Palit GameRock GeForce GTX 1080 Ti flaunts four fans

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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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    …and so it begins.

    [quote<]But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened—the bar stewards went to four fans. Now we're standing around with our rooster in our hands, selling three blades and a backplate.[/quote<] [url=https://tinyurl.com/kkdps6u<]Source[/url<] (profanity warning)

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    I assumed stacked fans would add nothing but buffeting and maybe even reduce CFM, but looking into it it seems counter-rotating fans can increase performance by maybe 1/5th. All the prior testing on it that I’d seen was on fans going the same direction I guess. One larger fan is still usually preferable though, unless limited by size, which this would be.

    [url<]http://www.overclockers.com/fan-stacking-myth-vs-reality/[/url<]

    • NoOne ButMe
    • 3 years ago

    TBH. I was expecting something super stupid like 3-in-front (fine and dandy) and one on the backplate.

    I am kind of sad didn’t see that. Would be pretty darn silly.

      • geekl33tgamer
      • 3 years ago

      So disappointed you posted twice, who even does that?

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 3 years ago

        Spammers do!

        • NoOne ButMe
        • 3 years ago

        Some odd glitch with when I clicked post… not intentional :/

        I clicked post on my phone once and went to different website right after. Not sure how it posted twice.

    • NoOne ButMe
    • 3 years ago

    [If Administrator sees, please delete. Accidental double post]

      • geekl33tgamer
      • 3 years ago

      So disappointed you posted twice, who even does that?

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 3 years ago

        Spammers do!

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 3 years ago

        No one but him, apparently.

        • Wirko
        • 3 years ago

        It was meant for the fifth fan.

          • Redocbew
          • 3 years ago

          THERE ARE FOUR FANS!

    • Kougar
    • 3 years ago

    And people think DIY watercooling is crazy…

    I’ll give them props for the DVI connector, only 1080 Ti I’ve seen with one so far.

      • jihadjoe
      • 3 years ago

      Just about every custom non-blower card has put the DVI connector back in.

      TR has even [url=https://techreport.com/news/31699/in-the-lab-aorus-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-xtreme-edition-11g<]reported[/url<] [url=]https://techreport.com/news/31682/asus-rog-poseidon-gtx-1080-ti-brings-air-and-water-together]on[/url] [url=https://techreport.com/news/31675/msi-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-sea-hawk-models-detailed<]a[/url<] [url=https://techreport.com/news/31653/msi-spills-the-beans-on-its-cadre-of-custom-gtx-1080-ti-cards<]few[/url<] of [url=https://techreport.com/news/31641/msi-gtx-1080-ti-armor-11g-is-the-first-custom-card-on-e-tail-shelves<]them[/url<].

    • Bensam123
    • 3 years ago

    Sooo the whole reason for doing this with a helicopter is to remove the need for a tail rotor, I assume this will just produce a lot more noise with very little benefit compared to either running a single fan faster or just putting larger fans on the card.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Sooo you know [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra-rotating_propellers<]this[/url<] has been done on [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra-rotating_propellers#/media/File:Supermarine_Spitfire_XIX_vr.jpg<]piston[/url<] and [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-95<]turbo-prop[/url<] aircraft as well, for reasons that had nothing to do with a tail rotor? (It's mostly about getting a benefit out of excess horsepower when you can't increase the prop diameter or number of blades)

        • Bensam123
        • 3 years ago

        Yes… And excess horsepower is beneficial to a low noise environment how? Turbulence is perfect for creating whistling and high pitched roars.

        Although I appreciate that you took time to embed links in your post you missed my point entirely.

          • Redocbew
          • 3 years ago

          Well yeah, if the stacked fan thing had some clear advantages it would obviously be more popular, but if you’re buying a 1080Ti, then I doubt noise is your primary concern.

    • SoM
    • 3 years ago

    looks cool

    i wish cards were made with fans on top, i don’t ever see the cool cooler 🙁

    • Visigoth
    • 3 years ago

    Very interesting! I really hope TechReport manages to bench of one these to see how these unique fans stack up with the competition.

      • Walkintarget
      • 3 years ago

      I c what u did there !

    • Redocbew
    • 3 years ago

    Let’s hope they provide a set of strap clamps with the card so your case doesn’t fly away once you turn it on.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Or just [url=http://i.imgur.com/iA13GJe.gif<]fly apart[/url<].

    • caconym
    • 3 years ago

    the nice thing about this kind of configuration is that it doesn’t require a tail rotor

      • Pulsar_the_Spacenerd
      • 3 years ago

      They already have two rotors, they could simply have those counter-rotating.
      Darn companies, selling us overly complex solutions for spinning.

    • CuttinHobo
    • 3 years ago

    …Are pairs of stacked fans somehow more effective at the same noise level, rather than simply turning up the RPMs?

    It just seems like a way to “turn it up to 11” without making a real difference. If it’s truly more than just snake oil, I’d expect this low-hanging fruit to have been plucked long ago.

      • Waco
      • 3 years ago

      Counter-rotating sets of fans, in general, have a much higher static pressure rating (IE they can push air more efficiently through fins).

      At a given RPM / noise level, they can move more air. They do produce interesting harmonics if not designed well though.

        • CuttinHobo
        • 3 years ago

        Ah-ha. I was hoping there was more to it than just silliness. Thanks! 🙂

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 3 years ago

        Turn ’em up to supersonic speeds and you get something so loud that pilots in escorting fighters complain of deafness: [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-95[/url<]

      • brucethemoose
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe, but it’s more expensive and thicker too.

      I bet performance and BOM are about the same as a card with 2 slightly thicker fans and a thicker heatsink, with less R&D required, but this gives Palit a nice bullet point that their competitors don’t have.

      • TwistedKestrel
      • 3 years ago

      I wouldn’t call it low-hanging fruit, as it doubles the number of fans you’re using. In aviation, you would power both sets of blades with one motor, but with a substantial gearbox. It makes sense for high performance turboprops, because you can only spin the blades so fast

        • CuttinHobo
        • 3 years ago

        Doubling the number of fans on a video card hangs a little lower than in aviation, I think. 🙂

        I do wonder if the fan stacks are driven by the same motor to keep the fans synchronized, or if fan controllers are precise enough to keep individual fans in sync without creating the harmonics Waco mentioned. The single motor per pair would also be not reliable than having four potential failure points.

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