Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini Review – Small But Powerful!
Zotac GTX 1080 Mini – Test Setup
In testing the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, I am using a Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-6700K overclocked to 4.5GHz. Overclocking the CPU to 4.5GHz should be on par or at least performs similar with the newer Core i7-7700K at stock. Below are the rest of the system specifications:
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.5GHz
CPU Cooler: Cryorig A40 Ultimate All-in-One
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4-3200MHz 32GB
Graphics card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini (ZT-P10800H-10P)
Storage Drives: Zotac Sonix 480GB NVMe SSD, WD Blue SSD
Power Supply: FSP Aurum PT 1000W
Chassis: In Win 805 (without the glass side panel installed)
Below is a GPU-Z screenshot of the said graphics card:
During my tests and benchmarking, I was using the GeForce driver version 378.92 for Windows 10 64bit. All games are tested in three resolutions, namely: 1920×1080 or full HD, 2560×1440 or WQHD and 3840×2160 or 4K ultra HD.
Zotac GTX 1080 Mini Temperature and Noise
I have to admit, I was quite impressed with the temperature considering that the GTX 1080 Mini has a smaller aluminum fin stack compared to full sized GTX 1080s. Idle to light load, the temperature was hovering around 40° degree Celsius.
I stressed the card by running Heaven and Valley benchmark at the same time; at full load the temperature was around 76° to 77° degrees Celsius. That’s quite impressive considering the size of its cooler. On another test, I run FurMark at 3840×2160 resolution and the temperature was hovering around 76° to 77° degrees Celsius as well.
Zotac GTX 1080 Mini Noise
I don’t have an accurate sound meter device to measure the noise level, but according to my sensitive ears the Zotac GTX 1080 runs (almost) dead silent on idle to light load. The fans run at around 35%-37% of its speed during idle to light situations. Meanwhile at full load the fans speed up to 65% but they are still very silent to my ears. In fact, the 120mm case and radiator fans installed are louder when the system goes full load. Thankfully, I didn’t encounter any coil whine noise, at least for this specific unit.
Proceed to the next page for the benchmark results…