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Palit GTX 1080 Ti Super JetStream 11GB Review

Packaging with the Palit GTX 1080 Ti Super JetStream is elaborate and unique. Few graphics card vendors have such a distinctive style as Palit.

The accessory bundle is basic – a user’s manual, driver & utility CD and a case sticker. The power adapter, which takes two 6 pins and creates an 8 pin, most probably shouldn’t be used with a graphics card of this calibre.

Palit’s Super JetStream is tastefully designed reflecting consumer preferences of the day. The overall design uses a subtle blend of black, grey and silver even if it’s a little boxy in shape. The majority of the shroud is crafted from metal, rather than plastic – which gives a premium feel to the product.

Palit uses dual 10cm fans, rather than opting for a triple fan setup, which has some benefits in that the graphics card doesn’t end up being as long as some triple fan solutions. Furthermore, dual fan graphics cards tend to use two large 10cm fans versus three 80 or 90mm fans for triple fan graphics cards, and as a general rule of thumb the dual-fan setup should be quieter because larger fans can spin slower for the equivalent airflow of a smaller fan.

The Palit card measures in at 28.5cm long (30cm including the rear I/O) and 13cm high (15cm including the rear I/O) and weighs 1344g.

The Palit logo and corresponding white surface area on the top of the card encloses the RGB system.Β  Palit makes this controllable through its in-house software utility called ThunderMaster.

The ThunderMaster utility is reasonably easy to use for controlling the LEDs – there are five key options to choose from which include ‘still’ colours, e.g. a single fixed colour, a colour that varies by GPU temperature or a rainbow effect. It’s not the most advanced implementation for controlling RGB LEDs since it lacks a wide variety of lighting modes, neither do we necessarily like the ThunderMaster software for overclocking either, but it gets the job done.

Palit implements a full cover metal backplate with a nice premium finish to it. Hidden within that backplate is the dual BIOS switch that toggles between a “standard mode” (Position 2) and “OC mode” (Position 1) UEFI. By default the graphics card will ship with the faster OC mode enabled to give the end user the best experience.

Palit provides vBIOS downloads on the product page so it is possible to reflash either of the BIOS chips as the user desires, though most probably any non-standard vBIOS modifications void the standard 2 year warranty.

The rear I/O offers three DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b and dual-link DVI ports. The overall profile of the card exceeds two slots, it’s somewhere between 2.5 and 3 slots in thickness, so for all intents and purposes this is a triple-slot card.

The PCB houses an 8 phase VRM for the GPU core with an additional four phases for the GPU memory, for a total of 12 phases. This is less than many rival solutions – for instance Gigabyte’s Aorus model used 12+2 phases. However, it is an improvement over the default 7 phases on the Founder’s Edition card and in reality it’s still considerably more than the average user would ever need, even when overclocking quite heavily.

The cooling solution is something of a behemoth pushing the card into triple-slot territory. There are five heat pipes ensnared within, three 8mm and two 6mm, all of which feed into a very dense aluminium heatsink array that is cooled by dual 10cm fans.

All the main PCB components, the memory chips and main power components are allocated thermal pads to help with heat dissipation. The main bank of VRM components is also connected to the backplate via another thermal pad, for further heat dissipation capabilities.

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  • Nikolas Karampelas

    People around me get 1070/80 and 580/70 and I’m like “My radeon 7850 is just fine” πŸ™
    I need an upgrade.

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  • Ted

    This card uses a very good quality 12+2 power phase VRM. It has 6 doubled phases + 2 real memory phases which makes the VRM run cool.

    For example the MSI Gaming X 1080ti uses 8 real phases and this spreads the heat on fewer components which generates more hotspots.

    Please correct the article, thank you!

  • 7850 isn’t far off a R9 270/X or 370, and slightly faster than an RX 460, and even the 560 for that matter. You’re not really missing out on much except efficiency.

  • Nikolas Karampelas

    While yes in older titles they are not very different, in newer titles 560 will just fly away because of better and more efficient cgn cores. Also the 4GB of VRAM will make a big deal because I have the 1GB version (stupid decision, to save 30 euros back then) and it shows.

  • True, i’ve a 2GB R9 270X in the pc which is hooked up to the tv, its only a 720p tv which is shite but its good as nothing needs more than the 2GB lol, but in terms of raw power theyre roughly the same, got it overclocked to 1100mhz core and 1500mhz memory while undervolted, runs really cool, friend has an RX 460 for 1080p gaming and cant really say much more except than its got 4GB of vram, though even at stock it runs hotter (suprisingly) and pulls more power?!

    AMD needs to make a big step forward, i held out on upgrading in the hopes of vega beating the 1080ti but as soon as the frontier edition dropped i jumped right onto that 1080ti, modded it to remove power target and it sits at 2025mhz 24/7 along with 12ghz on the vram up from 11ghz.

  • Mano Dio

    You got this particular card reviewed overclocked to 2025mhz? There is an older version of it, the plain Jetstream one, any ideas how much that one can be overclocked by? I can’t find a proper review for that other card.