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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 16, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

The Card


With the package out of the way, it's time to check out the card. Having a look over it, there isn't anything too out of the ordinary going on with the cooler design. The cooler takes up the whole card which is pretty common for higher end cards these days, and the design is very similar to the 9800 GTX with the main difference being a square design.



We also see a sticker on the cooler that lets us know the brand, model and the fact that the card is again an AMP! Edition.



Checking out the back of the card, we see a similar design to the 9800 GX2 where the entire card was covered with a shroud. Along the back of the card we also have some vents where some of the hotter components have a bit of room to breathe.




Moving around the card, towards the back and across the top we have our power connectors which out of the box are covered with a warning sticker. Underneath the sticker we find two connectors, an 8-pin and a 6-pin. To the right of the connectors we also have the port for our loop back cable if you want to get sound through the HDMI convertor included in the package.




Continuing along the top of the card, we have two SLI connectors which out of the package have a cover over them. Two connectors' means that we have support for up to three cards, meaning if you have a compatible motherboard, you could have Tri-SLI.



Finally we check out the I/O panel, and like most high-end cards we have two Dual Link DVI connectors and a single TV-Out port. As you would have probably already guessed, the card does take up two slots.




Out of the box, a stock clocked GTX 280 is coming with a 600MHz core, 1300MHz shader clock and 2200MHz DDR memory clock on the 1GB of GDDR3. Compared to the 9800 GTX, this is 75MHz lower on the core and 388MHz lower on the shader clock. Both cards carry the same memory speed, though the 9800 GTX has only 512MB of GDDR3.


Compared to the dual GPU wielding 9800 GX2, we have the same core speed, a shader clock that is 200MHz higher and a memory clock that is 200MHz DDR lower. However, both the GTX 280 and GX2 sport 1GB of GDDR3.


While the GTX 280 might not sound that impressive when compared to the 9800 GTX, there are some big improvements in some of the more important areas. Instead of a 256-bit interface, we have a 512-bit one. Stream processors are also up from 128 to 240.


The new GTX 280 also includes PhysX and CUDA technology which is something we will go into more detail on when the drivers become available in the near future.


With all that said Zotac has upped the ante on their version of the card pushing the core to 700MHz the shader to 1400MHz and the memory clock to 2200MHz DDR.


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