While the different turbo technologies keep getting more advanced, the actual performance during gaming depends a lot on whether or not the cooling is adequate enough to keep the clockspeed at a high level. After all, if the card lowers the clock frequency after a few minutes of gaming, the performance will suffer from this. That is why we run the throttling test. It will show if the advertised performance will be achievable after a longer period of gaming.
The throttling test consists of running our F1 2015 benchmark seventeen times, taking about half an hour. Meanwhile we keep an eye on the clock speeds and temperatures by writing them to a log file every second. Afterwards we analyze this data, with the charts below as the end result.
The clockspeed of the GTX 1080 Ti Mini stabilizes slightly below 1800 MHz, at a temperature of about 83 degrees Celsius.
With that, the Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Mini is more than 3% faster than the Founders Edition, which was also the difference in our game benchmarks.
|Average||Zotac Mini||Founders Edition||Difference|
|0-2 min||1823 MHz||1777 MHz||2,6%|
|2-5 min||1794 MHz||1741 MHz||3,0%|
|5-10 min||1792 MHz||1732 MHz||3,5%|
|10-20 min||1788 MHz||1733 MHz||3,2%|
|20-28 min||1791 MHz||1733 MHz||3,3%|