ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme Reviewed - The King Is Crowned

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Introduction

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is NVIDIA's new flagship gaming GPU, based on the NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture. The latest addition to the ultimate gaming platform, this card is packed with extreme gaming horsepower, next-gen 11 Gbps GDDR5X memory, and a massive 11 GB frame buffer. The GeForce GTX 1080Ti has been the most awaited GPU by the enthusiasts and the gamers alike for it offers almost the same performance as that of the TitanX Pascal. The GeForce GTX 1080Ti is a cut-down version of the GeForce GTX TitanX Pascal yet at affordable price.

The GeForce GTX 1080Ti features 3584 Cuda cores spread across 28SM with the memory bandwidth of 484GB/s on a 352-bit interface and 12 billion transistors. It is based on 16nm FinFET lithography with the chip size of 471 mm2. We have 11GB of VRAM clocked at 11Gbps. Chip is clocked at 1480MHz base clock and 1582MHz boost clock with the thermal limit of 90C at 250W power. We have total 88 render output units on the GeForce GTX 1080Ti. The new dualFET design by the Nvidia allows the card to run at more power yet with more efficiency than the GeForce GTX 1080.

ZOTAC was established in 2006 under the umbrella of PC Partner (HSI: 1263) with the focus on Original Mini PC, ZBOX. ZOTAC derives its name from the words "zone" and "tact", aptly referencing to their skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style. Besides Mini PC, ZOTAC is manufacturing graphics card and SSDs. ZOTAC is an AIB partner of the Nvidia. Their graphics cards hold true value for the packed performance to the users.

Today, I will be reviewing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme. This is the high-end graphics card from the ZOTAC and following the tradition of the mighty king of all, this card has maintained its true position in the enthusiast market segment. This graphics card has triple slot design for optimal cooling effectiveness and it does that with the silent operation. RGB addition using Spectra has added a subtle touch to the looks and feel of the card. This is a third GTX 1080Ti in a row on my test bench. Time to see how it is going to handle the competition.

 

Product: GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme

Manufacturer: ZOTAC

Price: $749.99 / PKR 101,000 [At the time of the review]

 

Specifications

Graphics Engine

GeForce GTX 1080Ti

Part No

ZT-P10810C-10P

CUDA Cores

3584

Video Memory

11GB GDDR5X

Memory Bus

352-bit

Bus Standard

PCIe 3.0 x16

Engine Clock

Base: 1645MHz

Boost: 1759MHz

Memory Clock

11.2GHz

PCI Express

3.0

Display Outputs

3 x DisplayPort 1.4

HDMI 2.0b

DL-DVI-D

HDCP Support

Yes

Multi Display Capability

Quad Display

Recommended PSU

600W

Power Consumption

320W

Power Input

2 8-pin

DirectX

12 API feature level 12_1

OpenGL

4.5

Cooling

3x90mm fans

Slot Size

2.5 slot

SLI

Yes, SLI HB bridge supported

Supported OS

Windows 10/8/7

Card Dimension

325 x 148 x 56.6mm (12.8 x 5.83 x 2.23in)

 

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Packing

The graphics card comes in a standard cardboard box in ZOTAC's typical yellow and Gray colors. ZOTAC brand name is printed on the top left side on the front side. Card model, Nvidia GeForce GTX, and VR Ready labels are printed on the top right side. Card model no is printed on the bottom right side. Names of the salient features of the card are printed on the bottom left side. Some of Pascal's features are printed on the bottom right side.

Card model no is printed on the top left side on the back side of the main packing box. ZOTAC brand name is printed on the top right side. Salient features like Icestorm, Spectra, Freeze, FireStorm are highlighted on the pictures in the center of the back side. Salient features, System requirements, and specifications are printed on the bottom side.

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The left side of the box has included accessories info printed in 15 different languages. UPC, SKU, Sr No, Part No etc info label is pasted on the left side. ZOTAC brand is printed on the top right side.

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The right side of the box has ZOTAC brand name printed on the left side while the graphics card model no is printed on the right side.

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Opening the box would reveal another container box with the ZOTAC printed in the middle.

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Opening that container box would reveal the contents of the packing. Two Dual 6-pin to 8-pin mesh wrapped power adapters are placed separately. Rest of the accessories is included in the black color container envelope with ZOTAC printed on top in white color. The card is wrapped in a protective anti-static wrapper.

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Accessories

Accessories include:

  • 2 x Dual 6-pin to 8-pin mesh wrapped power adapter
  • Driver disk
  • User Manual

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Closer Look

The ZOTAC GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme edition is a well-balanced design. It is quite beefy and takes 2.5 slots so make sure you have dual-PCIe slots available and make sure that your chassis supports such a lengthy and beefy card. This card has everything one could have wished for. We have three RGB LED zones on the card including the backplate. Cooler is more width to it thanks to superior and beefy Icestorm cooler with extended fin stack.

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Let's dig deep in the design elements of this card and explore the might and the beauty of it. This card has the stylish cooler shroud. The ZOTAC has named it Exoarmor. This shroud is made of plastic but it does not give impression of being cheap one. ZOTAC means business and they are not leaving any stone unturned. This shroud has the gray color tone to it which makes it stand out. But it does not match the colors on the backplate.

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The top and bottom sides of the shroud from the center have been implemented in an aluminum looking plate and it is designed in such a way that it blends in perfectly with the overall design. We have three 90mm Apistek fans with the maximum speed of 3000 RPM. ZOTAC is pasted on the center of the fans on the motor hub which really looks cool in person. Such grayish tone on the metallic plate really gives the user premium look and feel.

We have white color plates on the top and the bottom sides of the shroud. These are the RGB LED zones that have been implemented on the graphics card. Push the Limit is inscribed on the top middle plate under the ZOTAC brand name. The top and bottom white color plates formulate the one RGB LED lighting zone.

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This graphics card features the Icestorm cooler which is at the core of the ZOTAC graphics cards cooling. Let's take a closer look on the cooler side of the graphics card. As described above, this graphics card has three 90mm wide blades Apistek fans with the maximum speed of 3000 RPM. These fans feature ZOTAC's FREEZE technology. Freeze is the inspired innovation that enables the powerful graphics card to become silent while reducing the wear and tear on the fan system. Greater system stability is achieved with precision temperature gauging and wider temperature tolerance. Fans start and stop at their pre-defined threshold automatically so game on.

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We have two heatsinks which are interconnected with the heat pipes. Fins are implemented in aluminum. They are straight and have a gap between them. The depth of the fin stack is more on this card than can be found on many other cards. This explains the 2.5slot design. There is a large size copper baseplate which makes direct contact with the GPU. This copper baseplate is implemented in a center of a large size nickel coated plate which makes contact with the VRAM chips and Power Boost controllers. It is apparent that every contact point has a thermal pad on it.

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The second heatsink has no baseplate on it which is obvious as this section of the cooler would be making contact with the VRM/MOSFETs and related power delivery section. There is a black color thermal pad which makes contact with the phase chokes.

We have total 6 copper based heat pipes on this card. Four of these are 8mm while the other two are 6mm. These heat pipes are designed and implemented in a way that they make contact the nickel coated and copper base plates from their underside. As these plates are making direct contact with the GPU, VRAM, and Power Boost controllers, their underneath area has the maximum point of contact with the heat pipes to ensure the most effective possible heat dissipation.

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Both heatsinks are interconnected with 5 heat pipes. Three of these heat pipes are 8mm and two are 6mm. The 6th heat pipe extends from the nickel coated plate and makes its way back in U shape within the fin stack covering the GPU and VRAM area. It is 8mm. Please, not the important observation on the mounting positions of these heat pipes. 5 heat pipes are sandwiched between the base plate/nickel plate and the heatsink while one heat pipe is implemented from within the fin stack for effective heat dissipation.

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This design does not follow on the second heatsink. All the five heat pipes are implemented such as they pass through the fin stack at an equal distance hence making the maximum possible point of contact with the heatsink. We can see the soldered points as well on this side of the heatsink.

This approach has enabled the ZOTAC to provide the utmost cooling solution for the enthusiasts' needs. ZOTAC has been able to do so with the silent operations as well. Thermal performance section has all the details on how this card has performed.

Now that we have discussed the cooling technique on this card, let's have a look on the other sides of the graphics card. The top side is simple in its design. In the middle, we have ZOTAC brand name which has an RGB LED under the hood. This is another RGB LED zone on this card.

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GEFORCE GTX is printed on the left side of the shroud right next to the RGB LED plate. The backplate extends over to the top side which ZOTAC refers to as Metal Wraparound backplate. This gives a unibody look on this card. The extended portion of the backplate does not fully cover the top side which is yet another smart move to ensure the possible air flow from the top side for effective heat dissipation.

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We can see two SLI fingers with protective coverings on the left side of the PCB. This graphics card supports HB Bridge. It has two 8-pin power connectors and its power consumption is 320W. This is quite a power hungry card. There is a LED on the backside of the PCB right opposite to the dual power connectors. It would turn static red in case of no power connection or power related issue. The static light green color indicates the normal power supply to the graphics card.

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The front top side has cooler's shroud part extending over the heatsink and terminating in a bold design. Similarly, the backplate extends over from the PCB side and covers the heat pipes terminators and it is vented.

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There is still a gap between these two extended parts for airflow. One can see that total 5 heat pipes are protruding from this side. There are two visible cables. Large size one is for the two zones on the front and top side while the small size one is for the LED zone on the backplate.

The rear side has the IO ports. We have:

  • 3 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • DL-DVI-D

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The left side of the card shows the PCIe connector covered in a protective covering. PCB color is black. The connector on the right side under the label N471 is to power the fans of the graphics card. The black color heatsink is visible on the left side of the fans power connector. This heat sink covers the MOSFETs.

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The backside of the graphics card has a stylish Metallic Wraparound backplate with RGB LED zone. For ZOTAC customers, it would be apparent that there are no yellow colored lines on this card. In my opinion, this is a wise move as this card has RGB LEDs to enable the users to color coordinate with their build's theme. ZOTAC in white color lights up during operation and this is our third RGB LED Zone.

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Right on top of the GPU, there are vents on the backplate for airflow. Similarly, we have vents on the bottom left side of the backplate. The two Power Boost chips are visible on the left side of the GPU. POWERBOOST is a control chip that provides live electrical current regulation and instant electrical deviation responses. It reduces ripple noise, minimizes power fluctuation, and has a high-temperature tolerance, resulting in a longer lasting AMPed graphics cards even in the most demanding situations. Even when pushed to the limit, it maintains smoothness and stability. The backplate has black and gray colors tone to it.

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There is a LED labeled LED4 near the top side of the PCB above the GPU. It blinks in blue color at regular intervals when the card is powered up. Somehow, it was not a pleasant site for my eyes. The purpose of the LED is not clear to me though.

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Taking out the backplate would show the RGB LED implementation on the inner side of the backplate.

Let's have a look at the PCB itself. To remove the PCB with the backplate from the cooler, remove the 5 spring loaded screws from the backside of the PCB. Gently twist a bit to remove the PCB from the cooler. You would need to unplug the fan power connector and large size power plug to fully disconnect the PCB from the cooler. To take the back plate off, remove the 7 screws on the front side of the PCB. Also, disconnect the LED power connector.

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Two black color heat sinks are placed on the top of the MOSFETs, to remove them, unscrew them from the backside of the PCB. They have thermal pads underneath for heat dissipation. We have the 16nm FinFET GP-102 GPU with 12 Billion transistors. We have total 12 SMT traces combined in the groups of 4 around the GPU. One of these is not populated. Each die has 1GB VRAM from Micron (7CA77 – D9VRL) making a total of 11GB VRAM clocked at 11.2 GHz. I was not able to achieve 12GHz overclock on this particular model though looking at the power design system, it seems like a possibility.

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There is a micro USB port on the upper side of the rear IO panel which is for the debugging. Once, the card is installed inside a chassis, the access to this port is blocked. We have soldered voltage tweaking points on the top side of the PCB.

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This card has insane 16+2 power phases. More power phases mean more turbines to generate the immense performance. Spreading the load to 16 power phases means that no one cylinder is overworked and building up too much heat. This even distribution of the power would enable the card to operate at peak efficiency without any glitch.

This card features uP9511 which is an 8 phase controller regulator. It allows for up to 8 selectable power phases. This gives us the hint that the card is actually not using 16 power phases in total rather it is 8 phases which are doubled using uP9511.

If you are up to read more about power delivery design system and the components making up this system like voltage regulators, MCUs, MOSFETs, Doublers etc then hop over to the Steve Burke's work at Gamers Nexus. He is doing a phenomenal job when it comes to the tearing down the graphics card and giving details of the power system components.

Spectra

Keeping up with the industry's trend of the RGB LED lighting solution on many PC products, the ZOTAC has implemented what they are referring to as Spectra. We have three lighting zones on this graphics card. There are 5 modes which user can configure and select for the color effect.

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  • Static mode. A single color of user’s choice would remain lit.
  • Breathing mode would fade in and out the user’s selected color.
  • Strobing mode flashes the user’s selected color.
  • Color Cycle would change the colors one by one.
  • Wave would allow having true RGB effect on the lighting zones. It is not available for the Zone 2 and the Zone 3. Applying it on Zone 1 would automatically create the effect on the Zone 2.

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The user has almost full-color spectrum available to choose from. For that one would need to use Advanced option under the Spectra tab in the Fire Storm software. Zone 1 covers the ZOTAC logo plate. Zone 2 covers the fan shroud LEDs and the Zone 3 covers the backside LED on the backplate.

Users can also apply two color schemes. One when the card is idling and the other when the card is under load. Users also have the option to turn off the lighting.

 

Software

ZOTAC has designed a comprehensive software to control and monitor their graphics cards. This software is known as Fire Storm. It has typical black and yellow color accents. The software has a simple user interface and has a one window operation style.

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The main window of the software is divided into three sections: -

  • The GPU and Memory Clock meter is on the left most side
  • The tiddle section has the Advanced/Spectra tabs.
  • The Temperature and fan speed meter is on the right most side.

The left section of the main interface has a meter showing the GPU clock and the Memory clock speeds. Beneath it is an SLI indicator for up to 4 cards. The user can create up to 3 different profiles subject to the particular requirement and save them using the option located on the bottom side under the Clock meter. GPU Clock is mentioned in yellow color whereas the Memory clock is in the light blue shade.

The middle section has the Advanced and Spectra tables which are toggled one at a time. Spectra has already been discussed above. The advanced tab would allow the user to overclock the graphics card. We can unlock the voltage control from here. Power limit and GPU temp target are interconnected which can be disabled if so required. The user can also overclock the display's refresh rate. Clicking on default would load the factory settings of the graphics card.

The right side of the main interface has the temperature and the fan speed meter. GPU temp is mentioned in yellow color whereas the fan speed is in the light blue shade. The user can slide the fan speed slider to increase/decrease the fan speed.

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This would set the fans at that speed constant. To make it happen, click on the Manual button below the meter and click on Apply. There is an Advanced button right next to the Apply button. Clicking it will open a new window in which users can create custom fan curve as per their own requirements.

On the bottom, we have Monitor button. Clicking it will open a new window which will allow the users to monitor the clock speeds, temps etc.

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Clicking on the Settings button will open another window in which software settings can be changed.

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The user can disable the Freeze option of the fans in the software. To do so, click on the Spectra tab. Now click on the down arrow slider button located on the right side of the middle section. It will load the further options. Fan stop setting is located on the top.

ZOTAC has provided a complete suite for the users to tweak and monitor the ZOTAC's graphics card which is minimalistic in operation and is user-friendly.

 

 

Test Bench

Following test bench setup was used to test the performance of the graphics card:

  • Intel i7 6850k
  • Asus Rampage V Edition 10
  • Corsair Vengeance Red LED 8x8GB @ 2666MHz
  • Reeven Justice RC-1204
  • Corsair AX1200i
  • Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD for OS
  • Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD for Steam Games
  • WD Black 6TB for Origin and Uplay games
  • Asus VX24AH

 

Previously, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and Gear of Wars 4 were the part of the test games. They have been dropped from this test and onwards. Metro Last Light Redux will continue to be featured as this game based on its rich environment and taxing effects on the graphics card are handy to measure the performance of any given graphics card. Following games have been tested: -

  • Battlefield 1
  • DOOM
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Metro Last Light Redux
  • Far Cry 4
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • The Witcher 3
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

All the games were tested on maxed out settings unless where mentioned. Microsoft Windows 10 x64 version 1607 was used. Nvidia graphics driver version 382.33 were used. FPS were monitored using GeForce Experience 3.6.0.74. Game settings were set from within the games, not from the GeForce Experience. Battlefield 1 and the Rise of the Tomb Raider were tested in DX11 and DX12 modes. All the reported framerates are average FPS.

Following synthetic benchmarks were used:

  • 3dMark
  • Unigine Superposition

 

Previously Unigine Heaven and Valley were a part of our testing but they have been dropped and only superposition will be featured from onwards.

Let's take a look at the performance graphs.

 

3dMark

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All the three GTX 1080Tis are in closer proximity of performance delta. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme has taken a lead in the 3dMark bench.

Unigine Superposition

Numbers are speaking for themselves.

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Battlefield 1 DX11

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The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme has taken a lead on the test bench. 4 FPS difference is with the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080Ti O11G yet a whopping 8 FPS lead over the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080Ti 11G.

 

Battlefield 1 DX12

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Yet again the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme wins.

 

DOOM

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DOOM was tested using Vulcan API and Ultra settings using SMAA. All the 1080Tis are neck to neck but on higher resolutions, the ZOTAC card is taking the lead.

 

Metro Last Light Redux

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Metro Last Light Redux was tested on Very High graphics settings with AX 16 and 2x SSAA. ZOTAC card is taking a marginal lead again.

 

Grand Theft Auto – V

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Grand Theft Auto – V was tested with maxed out settings on Ultra with 4x MSAA. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme is yet again a winner though a marginal one when compared with the Asus card but a good lead over the Aorus card.

 

Far Cry 4

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This game was tested with maxed out settings. Again with a 4-6 FPS difference the ZOTAC card is a winner.

 

 

Far Cry Primal

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This is a first game in which the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080Ti O11G takes the marginal lead over the ZOTAC’s card.

 

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

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The ZOTAC’s card takes 2-5 FPS difference of lead over the Asus and the Aorus cards respectively.

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider DX11

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Again, the ZOTAC’s card has a marginal lead over the Asus card and 5 FPS difference between the Aorus card.

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12

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It is a second time that the Asus card has beaten the ZOTAC’s card. Though, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme takes a marginal lead over the Aorus card.

 

The Witcher 3

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The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme has a solid win over the other two 1080Tis.

 

 

Overclocking

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme is a factory overclocked card with 1645MHz base clock and 1759MHz boost clock. During my overclocking session with this card, it reached 2110MHz boost clock but that was not stable. Following clocks were reached but failed due to instability in one software or the other.

Boost Clock (OC)

Voltage

+MHz on Core Clock

+MHz on Memory Clock

Stable

2110

100%

110

300

No

2100

100%

105

300

No

2090

100%

100

300

No

2080

100%

90

300

No

2076

1005

80

300

Yes

 

Boost Clock on Stock

1999.5 MHz

Boost Clock with OC

2076 MHz

 

Here are the results of the synthetic benchmarks and gaming performance with overclocked graphics card:

3dMark

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Superposition

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Battlefield 1

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Acoustics

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Fans were left on default fan curve. Foneso Digital Sound Level Meter version A0 was used to test the sound level. 39dB is heck impressive for the cooling that this card provides.

 

Thermals

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Room temp was 37C at the time of the testing. In an open bench table maximum temperature hit by the graphics card was 69C. With overclocking, max temperature was 73C. An impressive feat for sure.

 

Power Consumption

The Corsair AX1200i is a digital PSU with monitoring enabled on the power consumption. Corsair Link was used to check the power consumption under stock clocks and overclocked clocks. Unigine Heaven and AIDA64 were run at the same time to check the combined power consumption of the system. Here is the graphical output of the stress run on stock clocks:

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Here is the graphical output of the stress run with overclocking:

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Maximum power target on this card is 120% with 90C threshold temperature.

Conclusion

Earlier, I reviewed the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080Ti 11G and the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080Ti O11G. Review of both the cards reveal and confirm one thing that the GTX 1080Tis have smaller performance delta with a narrow or marginal lead over another. Though the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080Ti came out the winner of the two, I am excited to announce that we have a new winner on my test bench which is the mighty beast from the ZOTAC in the form of GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme. They really have Amped their card up. With its stylish yet beefy icestorm cooler, beautiful shroud which exoarmer, solid metal back plate with wraparound style to give a unibody look and feel to the card, Copper based GPU base plate, 3 90mm fans with wing blade design with Freeze technology, VR Ready, Spectra are few of the whopping features to list a few. The design is bold and aggressive. Users can have a sheer power at their disposal with this card. It is powerful yet the most silent of all the 1080Tis tested so far. This card has whopping 16+2 power phases. It is the first GTX 1080Ti on my test bench to have 2076MHz boost clock with overclocking. We have three RGB LED Lighting zones on this card to add subtle touch and to customize and color coordinate the build's theme. This card is quite heavy and has quite a size to it so make sure that your Chassis can support it and have a safe slot on the motherboard is a blessing for a card of this sort. Sag would be quite obvious with it which warrants the support bracket or any other solution feasible.

Value

This card is listed as $749.99 / PKR 101,000'- Definitely an expensive solution but for the $749.99 one would get the ultimate solution for the smooth and buttery gaming experience. Local prices are quite high owing to the currency inflation. But users of the GTX 1080Ti would be willing to pay the premium price to get the most out of it. I don't see any reason why would users playing on 1080p resolution be buying this card. Its true value holds for the 1440p at 144Hz and above though 1440p at 144Hz can be covered with the GTX 1080 pretty easily. But given the pricing of the other competitive offerings, this card is a definite best value for your bucks. It is factory overclocked and with just $30 more (Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080Ti 11G is priced at $720) we have a game changer with FPS difference of as high as 10 FPS. The Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080Ti is listed at $779 which is already quite pricey as compared to the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme.

Performance

I did not encounter any issue while gaming with this graphics card. It chewed and digested everything that I threw at it. 4k is still a demanding resolution to game at particularly on maxed out settings and I did not see this card to be an exception to that. But, with fewer (mind you just a few) settings adjustment one can get very good performance on 4k. It has beaten the likes of the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080Ti 11G and the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080Ti O11G. This win is marginal in many games yet significant in others. Overall, this is the best value card that your bucks could buy out of the three that have been tested on my test bench.

With raw performance out of the box, stunning looks profuse by Spectra and the stunning exoarmor shroud and metallic wraparound backplate, the powerful cooling solution in the market, VR support with multi-display at the same time, massive 16+2 power phases and simple yet effective software, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme outshines the competition. There is absolutely everything done right with this card. ZOTAC means serious business and the Amp! Extreme delivers on that Amping your gaming experience to maximum potential.

I am thankful to the PakDukaan for giving me the opportunity to review the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080Ti Amp! Extreme.

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