Zotac announces the world's most compact GTX 1080 Ti with water cooling
Zotac has a penchant for small and compact devices. They have been one of the driving forces behind developing powerful and compact brick style gaming PCs, ultra-compact consumer PCs, and ‘mini’ variants of gaming GPUs that are perfect for small-form-factor cases and media center style computers.
Now Zotac is claiming the title of the worlds smallest Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti (Zotac GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini), and they’ve achieved this by creating a card that is designed to be 100 percent water cooled with no on-card heatsink. This meant that the PCB dimensions are restricted by the amount of space needed to fit components, rather than by the surface area required to dissipate heat. The card measures 212 mm (8.35 inches) long, and 164 mm (6.46 inches) tall including the water block but not the fittings.
The water block, which has 0.3mm micro-channels, covers the entire board and uses copper on the contact points, providing cooling for VRMs and memory as well as the GPU. The fitting threads are for standard G 1/4 fittings, and Zotac includes two with the card that support hoses with a 10 mm (3/8th inch) internal diameter. The ArcticStorm Mini isn’t an all-in-one unit. Instead, it can either be run either in its own loop or a dual loop with the CPU. There is a metal backplate for additional rigidity and aesthetical appeal.
- 3584 CUDA cores
- 1506/1620 MHz base/boost
- 11 GB GDDR5X on 352-bit memory bus at 11000 MHz
- 3 x DisplayPort 1.4
- 1 x HDMI 2.0b
- 1 x DVI-D
- 600 W PSU recommended
- 250 W minimum load power consumption
- 2 x 8-pin connector needed
Zotac hasn’t provided us with a recommended retail price, but the sale price for Zotac air-cooled GTX 1080 Ti are between US$840 and US$890 on Amazon.