The Zotac 1080 Ti mini has 5+1 VRM.
Not so good for a 250W TDP card.
For comparison, my 1660 Ti (120W TDP) has 4+2 VRM
I doubt new/better thermal pads will help much.
Heatsinks require airflow. Did you set the...
Sounds like VRM thermal throttling to me.
This site here says their highest stable overclock is 1745 MHz
If you want your 1080 Ti to have a long life, then go easy on the VRM's.
Or get better VRM cooling.
I game at 2560x1080 @ 67 Hz (my 60 Hz monitor is overclocked) on a 1660 Ti.
All my games run absolutely fine @ 67 fps.
My next big purchase will be the HP Reverb G2 2160 x 2160 per eye (9.3 million pixels) @ 90 Hz
The reverb G2 supports half resolution (2k) mode. Until I get the reverb G2, I...
The Voltage/Frequency curve editor in MSI Afterburner controls the voltage and frequency,
but it does not directly control power consumption. Of course, the power consumption will
be affected by changing voltage/frequency but the exact amount is unclear.
The maximum power the gpu can consume...
In modern graphics processors, there is no longer a fixed relationship between voltage and power.
If voltage decreases (and everything else stays the same), then the gpu will boost to a higher core clock.
Why? because the power setting is the same. The gpu will try to use the same power.
Sometimes, it is not possible to decrease the core voltage (in afterburner) on some gpu.
With my 1660 Ti, afterburner only allows to increase voltage.
This is what I do.
I set power limit = 58%
At 58% power, the core clock (in games) is approximately 80% of normal.
42% less power ~~> 20% less...
If you leave the case open (with exterior panels off), it appears your motherboard will fit.
As in these photos.
There is another problem.
The three rear slots on the case, they do not...
Buy a mATX that fits inside the case. Problem solved.
There are plenty of mATX boards that are less than full size.
There is no need for a full size mATX if a reduced size mATX satisfies all requirements.