ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini – Review

So you like the GTX 1080 but it costs a lot of money and it’s usually very big in size, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini comes in as a surprise powerhouse costing almost around RM 1,000 less than the highest end models and much smaller in size. Interested yet?

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

Before we continue, there’s the video version of this review if you prefer it to be presented that way.

The GTX 1080 Mini comes with Zotac’s excellent cooler design, image below is as seen on the official product page.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

From the top you’ll see that the card isn’t thick and it has an 8-pin PCI-E power connector.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

On the other side of the card is the beautiful back plate and what you can see are the various I/O ports, including the aged DVI Port.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

Now for some size comparison against the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme that costs a bit more.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

And here’s the view from the top, the GTX 1080 Mini is dwarfed by the elder brother.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

Put it simple, the GTX 1080 Mini is the size of a GTX 1060 AMP.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

Here’s the GPU-Z for the card.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAMAvexir DDR4 3000Mhz 2x 8GB.
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Benchmarks

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini - Review

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
ZOTAC GTX 1080 Mini3266
ZOTAC GTX 1080 Mini (Full RPM)3257

Temperatures remain excellent despite set at Auto, with RPM hovering at around 54%, needless to say that there’s not a need to run it at full RPM.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 90w.

CardZOTAC GTX 1080 Mini
Furmark Burn-in289
Estimated Actual System Draw260
Estimated Card Power Draw170

The Verdict

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini retails at RM 2629 – it is compact, beautiful, performs at around 92% the capacity of the bigger brother which is the GTX 1080 AMP Extreme that costs an RM 250 extra, and it comes with the same 3+2 warranty.

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