Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! Edition 8 GB Review 43

Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! Edition 8 GB Review

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 was released earlier this summer and impressed with incredible performance and even more incredible power efficiency. The GeForce GTX 1080 is based on NVIDIA's "Pascal" architecture. This architecture sees the streaming multiprocessors (SMs), the indivisible subunits of an NVIDIA GPU, get even more dedicated components, which increases their performance. NVIDIA claims to have "meticulously" designed the GPU architecture to be as energy efficient as possible given the silicon fab node and is leveraging the 16 nm FinFET node at TSMC for "Pascal."

The GTX 1080 features more CUDA cores than its predecessor – 2560 vs. 2048. It features even more TMUs (160 vs. 128) and, at 8 GB, double the memory. Memory technology sees a major update with NVIDIA's adoption of the GDDR5X memory standard. The memory is clocked at a staggering 10 GHz effective, which gives the GPU 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth over a 256-bit wide memory interface.

To learn more about the architecture and new GeForce features, check out our launch-day review of the GeForce GTX 1080.

Today, we have the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition on our test bench, the company's second-highest clocked custom-design GTX 1080. Zotac's other models are the AMP! Extreme, which comes with a bigger cooler and higher clocks, Arctic Storm, which is designed for watercooling, and the Founders Edition reference design.

Zotac uses a dual-slot, dual fan cooler on the GTX 1080 AMP! Edition, which is almost completely made out of metal, giving the card a high-quality look and feel. Priced at $670, which is around $30 cheaper than the Founders Edition, it is one of the cheaper GTX 1080s out there.

GeForce GTX 1080 Market Segment Analysis
 Radeon R9
Fury X
GTX 980 Ti
GTX Titan X
GTX 1070
GTX 1080
1080 Amp!
Shader Units409628163072192025602560
Graphics ProcessorFijiGM200GM200GP104GP104GP104
Memory Size4 GB6 GB12 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB
Memory Bus Width4096 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit
Core Clock1050 MHz1000 MHz+1000 MHz+1506 MHz+1607 MHz+1683 MHz+
Memory Clock500 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz1251 MHz1251 MHz
Price$600$440$1150$380 / $450$600 / $700$670
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