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July 31, 2016
Palit has been on its JetStream and Super JetStream cards with the all familiar red-black, silver-black and gold-black accents for years and they have finally decided to come up with new branding this year, the GameRock series. A new white-blue accent has been added to its new cooler design and it's specially designed for enthusiast gamers who desire to have the ultimate gaming experience.
Special thanks to Palit for the provision of the GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium Edition for today's review and with no further adieu, let's proceed with the review!
GeForce GTX 1080
Boost: 1885 MHz / Base: 1756 MHz ( with 2560 CUDA Cores)
PCI-E 3.0 x 16
Digital max resolution
7680x4320 (requires 2*DP1.3 connectors)
Analog max resolution
Dual-link DVI-D *1
HDMI-2.0b*1 (Max Resolution: 4096x2160 @60 Hz)
Display Port-1.4 *3 (Max Resolution: 7680x4320 @60 Hz)
H=58 L=285 W=133 mm
Test Rig Configuration
Raijintek Triton 240
Intel Core i7 4790K @4.6GHz
ASUS Maximus Hero VII
G.Skill TridentX 2400MHz
Primary Hard Drive
Crucial M500 120GB
Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 600W
Vector Bench case
We mounted the GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium Edition on our test bench as above and each and every benchmark is conducted in a room of about 30C° ambient temperature.
We ran a few graphically demanding games and synthetic benchmarks in our possession on a selected settings at 1080p, which is considered as high for much of our test as usual.The final result of each benchmark is presented in the form of the graph below:
We've done a performance comparison with a Founders Edition of the GeForce GTX 1080 and the result of the clash between the two beast of a card is as following:
- 77MHz raise on the GPU core clock
- 584MHz raise on the memory clock
- Extra 20% gain on the power
We've done a performance comparison with a Founders Edition of the GeForce GTX 1080, both overclocked and we're seeing a quite near results as following:
Performance wise, the Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium Edition is no doubt one of the most powerful GTX 1080 around based on its out of the box performance. It can easily overpower the GTX 1080 Founders Edition without needing to overclock the card. While you can overclock it to squeeze for more performance, its overclocking headroom appears to be limited to 77MHz at most. Still, the effective boost clock recorded are very close to an overclocked GTX 1080 Founders Edition with extra 248MHz boost.
The cooling performance with the GameRock series graphics card cooler is just awesome, with the temperature topped only at 72°C on default clock and 74°C after overclocked. An even better performance can be achieved with the fans running at 100% without sacrificing too much of its acoustic performance, all thanks to its TurboFan design and ultra-thick heat sink.
Down to the prize, both Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Standard Edition and Premium Edition comes at the price of RM2998 and RM3280 respectively. It's not really a friendly price to begin with but if we were to compare it with all custom GTX 1080 in the market, Palit is probably one of the few brands with the best deal around - it has a way better performance and it's few hundred bucks cheaper than a Founders Edition card at RM3399.
- Combination of both aesthetics and solid build quality
- Easily overpowering both GTX 980Ti and GTX Titan X
- Dual BIOS feature allows user to play safe with custom BIOS
- Good overclocking headroom on BIOS 2
- One of the best performing and most affordable GTX 1080 in the market
- BIOS 1 has limited overclocking headroom due to its already high GPU Clock and Memory Clock
- Not easy to match with themed build that is not white and blue
- It takes up to 2.5 slot, which is not an ideal choice for SLI if you're using a mATX form factor motherboard
- ThunderMaster software GUI needs some improvement - the blue is overwhelming
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While it's using 6-pin power connector just like the RX 480, the RX 470 is reported to have a lower TDP of 120W and theoretically, should be able to deliver more overclocking performance.The RX 470 is expected to be available later next month by August 4th at the price of $149 for the 4GB variant and $179 for the 8GB variant.
July 27, 2016
A big thanks to Cooler Master Malaysia for the provision of the review unit for MasterKeys Lite L and with no further adieu, let's check out what makes the MasterKeys Lite L a worthy set of peripherals to own.
At the back of the box, you'll find a labelled diagram depicting Cooler Master's exclusive "mem-chanical" switch along with multilingual description on its prominent features.
Inside the box, you'll find this quick start guide, the only extras that comes together with the keyboard and mouse combo.
MasterKeys Lite L: Keyboard
Cooler Master Mem-chanical
Normal 1x / Turbo 8x
Lighting / Multimedia / Win LK
Non-Detachable Rubber Cable
Product Weight (without cable)
At first glance, we can see that the MasterKeys Lite L keyboard are kept simple and clean to maintain that minimalism wow factor throughout the MasterKeys lineup - no more exaggerated design for good!
The function keys to adjust the keyboard LED modes to your personal preference. While the pre-programmed LED modes on the MasterKeys Lite L keyboard are limited, you'll still be able to adjust the LED modes to your preference on certain LED modes i.e. static color that can be adjusted with F2~F4 keys, programmable region.
Cooler Master has opted for the design where multimedia function keys are located right above the arrow keys since the Quick Fire Rapid-i, which makes it a lot easier to access compared to the traditional design that places these keys at the F1 to F12 row.
Unlike individual mechanical switches with dedicated slot for LED, the MasterKeys Lite L keyboard got its fancy lighting from these very bright LEDs shining through a translucent acrylic sheet and the rubber domes to light up each and every key on the keyboard.
We started off with the key combination used by renown music rhythm games, the maximum amount of keys that can be registered without involving the modifier keys is 11 in total - good news for those who needs more keys getting registered at the same time.
For FPS games wise, we're glad to report that the major key combination for movement is clear from any signal blocking nor ghosting effect.
MMO games that need the combination as above is safe from both signal blocking and ghosting effect, CLEAR!
The arrow keys are clear from signal blocking and ghosting as well.
Optical AVAGO 3050
Lighting / DPI
Non-Detachable Rubber Cable
Product Weight (without cable)
Same goes to the mouse, the USB connector isn't gold plated and a ferrite core is attached to the cable to eliminate potential noise and interference that goes through the cable for a better overall experience with the mouse.
We've tested the mouse on one of our favorite game so far, Tom Clancy's The Division and here's what we think about it, tip to the end:
- Glide: The mouse glides smoothly on hard rigid mat but not on soft mat due to its mouse skates that is rather thin, causing the side of the mouse to brush against the surface of the soft mat if additional force is exerted to the mouse while gliding on thicker soft mat (5mm thickness).
- Grip: The mouse is rather small in size and not really favorable to those with larger palm size. Still, palm grip and claw grip style work great if you have smaller palm size, its ambidextrous design allows right-handed and left-handed users to have a good grip without much issue, but the side buttons are made much more comfortable for right-handed users.
- DPI Button: The DPI toggle button is fairly easy to reach with minimal movement on the index finger and is less prone to be triggered by accident.
- Weight: The mouse itself is a little light for our preference but it'll work great for fast paced games like RTS, MMORPG, etc.
Aside of its RGB lightings and compatibility with Cherry MX keycaps, the MasterKeys Lite L keyboard also comes with input rate toogle function, Windows key lock and full keyboard lock function, and gaming optimized key matrix to meet the demand of gamers nowadays. The mouse too, is able to meet most of our demand as a gamer, but due to its size and design, there are minor compromises such as not being able to do a comfortable palm grip for users with large palm size, and the brushing sensation while gliding sideways if too much force is exerted to the mouse.
The Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L's RM299 price tag might sound a little ridiculous for a keyboard mouse combo with non-mechanical keyboard, but it's pretty obvious that the MasterKeys Lite L managed to pull this off with a few of the qualities mentioned above which makes it worth of that price tag.
- Keyboard is clean and sturdily built
- UV Coating on the peripherals ensures long lasting pleasant experience
- Unique plunger switches design
- Compatible with Cherry MX keycaps
- Smooth transition on the RGB lighting
- Mouse comes with wider range of DPI selection - 500 to 3500
- Tracks well on both cloth and hard mat
- Gaming optimized key matrix
- Reasonable price
- Limited LED modes
- While it's ambidextrous design, the mouse side buttons are designed only for right-handed users
- The mouse will brush against the surface of a cloth mousepad if too much force is exerted to the mouse while gliding sideways