For the test we have chosen 2 GPU’s by Palit that are identical to each other, with the only difference being the dedicated RAM memory provided. Palit’s GPU’s look a lot simpler than the Asus GPU. Firstly, the cooler has the same dimensions as the board, so its overall size is almost half than the DirectCU II. The plastic cover hides only one fan that belongs to the TurboFan Blade family, which has a bigger cooling capability than a regular fan and produces less noise. Underneath it has a simple aluminum body that has a lot of ribs. The lack of heatpipes, copper parts and any other advanced tech is more than obvious.
Palit has gone in the right way when wanting to reduce the manufacturing price. The circuit board looks cheaper because of the two-phase power unit and the small amount of integrated parts. Around the GPU chip there are four and eight memory chips, depending on the amount of RAM. The used memory comes from Hynix, with a theoretical 6000MHz. In this case the memory works on 5400MHz, with a bandwidth of 86.4 GB/s.
Palit has decided to go by the numbers that NVidia has prescribed, so the GPU works on 925MHz. When compared to the Asus representative the speeds are quite smaller, which is obvious on the benchmarks. It’s good to say that the cards can be easily overclocked up to 1030MHz. The only thing that they lack is a good coolant system, for the enthusiasts that want to crank up the MHz’s. So, the card at a normal speed works at 60°C.
The cards come with one DVI, D-sub and mini-HDMI ports, which is quite enough. We should mention that the cards don’t have SLI ability or dynamic overclock and there is no big difference between the 1GB and 2GB card when it comes to the benchmarks, but a 20% price difference.
When you add and subtract all the reviewed cards, we can see that we have a great GPU that has filled in the whole and with about 140 Euros for the Palit 1GB model and something more for the others, this GPU will bring a big hit to the leader AMD and their midrange products.