Zotac Unveils The GTX 1080 Ti Articstorm Mini Complete with Waterblock
Water cooling has become increasingly popular in recent years and there are several reasons for this. When compared to traditonal fans, liquid cooling provides users with more flexibility allowing them to cool specific components to a higher degree than a standard fan would. There’s also the fact that liquid cooling is quieter than large fans and take up less room in your PC allowing for a smaller case. There’s also the aesthetic benefits as well. In our opinion, liquid cooling simply looks better than fans, but that is a very subjective thing.
In terms of traditonal fans, the biggest advantage they had was that they were simply cheaper and easier to install. When it comes to building a PC, especially a gaming one, components can get rather expensive so it makes sense that users might opt for the cheaper cooling option if it meant a more powerful graphics card. However, recently liquid cooling has become a bit more affordable and now the biggest issue is, in many cases, finding a waterblock for your PC’s various components.
That’s where Zotac’s GTX 1080 Ti Articstorm Mini comes in. The company claims that Articstorm Mini is the smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to come with a waterblock and, from what we can tell, that’s an accurate statement. The company gives the card’s official measurements as 212MM X 164MM. It should be noted, however, that the width is a bit misleading as the card’s waterblock extends beyond the expansion slot.
In terms of specs, the card is a fully-fledged GTX 1080 TI and offers a base clock speed of 1506 MHz and a boosted speed of 1620 MHz. The company has made no announcements regarding the release date of the card. In terms of price, the standard model of the Articstorm goes for about $820 on Newegg so this model will probably be within the same price range.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.