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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

Card Specifications

 

ZOTAC has two models in its GTX 960 ranks at this stage, the first is the normal GeForce GTX 960, while the second is the one we have here today, the GTX 960 AMP! Edition. The difference between them is that the AMP! Edition has some overclocking applied to it, with more headroom still, and a better cooling system.

 

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First, let's tackle the specifications between the two cards. The normal GTX 960 from ZOTAC has the same 2GB of VRAM on its 128-bit memory bus, which is passed down from NVIDIA's reference design. On the clock side of things, we have a Base clock of 1177MHz, and a Boost clock of 1240MHz. The Memory clock is at the default 7010MHz.

 

The AMP! Edition kicks it up a notch, overclocking the Base clock to 1266MHz and the Boost gets increased to 1329MHz. The Memory clock stays at 7010MHz, but we can play around with those clock speeds with the included Firestorm overclocking software.

 

 

Cooling Setup

 

The AMP! Edition card has ZOTAC slapping a backplate and ExoArmor to it, which not only helps it perform better under stress (and overclocking), but it looks ultra cool, too. We also have the company's Dual Fan IceStorm cooling system with the latest version of its FREEZE technology.

 

The normal GTX 960 from ZOTAC features the same FREEZE technology, but it lacks the backplate, ExoArmor and Dual Fan IceStorm cooling system.

 

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What is the FREEZE technology, you ask? Well, once the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960, or GTX 960 AMP! Edition reaches lower than 59C, or less than 13W of power consumption, the fans will stop spinning. Once this happens, it's obvious that the ZOTAC card operates completely silently. This is great for those with a HTPC or for those playing games like League of Legends or DOTA 2 which don't stress out the GPU as much as other games.

 

NVIDIA has gone to great lengths with its Maxwell architecture to craft one of the best, if not the best mid-range GPU the world has ever seen. A card that can handle 1080p 60FPS gaming, and in some games, not even have its fans spin up? Impressive.

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