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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 4GB AMP! Omega Edition OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 12:56 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Zotac

Close up with the ZOTAC GTX 980 4GB AMP! Omega Edition OC

 

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Immediately upon pulling the card out of the package, we notice just how massive this card is with its cooler, which is just over two cards wide. The dual fan setup sits on top of a massive heat sink that has a huge shroud that comes over the top of the card. The card features ZOTAC orange highlights, and against what we would call a "gunmetal grey" shroud, the card looks great.

 

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Looking around the card, the one area that immediately stands out is the OC Plus Unit's mini USB cable, which is located near the bottom rear of the card. In conjunction with the provided cable, and the FireStorm overclocking software, overclocking is taken to another level; over 50 adjustment options are offered.

 

Within the FireStorm software, we can use the Quick Boost function to initially overclock the card by three, seven, or ten percent. We also have Advanced and Gamer Mode, which open the card up to even more adjustments.

 

Along with all the overclocking features, we have the ability to restore or flash the BIOS of the card here, as well as all the standard monitoring features that you'd expect out of overclocking software. The OC Plus feature is extremely cool, and it's undoubtedly something that we need to come back and take a better look at in the near future.

 

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Looking around the rest of the card, you can see that ZOTAC has chosen to kick the power connectivity up a notch, moving from the dual six-pin PCIe connector setup to a dual eight-pin PCIe connector setup. Here you can also see how the PCB is slightly larger, as it creeps just above those two connectors. Looking closer to the front of the card, you can see our two SLI connectors that give us the ability to run up to four of these cards together. With that said, due to the size of the cooler, running four of these cards together could be a little difficult.

 

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Looking at the I/O, I must admit that it's nice to see that ZOTAC has chosen to keep the default connectivity setup just like MSI. Looking above, you can see that means we've got a Dual-Link DVI connector, a single HDMI port, and three DisplayPort connectors to round things off. As I mentioned in our reference GTX 980 4GB review, I'm really happy to see that NVIDIA has made the move to multiple DisplayPort connectors; especially as the connectivity sees more and more interest these days.

 

 

Specifications

 

Of course, since this is an AMP! Edition card, that means that ZOTAC has already overclocked this bad boy. Out of the box, you'll see a reference clocked GTX 980 4GB come in with a base core clock of 1126MHz, which is the boosted to 1216MHz. As for the 4GB of GDDR4, that will come in at 7012MHz QDR.

 

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Looking above, you can see that ZOTAC has pushed the base clock to 1203MHz, which has increased the boosted clock speed to a very healthy 1304MHz. The 4GB of GDDR5 also has a slight increase in performance, as the 1762MHz clock translates to 7048MHz QDR.

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