Wednesday, January 11th 2017

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini is the World's Smallest GTX 1080

With a TDP of 180W, it was only a matter of time before we started to see ever more compact GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, since it is after all based on the third largest implementation of the "Pascal" architecture (after GP100 and GP102). The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini is the smallest GTX 1080 implementation to date, with its length under 20 cm, and its PCB even shorter than that. ZOTAC used the difference in lengths of the cooler and PCB to cram in the longer and wider portions of the aluminium fin-stacks.

The cooler of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini features three 8 mm-thick copper heat pipes, which pass through a dense aluminium fin-stack, which is then ventilated by a pair of 100 mm fans, which appear to be different from each other. The fan in the front appears to be of a quieter, low-RPM type, while the one on the rear end is a high air-flow fan. A neat back-plate covers up the reverse side of the PCB. An LED-lit ZOTAC logo is located on the top. The card ships with factory-overclocked speeds of 1620 MHz core, 1753 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 10 GHz (GDDR5X-effective) memory, compared to reference speeds of 1607/1733 MHz. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include three DisplayPorts and one each of HDMI and DVI. This design should allow ZOTAC to achieve two market positions - charge a premium for the compact size; or sell at a lower price than reference, if the competition heats up.
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22 Comments on ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini is the World's Smallest GTX 1080

#2
xorbe
imo the size of the heatsink puts it out of the mini category
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#3
RejZoR
I want to see it in R9 Nano format...
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#4
Dammeron
I'd love to put a fullcover on it. :D
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#5
silentbogo
Nice! I want one.
With 180W TDP it is very doable (a 145W GTX970 had quite a few single-fan ITX versions).

First I wanted to get a 1060, so I saved up $200... then an ITX version of 1070 came along, so I bumped my budget to $400.
I guess now I need even more money for a dream build. :banghead:

xorbe said:
imo the size of the heatsink puts it out of the mini category
200mm is still considered ITX-friendly. Even my congested Lian Li Q11B can accommodate anything up to 220mm (though I have to remove a front panel USB 3.0 connector to do it).
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#6
D1RTYD1Z619
A little water cooled version would be interesting. Like the Fury X
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#7
HopelesslyFaithful
RejZoR said:
I want to see it in R9 Nano format...
HBM required.

I can't wait for HBM cards so i can access SATA without removing GPU or messing with trying to stick it in for 5 mins.
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champsilva
xorbe said:
imo the size of the heatsink puts it out of the mini category
silentbogo said:
Nice! I want one.
With 180W TDP it is very doable (a 145W GTX970 had quite a few single-fan ITX versions).

First I wanted to get a 1060, so I saved up $200... then an ITX version of 1070 came along, so I bumped my budget to $400.
I guess now I need even more money for a dream build. :banghead:


200mm is still considered ITX-friendly. Even my congested Lian Li Q11B can accommodate anything up to 220mm (though I have to remove a front panel USB 3.0 connector to do it).
Yes, even the Elite 110 which is so small btw can accept 210mm cards.

This is perfect with a full water block, if available.
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#9
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
I want it just for the cuteness factor!

I wonder how it performs compared to a fullsize one in terms of noise and overclocking.
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#10
silentbogo
qubit said:
I want it just for the cuteness factor!

I wonder how it performs compared to a fullsize one in terms of noise and overclocking.
Performance should be the same, but I'm not sure about noise.
I've only used an older GTX660Ti with similar Zotac cooling, but it had a pair of 80mm fans and narrower radiator. It worked much better than I expected (~65-68C at full load w/ MX-4), but the noise level was noticeably higher than, let's say, HerculeZ 2000 or TwinFrozr.
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
silentbogo said:
Performance should be the same, but I'm not sure about noise.
I've only used an older GTX660Ti with similar Zotac cooling, but it had a pair of 80mm fans and narrower radiator. It worked much better than I expected (~65-68C at full load w/ MX-4), but the noise level was noticeably higher than, let's say, HerculeZ 2000 or TwinFrozr.
That high speed rear fan suggests to me that the card will be noisier.

Sounds like that 660 was optimized more for low temperatures than noise. I'd have let it get a little warmer for a quieter card. Do you know what the fan revs were?
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#12
GhostRyder
Love these tiny cards, only wish the cooler was a bit smaller. Would be interesting to do a Micro ITX build in a tiny case and some water cooling on one of these!
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#13
silentbogo
qubit said:
Do you know what the fan revs were?
Not sure. That was almost 1.5 years ago and only for a 1-week test-drive, while I was waiting on my low-profile GTX750Ti.

Before that I had an MSI GTX750Ti Gaming. That was even more ridiculous... a >200W cooling solution on a friggin' slot-powered card. Very quiet, but not "fit" enough to crawl into ITX case.
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#15
Prima.Vera
If you go liquid on this one it becomes even shorter. Nice. So the long BCPs are just a marketing thing. Longer = Faster = More Expensive.

Is all clear now.
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#16
redundantslurs
i guess i know what im buying with my start of the year bonus, yeah my job is weird we get all out perks and bonus in the beginning of the year o_O.
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#17
puma99dk|
I can't wait to see prices in my country to see if we will be overpriced compared to the rest of the GTX 1080 gang.
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#18
Nicholas Peyton
HopelesslyFaithful said:
HBM required.

I can't wait for HBM cards so i can access SATA without removing GPU or messing with trying to stick it in for 5 mins.
How will HBM cards allow that? Isn't HBM memory?
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#19
RealNeil
Nicholas Peyton said:
How will HBM cards allow that? Isn't HBM memory?
I think he's referring to HBM cards being smaller in size and allowing one to work around
them without pulling them out.
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#20
tigger
I'm the only one
Small card, butt hurting price :(
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#21
puma99dk|
tigger said:
Small card, butt hurting price :(
I agree @tigger but it would still be sweet to own one.
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#22
tigger
I'm the only one
puma99dk| said:
I agree @tigger but it would still be sweet to own one.
OOOOH yes no doubt about that at all, and only 180 watts that is nice.
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