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ZOTAC shows GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition

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Andreas Stegmüller

zotacNVIDIA's new flagshio graphics card is now available as the Founders Edition, albeit for a hefty 789 euro. In addition to the expensive reference version board partners are launching their own versions, ZOTAC has now announced an AMP! series version of the card. Thankfully, ZOTAC didn't simply mount the old cooler and screw up the clock rate for its ZOTAC GeForce GTX 080 AMP! and AMP! Extreme. The PCB and Ice Storm cooler were revised.

Temperatures of the flagship model are kept low by numerous aluminum fins, six thick copper heatpipes and three giant axial fans. The heat pipes have a diameter of 6 to 8 mm, whereas 100 mm fans where used. The fan in the middle is slightly smaller, with a diameter of 90 mm. One will need some space in the case, as the 2,5 slots high card is slightly larger than usual. The regular AMP! Edition card, on the other hand, is in line with the dual-slot standard, and makes do with five heatpipes and two 100 mm fans.

ZOTAC also revised the lighting system. The Ice Storm cooler LEDs only shone in white so far, now up to seven colors are available. As a matter of course, the LEDs can be controlled using ZOTAC's Fire Storm software, the same software is also used to also overclock the two 3D accelerators. ZOTAC says it will ship both models with higher clock rates, but couldn't state any precise specs in advance. We will of course share the final clock rates once they become known. One can presume ZOTAC will be in line with its competitors, and ship both cards with a base clock rate of about 1,800 MHz, and above.

A revised PCB is used, and ZOTAC mainly focussed on the power supply. While the Founders Edition of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is supplied by a single 8-pin PCI-Express power connector, both the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! and ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition use two 8-pin connectors. As such, both cards could theoretically draw up to 375 W from the power supply,. Also included is once again PowerBoost, i.e. particularly large capacitors which are designed to ensure a stable power supply even under extreme conditions. Using liquid nitrogen for cooling, the current and voltage supply of the two AMP! graphics cards is likely to be less of a limiting factor.

Otherwise, the two cards have a backplate for better stability and cooling, while the Extreme Edition has additional Spectra LEDs. What certainly needs to be mentioned is the Freeze technology, which keeps the fans in idle mode until the temperature hits 60°C.

Both the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition as well as the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition will be available a week after Computex,  which will open its doors next week in Taipei. The cards will cost 749 and 799 euro, respectively.