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Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream Review

Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream Review

In the past we have seen a number of impressive cards from Palit, overclocked models which take a new NVIDIA GPU and push performance to new levels while also providing some nice design tweaks like enhanced cooler and LED fans. Today we take a look at their latest high end model in our Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream Review.

Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Palit stick with their standard packaging on this card, giving us some basic info on the card around the outside and then offering a fold open front which gives us loads of detail on the design of this model. Inside we get a basic bundle of product documentation, software disc, case sticker, power cable and HDMI to DVI dongle. Palit also provide a free tweaking utility called ThunderMaster which allows us to manually overclock and monitor our card within Windows.


Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream Review – The Card

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In previous generations Palit have gone with triple fan cooler however on the 980 Ti they have moved to two 10cm fans which have LED lights and jet engine inspired blades with some transparency. These fans rotate in opposite directions to maximize cooling potential and underneath them is a large block of aluminium fins and running through them copper heatpipes which make direct contact with the copper GPU block. When the GPU load is low, or temperatures below 60c the fans turn off making the card silent and it is worth noting that Palit have enhanced the power design of this card, offering DrMos technology for enhanced power efficiency, lower heat and it features a 6 phase with 2 PWM layout.

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Looking up to the top edge of the card we see that it is a little thicker than two slots and that it uses a set of  six pin plus eight pin power connectors. Outputs come in the form of DVI, 3x DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0. We can connect multiple displays at the same time and 4K resolution is supported as is 3D. All key NVIDIA/Industry features are also supported including DirectX 12, CUDA, DirectCompute, Audio over DisplayPort/HDMI, PhysX, G-Sync and Dynamic Super Resolution.

As far as specifications go, this card runs at 1152MHz out of the box with boost up to 1241MHz. Memory sits at 1753MHz. Past that the standard GTX 980 Ti specifications remain. So 2816 CUDA cores, 96 ROPs, 176TMUs, 384bit memory bus and 6GB of GDDR5.


Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream Review – Performance

Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-5960X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 8.1 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched.

All testing was performed on a BenQ BL3201 4k Display


NVIDIA Driver: 353.30
AMD Driver: 15.15.1004 Beta/15.7


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Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream Review – Conclusion

Starting, as we do more often than not, with build quality and design this is a card which does impress. it is a little disappointing that the cooler shroud is plastic rather than metal however the rest of the design is good. The larger fans look cool, especially with the LED backlighting and seeing a nice chunky backplate always adds to the quality of a graphics card. the cooler itself is also nice and chunky, offering plenty of surface area in the fins as well as a good level of copper in the heatpipes and block. Enhanced power circuitry is always appreciated and the card has a good selection of outputs.

As far as value goes, looking at today’s prices the Super Jetstream is the cheapest Overclocked/Custom 980 Ti that we can see, which is idea. Its about £10/$20 less than the competition and only a few pounds/dollars more than the stock clocked models which is great.

As far as performance goes, there is a lot to like about the 980 Ti Super Jetstream. It offers  good power use for the level of card, very good thermal readings, runs near silent and has class leading framerates in games. Gaming at 1440 is issue free, including with high levels of detail and 4k gaming is also achievable in the latest games.

Summary: Good build quality, nice looking, competitively priced… mix that with great thermals and noise levels along with great framerates and the Palit GTX 980 Ti Super Jetstream wins our Gold Award.

Gold Award

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Stuart Davidson

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