Review and testing Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC

Review and testing Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC

In the recent past, the company got rid of the Galaxy letters «y» in its name and became simply Galax. A momentous event took place for the firm as a result of the transformation and integration with the European subsidiary of KFA 2. But the new brand did not ruin acquired and retained the old lineup, as well as the vision and strategic approach.

Developers are armed with all the famous line of graphics cards, which they continue to delight users – «Hall of Fame» and «Super OverClocked».

Thanks to our partner – company Regard , we got at their disposal, both models – Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC and Galax GeForce GTX 980 HOF. They are good opportunities opened GPU Nvidia Maxwell, demonstrating excellent efficiency cooling systems, and contributed to a variety of alternative versions of GeForce GTX 980, not yielding, and in something and outperform the competition.

And we start, perhaps, from the entry-level of this pair – Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC.


Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC : Packaging and delivery

The card comes in the box is quite large. The new packaging design and the main page shows the dark silhouettes of the company’s employees. On the front of the image in addition to “a player with a beard” place the name of the manufacturer, a ruler and a series of accelerator, the amount of video memory, a set of interfaces and additional power connection scheme (“8 + 8”).

On the reverse side of the developers mentioned specifications are implemented features and supported technologies.

In addition, in the usual manner, users are screenshots of popular video games with distinctive signatures on a new level of performance, graphics and realistic gameplay.

At the bottom of the list of specified supplied with images related accessories on the right describes the technology GPU Boost and VSync, support simultaneous operation with four monitors and proprietary utilities Xtreme Tuner Plus.

Review and testing Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC

The developers have taken out the recommended requirements on the side of the package. It is worth to highlight the power supply capacity of at least 500 W: What is characteristic for the model Galax GeForce GTX 970 system characteristics were called identical.

Inside lies a common black box of cardboard with no markings and symbols manufacturer.

Under the cover sheet of soft material under its new owner meets supplied rolled in a gorochkoy.

In total, it can be found:

  • User Manual;
  • Quick Installation Guide;
  • CD with drivers and software;
  • Two types of power adapters 2hMolex -> 8-pin;
  • Video output adapter DVI -> VGA.

Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC  : Appearance and size

Graphics accelerator Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC distinguished not only the original appearance, but also the size. The first emphasizes the distinctive jacket cooling system with rubber inserts, three red 80 mm fans and a massive radiator.

As to the second point, according to measurements carried out in the laboratory of video length – 299 mm, width – 115 mm. In the new system unit overlaps two expansion slots, and its height does not exceed the parameter interface rear panel (~ 40 mm), which differs from the official data. Developers marked it as 42 mm.

Review and testing Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC

The entire back of the printed circuit board covers a large and thick metal plate that prevents the circuit board from the inflection PCB.

To display an image on the video card Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC provides the following set of interfaces:

  • One DVI-I;
  • One HDMI;
  • Three DisplayPort.

This choice of ports corresponds to the reference graphic options and is the new standard for high-end accelerators company Nvidia.

The following resolutions:

  • Digital – up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Analog – up to 2048 x 1536.

As mentioned on the package, in addition to the extra food card slot PCI-E 3.0 is obtained by means of two Eight-connectors located on the edge of the board. According to the official page of the TDP model is equal to 165 watts, which is comparable with the standard version.

Sophisticated and large enclosure cooling system is endowed with all kinds of inserts and drawings to the eye was, for that cling. For certain categories of users that will make Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC more attractive. Placed side embossed inscription «GaMeR», sorry, devoid of illumination.

To implement the Nvidia SLI technology traditionally used two connectors for connecting the respective bridges, which, according to the official website of the developer can combine up to two accelerators for joint calculation of graphical effects.

In general, the engineers were able to create a card with bright and eye-catching appearance. For this, they should pay tribute, because thanks to this approach, it will find its owner.

Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC : Cooling system

Video card Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC is equipped with original cooling system, which was previously on other models I have not met. More interesting it will be explored.

To dismantle the CO, you must first remove the four screw twisted around the perimeter of the GPU.

Review and testing Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC

Under the massive radiator hidden secrets news. Including is implemented as a heat transfer from the power subsystem and the memory chips. But first things first.

As you can see from the photos, the base of the cooler is used nickel-plated copper plate.

Sam cooler consists of a massive two-part radiator recruited from 62 and 64 nickel-plated aluminum plates, riddled with five heatpipes 6 mm in diameter each.

The most extreme use, in my opinion, it is not effective, since the U-shape and a length of 39 cm, it passes through the base goes into the back of the cooler, and turns back to the second section. Accordingly, half of the tube is not functioning properly.

As for the thickness of the heat spreader, the developers had to sacrifice this parameter to fit in the two slots.

Removing the cover was very simple: it is fixed in all four cogs on the edges and hides the fan connection.

As you can see, the two of them got their connector, and in the event of failure they can be replaced without any problems.

The devices themselves are presented to us by a little-known KOYI. No additional information. During the test the speed of rotation of the impellers was in the range 1500-3000 rev / min. Impeller diameter is 77 mm, which repeats the scheme of the cooling system Gigabyte WindForce 3X.


We turn to the study of the remaining PCB elements with.

For removal of heat from the memory chips meets flat heatsink with embossed central part. Contact us through the blue thermal pads, and judging by the model KFA2 GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF Edition, clamp improved and became more uniform.


Next dismantled the radiator of the power subsystem. He came out a low profile, but should give developers should – it is not fixed at the edges, as is often the case, and closer to the center, causing the clamp is a more uniform.

After loosening the screws of the remaining of nine pieces can be removed the last element – supporting metal plate.

It is possible to see a large number of through-holes for ventilation, various geometric pattern and applied silver paint inscription «GaMeR Edition» and «GeForce GTX 900 series».


New made in the original PCB black with standard layout of key components. With this arrangement, memory chips are located around the GPU, and power section – on the right side of it.

The advantages include desyatisloynuyu PCB, the use of tantalum and ceramic capacitors.

Review and testing Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC

Engineers redesigned and subsystem video card power, strengthening her, now she is made according to the scheme 8 + 1 + 2 (for GPU, PLL and memory chips, respectively).

Is responsible for managing the PWM controller IR 3595.

In the center is the GPU GM204-400-A1, released in early September 2014.

This motherboard contains eight memory chips on 512 MB each with Samsung bus exchange data of 256 bits, which gives the total memory capacity of 4 GB. Passport frequency is 1753 MHz (7012 MHz effective frequency).


Video card Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC was interesting and memorable model, despite its resemblance to the accelerator competitor.Its key feature is the original cooling system, which uses a very complex structure. With three fans and radiators with a large area of heat dissipation, it copes with cooling factory overclocked graphics core.

Is that a hastily released the first version of the firmware negated all the work of engineers, since the noise level was hurt. In fact, it’s one of the drawbacks of this model that developers quickly corrected. Other speakers large size – they are unlikely to tolerate many users of compact enclosures.

As for benefits, then one of them is to provide a factory overclock, qualitative element base, a good package and original design. Note overclocking potential and trends, which allowed almost completely unleash the full power GPU Nvidia Maxwell.

Summing up, Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC can be recommended to the acquisition to create a productive system, because it does not require a file or other improvements, works effectively “out of the box”, with the exception of the subsequent reinsertion, and provides a high level of performance.

Review and testing Galax GeForce GTX 980 SOC updated: April 22, 2015 author: John Malkovich