ZOTAC really manage to kick it up a notch with the AMP! Edition of the 9600GT. We saw in the Galaxy review that the 9600GT was able to perform around the same as the HD 3870, sometimes a little slower and sometimes a little faster, but more often than not it seemed to struggle at the higher resolution.
With the decent performance bump that ZOTAC has offered here the card manages to almost consistently beat out the HD 3870. The good news is though, if you want to do a bit of overclocking yourself you should be able to get your card up to similar speeds of the ZOTAC, meaning that you should get something that is able to outperform the HD 3870 consistently.
While we again don't see the inclusion of a game in the package, it's not really a big deal; more often than not we see a game we don't really want in the package. What you get instead is a card that is able to stand out from the competition. We manage to see this over and over again from ZOTAC and it's why we've been so impressed with their products since the company launched.
This is a really winning formula and it will probably be one of the fastest 9600GT offerings we get our hands on. The only company that may bring something to compete with these speeds is ASUS with a TOP variation of the card, but only time will tell.
If you're not interested in overclocking yourself and you can hunt down an AMP! Edition 9600GT from ZOTAC we would highly recommend it for people looking for a card that should come in at under $250 AUD.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark06]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode Two HDR)]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3]
- Page 12 [High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP]
- Page 16 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP]
- Page 17 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode Two HDR) - XP]
- Page 18 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 19 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 20 [Final Thoughts]
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