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29-11-2014


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Graphics card Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream (4096MB GDDR5): review and testing

The recent announcement of graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 made a significant step forward for the industry of computer technology. In addition to the updated microarchitecture and support of new technologies, the manufacturer could significantly reduce the power consumption of the graphics accelerator. The result has been achieved in the rate of 165 W (the reference model), which is just a great result for the segment of high-end graphics cards.

 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

The graphics card Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J), which will be presented in this article could made forward step as it also has increased frequency of the GPU and video memory, as well as high-quality components. Additionally, the novelty is equipped with five video outputs and is designed to create multi-monitor gaming configurations.

The specs:

 

Model

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J) 

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM204-400-A1 (Maxwell)

Technology process, nm

28

Q-ty of shader processors (CUDA cores)

2048

Technology and API support

DirectX 12 (Shader Model 5.0), OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Nominal/dynamic frequency of graphics core, MHz

1203 / 1304

Memory capacity, GB

4

Memory type

GDDR5

Nominal/effective video memory frequency, MHZ

1800 / 7200

Memory bus, bit

256

Inner interface

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Screening  interfaces

1 х mini-HDMI

3 x Mini DisplayPort

1 х DVI-I

Minimal capacity of power unit, W

500

Dimensions taken from official website (according measurements in own test lab) , mm

280 x 133 (298 x 134)

Drivers

Drivers can be downloaded here: support page or producer website GPU

Producer website

Palit Microsystems (HK), Ltd

Based on the specifications of the table it is clear seen that the new product has a significant factory overclocking of graphics core at level of 77 MHz for the nominal operating frequency and 88 MHz for the dynamic one. Also the frequency of GDDR5-memory was increased from 1750/7000 MHz up to 1800/7200 MHz. All this guarantees an additional performance boost.

Packaging and content 

 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

The graphics card is shipped in large box which is decorated in dark colors. On the front side is the logotype of the manufacturer, as well as the name of the device. At the bottom there is a mark about the amount of GDDR5 graphics memory (4 GB), as well as the support of a number of useful technologies: NVIDIA GameStream, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Microsoft DirectX12.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Most of the information about the main features of Palit NE5X980H14G2-2042J is placed under a special hinged lid:

  • cooling fans are equipped with LED backlight, which is activated during operation;
  • support for technology 0-db TECH: cooling system transfares in a completely passive mode at light load or idle time;
  • the availability of three connectors Mini DisplayPort, each can output the image with resolution 4K Ultra HD;
  • productive integrated cooling system that includes a copper core and five heat pipes;
  • two fans with special curved design of the blades TurboFan Blade, which rotate in different directions to prevent intersection of air flows;
  • qualitative 8-phase power subsystem  of GPU based on chips DrMOS.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

On the reverse side of the package there is a brief description of the video card in different languages. Also here is noted the support of some useful technology and the ability to stream game data on a portable console NVIDIA SHIELD.

In addition here you can find the minimum system requirements recommended by a manufacturer of graphics accelerator Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream (4096MB GDDR5) for its optimum performance. According to them, the power supply must have a minimum capacity of 500 W, as well as six-pin and the eight-pin Power Connector PCI Express.

 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Inside the box the graphics card is secured by a special plastic form that protects the subtle electronic components of the device from damage during transportation. 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Supplied set of Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream (4096MB GDDR5) includes:

  • power supply adapter;
  • Adapter DVI↔D-Sub;
  • CD with software and drivers;
  • brief instruction;
  • sticker on the computer case.

This set included almost everything you may need to initially the graphics card. In particular, even if your power supply is not equipped with eight-pin power connector PCI Express, you can use the supplied adapter.

 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Interface panel of graphics accelerator is equipped with the following connectors:

• 1 x mini-HDMI;
• 3 x Mini DisplayPort;
• 1 x DVI-I.

This kit will easily connect an analog (using the supplied adapter) or a digital display with a resolution of up to 1600p. If you need to connect multiple displays with resolutions up to 2160p (4K Ultra HD), you'll need to purchase an additional adapter Mini DisplayPort or mini-HDMI.

Appearance and circuitry 

 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream (4096MB GDDR5) is made on a black color board, and height of the printed circuit board is 112 mm. Around the GPU is installed protective frame, which can prevent chipped of the crystal during removal and installation of the cooling system.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

The power subsystem is built on a reinforced 10-phase scheme: eight phases are responsible for the graphics core, and two are for the memory chips. Recall that the reference design uses only five phases: four for the GPU and one for the memory. As a result, enhanced power system can improve the stability of operation at maximum load. And the chains use reliable solid capacitors, ferrite chokes and chips DrMOS, which also has a positive effect on the stability of the entire system.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

The controller is presented by chip ON Semiconductor NCP81174, which is mounted on the back of the PCB. However, it supports the control of up to four phases. 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

In addition to slot PCI Express 3.0 x16 graphics card uses two additional connectors: 6-pin and 8-pin. Nearly located next radiator of the cooling system makes difficult to connect and disconnect the connectors.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Support for technology NVIDIA SLI is provided by two connectors for the connection of respective bridges, which are located near the interface panel. They allow you to connect up to four graphics cards.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

The reverse side of the printed circuit board is covered with a protective plate, which also serves as heat dissipation. And due to a special frame a connector of GPU is additionally protected. The PCB has controller and several elements of the power subsystem.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream (4096MB GDDR5) is based on the GPU NVIDIA GM204-400-A1 produced by 28-nm technology process. It consists of 2048 CUDA cores, 128 texture units and 64 ROP units. The nominal frequency of the GPU is 1203 MHz, and dynamic 1304 MHz. 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

The graphics card is equipped with 4 GB of video memory GDDR5 collected with the help of 8 chips Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 with capacity of 512 MB each. Data exchange with the GPU is realized through a 256-bit bus the capacity of which is 230.4 GB/s.

Cooling system

 

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Novelty is equipped with dual-slot cooling system that has original design. The front side is covered with a bright red metal panel. The length of the card with the installed cooling system is 298 mm, and height 134 mm (measured in our lab).

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

For blowing there are two 95 mm fans Apistek GAA8S2H (12 V, 350 mA) with translucent blades and design TurboFan Blade. They rotate in opposite directions, thereby preventing crossing air streams. There is a LED light of blades, which certainly should appeal to fans of modding.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Graphics core is contacted with a large copper area and heat dissipation is performed using five copper heat pipes. Three of them have adiameter of 8 mm and two more of 6 mm. In addition memory chips and elements of the power subsystem are connected with radiator via special thermal pads.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

Heat pipes are not coated with nickel layer, but are soldered securely to both edges of the radiator and to the copper base. This should improve the efficiency of heat distribution and performance of cooling system.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

In automatic mode of the fan speed control (662 rpm), the temperature of the GPU at the maximum load was 68°C. Cooler was rotated only 30% of its maximum power and operation was silent and hardly stand out from the other system components.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)

After forced rotation speed to maximum level (2114 rpm), the GPU temperature dropped to 45°C. In this case, the noise rose to an average level, but he remained comfortable enough to work in the afternoon.

Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream 4096MB GDDR5 (NE5X980H14G2-2042J)


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