Palit GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream

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Palit’s custom GPU offerings go under the common “Jetstream” moniker, which places multiple fans on top, replacing the wind tunnel design of most reference cards. And in review, we have one card that has got one such treatment. Meet the Palit GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream.

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Following the footsteps of the previous generation Jetstream cards, the GTX 770 Jetstream sticks with a 3-fan configuration: a larger one in the middle, and two smaller ones on each side. However, this does come with a caveat: this variant of the GTX 770 will occupy more than two slots, since the fans jut out ever so slightly. This is perfectly fine if you’re sticking with one graphics card, but not so much for smaller builds. The power requirement does not detract from the original, requiring one 8-pin and another 6-pin connector.

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The Jetstream gets a slight bump of around 100Hz in its default clock, which in turn raises the Boost clock as situations demand. The three fans will be doing their job here, as GPU Boost 2.0 also takes temperature headroom into account, delivering the best possible performance.

 

The bracket reveals that Palit’s offering sticks with the reference design, with Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors residing in the expansion bracket.

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And with that intro done, head on to the next page to see how it fares.

[[Benchmarks Part 1]]

The comparison is done by taking score from previous benchmarks (GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 760, GTX 770 and GTX 780) and just entering the new scores. Nothing has been changed since the last review, and the setup remains the same. To reiterate, the testbed consists of:

  •  ASUS MAXIMUS V GENE Z77 motherboard (courtesy of ASUS),
  • Intel Core i7-3770K,
  • Kingston Beast 2x8GB DDR3 RAM (2400MHz),
  • 128GB SSD

 

Right off the bat, you can see the Palit variant is off to a good start. In 3DMark, the Jetstream managed to gain a 10% lead over the reference design.

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That same 10% performance gap can also be seen in Unigine Heaven 4.0. One can say that Palit’s slight increase in the GTX 770’s clock speed has paid off.

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The gap narrows slightly with classic heavy-hitter Crysis Warhead, with a very slight 3fps difference between the two GTX 770s.

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In Resident Evil 5, the newcomer retains its lead over the vanilla design, though with a very small margin – 9fps (6%).

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The Jetstream regains it mojo when put through Resident Evil 6, with an 11% gap over its progenitor.

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We’re not done yet! The next page continues the benchmark suite, putting the GTX 770 Jetstream through more games.

[[Benchmarks Part 2]]

The cards are neck and neck in Mafia 2, with a negligible 0.1fps difference.

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Still managing to overtake the reference design, the Jetstream comfortably maintains its 10% lead in Call of Pripyat.

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Batman: Arkham City puts both games in equal footing, with a very slight 1fps difference. The average framerate of 77fps bodes well for gamers, as they can turn on VSync without issues, or they can invest in displays with higher refresh rates.

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Last but not least is the recent Tomb Raider reboot. Here the Jetstream edges out the reference GTX 770 ever so slightly, resulting in a 5% difference.

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And that concludes the benchmarking section of this review. Click on the last page to read my conclusions regarding the card.

[[Conclusion]]

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The Palit GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream (that’s a long name) is pretty much what is expected from manufacturers – they take the reference design and give it their own spin. At RM 1599, it may seem a bit steep to some, but considering that NVIDIA will not be releasing any 700-series cards anytime soon, you’re getting the best of GK104 with this offering.