Thursday, May 25th 2017

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini Pictured

Here are some of the first images of ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini, which could go down in history as the most compact GTX 1080 Ti graphics card (besides cards with factory-fitted water blocks, of course). The card features a PCB that's under 20 cm in length, mated to a 21.8 cm (8.3-inch) long cooler. What's more, the card isn't taller than ISA spec. It relies on an aluminium fin-stack cooler with a pair of 90 mm spinners, to stay cool. Such a diminutive heatsink size could mean that the card may lack idle fan-off. The card sticks to NVIDIA reference speeds, and draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0b and dual-link DVI. The card could be formally launched at Computex 2017.
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20 Comments on ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini Pictured

#1
The Quim Reaper
Damn, It's becoming harder and harder to resist switching over to a mini iTX build when I see this level of power become an option for one.
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#2
Ferrum Master
The Quim Reaper said:
Damn, It's becoming harder and harder to resist switching over to a mini iTX build when I see this level of power become an option for one.
Ask you wallet one more time... everything smaller becomes expensive as f****
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#3
puma99dk|
Nice card, but sadly too expensive for me :(

But I know one thing no matter my motherboard brand I will choose MSI's Gaming X/Z card again because their Twin Frozr cooling solution is just the best and quiets that's just my opinion.
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#5
Dimi
I don't know why but I WANT IT lol
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#6
RejZoR
Small is fancy and all, but becomes a problem when you change components. I had a fancy Lian Li Mini ATX case. It was all nice and fancy until I wanted to stick StriX card into it. Which was wider and was obstructed by PSU next to it. Which is why I went back to regular width tower case. If you look, basically all high end cards have wider coolers now. And I don't want reference ones.

Right now you might have option to fit in tiny card, but things can change in the future and you'll have big problems...
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#7
techy1
Ferrum Master said:
Ask you wallet one more time... everything smaller becomes expensive as f****
NOT true - there is nothing more expensive (mITX vs ATX)... maybe those above 600 wat sfx PSU's - but those are not required (nor 600w is required nor sfx format is required) to make a full miTX gaming system in 12-15 liter volume of case (aprox x4 times smaller than ATX case)
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#8
Tartaros
RejZoR said:
Small is fancy and all, but becomes a problem when you change components. I had a fancy Lian Li Mini ATX case. It was all nice and fancy until I wanted to stick StriX card into it. Which was wider and was obstructed by PSU next to it. Which is why I went back to regular width tower case. If you look, basically all high end cards have wider coolers now. And I don't want reference ones.

Right now you might have option to fit in tiny card, but things can change in the future and you'll have big problems...
Depends of the case, I can perfectly fit a large card in mine. The only cards a I can't fit without quitting the side panel are the 3 slot types.
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close
Tartaros said:
Depends of the case, I can perfectly fit a large card in mine. The only cards a I can't fit without quitting the side panel are the 3 slot types.
3 slot cards are thicker not necessarily wider. Why would you have to remove the side panel? Most 3 slot cards actually would never need an extra wide cooler since their cooler is already massive enough to cool without going beyond the edge of the PCB towards the side panel.
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#10
Tartaros
close said:
3 slot cards are thicker not necessarily wider. Why would you have to remove the side panel? Most 3 slot cards actually would never need an extra wide cooler since their cooler is already massive enough to cool without going beyond the edge of the PCB towards the side panel.
Because in my case the gpu slot is very close to the side panel, there is no room for 3 slot cards unless I quit the side panel but I can fit larger gpus with enough room. That's why I said it depends on the case you use, you can fit big gpus in many mini itx setups.
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#11
Tsukiyomi91
I find small cards packing huge power somewhat interesting. Perhaps the trend where bringing all that power from your gaming room to the living room is now possible.
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
the54thvoid said:
Might be a little loud....
It probably has a lower TDP than the reference cards to lower the noise level
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#13
jabbadap
cdawall said:
It probably has a lower TDP than the reference cards to lower the noise level
Well it has 2x8pin pcie connectors, while reference has 6-pin and 8-pin so why would they but more power inputs and then lower the tdp(yeah I know that water cooled version uses same pcb too, but anyhow they could just solder 6-pin instead of another 8-pin there). Reference gtx1080ti have 220W tdp so lowering that you might just need only one 8-pin.

Let see: Three heatpipes, quite sparse heatsink fins and very small heatsink(Might be just renders though and real thing be much beefier, I very much doubt that heatsink has enough cooling area). I would guess it has to be with quite fast spinning fans to keep temps down. But let wait and see, hopefully some site will review it.
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#14
Jizzler
I have nothing against full bodied computers with 10-12" video cards, it's just that I've already done it. Had beautiful In-Win, Chieftec, Asus, and Chenbro towers back in the day.

Today, I'd love to build around a 1080 Ti Mini in a Lian-Li PC-Q10. Not that I have to money to do so, but still, I appreciate it just as much as the models in my price-range (1060, maybe 1070). If nothing else I'll note "this is what is possible at this time".
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#15
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
jabbadap said:
Well it has 2x8pin pcie connectors, while reference has 6-pin and 8-pin so why would they but more power inputs and then lower the tdp(yeah I know that water cooled version uses same pcb too, but anyhow they could just solder 6-pin instead of another 8-pin there). Reference gtx1080ti have 220W tdp so lowering that you might just need only one 8-pin.

Let see: Three heatpipes, quite sparse heatsink fins and very small heatsink(Might be just renders though and real thing be much beefier, I very much doubt that heatsink has enough cooling area). I would guess it has to be with quite fast spinning fans to keep temps down. But let wait and see, hopefully some site will review it.
Plenty of cooling area if the tdp is capped at 150w like the nano was. Just because it has two 8 pins doesn't mean they are needed. The HOF has 3 8 pins, bios is still capped at what 330w?
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#16
Smanci
RejZoR said:
Small is fancy and all, but becomes a problem when you change components. I had a fancy Lian Li Mini ATX case. It was all nice and fancy until I wanted to stick StriX card into it. Which was wider and was obstructed by PSU next to it. Which is why I went back to regular width tower case. If you look, basically all high end cards have wider coolers now. And I don't want reference ones.

Right now you might have option to fit in tiny card, but things can change in the future and you'll have big problems...
I personally think Lian Li should, well, fire whoever designs the internals for their cases. PSU blocking just a slightly wider GPU in an mATX case sounds just incredibly wrong.
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#17
RejZoR
Well, it was a very short and low case thanks to PSU placed alongside motherboard. Unfortunately this blocked the graphic card by width in the case. It was basically half the size in height and 1/4 shorter than my current Corsair Carbide 330R.
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#18
notb
RejZoR said:
Small is fancy and all, but becomes a problem when you change components. I had a fancy Lian Li Mini ATX case. It was all nice and fancy until I wanted to stick StriX card into it. Which was wider and was obstructed by PSU next to it. Which is why I went back to regular width tower case. If you look, basically all high end cards have wider coolers now. And I don't want reference ones.

Right now you might have option to fit in tiny card, but things can change in the future and you'll have big problems...
That's an interesting approach...
Being limited by the size is a built-in factor when going mITX. First of all you're limited to tiny subset of motherboards, you most likely have just 2 DIMM sockets and 1 PCIe. So by definition you can't use a huge majority of PC parts available - even before we come to size issues.
One would think that your Strix issue shouldn't have been a great surprise...

IMO mITX builds work best if you don't plan to upgrade.
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#19
RejZoR
Measurments said it would fit. It didn't fit when it arrived. I managed to redesign PSU holding bay to gain those extra few millimeters, but after a while I've decided to just sell it all and buy normal case. I can modify and fabricate things, but I just couldn't be bothered anymore with constant need to redesign things just to make them work. I mean, due to mATX case, I had to use soundcard in my first slot ABOVE the graphic card and graphic card below it with 1cm spacing. Doing it around meant soundcard was blocking half the graphic card intake. No such issues anymore with normal case. Like I've said, it was fancy, but not convenient at all.
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#20
notb
RejZoR said:
Measurments said it would fit. It didn't fit when it arrived. I managed to redesign PSU holding bay to gain those extra few millimeters, but after a while I've decided to just sell it all and buy normal case. I can modify and fabricate things, but I just couldn't be bothered anymore with constant need to redesign things just to make them work. I mean, due to mATX case, I had to use soundcard in my first slot ABOVE the graphic card and graphic card below it with 1cm spacing. Doing it around meant soundcard was blocking half the graphic card intake. No such issues anymore with normal case. Like I've said, it was fancy, but not convenient at all.
Maybe you had those issues exactly because you went "fancy". "Fancy" turned out to be problematic, so you gave up. :)
But no offence, I think quite a lot of people end that way.

I got an mITX mobo because, basically, I'm tired of wasting home space with large cases. I'd love to just get a notebook, but the ones that ticked all the boxes were idiotically expensive - way out of my budget.
So basically I got a FD Node 304 because I'm poor, not because I wanted to stand out. :P
And if a GPU doesn't fit, well... I'll just get a smaller one. :D

It's a lot like cars, actually. Some people buy small city cars (e.g. Fiat 500) not because they're cheap or easy to park. They buy them for looks. It works during Friday clubbing, but on Saturday you want to get a desk from IKEA and it all goes wrong. :P
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