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Palit RTX 2080 GameRock Premium 8GB Review

Rating: 7.5.

Continuing our look at the range of RTX 2080 partner cards which have just hit the market, today our attention turns to the Palit RTX 2080 GameRock Premium. It's the biggest aftermarket card we've seen so far, measuring almost 30cm in length, while it also has one of the fastest out of the box boost clocks that we've seen. The question is: is it worth the extra cash over the Founders Edition?

Priced at £830 here in the UK, the Palit RTX 2080 GameRock Premium is £80 more expensive than Nvidia's own RTX 2080 Founders Edition card. With a much larger cooler and higher boost clock, though, it could well prove to be worth the extra outlay. Let's see how the card compares.

GPU RTX 2080 Ti (FE)  GTX 1080 Ti (FE)  RTX 2080 (FE)  GTX 1080 (FE) 
SMs  68 28  46  20
CUDA Cores   4352  3584 2944 2560
Tensor Cores   544  N/A 368 N/A
Tensor FLOPS  114  N/A  85 N/A
RT Cores  68  N/A 46 N/A
Texture Units 272  224 184 160
ROPs  88  88 64 64
Rays Cast   10 Giga Rays/sec  1.1 Giga Rays/sec 8 Giga Rays/sec 0.877 Giga Rays/sec
RTX Performance   87 Trillion RTX-OPS  11.3 Trillion RTX-OPS 60 Trillion RTX-OPS  8.9 Trillion RTX-OPS
GPU Boost Clock   1635 MHz  1582 MHz 1800 MHz  1733 MHz
Memory Clock  7000 MHz  5505 MHz 7000 MHz  5005 MHz
Total Video Memory  11GB GDDR6  11GB GDDR5X  8GB GDDR6  8GB GDDR5X
Memory Interface   352-bit  352-bit  256-bit  256-bit
Memory Bandwidth  616 GB/sec  484 GB/sec  448 GB/sec  320 GB/sec
TDP  260W  250W  225W  180W

We already know that the TU104 chip used for the RTX 2080 cards sports 2944 CUDA cores, as well as 368 Tensor Cores and 46 RT Cores. Its memory operates over a 256-bit bus with a total bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

What the Palit RTX 2080 GameRock Premium does is raise the boost clock from 1800MHz (from the Founders Edition) to 1875MHz – one of the higher boost clocks we have seen from an aftermarket RTX 2080. This is the out of the box speed, too – no need to download any software to enable an ‘OC mode' or anything like that.

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