Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review

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Zotac have consistently used yellow as their colour scheme and that commitment has paid off as it is one of the most recognisable colour schemes around. Should you prefer a fuller sized card it is available in regular size too, but we like the idea of the mini one and so that is what we have in for review today.

Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review  
Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review  

If you're a regular reader of OC3D you'll be aware of how quickly we can forget how small an iTX motherboard is when we're so used to seeing ATX ones. Their small size always comes as a bit of a shock. The graphics card world is more about lengthy cards to ensure that the air-cooling can get the job done, and with a waterblock the ArcticStorm has no such need for overly large PCBs which makes the Mini nature of the Zotac even more of a surprise when we took it out the box. It's tiny.


Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review  

We have to confess we like the clear top to the cooler instead of the more common all-black delrin versions. Who doesn't enjoy a chance to see their coolant working its magic? The reverse of the card is a little more standard, although there is still plenty of vents to help dissipate what little heat does build up and the stripe provides just enough design to catch the eye.


Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review  

Elsewhere the ArcticStorm Mini ticks the regular GTX 1080Ti boxes with 8+8pin PCIe power input and all three output options catered for.


Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review  
Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review  

The Zotac barely makes it past the CPU socket, let alone matching up to the end of an ATX motherboard as we normally see with the air-cooled offerings. We said it was compact.


Zotac GTX 1080Ti ArcticStorm Mini Review  

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Most Recent Comments

20-03-2018, 13:09:19

NeverBackDown
I'm actually kinda disappointed it didn't perform as well as you would think. Plenty of graphs where it wasn't leading and behind even air cooled cards

Although the temps were better than expectedQuote

20-03-2018, 13:59:40

Bartacus
My last 2 pairs of GPUs were Zotac, so I have become a fan. Here in Canada, they're the best bang for the buck GPUs you could buy when I bought mine. They react VERY well to water too (as do most cards). Probably not the highest OCs in the world, but they run cool. My 1080TIs only hit 45C in the worst conditions. If I let them run with stock boost, they run even cooler.Quote

20-03-2018, 14:02:48

trawetSluaP
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
I'm actually kinda disappointed it didn't perform as well as you would think. Plenty of graphs where it wasn't leading and behind even air cooled cards

Although the temps were better than expected
Well seems to me the point of this card is not to break records but keep cool and quiet, and it's really cool!Quote

20-03-2018, 14:48:52

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by trawetSluaP View Post
Well seems to me the point of this card is not to break records but keep cool and quiet, and it's really cool!
Any card under water is cool lol

But yeah it's a small form factor so I guess it has it's usesQuote
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