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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 3:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

How Does the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition Stack Up?

 

NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture is doing most of the work here, but ZOTAC has placed some important technologies onto the GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition to ensure that it's a lucrative buy against competing cards from other brands.

 

We don't have any other GeForce GTX 970s to compare it against just yet, but we can look at the performance of it between the GTX 780 and GTX 980.

 

 

Performance at 1080p

 

Starting with our real-world benchmark, playing a 64-player match of Battlefield 4, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition has absolutely identical performance at 1080p to our reference GeForce GTX 980 with 169FPS average with the Medium preset. Turning it up to the Ultra preset (with AA disabled), we see the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition with near identical performance to the GTX 980, once again - the 970 scores 110FPS, beating the GTX 980 by a single frame per second.

 

The performance of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition in most of our tests at 1080p was pretty much even with the reference GeForce GTX 980, which is great considering the GTX 980 is $550+, while the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition is just $400.

 

In games like GRID Autosport, we're seeing a huge 137FPS average at 1080p, while taxing titles like Metro: Last Light is pushing 75FPS average. BioShock Infinite saw a great 91FPS average, which is pretty much on the mark of the GTX 980 which scored 90FPS.

 

 

Performance at 1440p

 

Battlefield 4 with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition at 1440p is great, as we have close to the performance of the GTX 980. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition provided 124FPS average at 1440p, while our reference GTX 980 scored 128FPS average.

 

Turning it up to Ultra (without the AA enabled), we have a drop from the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition against the GTX 980. 78FPS for the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition versus the GTX 980 and its 99FPS average.

 

The performance of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition starts to fade at 2560x1440, where GRID Autosport saw an average of 112FPS, while our GTX 980 pushed 126FPS. Metro: Last Light results were similar, with 48FPS average on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition, while our GTX 980 saw 55FPS.

 

BioShock Infinite, while identical between the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition and GTX 980 at 1080p, things change at 1440p. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition scored 62FPS average, while the reference GeForce GTX 980 was pushing 78FPS.

 

 

Performance at 4K

 

On Medium detail in Battlefield 4, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition keeps its ground against the reference GeForce GTX 980 with 79FPS average at 4K, versus 75FPS on the GTX 980. When moving on to the Ultra preset (minus AA), the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition loses out to the GTX 980 with 66FPS versus the 99FPS on the GTX 980.

 

Okay, let's change things up and go right up to 3840x2160, or 4K. GRID Autosport hits its 60FPS limit, with 60FPS on both of our cards, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition and GeForce GTX 980 reference card. The gap closes at 4K between the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition and GTX 980, with 45FPS average on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition and 51FPS on the GTX 980.

 

Moving to BioShock Infinite, we see 53FPS on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition, while our GTX 980 pushes around 10% more with 59FPS. All in all, not bad performance from the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition considering its $150+ cheaper.

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