The leading option for a 4K gaming! ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO Graphics Card


With the launch of the NVIDIA RTX 4080 graphics card this time, Zotac has also launched a series of models. Among them, the flagship RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO graphics card has the same new-generation IceStrom 3.0 cooling system as the previously launched RTX 4090 version. Some of them are also pre-overclocked to 2565 MHz. As a flagship model, you can expect this graphics card to have good performance.

Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
CUDA Core: 9728
Memory: 16GB GDDR6X
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Core Clock: Boost – 2565 MHz (overclocking mode)
Memory Clock: 22.4 Gbps
PCI Express: 4.0 x16
output interface: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 2 x HDMI 2.1
HDCP support: 2.3
Power supply interface: 1 x 16-pin
Recommended power supply: 850W
Dimensions: 355.5 x 149.6 x 72.1 mm

ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO unpacking

NVIDIA The second graphics card RTX 4080 launched by the RTX 40 series, this time the number of SM units in the core part has been reduced from 128 to 76, and there are 9728 CUDA cores, including 304 fourth-generation Tensor cores and 76 third-generation RT cores. The RTX 40 series also supports the new DLSS 3 technology, allowing players to play games that require more performance but also have enough performance to provide smooth high frame rate images.

This time I got started with the RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO graphics card launched by ZOTAC GAMING. The RTX 4090 version of the radiator is still used in the design, so the overall size will exceed 35 cm, and the thickness will reach 3.5 slots. Gamers When we install the machine, we still need to pay attention to whether the space in the chassis is enough for installation.

In terms of performance, there is pre-overclocking, and the Boost clock reaches 2565 MHz. With the ice storm 3.0 cooling system, can perform well in terms of performance and heat dissipation.

ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO case.
The product feature introduction is printed on the back of the box.
The packaging is opened in a unique way of flipping up.

ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO still uses the new 12VHPWR 16-Pin power supply connector this time, and because the power consumption is lower than that of RTX 4090, only TGP 320W, so it can be seen in the accessories that there are 16-Pin pairs for 3 8- Pin adapter cable, and players should pay attention to inserting the connector tightly during installation, which can effectively avoid accidents.

12VHPWR power adapter cable.
16-Pin connector.
Three 8-Pin connectors.

New streamlined shape, IceStrom 3.0 heat dissipation design

In the appearance part, the ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO has the same radiator size as the RTX 4090 version, but the logo in the middle of the fan has been changed from gold to black, and there is still hidden ARGB on the top and bottom Light. The fan part of this generation adopts a forward and reverse staggered arrangement so that there will be no airflow between the fans, the area of ​​the fan blade is 50% larger than that of the previous generation, and the height of the fan is increased by 60%. The new fan design can bring a Stronger wind current.

ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO appearance, the three fans are forward and reverse staggered configuration.
110mm size 9-blade fan.
There are hidden ARGB light bars on the front of the graphics card.

The side part of this generation has changed the design of the light board from the gradual plating surface to the laser surface. Under the condition of different angles of light, there will be a golden reflection effect, while the light effect part continues the streamlined design of the previous generation. In addition, you can also see the dual Bios switching buttons on the side, allowing players to switch between the “AMPLIFY mode” which prioritizes performance and temperature and the “QUIET mode” which prioritizes noise control performance. It should be noted that the switch is through the buttons, so you need to press the button in the power-on state and restart to change the mode.

The side ARGB lighting effect decorative panel cover adopts a laser material surface.
Schematic diagram of side lighting effects.
On the side of the 12VHPWR power supply slot, you can see the dual Bios switch and the red ARGB connector hidden on the side of the PCB.

The display output part is basically provided with 3 Display Port 1.4 and 1 HDMI 2.1, and the baffling part is also provided with 3 slots. There are screws between the baffling part and the radiator, which can strengthen the support of the graphics card to a certain extent. There is also a support frame for the graphics card in the accessories so that players who have no requirements for the shape of the support frame can have a basic graphics card support frame for use after opening the box.

The output list is displayed.
There is a graphics card support bracket in the accessories.

Due to the smaller size of the PCB this time, the size of the metal backplane has also been reduced, but you can still see the ARGB light-emitting Logo on the left side, and the openings on the right side to allow the airflow to speed up and achieve better heat dissipation.

Metal backplane.
Schematic diagram of the lighting effect of the logo on the back panel.
There is an opening on the right side of the metal back plate to let the air flow through.

The heat sink adopts the new generation IceStrom 3.0 heat dissipation system. The thickness of the heat sink reaches 3.5 grooves, while the heat dissipation fins are penetrated by 9 heat pipes, including 2 U-shaped heat pipes and 7 S-shaped heat pipes. The core and memory part is through the copper base, and the waste heat is taken out to the heat pipe.

Disassembly list of a radiator.
The copper-based base can be seen on the right side of the radiator, and there are 9 heat pipes below it.
There is a thermal paste on the memory area behind the metal backplane.

In the centre of the PCB, you can see the RTX 4080 core chip code-named AD103-300-A1, and on one side are 8 2GB Micron memory chips code-named D8BZF. The power supply part adopts a 24+3-phase digital power supply design, which is not available in this generation. POWER BOOST control chip.

PCB front side.
PCB backside.
RTX 4080 core and power supply list.
Micron memory particles.

Firstorm Software

The new Firstorm software looks more technological in appearance, but other than that, the information is divided into 5 tabs in design this time, including data monitoring, fan setting, performance tuning and lighting effect setting, making it easier for players to adjust all settings.

On the homepage of Firstorm software, you can perform performance tuning, and there is OC Scanner one-key overclocking in the lower right corner.
Information monitoring page.
Fan setting page.
Lighting effect setting page.

Basic Performance Test


Test Platform:
Processor: Intel Core i9-12900K
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5 16GBx2
Display Card: ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO
Operating System: Windows 11 Pro

GPU during testing -Z has not updated the information, ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO has some missing information in GPU-Z, the core part has 9728 Cuda cores, the memory is Micron GDDR6X 256-Bit 16384 MB (16GB), the core clock is 2205 MHz, Boost clock is 2565 MHz, the memory clock is 1400 MHz (22.4Gps), the test is carried out with Resizeable BAR turned on.


3DMark is a performance test software for simulating the graphics calculation of 3A-level games. The Fire Strike series simulates the operation of DX11 games. In the Fire Strike test with FHD resolution, the graphics card score of ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO got 67,674 points; the 2K resolution Fire Strike Extreme test graphics score of 34,512 points; 4K resolution Fire Strike Ultra test graphics score of 17,593 points.

3DMark Fire Strike.
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme.
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra.

The DX12 API test is also conducted using 3DMark. The Time Spy series mainly tests the game performance under DX12. The default resolution is 2K. ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO got a graphics card score of 28,515 points, while the Extreme test with 4K quality, Gained a graphics score of 14,147.

3DMark Time Spy.
3DMark Time Spy Extreme.

Port Royal is a game simulation test with ray tracing technology. The default test resolution is 1440p. ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO passed the test and got a graphics card score of 18,068 points. The newly launched Speed ​​Way test was also conducted at 1440p resolution, but it is developed with DirectX 12 Ultimate API, and many new technologies are applied in the design, and the graphics card score is 7,216 points in the test.

In addition, in the NVIDIA DLSS feature test project, a new DLSS 3 test has been added. This test also includes DLSS 2 and DLSS 3. In the actual test, both 1440p and 2160p are performed in performance mode. DLSS 2 can provide about 2~3 times performance improvement, DLSS 3 is 3~4 times performance improvement, and 4320p is tested in ultra-high performance mode, the results are for players’ reference.

3DMark Port Royal.
3DMark Speed ​​Way.
3DMark NVIDIA DLSS feature test.

Game performance test

In the game test section, select “Dian Yu Ren 2077”, “Watch Dogs: Freedom Legion”, “Far Cry 6”, “Forza Motorsport: Horizon 5”, “Assassin’s Creed: Viking Age” , “SUPER PEOPLE” and “Rainbow Six: Evacuate the Restricted Zone” are tested. The test resolution uses 1440p and 2160p for players’ reference. The newly added test “SUPER PEOPLE” is a battle royale multiplayer online shooting that supports DLSS 3 game.

Under the test, AAA masterpieces can reach an average of 90 frames at 2160p resolution, with basic special effects fully turned on, or even break 100 frames, while with 1440p resolution and special effects fully turned on, the basic average frame rate will fall at 150~200 frames, RTX 4080 The performance will be closer to the needs of most players than the RTX 4090, and there will not be too much performance overflow.

AAA masterpiece game testing.

In the light-chasing game section, the recently updated global light-chasing “Forza: Horizon 5” was added for testing, and the performance-heavy “Dian Yu Ren Ke 2077” and “Watch Dogs: Liberty Legion” were tested in the special effects pre-set. When the highest level is set, the average number of frames in 2160p resolution is only 30 frames and 48 frames, respectively, and in 1440p resolution, it reaches 61 frames and 88 frames respectively. Basically, it is still playable with vertical sync turned on.

Light chase game test.

Of course, if the number of frames is not enough, you can directly turn on DLSS to get a smoother gaming experience. This time, DLSS 3 tested the AAA game “Dian Yu Ren Ke 2077” and the multiplayer online shooting game “SUPER PEOPLE”. The former can play at 2160p resolution. Get about 4 times the performance improvement, the latter has about 2 times the performance improvement, and DLSS 2 can also improve the number of frames for “Watch Dogs: Liberty Legion” and “Forza Motorsport: Horizon 5”, of course, the increase It won’t be as high as DLSS 3, but 4K resolution can also make “Watch Dogs: Freedom Legion” have a smooth picture of breaking 100 frames.

DLSS 3 / DLSS 2 game testing.

Temperature and power consumption

The temperature and power consumption test is based on the highest value of the entire platform. It is equipped with an i9-12900k processor. Through FurMark, Time Spy Stress Test, and GPU-Z, simulate the temperature under high load, DX12 games, and standby. and power consumption. When ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO is in standby, the temperature is 46 degrees, and the power consumption of the whole platform is 111 W; when the Time Spy Stress Test is running, the temperature is 66 degrees, and the power consumption of the whole platform is 417 W; when FurMark 4xMSAA is running, the temperature is 63 The power consumption of the whole platform is 377 W.

The office recommends that players choose a power supply with at least 850W or more. Of course, if the player wants to buy a new power supply, it is recommended to directly choose an ATX 3.0-certified power supply.

Temperature measurement.
An actual measurement of power consumption.

ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO Summary

After the hands-on test, this time the RTX 4080 can achieve the performance of some AAA masterpieces in the game, regardless of whether the light chase is enabled or not, and it can perform at about 100 frames at 4K resolution. Shooting game players can also have a smooth picture of more than 144 frames in 2K resolution.

ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO still uses the same radiator as the RTX 4090 in design this time, and the core clock part is pre-overclocked, so the overall performance and heat dissipation are not bad.

The price of the flagship ZOTAC GAMING RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO is priced at 49,890 TWD, which is cheaper than other flagship models. If the player is locked in the RTX 4080 flagship model, this graphics card will have good cost performance.

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Title: The leading option for a 4K gaming! ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme AIRO Graphics Card