CES 2017: ZOTAC Announces GeForce GTX 1080 Mini & External Graphics Dock

by MAC     |     January 6, 2017

ZOTAC have unveiled the world's smallest GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, an external graphics card dock, and an updated ZBOX.

Looking to one up their own GeForce GTX 1070 Mini, ZOTAC have announced the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini. This is the first GTX 1080 designed for small form-factor systems, and as such is the most powerful compact graphics cards officially announced.

While the model designation ZT-P10800H-10P might not tell you much, this card features a fully-fledged GP104 GPU with 2560 CUDA core, 160 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. With a base clock of 1620MHz and a Boost frequency of 1759Mhz, this tiny wonder is actually a little bit overclocked when compared to the reference specification. It comes with 8GB of GDDR5 memory attached to a 256-bit memory interface, for up to 320GB/s of memory bandwidth. On the rear I/O panel, you will find one dual-link DVI-D connector, three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, one HDMI 2.0b connector.

While the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini will be available sometime in 2017, there was no specifics with regard to availability or pricing. Expect a slight price premium though, since this is obviously a totally custom card and thus there are additional development and manufacturing costs involved.

Eber got a chance to compare the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini to a regular-sized model, and also took a peek at some other ZOTAC products:

While the compact graphics card obviously stole the show, ZOTAC also had two other interesting products to show off, an external graphics dock and a Kaby Lake-infused ZBOX Mini PC.

The external graphics dock comes equipped with a PCI-E 3.0 slot, a 400W power supply, and is connected to the system with a Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C cable. It will also feature three USB 3.0 ports and one Quick Charge 3.0-enabled USB 3.0 port, to help charge the latest smartphones and tablets.

Overall, it seems like a great way to add more power functionality and power to a Thunderbolt 3-compatible laptop, all-in-one, or small form factor PC.

Speaking of small form-factor PCs, ZOTAC also showed off this little box:

Speaking of small form-factor PCs that support Thunderbolt 3, ZOTAC showed off an updated version of their passively-cooled ZBOX C Series that featured a Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port. That means that at least one of the company's popular Mini PCs will support the external graphics dock. Their whole lineup is obviously in the process of being updated with Kaby Lake internals, but not all will support Thunderbolt.

We don't have any other information with regard to specs, availability or pricing when it comes to the ZBOX lineup.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini Graphics

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