nEO IMG jetstream 8 Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream 2GB Review

Last month when Nvidia launched their consumer GeForce Kepler architecture, Palit was the first AIB vendor to debut a non-reference GTX 680 design with their Jetstream series, featuring a reworked 6-phase PWM (DrMOS) and an attractive triple-fan blue LED cooler.

The Palit GeForce GTX 680 Jetstream 2GB takes up two slots (means 4-way SLi is achievable) and uses a triple fan cooler (8cm at the sides, 9cm in the middle) for maximum airflow to eliminate any hotspots. The black and gold colour scheme is not too gawdy and should not look out of place in most setups.

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Stacked 8+6 pin PCIe power connectors (as opposed to 6+6 pin on reference designs) allow pushing the power limit up to a theoretical 300W.

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No change at the I/O panel, with Palit sticking with full-sized HDMI/DP ports and dual DVI (one of them single link only, meaning up to 1920×1200 @ 60 Hz). The obvious improvement from the previous generation GTX 580 flagship is that we can now run triple-display 3D Vision Surround from a single card (previously only possible on SLi setups), although it might be hampered on graphically intensive scenarios or higher resolutions by the puny 2GB of framebuffer.

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As expected from non-reference designs, the Palit card comes factory overclocked by 80-100MHz on the core and 75MHz on the memory base clock.

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Box accessories wise we get dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe splitter, a HDMI to DVI-D converter, and a DVI to analog VGA dongle (no idea why anybody would need this anymore in 2012).

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