AMP-ing up the ante
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Edition
Zotac isn’t a name gamers would take lightly, let alone nonchalantly. Over the years, the brand has steadily built itself into both a trusted and prominent GPU brand, so much so that many gamers swear by the cards that come out of this company. In this issue, we’ll be reviewing Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Edition, its new top-ofthe-line graphics card based on NVIDIA’s new enthusiast-level GPU.
The first thing that you’ll notice right off the bat with the GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Edition is just how slim the card’s overall profile really is. Compared to the majority of cards from other NVIDIA AiB partners, the card is generally no thicker than a Founders Edition reference cooler.
Before you ask, yes: the card is built with Zotac’s own RGB lighting system, and yes, you can alter the colors and the way the RGBs glow on the card.
As it is with all Zotac cards, this GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Edition is custom cooled with the company’s IceStorm cooling solution, along with its FREEZE Fan Stop technology for its dual fan setup. For the uninitiated, the latter of the two features enables the fan on the card to only spin when the temperature rises to a certain point.
The aesthetics of the card has been kept simple. The cooler shroud is a simple gunmetal gray, and the backplate of the card is equally as simple in design, with a small cutout made to accommodate the PowerBoost modules that have been installed into the back of the PCB.
With the aesthetics out of the way, we can now get straight into the meaty bits of the card, its performance and overclocking prowess. Like most custom-cooled cards, the GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Edition comes out of the box overclocked by Zotac, plus some additional overclocking headroom for those seeking to push the card past the rated clock speed (we managed to churn out an additional 75MHz).
On 3DMark, the card scored the 9,117 on Time Spy, 19,269 on Fire Strike, 12,795 on Fire Strike Extreme, and 6,957 on Fire Strike Ultra. On Unigine Superposition, we saw scores of 4,944 and 4,092 while running the benchmark on DirectX and OpenGL API, respectively.
The card’s real-world capability was as you would expect. At 4K resolution and
CONCLUSION The GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Edition is a powerful card with a slim form factor.
with all graphic settings maxed out, we were getting average frame rates between 30 and 70 fps on titles such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
At 4K resolution, this new benchmark still makes the card struggle.