Introduction, Design Features
[Editors’ Note: Be wakeful that pricing and facilities for video cards formed on a given graphics chip can vary, depending on a tangible label maker. AMD and Nvidia make video “reference cards” formed on their graphics processors, that they mostly send out for review. Third-party partners—MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, and many others—make and sell cards that mostly belong closely to a pattern of these anxiety play (“stock boards”), as good as versions with slight differences in pier configuration, clocking, a volume and speed of onboard memory, and a cooling fans or feverishness sinks installed. Be certain a specs and ports/connections on any “partner” house you’re looking during compare what we’ve reviewed before creation any assumptions. Here, we’re reviewing Zotac’s short-barrel chronicle of a GeForce GTX 1080, that during 8.3 inches long, is some-more than 2 inches shorter than a GTX 1080 Founders Edition. It’s also somewhat overclocked out of a box, compared to a Founders Edition.]
The PC attention as a whole tends to pull hardware in dual manifold directions during a same time. First, it scrambles for faster and improved performance. Then it tries to jam all that flesh into smaller and smaller spaces.
We’ve seen this trend recently in a workstation marketplace with HP’s tiny, Xeon-powered HP Z2 Mini G3MSI Vortex G65gumstick-sized M.2 SSDs, and scrunched-down SFX energy supplies.
Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Mini is an intriguing new step in that tiny-but-mighty direction. It still sports a cooler that’s dual slots wide, as scarcely all cards in this category do. But during 8.3 inches long, it’s some-more than 2 inches shorter than a likewise behaving Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders EditionAsus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU MiniAMD Radeon R9 Nano.
If you’re looking for a absolute label to dump in a tiny PC box for high-end gaming, a Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini represents a apex of what’s probable today. Just know that you’ll compensate a bit of a reward for a stubby stature. At this mid-April 2017 writing, it was offered online for about $530, while we can find some incomparable GeForce GTX 1080 cards for underneath $500. And while it is compress for what it is, it’s over 8 inches long, and so won’t fit in a smallest Mini-ITX cases. So double-check your case’s specs and clearances before buying.
The Basics: A Look during a Specs
We’ve looked during GeForce GTX 1080-based cards before, in a form of a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders EditionMSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GGeForce GTX 1080 Amp ExtremeGeForce GTX 1080 Ti. But a GTX 1080, either you’re articulate about a Mini chronicle or any other, is still one absolute label that’s able of only about anything you’re approaching to wish to do with it, save maybe gaming during 4K during a tip settings during 60fps. For that, you’ll have to step adult to a higher-end GTX 1080 Ti, or wait and see what AMD delivers with a high-end “Vega” cards, that are approaching to arrive someday in a second entertain of 2017.
Rather than clap off a full list of specs for a Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, here’s a summary, approach from Zotac’s product page.
If you’d like some-more sum on what accurately creates a GeForce GTX 1080 GPU tick, we’ll indicate we to a initial examination of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, rather than rehash them here. Otherwise, let’s forge forward and take a demeanour during what sets this compress Zotac label detached from a full-size brother.
At 8.3 inches prolonged and only underneath 5 inches tip to bottom, a Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini is by no means “small,” in a ubiquitous sense. Many low-end video cards come in smaller, as a rule. But compared to a 10.5-inch-long GTX 1080 Founders Edition label (shown compared to a GTX 1080 Mini in a picture below) or Zotac’s possess brutal Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Amp Extreme (which is 12.8 inches prolonged and very thick), a Zotac GTX 1080 Mini is really petite. It’s positively compress for a class.
That said, saying as a measure of Mini-ITX motherboards are 6.7 inches on any side, this card, by necessity, will overhang any such motherboard during a card’s trailing edge. As a result, some really compress PC cases meant for Mini-ITX won’t be vast adequate for a Zotac GTX 1080 Mini. Cards like a AMD Radeon R9 Nano and Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini we mentioned earlier, while they aren’t as powerful, are smaller, and will fit improved in those intensely parsimonious cases. So be certain a box we have (or are considering) has adequate clearway to hoop this card. It is a small on a vast distance for a compress pixel-pusher.
Like a Founders Edition card, a GTX 1080 Mini requires a singular eight-pin PCI Express energy connector, and Zotac includes a six-pin-to-eight-pin adapter in a box. The connector is also easy to access, located right on a behind corner of a card.
Port preference on a label is standard, with 3 DisplayPort 1.4 connecters, a sole HDMI 2.0b pier wedged between them, and a dual-link DVI pier next (or above, depending on your motherboard orientation) for bequest monitors…
This positively isn’t a adorned graphics card. But Zotac does embody a steel backplate, that is good if your box has a window. And it competence assistance a label waste feverishness in a close precinct of a Mini-ITX chassis…
As for a grey cooler and dual fans (one of that is somewhat smaller than a other), they’re rather plain-looking, though we privately don’t mind that during all…
They also aren’t overly bulky, that is critical if you’re building inside a compress case. And while we should pattern some increasing fan sound with this compress chronicle of a GTX 1080 (and all compact, high-powered cards in general) compared to a incomparable chronicle of a same card, we didn’t notice a label being quite loud when contrast it in a admittedly ample mid-tower exam bed. You’ll only wish to make certain a compress box we competence put this label in has adequate active movement to empty a feverishness generated by this card. That’s since a GTX 1080 Mini’s alfresco pattern won’t pull comfortable atmosphere out a behind like a Founders Edition’s through-flowing, “blower”-style label is designed to.
With all that out of a way, there’s small else to speak about with this card, other than performance. We’ll get to that in fact now, though if we wish a discerning summary, we can pattern a Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini to perform flattering most like a customary GeForce GTX 1080 card, give or take.