Compact power pack: ZOTAC GTX 1080 Mini review

The GeForce GTX 1080 was replaced a few weeks ago by a polished Ti version as a top model. At the same time, corresponding graphics cards offer a lot of computing power and enough 3D power to present current upcoming gaming. The Pascal GPU is produced in a modern 16-nm FinFET process, which made some improvements possible. Its 7.2 billion transistors allow bandwidth and energy efficiency to be increased at over 1.700 MHz clock rates. With GPU Boost 3, the Boliden also offer extended overclocking functions. The fast-paced GPU is combined with a 8 GB GDDR5X memory from the company Micron, so that no bottlenecks are created even at high resolutions.

With the GTX 1080 Mini, ZOTAC is targeting users of smaller, more compact housings that are looking for potent hardware and have often had to look into the tube mainly because of the length of high-end graphics cards. A clever heatpipe cooling system with a dual-slot design allows remarkable slim dimensions of 211 mm x 125 mm (L x W) – according to ZOTAC the Mini fits in 99 percent of all systems. But even a small overclocking ex factory was still in it. Whether the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini can hold what it promises, we will clarify in our detailed review! In addition to the 3D performance of the tested cards, we also examined the power consumption, the temperatures and the sound development of the active cooling units in detail.

A few final facts about the Nvidia GPU: On the side of the features, the GP104 GPU brings all the functions of the Pascal generation. In addition to the features of its predecessors, such as DirectX 12 (feature level 12_1), the GTX supports 1080 technologies such as GPU Boost 3, Fast Sync and Simultaneous Multi-Projection. Added to this is GameWorks, with which developers create new visual gaming experiences. From the performance, the GTX 1080 delivers what we expected. It is by far the fastest graphics card in our test run and about 10 percent faster than our fastest GTX 980 Ti.

In addition to numerous benchmarks, we have, of course, also carried out measurements in terms of power consumption, temperature development, and noise levels, which were particularly interested in this test sample. With a GPU temperature of 70 ° C with full 3D load, the mini version of ZOTAC is in the middle and thus shows a very decent performance. The good values in terms of temperature development, however, unfortunately, are somewhat at the expense of the sound level, which under full load reaches more than 47 dB (A). Also in the load-free operation measure is already more than 40 dB (A). Nevertheless, the performance potential of the dual-slot cooling system is remarkable, because Nvidia’s Founders Edition is almost six centimeters longer. With an overall height of two slots there should be no problems with the installation in the housing or with the construction of SLI systems, even with very short or compact Cube housings. White LED lighting also provides the right visual background.

For the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini you have to put at the moment about 530 Euro (source: Geizhals.de, stand: 05/2017) on the table (two years warranty, five years after registration within 28 days of purchase). Though the card is not the fastest of their guild, it offers the smallest dimensions of all GTX-1080 graphics cards on the market. Whoever has so far vainly searched for a suitable high-end card for his compact PC, is offered by ZOTAC an attractive solution. In terms of price/performance the mini is in the middle.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, 8GB GDDR5X pros
Very good performance for gaming at WQHD or UHD resolution
Feature and connection diversity
High energy efficiency
Very compact design
LED lighting

Cons
High noise

Performance Ranking

Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE, 11GB GDDR5X
100.0
ZOTAC GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, 8GB GDDR5X
89.1
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 EXOC, 8GB GDDR5X
86.0
EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5X
85.5
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, 8GB GDDR5X
85.0
Inno3D iChill GTX 980 Ti X3 DHS, 6 GB GDDR5
80.9
ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme, 6GB GDDR5
79.5
ZOTAC GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, 8GB GDDR5
78.3
PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti XLR8 OC, 6 GB GDDR5
76.3
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 EXOC, 8GB GDDR5
75.8
Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC, 4 GB HBM
60.5
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 EXOC, 6 GB GDDR5
59.7
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, 8GB GDDR5
57.3
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP! Edition, 6 GB GDDR5
56.6
HIS RX 480 IceQ X² Roaring Turbo, 8 GB GDDR5
56.4
KFA2 GTX 970 EXOC Sniper Edition, 4GB GDDR5
55.8
Sapphire NITRO + RX 480 8G D5 OC, 8GB GDDR5
55.8
Sapphire NITRO R9 390 + Backplate, 8 GB GDDR5
55.2
ASUS STRIX R9 390 OC GAMING, 8GB GDDR5
54.8
Gigabyte RX 480 G1 Gaming 4G, 4GB GDDR5
53.2
Sapphire NITRO + RX 470 8G D5 OC, 8 GB GDDR5
52.3
ASUS ROG STRIX RX 470 OC, 4 GB GDDR5
47.7
Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti Windforce OC, 4GB GDDR5
39.5
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT OC, 4GB GDDR5
39.3
HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X² Turbo, 4 GB GDDR5
39.2
KFA2 GeForce GTX 960 EXOC, 4 GB GDDR5
36.6
KFA2 GeForce GTX 950 OC LP, 2 GB GDDR5
29.2
ASUS ROG STRIX RX 460 OC, 4 GB GDDR5
26.3
HIS Radeon R7 360 Green iCooler OC, 2GB GDDR5
17.9

Performance Ranking (UHD)

Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE, 11GB GDDR5X
100.0
ZOTAC GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, 8GB GDDR5X
82.8
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 EXOC, 8GB GDDR5X
78.6
EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5X
77.9
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, 8GB GDDR5X
76.5
Inno3D iChill GTX 980 Ti X3 DHS, 6 GB GDDR5
71.2
ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme, 6GB GDDR5
69.6
ZOTAC GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, 8GB GDDR5
68.4
PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti XLR8 OC, 6 GB GDDR5
65.2
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 EXOC, 8GB GDDR5
64.5
Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC, 4 GB HBM
52.2
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 EXOC, 6 GB GDDR5
45.9
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, 8GB GDDR5
44.6
Sapphire NITRO R9 390 + Backplate, 8 GB GDDR5
43.7
ASUS STRIX R9 390 OC GAMING, 8GB GDDR5
43.4
HIS RX 480 IceQ X² Roaring Turbo, 8 GB GDDR5
42.6
ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP! Edition, 6 GB GDDR5
42.5
Sapphire NITRO + RX 480 8G D5 OC, 8GB GDDR5
42.4
KFA2 GTX 970 EXOC Sniper Edition, 4GB GDDR5
40.6
Sapphire NITRO + RX 470 8G D5 OC, 8 GB GDDR5
38.9
Gigabyte RX 480 G1 Gaming 4G, 4GB GDDR5
38.9
ASUS ROG STRIX RX 470 OC, 4 GB GDDR5
33.5
Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti Windforce OC, 4GB GDDR5
27.4
HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X² Turbo, 4 GB GDDR5
26.6
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT OC, 4GB GDDR5
26.4
KFA2 GeForce GTX 960 EXOC, 4 GB GDDR5
24.1
ASUS ROG STRIX RX 460 OC, 4 GB GDDR5
17.5
KFA2 GeForce GTX 950 OC LP, 2 GB GDDR5
6.7
HIS Radeon R7 360 Green iCooler OC, 2GB GDDR5
5.7

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