Leave it to ZOTAC to fill every niche with the introduction of the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, the first, and only flagship pascal-based GPU meant for small form-factors. Like the original GTX 1080, it remains a consumer class-leader, only now the package will reign supreme in Mini ITX builds, a market often overshadowed by more conventional and larger machines.
Yes, it is the same powerful adapter trimmed down by roughly one-third yet offers the same array of technical features. Everything else makes the transition intact as well from the 8 GB of GDDR5X memory (320GB/s bandwidth) featuring 10 Gbps and 320 GB/s of bandwidth, to the fortified GP104 graphics processor (2560 stream processors, 160 texture units and 64 raster operations) operating at 1620/1759 MHz (base/boost) frequencies. Physical connectivity on the board comes standard with one dual-link DVI, one HDMI 2.0b, and three DisplayPorts (ver 1.4).
There are a few differences though, chief among them is how ZOTAC condensed the soul of a regular GTX 1080 into smaller body. A brand-new PCB had to be developed from scratch, although we don’t exactly know if the VRM design is radically altered or managed to stick Nvidia’s 5+1 phase. Either way, the one 8-pin power plug and two SLI-HB connections for dual-card arrangements is identical to the other boards. Another interesting not is that the cooler uses an aluminum radiator coupled with (at least from what I examined directly) three long copper heatpipes and two fans (obviously), of course that signature ZOTAC backplate completes the sharp look.
Because we’re at CES and the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini is getting mobbed by gawking press affiliates, ZOTAC didn’t announce final pricing and/or ETA. However, we can assume that this custom board will likely be priced above the reference GPUs and will have PC gamers licking their lips. That much is clear.