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ZOTAC GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition Graphic Card Review

  1. Intro, Specs and Unboxing
  2. Graphic Card Overview
  3. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  4. Futuremark Benchmark
  5. OpenGL Benchmarks
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. Hitman
  9. DOOM
  10. GPU Computation Benchmark
  11. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  12. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  13. Conclusion
  14. Online Purchase Links
  15. View All

Initial Impression

The wow factor is the size as it measures 12.79″ in length and 5.82″ in width. In comparison, the founder’s edition is 10.5″ in length and 4.38″ in width. Wow, can AMP! Extreme cards get any bigger???

The Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme has RGB LED around the fans, the “Push the Limit” backplate area and the left side of the card. Zotac follows a very familiar colour scheme that is seen in its GTX 1070 variant. Zotac refers its main cooling unit as ‘Icestorm’ and its backplate/fan shroud design as Carbon exoarmor. The multi-coloured lighting accents are called ‘Spectra’.

The card occupies 2.5 PCIe slots, one of the characteristics of the AMP! Extreme cards. The shroud and the back plate are shaped in a way that it wraps the card, giving it an ‘industrial’ look as an end product. You cannot see the copper heatpipes apart from the rear I/O and from PCIe x16 interface. Other graphic cards with a more open design have a plated heat pipes to avoid oxidation. MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X is an example of that. The shroud is plastic while the backplate wrap is metal.

The GTX 1080 supports SLI. The graphic card takes additional power from to 8-pin PCIe. There’s also an LED indicator towards the top which lights up if its connected properly.

The backplate vents provide passive access for heat dissipation and it also gives a good look to the card. The LED highlights are at the both ends of the fans. Zotac provides 90mm ‘EKO FAN’ which they claim to have a better design than the typical GPU fans. Due to the blade designs, it could provide additional airflow up to 30%. Note that fans will only turn on once it crosses a certain temperature.

Teardown and PCB Overview

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Zotac’s Icestorm unit is a copper flat heatbase with five heatpipes going through it. It’s a typical blower design but since some company cheap out on the heatbase, the copper surface is appreciated. Notice the metal area around the heatbase.

The card uses Micron’s GDDR5X memory total of 8GB. The PCB uses an 8+2 power phase design.

One comment

  1. Doom:

    GTX1070FE min 49
    GTX1060FE min 80

    WTF?

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