If reference coolers for even top-of-the-line graphics cards have a single blower fan, the average aftermarket graphics card cooler has a pair of fans, and ultra-high-end stuff like EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 packs three fans... the next logical step can only be a quartet of spinners. Palit must agree with this logic, judging by the two cards it's just taken the wraps off: the GameRock GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the GameRock GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Premium.
Palit didn't use simple tricks like making an extra-long circuit board, nor did the engineers put a pile of old 60-mm spinners from the early part of the century on the GameRock 1080 Tis. Instead, each of the cards has two pairs of fans with counter-spinning blades stacked on top of each other, in the fashion of a heavy-lifting helicopter.
The rest of the details about the GameRock cards are fairly standard fare for aftermarket GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards. Both cards sport three different clock settings. The regular GameRock offers boost speeds up to 1632 MHz, while the Premium version should hit 1708 MHz in its most aggressive mode. Both models offer the same 11 GB of 11 GT/s RAM and measure 11.2" x 5.2" x 2.3" (28.5 cm x 13.3 cm x 5.8 cm), meaning that buyers will need two-and-a-half free PCIe slots. Those with room in their case will also need a pair of eight-pin PCIe power connectors to feed the cards' 12+2 power phases. Living up to their gamer cred, the GameRocks include RGB LED lighting.
Palit didn't offer pricing or availability information, but based on past observations, North American gerbils will have to look pretty hard to find these cards in stores. Gerbils in Europa will probably have an easier time of it since both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de carry a selection of Palit cards.
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