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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

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition.

 

What's Hot

 

A Beast of a GeForce GTX 970: The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition doesn't mess around - it looks tough, acts tougher and overclocks like a champion. ZOTAC take things to a totally new level with this card.

 

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Huge Overclocking Potential: With a factory overclock applied, I didn't think we'd squeeze this much out of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition, but here we are, with a massive overclock that was perfectly stable for countless hours of gaming.

 

Near GTX 980 Performance For $150 Less: In most of our 1080p and 1440p tests, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition takes swings at the GTX 980, which is great considering it costs $150 less. The GTX 970 is a powerhouse GPU, but ZOTAC takes it and runs with it.

 

Nice & Quiet: After coming in off a slew of GeForce GTX 960 reviews, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition can handle 1080p, 1440p and 4K testing, all without making a noise. Sure the fans spin up, but they never get to the point where you can hear the fans that much at all.

 

Maxwell Architecture: We continue to be impressed by what NVIDIA has achieved with Maxwell, with a near full family of GPUs powered by the Maxwell architecture. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition continues this, providing the full suite of technologies that the Maxwell architecture provides.

 

What's Not

 

ZOTAC has impressed me here, as there's absolutely nothing I can say about the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition that is negative. Near GTX 980 level performance, super quiet, it has massive overclocking potential and so much more.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

This is my fourth video card review, and while I can't believe I'm saying this: ZOTAC has knocked it out of the park with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition. While I don't have any other GeForce GTX 970s to compare it against, I do have a lifetime worth of experience behind me of buying various video cards, and testing them through our Tweakipedia section of TweakTown.

 

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I've got some GTX 960s, the reference GTX 780 and GTX 980s, as well as a slew of AMD Radeon video cards and I'm still impressed with what we have here today. We have near, or equal performance to that of the reference GeForce GTX 980, low total system power consumption, a slick design, huge overclocking potential and so much more.

 

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition is one of the best video cards I have in my arsenal right now, and it has replaced my reference GeForce GTX 980 as my daily gaming card. For under $400, you simply cannot go wrong with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card ZT-90103-10P for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card ZT-90103-10P retails for $399.99 at Amazon.

 

Canada: The Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card ZT-90103-10P retails for CDN$623.78 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)97%
Quality (build, cooling, design)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: Even on its stock factory overclocked speeds, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition is a great card, but with huge overclocking potential, silent operation and a great look... this is one of the best out there.

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