Let's start with our photo-shoot. A few pages that show the ins and outs with photos, all taken with an in-house photo-shoot of course.
Palit is back in the game with this GameRock Premium model, and it really is quite powerful as well. Much like all manufacturers Palit much used the original GPU, and the rest was build from ground up. You will spot a matte black PCB with massive white/blue cooler (inlusive RGB LED system). That PCB has with 8-GPU phases with another two for the memory. This cards would look just terrific in a white themed PC, thanks to an RGB LED lighting system, you can match the colors schema of your PC to this card. We'll show you that later on of course.
As board partners are allowed to release the 1080 model cards in their own configurations you will see many versions, mostly based on customized PCB/component and the obviously mandatory different cooling solutions. This is the GameRock Premium edition of the series, meaning it has higher clocks, RGB LEDs and a back-plate, all quite impressive. The card has default clock frequencies of 1885 MHz (boost) / 1746MHz (base) MHz and a whopping 8192 MB GDDR5X with tweaked 10500MHz (effective data-rate) on the memory.
The card itself is a three slot solution, it is composite heat-pipe based, the GPU is cooled by a copper base plate directly connected to the heat-pipes. You won't hear the fan noise in low-load situations as the fans do not spin when they are not needed (up-to roughly 50 Degrees C), once it reaches that temperatures the fans will kick in.Check out the backside where there is a thick sturdy metal back-plate. You can see a proper gaps at the GPU area, I would have liked to see a little more mesh at the VRM area though. As far as logos go, I am not a fan of that Game Rock logo there.
The card is rated having a power design of 200 Watts, which is on par with what we measured. The GeForce GTX 1080 is DisplayPort 1.2 certified and DP 1.3/1.4 Ready, enabling support for 4K displays at 120Hz, 5K displays at 60Hz, and 8K displays at 60Hz (using two cables). This model includes two DisplayPort connectors and two HDMI 2.0b connectors, and one dual-link DVI connector. Up to four display heads can be driven simultaneously from one card. The GTX 1080 display pipeline supports HDR gaming, as well as video encoding and decoding. New to Pascal is HDR Video (4K@60 10/12b HEVC Decode), HDR Record/Stream (4K@60 10b HEVC Encode), and HDR Interface Support (DP 1.4).