Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini review: Mini-ITX performance breakthrough

A GTX 1080 Ti in your mini system - now possible!


Test method

We perform our tests using a selection of the games that we use for 3D-chips. For comparing GPUs we use a lot more games; if you want to compare the GTX 1080 Ti with its AMD counterparts, we would like to refer you to our extensive GTX 1080 Ti review.

For (this round-up / our tests) we made an entirely new selection of games. On every graphics card we run 3DMark Fire Strike (DX11) and 3DMark Time Spy (DX12), supplemented with the following five games:

  • Battlefield 1 (DX12)
  • Civilization VI (DX12)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands (DX11)
  • The Division (DX12)

The resolutions at which we test a graphics card depends with the sensibility of certain settings. This means we prevent low-end graphics cards rendering a slide show at 4K-resolution, and also limit CPU-bottlenecks by testing high-end cards on low settings. In the case of the GTX 1080 Ti we tested all cards using the following resolutions and settings:

  • 2560x1440 (WQHD) Medium / Normal
  • 2560x1440 (WQHD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA

Our test system runs on Windows 10 64 bit and consists of the following components:

Aside from performance we also measure the power consumption and noise levels of graphics cards. Lastly we also look at how the clockspeed changes during a long gaming session, to find out if the cooler on the card is adequate enough to prevent thermal throttling.

In the graphs, the Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Mini can be recognized by the red bar. The Nvidia Founders Edition is green, while the other 1080 Tis have a blue bar. For reference we also added other compact graphics cards; these have a yellow colour.

Product discussed in this review

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Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini 11GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1506 MHz, 11264 MB

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