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Pros: - Performs just like a normal 1070ti
- Small form factor design to fit in smaller cases
- Backplate & LED lighting on the Zotac logo.
Cons: - Due to the small form factor design, there's less cooling, and with less cooling, there are a bit higher temps. For GPU intensive games, I've been getting around 85 decrees Celsius, but the card still performs fantastic.
- Unfortunately, there is a bit of coil whine with some GPU intensive games, but it shouldn't be a problem if you wear any sort of headphones/earbuds while you game.
Overall Review: Would recommend this card if you :
- Want a powerful, yet affordable, 1070 TI.
- Want to build a small form factor PC.
I'm giving this card a 5/5 for raw performance, but an overall 4/5 stars due to the rather high temps and coil whine that I've gotten.
Pros: I just didn't had the space to fit a long card in this build. Overclock as well as the 3 fans version, extremely silent while keeping temp very cool. No coil whine. Make me wonder if I should keep buying this version instead.
Pros: Small form
Great build quality
Samsung memory (in my case, ymmv)
Cons: My silicon luck
Slight coil whine if pegged (you can't hear it if gpu fans are above 55% tho)
Overall Review: I'll start by clarifying the only possible downside to a mini form factor vs full size:
The ONLY difference is going to be in the thermal department. Smaller form factor=less fan room, less heat sink real-estate. Will this affect performance? Yes, but not enough to hinder any kind of actual gaming (vs synthetic and some benches). Why does this affect performance? As nvidia cards reach certain temperatures, they will automatically downclock the core. So let's say you hit the silicon lottery and were able to overclock +220 stable to the core offset. Sweet. You start your benchmarks or games, the first clock reads at 2103, but quickly reduces to 2090 @ 50°, 2077 & eventually 2063 or 2050 @ 60°-63°. It may even settle around 2025 or less at those temps. What the heck? But...math...
Well that's where Boost 3.0 (built into every 10 series) starts biting. This "boost" tech really only holds all cards back from what they could actually achieve with some fine tuning. The best way to understand what I'm trying to explain is to look at the core curve as programs run. You will essentually notice the graph having a mind of it's own, adjusting as it pleases no matter how much time you may have spent tuning clocks @ voltages. The curve can change as temperatures change. However, for the sake of getting to the review of this specific card I will cut the details off there and digress.
This card looks great! The Zotac name has white lighting. The back plate is sleek with a charcoal/grey scheme. The construction is very sturdy. The card has some heft to it.
Be sure to research your case gpu clearance compatibilty if you are going with small form factor because, although this has mini in the name, it's still pretty tall (side to side).
The cooling fans are pretty good. I highly suggest creating a custom fan curve using your favorite overclocking utility because the factory curve is too lazy. Set the fan speed manually to see where your decibal tolerance ends and tune for that.
I bought this card for $400, which was a good deal at the time because they have hiked back up again. I am completely contempt with my purchase, although my lotto luck wasn't the best, with exception to memory. I have samsung-see below.
The highest stable profile for me:
Max temp and power limits
(results in 62° max while gaming with 70% fan, v-sync on)
My final profile:
Undervolted @ 0.950v
Max temp and power limits
Custom curve for 1911 core @ 0.950v
(results in 53° max while gaming with 60-70% fan, v-sync on)
All settings in all programs max, 1080p:
Valley score with highest stable values= 4386 @ 104.8 fps
Valley score with final profile= 4393 @ 105.0 fps (hmmm, intersting right? right?!)
Timespy 1.0 with highest stable values= 7468 graphics (test one 48.17fps, test two 43.22 fps)
Timespy 1.0 with final profile= 7247 graphic (test one 47.59 fps, test two 43.02 fps)
Far Cry 5 benchmark with highest stable values= 97 fps average
Far Cry 5 benchmark with final profile= same!
For final reference, my cpu is a ryzen 5 2600 @ 4.025 GHz. At 1080p, I believe it plays factor.
Pros: As soon as I got the card I tested it in 4 different games all with astonishing results: my specs are : GTX 1070 TI mini : 8gb of DDR4 ram : i5-6400 clocked at 3.3ghz all these at 1080p
Rainbow Six Seige on Ultra : Low:95 fps Max:120fps
Battlefield 4 Max Settings: 100fps and above
Black Ops 4 : Blackout : Max Settings : 75-100fps varies in areas
Skyrim on Ultra Max Settings : High 120fps Low 100
So from my testing alone I saw 0 bottlenecks, which was a concern for me when I was preparing to order this card. This size is perfect and can fit pretty much any case, it was just about the same length as my dual fan PNY GTX 1050 to so it made the switch easy. If you have an i5 6400 and you just plan on playing in 1080p Max Settings, this is the card for you! I don't have access to a 1440p monitor to test that yet so I would do more research if you do plan on playing in 1440p Max Settings with the i5 6400. I usually don't write reviews but I needed to write this one to help people like me who can't afford to pay for a GPU and a CPU all at the same time. You'll be fine with the i5 6400 for sure and Zotac has your back with this card.
Cons: None yet but will update if any appear.
Overall Review: Fast Shipping
Pros: Fit my mini ITX case (Fractal Design anode 304)
Performs to spec
Overclocks very nicely.
Comes in a giant box despite the mini sized card
No frills. Box is empty save for a power adapter and a cdrom.
Overall Review: Fits snugly in my very small, very cramped case (Fractal Design anode 304).
In less than 20 minutes in MSI afterburner, I got a 200 MHz core and 500 MHz memory overclock. I might be able to go higher but don’t feel I need to. Stays >70c @70% fan speed when gaming.
Low power draw.
Performs virtually identically at 80% power. Acceptable at 70%.
Overall Review: I am not encountering any of the problems others have mentioned. These are quiet, cool and performance is awesome. There is no coil whine.
Zotac is my new favorite GPU brand.
-Tiny (SFF guy) Only 1070Ti I could get this size
-Fast for VR
Cons: -Coil whine is way too loud
Overall Review: I bought a 1070Ti for a present and it has extremely loud coil whine. I can hear it from in the hall and down the stair case loud.
I had/have a 970 Zotac mini that's awesome and it's had some issues sure, but I could deal with them.
I had to find a new fan set someone stripped of a dead 970 because a fan died. And it had issues with it's HDMI port. But I dealt with it and it was/is a great card.
But this coil whine. I can't take the noise.
Pros: - Good performances for a 1070 Ti
- Small size
- One of the cheapier 1070 Ti
- Seems good quality and solid
Cons: - Relatively noisy
- No "Zero fan" fonction
- Limited cooling capabilities
Overall Review: Basically choose this card for its small size to have to potential to put it in a small mini-ITX case. Still a very nice card, perform even better than a MSI Gaming 1070 Ti Titanium that I have in another system, probably just have been lucky and get a better chip with this one (silicon lottery! ;)). In theory have less overclocking potential, but still perform better than my MSI card at max overclock.
The card look great (nice backplate and white LED) and feel solid. The only inconvenient is really the fan noise that is still louder that higher end model and doesn't provide any function that stop the fan when the card is below a certain temperature. The cooling capabilities are also more limited, but in a reasonably ventilated case it doesn't really make a huge difference (3-4 degrees at most).