Zotac Shrinks GTX 1080 Ti Into Water-Cooled Small Form Factor ArcticStorm Mini

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2017 - 03:34 PM |
Tagged: zotac, gtx 1080 ti, SFF, water cooler

Zotac finally made its watercooled GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini official last week. A card that was first teased at Computex, the ArcticStorm Mini is a dual slot with metal backplate and full cover water block that has been significantly shortened such that it can fit into many more cases including Micro ATX and some Mini ITX form factors. Specifically, the ArcticStorm Mini measures 212mm (8.35”) x 164mm (6.46”) and uses a custom shortened PCB that appears to be the same platform as the dual fan air cooled model.

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The star of the ArcticStorm Mini is the full cover waterblock with nickel plated copper base and a tinted acrylic top cover. According to Zotac the waterblock uses 0.3mm micro channels above the GPU to improve cooling performance by moving as much heat from the GPU into the water loop as possible. There are ports for vertical or horizontal barb orientation though I would have loved to see a card that routed the water cooling in and out ports to the rear of the card rather than the side especially since this is aimed at small form factor builds. The water block can accommodate standard G1/4” fittings and Zotac includes two barbs that support 10mm ID (inner diameter) tubing in the box. A metal backplate helps prevent warping of the PCB from the water cooling which can be rather hefty.

While there is no RGB on this card, Zotac did go with an always on white LED that along with the gray and silver colors of the card itself are supposed to be color neutral and allow it to fit into more builds (as opposed to Zotac’s usual yellow and black colors). Around the front are five display outputs including: DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and three DisplayPort 1.4 connections.

Out of the box, the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini comes with a modest factory overlock that pushes the GP102’s 3,584 CUDA cores to 1506 MHz base and 1620 MHz boost. The 11GB of GDDR5X remains clocked at the stock 11 GHz, however. (For comparison, reference clocks are 1480 MHz base and 1582 MHz boost.) The graphics card is powered by two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors and enthusiasts should be able to push it quite a bit further than the out of the box clocks simply by increasing the power target as we saw in our review of the 1080 Ti, and barring any silicon lottery duds this card should be able to clock higher and have more stable clocks than our card thanks to the liquid cooler.

As is usual with these things, Zotac did not reveal exact pricing or availability, but with the full sized GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm already selling for $809 on Amazon and $820 over at Newegg, I would expect the little SFF brother to sell for a bit of a premium beyond that, say $840 at launch with the price going down a bit with sales later.

It would have been nice to see this be a single slot card, and giving up DVI would be worth it, but you can’t have everything (heh). I am looking forward to seeing the systems modders and enthusiasts are able to cram this card (or two) into!

Source: Zotac

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October 26, 2017 | 01:28 AM - Posted by Mutation666

Zotac on FB said they are hoping for to receive the shipment late November. I would probably put the pricing at $780 (Their 1080ti air cooled version is $20 less expensive then the watercooled one. So add $20ish to the 1080ti mini would put it in that $770 price range.

The only flaw I have with this block is the the inlet and outlet only have 2 sides and with it being a SFF card, you really should allow the inlet and outlet to be 3 way not 2 way.

October 26, 2017 | 01:54 AM - Posted by Martin (not verified)

Also, that DVI.

It might not bother me on a large card but again, with the mITX/SFF focus, single slot would be a good thing.

Curious though, reference 1080Ti only has 3DP+HDMI on a single slot. Most, if not all custom 1080Ti-s have as DVI. Is that somehow sanctioned by Nvidia or are manufacturers making that choice.

October 26, 2017 | 07:58 AM - Posted by psuedonymous

It's a real pain to see DVI sticking around, as well as physical HDMI. DP++ (every DP port on a modern GPU is DP ++) is electrically HDMI as well as DP, so adding a physical HDMI port just means you're removing a DP port for no reason. Also applies to mini-DP, so full-size DP ports can be omitted for mini-DP. The only time a full-size DVI port is actually necessary is when you have one of the small selection of monitors with a high enough resolution that single-link DVI (subset of HDMI) is not enough even with Reduced Blanking, but the monitor is so old/cheap that it lacks DP.

November 3, 2017 | 03:33 AM - Posted by JamesAnon (not verified)

Its Funny, I asked them on FB also, and they said its not coming to the US. AND on Twitter, they said the project was canceled.

I really don't know what to think at this point.

Both of those were within the last few days.

Kinda Sucks because my entire build atm is pretty reliant on the sff of this card. RIPP

Still have Hope tho.

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