Galax and KFA2 to Launch Katana Single Slot 1070 GPU
Fans of compact custom builds will be happy to know that Galax and KFA2 — both owned by Palit Microsystems — will be bring out a single-slot GTX GeForce 1070 soon. The new add-in board (AIB) is aimed at people either building a small, yet high-powered, rig, or those who have already filled up the SATA slots on their motherboards with other controllers. When it will launch is unknown, as is the price, but chances are the Galax Katana will mostly be found in China and Japan, much like similar products such as the single-slot Elsa 1050 Ti, as fans for AIBs seem to be often found in the far East.
When it comes to performance, the Galax Katana 1070 is close to Nvidia-recommended specs, putting out 1518MHz — 1708MHz when boosted — and should, once installed, run little differently than any other similar card. The biggest difference will be that, because of its size, it has three rather than five display adapters, making it less suitable for multiple screen setups.
However, to get the same performance out of a smaller package, the designers of the Galax Katana had to sacrifice the fans that are usually found on GPUs of the 1070 line. This means that the manufacturer had to come up with some ingenious ways to cool the Galax Kata rather than just blow large amounts of air onto it. The single-slot GPU comes equipped with special exhaust vents over the VRM and also add special holes on the bracket which should improve airflow compared to other graphics cards.
However, with only a single small fans working overtime, chances are the Galax Katana will be a little noisier than some would like; to know for sure, however, we’ll have to wait for the new graphic card to launch sometime within the next few weeks or months.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.