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Review: Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium Edition

by Parm Mann on 5 July 2016, 15:00

Tags: Palit, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Conclusion

...this giant makeover of Nvidia's small-ish 314mm² die delivers best-in-class performance, excellent cooling and barely any noise.

Willing to pay handsomely in order to stay near the bleeding edge of gaming technology? Then you need to pick up a GeForce GTX 1080. The judicious among us will argue that Nvidia's best isn't good value, yet that doesn't change the fact that, right now, there's nothing else faster in the single-GPU stakes.

If no other GPU will do, it's a question of which GTX 1080 should you go for, and herein lies the dilemma. Nvidia's Founders Edition is exquisitely built, Asus's ROG Strix is the fastest on paper and has nifty onboard fan headers, Inno3D's iChill ships with factory overclocked memory, while EVGA's FTW retains a nice conservative size.

Choices, choices, and in the grand scheme of things, no one card stands out above all others. Palit's GameRock Premium Edition is another option that deserves to be put into the mix. Priced at £620, this giant makeover of Nvidia's small-ish 314mm² die delivers best-in-class performance, excellent cooling and barely any noise. The only obvious provisos, aside from price, are size, which is considerable, and a blue-and-white colour scheme that you'll either love or hate.

Bottom line: on the lookout for a well-rounded GeForce GTX 1080? Palit's GameRock Premium Edition is speedy and silent.

The Good
 
The Bad
The fastest GTX 1080 we've tested
Overclocked on core and memory
Excellent cooling performance
Silent when idle, quiet under load
Unusual styling is something different
Ideal upgrade for 4K/VR gaming
 
Priced the other side of £600
LED software is basic
Occupies the best part of three slots



Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium Edition

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It would be useful if Hexus would mention the details of the warranty offered by each manufacturer. Things like duration of warranty, whether it's handled directly or through retailers, UK or overseas RMA, and so on, would all be useful to know. I know there's a sticky somewhere which gives something of a comparison between manufacturers, but I don't know how up to date it is.
MrJim,

It's a sticky in the Graphics Cards section:
http://forums.hexus.net/graphics-cards/204247-graphics-card-warranties-lets-see-how-good-they-really-look.html

….check the date the post was last edited - it's up to date :)
cptwhite_uk
MrJim,

It's a sticky in the Graphics Cards section:
http://forums.hexus.net/graphics-cards/204247-graphics-card-warranties-lets-see-how-good-they-really-look.html

….check the date the post was last edited - it's up to date :)

Ah right, cheers for that. I know I'd seen it somewhere in the past, I didn't realise it was up to date…
For what it's worth, I'm using a Palit 980 Super Jetstream which was a warranty replacement (with additional contribution) for a 780 Super Jetstream which had a fault. Scan dealt with the return, which was a bit of a pain at the time as I had to find a game where I could reproducibly make the card die and which they had available to them to test - it was a rather insidious fault that only reared its head in certain games but would hard lock the machine. Anyway, I eventually found a game that they also had which they could test to reproduce the error, which they duly did and I got the replacement then without any further hassle, so happy punter. The Palit 980 has been rock solid and very quiet, good card.
If you get up close and listen hard, you will occasionally hear it rev-up in response to temperature fluctuation

When it revs up, what's the decibel level?