Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini Review – Small But Powerful!
Zotac GTX 1080 Mini Price and Availability
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini (ZT-P10800H-10P) is now available globally. It comes with a retail price of around $500++ or £500 at the time this was published. If you are interested in getting one, be sure to check out the links below for the latest pricing and availability. Prices do change from time to time and it probably went down (already) due to the release of the GTX 1080 Ti.
Zotac GTX 1080 Mini Review: Conclusion
Playing with the Zotac GTX 1080 Mini was quite a surprise and was fun! I didn’t expect that it would perform well (very well), not only in performance but in noise and temperature as well. The Zotac GTX 1080 Mini features clock speeds that is slightly faster (1620 MHz base, 1759 MHz boost) compared to the GTX 1080 Founders Edition (1607 MHz / 1733 MHz); unfortunately we don’t have one to compare it with. But we do have the Galax GTX 1080 Hall of Fame that features a higher clock speed of 1733 MHz base and 1873 MHz boost. As you can see from the results, the GTX 1080 Mini was able to perform generally on par with the full sized GTX 1080. Meticulously speaking, there were some games that the GTX 1080 Mini performed slightly slower, just a few frames per second less; but there were also some games where it performed on par or better. I would say that generally speaking their performance is very similar and in actual gameplay the difference would be unnoticeable at all.
And yes, just because the Zotac GTX 1080 Mini is “mini” or small, it doesn’t mean that it performs less of a 1080. It’s not, it performs very much like most (if not all) GTX 1080s in the market, except that it has a smaller and more compact body. Aesthetically speaking, the black and gunmetal color combination with white LED accents is a safe color scheme and should fit or blend in most systems. Not to mention, it would also fit into most (if not all) ITX, m-ATX or ATX chassis available in the market. By the way, another thing that I would like to point out. The card’s width is 125mm and the PCB is a little bit wider (or longer) than the output bracket; it’s something worth noting specially if the chassis you are using has a very limited clearance.
While there are some system builders or gamers who just want the biggest and kickass looking graphics card, the Zotac GTX 1080 Mini leans toward on the small form factor side (without sacrificing the performance). I would recommend the GTX 1080, in general, to 1440p and 2160p gamers; or to 1080p gamers who uses high refresh rate monitor (120Hz to 144Hz). Just a note on 4k resolution, depending on how graphics intensive the game you are playing, you may or need to set the graphics settings lower to achieve playable or smooth frame rates.
Finally, I really don’t have anything to nitpick or found any cons on this graphics card. Oh wait, I think it would be (much) better if the PCIe power connector was placed or pointing towards the rear end and not on the side; considering that the PCB is already wider than the output bracket. Nevertheless, Built quality is superb and performance is right on the spot. If you are in the market looking for the smallest GTX 1080 on the market or you simply want a compact GTX 1080 graphics card, then look no further. Zotac got your covered with their GTX 1080 Mini!