown

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.

KFA2 GTX 780 HOF OC+ 6GB Graphics Card Announced

KFA2 are easily one of my favourite GPU manufacturers, mostly because I’m a sucker for those white PCBs they use, as they really stand out from the crowd. Their Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 HOF (Hall of Fame) graphics card was and still is an incredible card, but they’ve taken it back to the drawing board and giving it an extra tweak to make it more competitive than ever before.

The new card, known as the GeForce GTX 780 HOF OC+, is still based around the exact same board design as the original, but the cards clock speeds have been given a slight bump from 1006 MHZ to 1019 MHz, both still a lot higher than the 863 MHz reference cards. GPU Boost is now 1071 MHz compared to the 1058 MHz of the original and 902 MHz of the reference.

Memory speeds have been kept steady at 6 GHz, but the card has now been bumped from just 3GB all the way up to 6GB over a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.

The company has yet to reveal pricing, but we would expect it to be a small premium over the previous model given that they’ve doubled the memory.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Galaxy Launches 6 GB Variant of its GeForce GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition Graphics Card

Galaxy has just launched another NVIDIA variant of GeForce GTX 780 Hall of Fame graphics card, bearing the GF-GTX780-E6GHD/SOC model name, featuring the company’s white PCB signature and performance-oriented cooling solution.

In terms of specifications, the card comes with 6 GB if memory, having the rest be similar to the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition released in July last year. The 6 GB variant also comes with a big factory overclock, having the core GPU clocked at 1019 MHz compared to the original variant clocked at 863 MHz and its boost speed capped at 1071 MHz compared to 928 MHz from its predecessor.

The GDDR5 memory apparent has been left untouched, having it clocked at 6008 MHz as the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF. Other aspects of the 6 GB GTX 780 HOF variant include the 28 nm GK110 silicon architecture, offering 2,304 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 48 ROPs and a 384-bit memory interface. The graphics card also features a 10-phase VRM, drawing power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

The graphics card is said to feature a dual-BIOS configuration as well, having the toggle switch located near the I/O bracket. The card offers four display outputs, having two dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one Display Port configuration, while its cooling solution features a Hybrid Vapor Chamber which directs heat to a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink with the help of four nickel-palter copper heat pipes. The heatsink is then ventilated by a pair of 90mm fans, having the base-plate with heatsink fins cooling the VRM and memory.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
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