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GALAX HOF E16 is a Monstrous M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD Dressed in White

With AMD "Valhalla" desktop platform mainstreaming PCI-Express gen 4.0, several SSD manufacturers put out their first products that can take advantage of it, this Computex. The drive with the highest on-paper transfer rates has to be the HOF E16 from GALAX, which will also be sold under the Galaxy and KFA2 brands in various markets. Built in the M.2-2280 form-factor, the drive features an M.2 PCI-Express 4.0 x4 host interface (backwards-compatible with older PCIe generations), with 64 Gbps of interface bandwidth on tap. The drive comes in capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB, and segment-first 4 TB.

The HOF E16 uses the same heatsink GALAX deployed on the older generation of HOF M.2. A block of aluminium pulls heat from the drive's controller, while a flattened copper heat-pipe spreads heat across. The drive is based on the new Phison E16 controller that's cushioned by an LPDDR4 DRAM chip, and wired to 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. The drive offers sequential read speeds of up to 4,800 MB/s, and sequential writes of up to 4,000 MB/s. 4K random reads are rated at up to 750,000 IOPS, and 4K random writes up to 700,000 IOPS.

Galaxy Unveils HOF M.2 PCIe SSD with Heat-pipe Based Heatsink

High-end M.2 NVMe SSDs are beginning to come with integrated heatsinks as overheating controllers impact sustained performance. The latest such drive is a new edition of the Hall of Fame (HOF) M.2 PCIe series from Galaxy, which come with a chunky aluminium heatsink, only this one isn't just another hunk of metal. This heatsink uses a flattened copper heat pipe to pull heat from the drive's hot components and spread it evenly along both sides of the aluminium block. The heat pipe makes direct contact with the drive's Phison PS5012-E12 8-channel controller and Toshiba-made 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash chips.

The heatsink wraps around sideways of the drive and so it may not be a perfect fit for NVMe RAID cards with multiple M.2 slots side-by-side, although for most applications, such as the M.2 slot on the motherboard, the design could click. The drive comes in capacities of 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. All three models offer sequential read speeds of up to 3400 MB/s. The 1 TB and 2 TB models write at up to 2800 MB/s, while the 512 GB writes at up to 2000 MB/s. 4K random access performance of the 2 TB and 1 TB models are rated at up to 400,000 IOPS reads with up to 600,000 IOPS writes; and up to 400,000 IOPS reads with up to 540,000 IOPS writes for the 512 GB model. The drive is initially being launched in China, and could make its way to western markets under the Galax and KFA2 brands later this year.

KFA2 Goes All White with GeForce RTX 2080 Ti HOF

The EU-specific brand of GALAX, KFA2 today rolled out its latest flagship graphics card in the old continent, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Hall of Fame (HOF). In true tradition of this brand extension, the card is all-white - including its cooler shroud, fans, back-plate, and the PCB. The custom-design PCB pulls power from a trio of 8-pin PCIe power connectors located at the tail-end of the card rather than on top of it, and conditions it using a 16+3 phase VRM, to support an out-of-the-box speed of 1635 MHz boost, which isn't much higher than the NVIDIA-reference 1545 MHz, but is probably set to leave you a lot of manual OC headroom to play with. The memory is unchanged at 14 Gbps (GDDR6 effective).

The cooling solution uses a large aluminium twin-stack heatsink to which heat drawn from the GPU is fed to the fin-stacks by six nickel-plated copper heat pipes that make direct contact at the base. Additional contact points in the heatsink pull heat from the memory chips and MOSFETs. Three 100 mm fans ventilate the heatsink. The top of the card features an LCD matrix display that can put out live monitoring of temperature, fan-speed, and voltages. When interfaced with an app, it can also put out other details such as clock-speeds and memory utilization. The back-light illumination to this display, along with an ornament on the back-plate, are RGB LED illuminated. The card features two BIOS ROMs switchable via a push-switch. Both BIOSes run the card at the same clock-speeds, however, the second BIOS ramps up power-limit and stiffens the fan-curve. Available now, the KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti HOF is priced at 1,899€ (including VAT).

KFA2 Launches its GeForce RTX 2070 EX and EXOC Graphics Cards

KFA2, the EU-centric co-brand of GALAX launched its GeForce RTX 2070 EX and RTX 2070 EXOC graphics cards in the old continent. Both cards combine a standard-height PCB, mated with a custom-design cooling solution. This cooler features an aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 100 mm spinners that stay off when the GPU is idling. The fans and a decal on top of the card are RGB LED illuminated. The RTX 2070 EX sticks to NVIDIA-reference clock speeds, with a GPU Boost frequency of 1620 MHz, while the RTX 2070 EXOC dials up the GPU Boost frequency to 1815 MHz. Available from late-December in the EU, the RTX 2070 EX is priced at 519€, and the RTX 2070 EXOC at 569€.

KFA2 Announces Its RTX 2080 Ti OC, RTX 2080 OC Graphics Cards

KFA2 has just announced its iteration of NVIDIA's RTX 20-series graphics cards -namely, in the form of the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080. For now, there seem to be no blower-style coolers available - both cards carry dual-fan cooling solutions, much like NVIDIA's redesigned reference graphics cards. Both cards feature a twin 90 mm fan design with RGB lighting on their 11 fan blades, built with a three-phase, 6-slot design. The cooling solution is a two-slot one, with implemented vapor chamber technology, and KFA2 is touting its new "Xrystallic" design which adds a transparent, glossy material surface to the shroud.

KFA2 and GALAX Announce SNPR GTX 1060 External Graphics

GALAX and its EU-specific brand KFA2 announced the SNPR external graphics enclosure, with a factory-fitted GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card. Measuring 165 mm x 156.5 mm x 73 mm (WxDxH), and weighing in at 1.38 kg, the enclosure relies on an external power brick. Internally, it's a stack-up of three key components, the main-board which takes in power and Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) host connectivity, and puts out a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot; the extremely compact graphics card PCB, and the custom-design fan-heatsink cooler, which combines an aluminium fin-stack heatsink, with a pair of 70 mm spinners, to keep cool.

The enclosure is made of SECC steel, that's perforated along three sides. Display outputs from the card include one each of DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and dual-link DVI-D. The internal GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card ticks at factory-overclocked speeds of 1531 MHz core, 1746 MHz GPU Boost, and 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory (against reference clocks of 1506/1709 MHz). An external 230W power-brick (included) supplies power to the unit. Available now, the KFA2/GALAX SNPR GTX 1060 6 GB is priced at 499€ in the EU, including taxes.

KFA2 Intros GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White Graphics Card

GALAX' EU-regional wing KFA2 rolled out the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White graphics card. A step above the GTX 1070 Ti EX graphics card, the SNPR White comes with a white metallic cooler shroud, while fan impellers, white LED lighting over the fans, and a white metallic back-plate with RGB LED diffusers. RGB LEDs line the periphery of the back-plate, and the "GeForce GTX" decal on top of the card. The card ships with NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1607 MHz core, and 1683 MHz GPU Boost. Its memory ticks at 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective).

Drawing power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, the card conditions it using a 7-phase VRM. It uses a custom-design aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 100 mm fans, which stay off when the card is idling. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and DVI-D. Based on the 16 nm "GP104" silicon, the GTX 1070 Ti features 2,432 CUDA cores, 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White is priced at 479€ (including VAT).

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Smiles for the Camera

Here are some of the first pictures of a custom-design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, the KFA2 GTX 1070 Ti EX. For one, these pictures confirm the branding of NVIDIA "almost GTX 1080" SKU, positioned between its performance-segment GeForce GTX 1070, and its high-end GTX 1080. The KFA2 card ships with clock speeds of 1607 MHz core, 1683 MHz GPU Boost, and 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, which works out to a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s.

Based on the "GP104" silicon, the GTX 1070 Ti packs 2,432 CUDA cores, 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. The KFA2 card draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, conditioning it with a 7-phase VRM. An aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat drawn directly from the GPU and ventilated by a pair of 100 mm fans, keeps the card cool. The VRM is cooled by a secondary heatsink, while the memory is cooled passively. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and dual-link DVI-D. The card is expected to launch on October 26.

KFA2 GeForce GT 1030 EXOC White Pictured, Detailed

AIB partner for NVIDIA KFA2 is renowned for the design (often polarizing) of its graphics cards, and the company seems to carry white quite close to its heart (something I don't have a problem with, actually.) Now, the company has seemingly confirmed incoming retail availability of NVIDIA's leaked GT 1030 graphics cards, with an EXOC edition of the card in question.

The EXOC white edition by KFA2 is factory overclocked out of the box, and the packaging confirms its a 2GB GDDR5 model with 64-bit memory bus. According to the source, El Chapuzas Informatico, this card is equipped with a 16nm GP108 GPU with 384 CUDA cores (not the 512 we previously reported.) This makes sense, however, as this means NVIDIA can easily carve a GT 1040 SKU from the supposed 512 CUDA-cores base design of the GP108 chip. The base clock for the KFA2 GT 1030 EXOC is 1252 MHz, with a 1506 MHz boost clock. This card is expected to go on sale for around 80€ ($87 direct conversion, but more likely a $69 price-tag.)

KFA2 Announces the Fastest GTX 1080 Ti - The HOF "8 Pack" Edition

Premium graphics cards these days are a dime a dozen, and KFA2 seems to be a well-regarded AIB for some more exquisite designs based on NVIDIA graphics chips. Together with OverclockersUK, KFA2 is announcing the most premium of premium GTX 1080 Ti, the Hall of Fame "8 Pack Edition", which features a full custom design with KFA2's trademark aesthetics, triple 8-pin power connectors, triple-fan and triple-slot cooler an LCD display, and the highest stock clocks from any GTX 1080 Ti model so far - a base 1645 MHz with 1759 MHz boost and 1425 MHz memory clocks.

According to OverclockersUK, due to low yields of the cherry-picked GPUs that power these graphics cards, only 5 to 10 units are expected to be sold each month. The cards are currently available for pre-order with expected shipping date of May 26th... For the clean sum of £950. A premium pricing for a premium solution, indeed. If that pricing is a little to bold for you, you can opt for an "8 Pack Approved" graphics card, which is essentially the same package on a GPU with a lower 1607 MHz base, 1721 MHz boost, and 1376 MHz memory clocks. This one should retail for a more respectful £859.99.

GALAX and KFA2 Intro GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC White Graphics Card

GALAX today introduced its more affordable custom-design GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, the EXOC White. The card combines an NVIDIA reference-design PCB with a custom-design cooling solution that's characterized by its milky white shroud and fan impellers, and a white back-plate. Under the shroud is a strong aluminium fin dual-stack heatsink that employs five 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes to distribute heat drawn directly from the GPU die, to two aluminium fin-stacks, which are ventilated by a pair of 90 mm fans, which stay off when the GPU is idling. The cooler also features white LED illumination.

The GALAX GTX 1080 Ti EXOC White ships with factory-overclocked speeds of 1531 MHz core, 1645 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 11 GHz (GDDR5X-effective) memory, against NVIDIA reference speeds of 1480/1582 MHz (core/boost). Galaxy's EU-specific brand, KFA2, also unveiled an identical version of this card under its name. The company didn't reveal pricing.

KFA2 Intros GeForce GTX 1070 Single-slot Graphics Card

Galaxy's EU-based subsidiary KFA2 introduced its single-slot GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card in the old continent. A re-brand of the Galax GTX 1070 Katana, the KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Katana features a dense aluminium fin-channel cooling solution that's reminiscent of the GeForce 9800 GT glory days. The card sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 1506/1683 MHz (core/GPU Boost), with 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector; display outputs include one each of DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and dual-link DVI. Available now in the EU, the KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Katana is priced at 419€ (incl. MWST).

GALAX Unveils GeForce GTX 1060 6GB EXOC White Edition

GALAX whitewashed its GeForce GTX 1060 6GB EXOC graphics card with its "White Edition" variant. The Galaxy subsidiary, which shares much of its product design with sister-brand KFA2, gave the card the distinctive milky-white color-scheme Galaxy brands are famous for, except it didn't go the whole way. The white color-scheme is limited to the cooler shroud, fan impellers, and the full-length back-plate. The underlying PCB, however, remains black.

The GALAX GTX 1060 6 GB EXOC White Edition serves up factory-overclocked speeds of 1556 MHz core, 1771 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 8 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, against NVIDIA reference speeds of 1506/1709 MHz. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. An aluminium fin-stack heatsink featuring 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes, and a pair of 90 mm fans, keeps the card cool. GALAX didn't reveal pricing or availability.

KFA2 Announces the GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Sniper Edition Graphics Card

KFA2, Galaxy's EU wing, announced the GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Sniper Edition graphics card. EXOC is KFA2 equivalent for Galaxy's "Hall of Fame" edition moniker, denoting the company's highest factory-overclock tier. The card features a custom-design 27 cm long PCB, with a 2-slot thick air cooler that makes use of a dense aluminum fin-stack, to which heat drawn directly from the GPU die is fed by 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes; ventilated by a pair of 90 mm spinners that stay off when idling.

The GTX 970 EXOC Sniper Edition comes with factory-overclocked speeds of 1178 MHz core, with 1329 MHz max GPU Boost frequency, and an untouched 7012 MHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, against reference speeds of 1050 MHz core and 1178 MHz GPU Boost. KFA2 plans to sell the card at 349€ (including all taxes), when it hits the shelves later this month.

GALAX GeForce GTX 980 Ti OC Graphics Card Starts Selling

Galax announced availability of its GeForce GTX 980 Ti OC graphics card. This card will be sold under the KFA2 brand, in select markets. The card features a custom-design triple-slot cooling solution, mated to NVIDIA's reference design PCB. The cooler features a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink cooling the GPU, and smaller heatsinks over the memory and VRM; ventilated by three temperature-activated fans. The card offers factory-overclocked speeds of 1025 MHz core, 1114 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, compared to reference speeds of 1000/1076/7012 MHz. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti offers 2,816 CUDA cores, 176 TMUs, 96 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 6 GB of memory. The card is priced at 679.90€ (including VAT).

Galaxy Ready with GeForce GTX 980 Ti HOF Liquid Cooled Edition

Galaxy is done whitewashing the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, with the development of its HOF (hall of fame) LCE graphics card. The card features an all-white custom PCB, with a 16-phase VRM that draws power from three 8-pin PCIe power connectors, which interestingly, are located along the back of the card, rather than the top of it. The star attraction here is a full-coverage water block designed by Bitspower. The block features an opaque white top, and a white metal back-plate. This card will be sold through Galaxy's various sub-brands (such as Galax and KFA2), when it hits the shelves later this month. The company did not disclose clock speeds or pricing.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 960 EXOC White Edition Now Available

KFA2 announced an all-white variant of its GeForce GTX 960 EXOC graphics card. White makes up the cooler shroud and fans, but it doesn't carry on to the PCB - something KFA2 and its parent Galaxy built a reputation around. Luckily, it features an all-white back-plate, and so its PCB (which is thankfully black and not electric-blue), should provide an interesting contrast, peeking out of the vents on the back-plate.

Looks aside, the GTX 960 EXOC White Edition is a very capable card, offering a factory OC of 1279 MHz core, 1367 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 7.00 GHz memory, against reference speeds of 1127/1187 MHz. It draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and conditions it using a 6-phase VRM. The aluminium fin-stack heatsink uses 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes, which make direct contact with the GPU. Display outputs include two DVI, and one each of DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0. The card is priced at 209.90€, including taxes.

KFA2 Announces GeForce GTX 980 8Pack Edition

KFA2 announced a special edition of its GeForce GTX 980 HOF graphics card, designed by professional overclocker 8Pack. The new 8Pack Edition GTX 980 by KFA2 is one of the highest clocked cards out of the box, with 1304 MHz core, 1440 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 7.00 GHz memory, compared to reference clocks of 1127 MHz core and 1216 MHz GPU Boost. The card features a strong VRM that draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and a large triple-fan cooling solution. It features dual-BIOS with manual switching, letting you overclock by playing with the BIOS, with a failsafe BIOS at the push of a button. Available now, the KFA2 GTX 980 8Pack Edition is priced at 589 GBP (incl VAT). It's eligible for NVIDIA's new game bundle with game codes for "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" and "Batman: Arkham Knight."

KFA2 Readies Three GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Cards

KFA2 is readying as many as three graphics cards based on NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 960 GPU. The first one is a vanilla NVIDIA reference design board, featuring the same cooling solution found on the GTX 760, and several older cards. This card will stick to reference clock speeds, and will be the cheapest. The next card is the GTX 960 OC, which retains the NVIDIA reference PCB, but tops it off with a factory-overclock, and a custom, compact dual-fan cooling solution.

The third, and topmost variant is the GTX 960 EXOC, which is based on a custom-design PCB that draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, with a meatier VRM to support even higher factory OC, a bigger dual-fan cooling solution, and a back-plate to cool memory chips on the reverse side of the PCB. The three will launch on the GPU's expected launch date, that's 22nd January, 2015.
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Galaxy Intros Single-slot GeForce GTX 750 Ti Razor Graphics Card

Galaxy launched its single-slot GeForce GTX 750 Ti Razor graphics card in Europe, under the Galax and phasing-out KFA2 brands. This the second such single-slot GTX 750 Ti cards, after ELSA launched one such card, in certain APAC markets. Galaxy's card uses a typical nickel-plated copper channel heatsink, which draws heat from a copper plate, which makes contact with the GPU, memory and VRM. The card relies entirely on the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus for its power. Display outputs include one each of D-Sub, dual-link DVI, and HDMI. The card ships with clock speeds of 1020 MHz core, 1080 MHz GPU Boost, and 5.40 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. Available now, the card is priced at 139.90€, including taxes.

Galaxy Designs Supremely Overkill GeForce GTX 750 Ti HOF Graphics Card

Even as we rejoice the fact that NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 750 Ti is one of its first mid-range GPUs in recent times that can be passively cooled; there are those AIBs that are taking advantage of its low TDP in another way - milking the most performance out of it, using overclocking. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 750 Ti Hall of Fame (HOF) is one such card. It gives the otherwise sub-75W GPU a monstrous triple-fan cooler; and a strong VRM; to support some high (yet undisclosed) out of the box clock speeds. The cooler features a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat is fed by a couple of copper heat pipes; and ventilated by a trio of 80 mm fans. Under it, is Galaxy's signature white PCB. Galaxy may market this card in the Greater China region, while its European brand, KFA2, could sell a handful units in the old continent.

KFA2 Announces GeForce GTX 780 HOF OC+ 6GB

KFA2 launched an updated version of its factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 780 HOF (hall of fame) graphics card, the GTX 780 HOF OC+. Based on the same exact board design as the original, the card features clock speeds of 1019 MHz core (1006 MHz on the original, 863 MHz reference), 1071 MHz GPU Boost (1058 MHz on the original, 902 MHz reference); while leaving the memory untouched at 6.00 GHz. It features 6 GB of memory across the chip's 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, double the standard memory amount. The company didn't announce pricing.

KFA2 Announces its GeForce GT 730 EX OC

Galaxy's European channel brand, KFA2, launched its GeForce GT 730 graphics card, the GT 730 EX OC. Built in the air-cooled, single-slot, low-profile form-factor, the card features 384 CUDA cores, and 1 GB of DDR3 memory across the chip's 64-bit wide memory interface. It offers clock speeds of 954 MHz (vs. 908 MHz reference) core, and an untouched 1.80 GHz (DDR) memory. Display outputs include dual-link DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub. A low-profile bracket comes included.

KFA2 Announces GeForce GTX 760 OC V2 Series

KFA2, the Europe-centric brand owned by NVIDIA AIC partner Galaxy, launched its second-generation factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, dubbed KFA2 GTX 760 EX OC V2. The card is based on a new custom board design that's different from the one KFA2 launched last June. It features a chunkier aluminium fin heatsink, to support a higher factory-overclock. Speaking of which, the card offers clock speeds of 1019 MHz core, 1084 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 6008 MHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. It features 2 GB of memory across the chip's 256-bit wide memory interface. KFA2 plans to sell the card at 199.99€ (incl. taxes).

KFA2 Launches the GeForce GT 740 OC Series

KFA2 (Galaxy Microsystems), a leading graphics cards manufacturer, announced today the new KFA2 GeForce GT 740 OC Series with a factory overclocked core and custom cooler design, available in 1 GB / 2 GB editions, featuring high speed GDDR5 memory, a performance luxury rarely seen in mainstream GT series graphic cards up until now.

KFA2's award-winning compact cooler and half-height PCB combo as featured on the previously released KFA2 GTX 750 OC series returns for an encore on the GT 740 OC editions. Users can expect cooler GPU temps and drastically reduced fan noise as a result, and the KFA2 GeForce GT 740 OC uniquely micro size and on-board power makes it an easy upgrade for smaller or less powerful machines.
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