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The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini is the world’s smallest to feature a built-in water block

By Koh Wanzi - on 20 Oct 2017, 10:06am

The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini is the world’s smallest, and it’s designed for custom liquid cooling

Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini

Many NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti custom cards are huge triple-slot affairs. Not so the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini. Zotac’s newest card first debuted at Computex 2017, but the company has now formally taken the wraps off the diminutive card, complete with further details.

This is supposedly the world’s smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to feature a water block, according to Zotac, and the card measures a mere 212mm long (it’s a millimeter longer than the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini).

That said, it’s worth noting that this isn’t exactly a mini-ITX card, as it’ll still extend beyond that form factor’s 170 x 170mm dimensions.

But the highlight is probably the integrated full-cover water block, which lets you more easily use the card as part of an open-loop liquid cooling setup. The block utilizes a nickel-plated direct copper contact, and features engraved 0.3mm micro-channels for better heat transfer.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini

It uses the standard G1/4 thread fittings, so it should work with most open-loop cooling systems, and includes a pair of hose barbs that support 10nm inner diameter tubing.

In addition, the card is topped by a piece of tinted acrylic, so you can get a look at the inner workings of the cooling solution. It also comes with a solid metal back plate for additional support.

And like on the larger Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm, the company has ditched its signature black and yellow color scheme in favor of a subtler gunmetal gray.

The selection of display connectors is pretty standard, and you get three DisplayPort, one DVI-D and one HDMI output.

Finally, it comes with a small factory overclock to the tune of a 1,506MHz base clock and 1,620MHz boost clock, and relies on dual 8-pin connectors for power. If you’re looking to build a powerful, compact system with liquid cooling, this definitely deserves a look.

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