320W Under Load
After the power-sipping 16nm FinFET-based GP104 was using just 230W on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, I expected another 100W or so for the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, and I was right. Our entire test bed was consuming around 320W of power during 4K testing in Heaven and Far Cry: Primal.
It's 90W more than the NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, and 70W more than MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G. But, it also beats both of those cards - so the additional power consumption is worth it.
Temperature & Noise
Since the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme has some of the most elaborate cooling I've seen on a graphics card yet, I expected nothing but silence when I was gaming and benchmarking the GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme into the ground. The result? Total silence under load. Even when I was pressing the card to hit 2.1GHz on the GPU, it didn't make a peep.
This is what you want from a product that costs $800+. Total silence during your all-night-long gaming sessions, which is what we have here with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme. It's not called AMP! Extreme for nothing, you know.
As for temperatures, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme never went over 65C or so during our testing. Nice and cool, and that's with the fan on auto. You could crank the fans up and keep the card even cooler if that's what you wanted.
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