ZOTAC has pushed its engineering team to the limit with the GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme card, with the GP104 GPU not breaking a sweat at its higher GPU clock speeds. ZOTAC has ramped up the GPU to 1771/1911MHz for base/boost, respectively - while overclocking the 8GB of GDDR5X by 800MHz, from its 10GHz stock clocks to 10.8GHz.
There's still some wiggle room for manual overclocking, but we'll talk about that later on in the review.
ZOTAC has changed up the box art for the GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, really pushing the entire yellow/black theme. I dig the new box, which has all of the important stuff you need to know on the front, and back.
On the front, in the bottom left, we can see that there's 8GB of GDDR5X, as well as ZOTAC's IceStorm cooler, ExoArmor, FREEZE technology, the EKO fans, and Spectra lighting.
On the back of the box, ZOTAC details some of the GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme's various cooling technologies as well as the features of the GeForce GTX 1080. The minimum system requirements and the specifications of the card are also found on the back of the box.
Now we'll kick off with the good stuff; the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, out of the box. We can see the 3 x 90mm EXO fans front and center, which look insanely awesome in person. The new Spectra lightning makes an appearance, with the lights on the left and right side of the fans (top and bottom) as well as the ZOTAC branding in the center.
At first, I didn't like the back of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme when I first saw it at Computex last month - but man, it has grown on me. I really love the look ZOTAC has gone for as it is completely 100% unique. Not everyone will like it, but it'll have its fans. I do wish the yellow part of the rear of the card was a huge window, and that there were LEDs underneath so that the user could control the color. Maybe for the next card, ZOTAC?
As you can see, ZOTAC isn't messing around when it comes to cooling the GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme. It's a 2.5-slot card, as the cooler hangs out quite a bit. But, the performance and acoustic performance are worth it, trust me.
The same goes for the top of the card, which has the massive heat sink array being teased.
ZOTAC amps up the power delivery on the GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, with 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors.
Don't worry; there's the ability for SLI, just in case one ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme isn't enough.
ZOTAC's IceStorm is Cooler, Tougher Than Ever Before
ZOTAC has always had the cooling game tied down, with its impressive IceStorm cooling technology, ZOTAC's engineers have crafted a cooler that keeps even the hottest GPU nice and cool. There's no change here with the GP104-based GeForce GTX 1080, with ZOTAC's take on it in the GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme running at around 60C during our testing.
The new and improved IceStorm cooler is "cooler, tougher, and brighter" according to ZOTAC. The company says that it has improved thermal regulation with overwhelming mass utilizing six variably configured sized heat pipes to pull as much heat from the core as it can, all while the massive aluminum fin array disperses the heat.
ZOTAC has deployed 3 x 90mm EKO fans that "amplifies airflow, reduces noise, and directs and keeps air down with its dual-blade, temperatures are a thing of the past". Nice.
When it comes to the 3 x 90mm EKO fans, they're dual-blade designs that look just as good as they perform. The design change increases airflow by up to 30% according to ZOTAC, with more efficient heat dissipation. The shape and curvature of the blade itself is designed to provide the best cooling it can while keeping the noise levels down.
Better yet is that every AMP! card in ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 10 series comes with FREEZE technology. FREEZE is ZOTAC's "inspired innovation" that enables powerful graphics cards that can be silent, which reduces the wear on the fans, making your card last longer, and provides a silent gaming experience.
ZOTAC has used a "functional aesthetic" to the IceStorm cooling system called Carbon ExoArmor, which a redesigned wraparound backplate and metal fan shroud with carbon detailing that provides a super unique look.
The GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme from ZOTAC includes POWER BOOST, which is ZOTAC's way of reducing ripple noise and minimizing power fluctuation which provides longer lasting cards, even with those huge overclocks.
It's not 2016 without flashing lights everywhere, with ZOTAC buckling to the pressure of the 'RGB everything' mantra. ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme graphics card has Spectra, which is the company's new advanced lighting system that lights up the front and rear of the video card. Spectra is controlled through FireStorm, which is ZOTAC's overclocking utility.
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