ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition Review – Fast and Cool!
Price and Availability
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition is now available globally. At the time this review was published, its retail price is around $720 USD or around £685 in UK. Meanwhile, the beefier version GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme version comes with a higher retail price at $760 USD. If you don’t want to spend that much, better get the AMP Edition instead.
Most retailers offer 1 to 2 years warranty; Zotac offers 2 years as a standard warranty and you can get an additional “extended warranty” of 1 year if you register the product on Zotac’s website. Prices do change from time to time, so for the latest pricing and availability of this graphics card, check out the links below.
For US: available at B&H here and eBay.com here
For UK: available at Amazon UK here
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Review: Conclusion
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is an absolute beast! We were amazed how fast the GTX 1080 can perform. But the GTX 1080 Ti is simply a few notches higher; offering significant performance increase from the GTX 1080. It’s also currently the fastest single GPU for gaming on the market, excluding the new TITAN Xp that is.
I was able to enjoy playing games better at 4K UHD compared to the GTX 1080; and finally I was able to play Ghost Recon: Wildlands at ultra-settings with above 60 fps frame rate. I’m not sure why they made that game so GPU intensive though.
There’s no doubt what a GTX 1080 Ti can do; but is this the right graphics card for you? If you have a 1440p or 4K UHD monitor, or you’re planning to upgrade your monitor very soon, then you’ll find the GTX 1080 Ti very much satisfying. Also if you have a 1080p/1440p high refresh rate monitor, 100Hz and above; a GTX 1080 Ti is definitely the way to go. You need that GPU horse power to push all those frames to the monitor and take advantage of its high refresh rate.
Going back to Zotac’s GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition; this graphics card is built with quality in mind. It feels very solid and feels premium on hand. The metal backplate protects the components on the back side and improves the overall look. Aesthetically speaking, the gunmetal shroud and the black backplate will match well in most system builds. It doesn’t have a beefier cooler, like its big brother the AMP Extreme Edition; but the advantage is, it only occupies two PCI slots. Only the ZOTAC logo has LED lighting and it’s not full RGB. So if you’re not a fan of RGB, you may want to consider this graphics card instead.
Take note that the GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition features an open air cooler design; just like most of the custom designed 1080 Ti on the market. Although its ICESTORM cooling solution does a pretty good job at keeping the GPU’s temperature at bay; the heat will be exhausted inside the case/chassis. You’ll need a sufficient air intake and exhaust to keep your system running cool.
In terms of overclocking, the GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition features factory overclocked speed right out of the box. No need to install Zotac’s FireStorm GPU utility to take advantage of this speed. But you do need the FireStorm to control the SPECTRA LED lighting effect, and if you want to overclock it further or tweak the fan settings. Since the increase is not that huge from the Founders Edition (reference GTX 1080 Ti), there’s still room left for overclocking. I was able to push the clock speeds of the GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition further, higher than the AMP Extreme version. However, at this rate, I observe a little bit of coil whine noise already.
What’s not to like on the Zotac GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition? Unless you have a very specific preference, there is none actually. This is simply a (very) fast graphics card that can drive games up to 4K UHD resolution. If you need this much GPU horse power, consider this graphics card on your top list.