Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Edition Review (8GB GDDR5X)

Yes, we’re back in the game, and today we’ll be taking a look at the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Edition (8GB GDDR5X) graphics card.

The recent release of Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 1080 has been hitting the headlines with great reviews. And to take advantage of this limelight, we saw a number of manufacturers at Computex 2016 showcasing their high-end graphics card, all based on Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1080.


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Reports have shown that the performance of the Geforce GTX 1080 at 4K resolution is phenomenal, and it runs VR-related software flawlessly without breaking a sweat. This is all thanks to a super-fast, but very efficient GPU featuring 16nm FinFET process and Pascal architecture. Below is a photo of the GPU – Nvidia’s GP104-400 graphics processor


Furthermore, you also get an impressive feature list which includes, 2560 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR5X video memory and a 256-bit memory bus. The GPU runs at speedy 1607 MHz and can be overclocked to 1733 MHz, while memory clock operates at a whopping 10.8 GHz! More at Nvidia’s website.


For those who don’t know who Zotac is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website


ZOTAC, the creator of the Original Mini PC, derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing our skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style.


Innovation, Quality and responsibility

ZOTAC believes being at the forefront of innovation is the key to the future. Our dedication to produce quality products us the backbone of our business model, and we work round-the-clock to ensure all our products are up to then our rigorous standards. 



Remember, a lot of GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards are based on Nvidia’s reference designs, which means standard clock rates and standard cooling. Zotac on the other hand, have redesigned the card and mounted its own cooling system – Ice Storm for efficient cooling and maximum performance. Furthermore, they’ve also increased the base clock rate from 1607MHz to 1771MHz, and with Zotac’s Firestorm overclocking utility, you can further increase the clock speeds to a whopping 1911MHz or higher!

Here’s a quick comparison of the GeForce GTX 10 series from Nvidia…


  GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 980
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Maxwell
CUDA Cores 2560 1920 1280 2048
Base Clock Speed 1607 MHz
1506 MHz
1506 MHz
1126 MHz
Boost Clock Speed 1733 MHz 1683 MHz
1708 MHz
1216 MHz
Memory Speed 10Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit
DX12 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes No


This may friend is the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Edition! We’ll be putting this card through its paces using a number of benchmarks, including 3DMark Time Spy (DX12) and DOOM (DX12).

Let’s not waste any more time and take a look at the specifications in our next page.


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