Following what seems to be an industry pattern at the moment, ZOTAC has just announced their very own highly customized and liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Out of the box, this new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm model does not appear to be trying to compete for the title of highest-performing graphics card on the market, but it has the prerequisites to be a highly competitive product.

Starting off with the basics, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm ships with an out of the box core clock of 1506 MHz, a boost clock of 1620 Mhz, and 11GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11Gbps. Connectivity is quite good with the video output selection consisting of three DisplayPort 1.4, one dual-link DVI-D, and one HDMI 2.0b.

While 1506/1620 MHz (base/boost) is a fairly mild factory overclock for a custom card, ZOTAC have clearly designed this model to be manually overclocked. It has a beefy 16+2-phase VRM, two rear-mounted Power Boost 2.0 capacitors, and dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

In fact, this new ArcticStorm model shares all the same power components as the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme Edition, which has much higher factory clock speeds despite being air-cooled. On that model, the default core clock is 1645 MHz, the boost Clock is 1759 Mhz, and even the memory has been pushed up to 11.2 Ghz.

The key selling point of this ArcticStorm model is clearly the full-coverage water block. While the primary material is not listed, the top of the water block is made of a translucent acrylic, it has copper contact plate to maximize heat transfer, and 0.3mm micro-channels to increase surface area and cooling performance. The block features G 1/4 threaded fittings to make it compatible with most third-party liquid cooling solutions, and a pair of barbs supporting 10mm ID tubing are included. Since it is the feature of the year, the water block inevitably has built-in RGB LED lightning - which ZOTAC calls Spectra - and it is controlled with the included FireStorm utility. For aesthetic and durability reasons, this model also a metal wraparound backplate.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme NVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Core Clock 1506 MHz 1645 MHz 1481 MHz
Boost Clock 1620 MHz 1759 MHz 1582 MHz
Memory Clock 11Gbps 11.2Gbps 11Gbps
TDP 270W 320W 250W
Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin 2 x 8-pin 8-pin + 6-pin
Length 11.81" 12.8" 10.5"
Width 2 Slot 2.5 Slot 2 Slot
Cooler Type Water Block
(Full Coverage)
Open Air Blower
Launch Date N/A ~04/2017 03/10/2017
Launch Price N/A ~$750 $699

Although there are no details with regard to availability or pricing, we definitely expect the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm to fall in the $800-900 range.

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  • virtuastro - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - link

    What a beautiful! But why lower Core Clock and Boost Clock? I guess more cooler and low watts.
  • Ej24 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - link

    Gpu boost 3.0 makes listed clocks nearly irrelevant. My stock 1080FE sits at 2000mhz during almost every game. The listed clocks wouldn't suggest that's possible. Gpu boost makes listed clocks irrelevant
  • jordanclock - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - link

    Exactly. The change in starting point, as it were, has very little impact on actual speeds. Although the TDP difference, I think, is a more limiting factor. I'm a little surprised by the large gap.
  • Itselectric - Friday, May 19, 2017 - link

    They should have made it single slot by removing that DVI port because anyone with enough money to buy this is either not going to be using that port or they will be able to afford an HDMI->DVI passive adapter.

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