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Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Mini Review – the world’s smallest!

Our newest GPU test procedure has been built with the intention of benchmarking high-end graphics cards. We test at 1920×1080 (1080p), 2560×1440 (1440p), and 3840×2160 (4K UHD) resolutions.

We try to test using the DX12 API if titles offer support. This gives us an interpretation into the graphics card performance hierarchy in the present time and the near future, when DX12 becomes more prevalent. After all, graphics cards of this expense may stay in a gamer’s system for a number of product generations/years before being upgraded.

Note: We tested the RX Vega64 and Vega56 using the ‘Turbo‘ power mode in AMD’s WattMan software. This prioritises all-out performance over power efficiency, noise output, and lower thermals.

General Test System Notes

  • AMD Graphics cards were benchmarked with the AMD Crimson ReLive 17.9.1 driver.
  • Nvidia Graphics cards were benchmarked with the Nvidia 384.94 driver.

Test System

CPU
Intel Core i7-7700K ‘Kaby Lake’ (Retail)
Overclocked to 4.8GHz Core
Motherboard
ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
Memory
Geil Evo X
16GB (2x8GB) @ 3200MHz 16-16-16-36
Graphics Card
Varies
System Drive
Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB
Games Drive Crucial M4 512GB
Chassis Game Max Moonstone (high fan speed)
CPU Cooler
Fractal Design Celsius S24
Power Supply
Seasonic Prime 1000W Platinum
Operating System
Windows 10 Professional with Creators’ Update (64-bit)

Our test system consists of an overclocked Core i7-7700K processor and 16GB of 3200MHz Geil DDR4. High-end hardware is used to eliminate CPU and memory from the bottleneck equation and put the performance onus solely on the GPU being tested.

Comparison Graphics Cards List

AMD Radeon RX Vega64 Air (1247MHz core / 1546MHz Average Boost / 1.89Gbps HBM2 memory)

AMD Radeon RX Vega56 Air (1156MHz core / 1471MHz Average Boost / 1.6Gbps HBM2 memory)

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Reference (1480MHz core / 1582MHz Boost / 11Gbps GDDR5X memory)

Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming (1696MHz core/ 1835MHz Boost / 10Gbps GDDR5X memory)

Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition (1506MHz core/ 1683MHz boost / 8Gbps GDDR5 memory)

Software and Games List

  • 3DMark Fire Strike & Fire Strike Ultra (DX11 Synthetic)
  • 3DMark Time Spy (DX12 Synthetic)
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (DX12)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (DX12)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands (DX11)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (DX11)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)

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  • Hapkiman

    Even though it runs hot, this could be a great card for a SFF build that is being used as a HTPC multi purpose system in your living room. It could bring 4k gaming to your 4k living room TV! I wonder if there is a small AIO cooler that would fit and could help tame those temps.

  • Babel 17

    The mini’s low idle temperature relative to the cards it was tested against suggest the possibility that a custom fan profile might help with its acoustics. As might a well ventilated case. I have a GTX 1070 FE and can attest that it, like many others, got some benefit from a custom voltage profile using Afterburner software. Lower voltage can help the card from hitting its power and temp limits as early, and might help with idle temps and fan speed and noise as well. This was a very informative review, thanks. It’s nice too see more options opening up for gamers.