Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Holo
A good all-rounder in a crowded market.
Zotac is a brand that doesn’t get a lot of attention in Australia but it does see limited distribution and its cards are sold though a handful of major retailers. The Zotac RTX 3080 Ti Amp Holo is currently Zotac’s flagship 3080 Ti. Its 1,710MHz boost clock is a decent bump over the 1,665MHz of the Founders Edition. The 3080 Ti AMP Holo is a three-slot card but it’s one of the few 3080 Ti’s that isn’t too tall which helps it with case compatibility. If you’re a fan of RGB, you’ll love it thanks to its bright and vibrant lighting and attractive backplate.
Surprisingly for a 350w card, there are just two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. This means you won’t get all that much OC headroom compared to the more powerful OC oriented 3080 Tis with their higher available power limits. Outputs consist of the standard set of three V1.4 DisplayPorts plus a single HDMI 2.1 port.
Zotac’s IceStorm 2.0 cooler is longer than that of the FE and this means it lacks a bit of surface area and airflow compared to the likes of the Asus TUF with its huge cooler and larger fans. We noted that the backplate got hot to the touch. Good case airflow is a must.
The Zotac 3080 Ti Holo has a rated boost clock of 1,710MHz but when running a looped test, we saw 1,840MHz during a long run. We saw temperatures in the 74 to 76c range which is very good. The card was clearly audible but not obtrusive. The Zotac IceStorm cooler is well designed efficient. Notably, the card proved to be quite power efficient, using a maximum of 341W, less than the 350W of the FE.
The card performed much like the Founders Edition card. It easily beats out the 3080 non-Ti but at times, like the FE, it seems to be restricted by power limits. We don’t have a 3090 on hand to test, but it’s safe to say that the Zotac is nipping at its heels. It’s competitive with the 6900 XT, too. If we had a market that allowed true price competition, it would be a great time to be hunting for a high-end GPU. It’s also worth having a play with the power limits. Manually giving it the maximum 10 percent extra, you’ll get better performance subject to temperatures. Using the Time Spy Extreme test, we gained an extra five percent. That’s not a game changing gain, but free performance is free.
The Zotac Holo might not have the bells and whistles of the premium tier cards, but it is a worthy alternative to the quality FE card. You get a factory overclock, a superior cooler and its good looks will appeal to RGB lovers and those who like to show off their build. The Holo isn’t the quietest card you’ll ever come across but that’s probably expected given its more compact dimensions. Like all 3080 Ti cards it’s very pricey but if you’re looking for a solid all-rounder RTX 3080 Ti and you can find one at a good price, the Zotac won’t let you down.
The Zotac Holo is a good allrounder with a relatively good price. It’s a worthy alternative to the Founders Edition card.