How Does the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition Perform?
If there's one thing you'll notice using the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition, is that the fans barely make any noise. We've been loving the Maxwell architecture since NVIDIA unveiled the GM204 core last year, but these cards are nothing short of amazing.
Dead silent, mixed with great performance thanks to the GTX 970 core, and we have a winner on our hands here with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition.
Performance at 1080p
Starting with our Battlefield 4 results, we have the ZOTAC card performing better than we thought. For some reason, it has pushed past some invisible performance boundary that the other cards met - which used to be at 175FPS - with the Extreme Core Edition pushing 197FPS average. Insanity. On the Ultra preset (minus AA), we have the ZOTAC card providing 172FPS average. At this level, you might as well not drop down to Medium.
Our latest entry into our benchmark suite, Grand Theft Auto V, the new GeForce 350.12 drivers definitely help performance compared to our performance analysis on GTA V not too long ago.
Onto GRID Autosport, where the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition beats out the reference GTX 980 by 13FPS, and is just 2FPS from the GTX 980 SLI setup. Metro: Last Light shows that the ZOTAC card is a real force to be reckoned with, beating out the reference GTX 980 from NVIDIA, and just 4FPS from the overclocked GTX 980 from MSI. When it comes to Shadow of Mordor, we know that this game pushes the limits of our VGA cards. The ZOTAC card holds its ground, beating out the GTX 980 by 18FPS or 20%.
Performance at 1440p
The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition performed beautifully in Battlefield 4 once again, where at 2560x1440 on our Medium preset, it was beating the R9 290X 8GB, and scraping on the heels of MSI's GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE. On the Ultra preset (with AA disabled), the ZOTAC card beat the Titan X by 4FPS, and was 1FPS faster than the MSI GTX 980.
The ZOTAC card powered Grand Theft Auto V very well at 1440p, with the new 350.12 drivers providing performance on the overclocked GeForce GTX 970 that beat the GTX 980, overclocked GTX 980, and came close to the Titan X. Not bad at all.
In GRID, the ZOTAC card was able to just keep up with the reference GeForce GTX 980, but it wasn't far behind the overclocked GTX 980 and R9 290X 8GB. In Metro: Last Light, the card beat the reference GTX 980 by 1FPS, and lost to the overclocked GTX 980 from MSI by 2FPS. Not bad for a GTX 970.
Performance in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is what we expected, with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition finding itself right in between the reference GTX 980 from NVIDIA, and the overclocked GTX 980 from MSI.
Performance at 4K
With a card like this, and the constantly talked about 4GB of VRAM problems, 4K performance is something that should be a star of this review. How does the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition perform at 4K? Perfectly. That's how.
Starting with Battlefield 4 at 3840x2160 on the Medium preset, we have 83FPS average, compared to 80FPS on the reference GTX 980 and 91FPS on the MSI GTX 980. Way more than playable on a 4K monitor with 60Hz. On the Ultra preset (with AA disabled), the ZOTAC card managed 61FPS, compared to the 65FPS on the overclocked GTX 980 from MSI.
The new GeForce 350.12 drivers have improved GTA V performance, with 68FPS average on the ZOTAC card. Comparing this to the 65FPS on the reference GTX 980 and 66FPS of the overclocked MSI GTX 980, the ZOTAC card is positioned extremely well here.
GRID: Autosport plays so well on the ZOTAC card at 4K, with 72FPS average. The reference card from NVIDIA is 1FPS slower at 71FPS, while the overclocked MSI GTX 980 pushes 76FPS. The ZOTAC card is once again sandwiched between the reference GTX 980 and overclocked GTX 980 from MSI in Metro: Last Light, with 53FPS to ZOTAC, 51FPS to the reference GTX 980 and 59FPS to MSI's overclocked GTX 980.
Shadow of Mordor is a slightly different story for the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition at 4K, with 47FPS compared to the reference GTX 980 with 52FPS and the overclocked MSI card with 57FPS.
PRICING: You can find the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition retails for $478.98 at Amazon.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Quick Specs and Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look]
- Page 4 [Card Specifications & Cooling Setup]
- Page 5 [Testing Method & Test System Configuration]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Synthetic (3DMark and Heaven)]
- Page 7 [Game Benchmarks (1080p)]
- Page 8 [Game Benchmarks (1440p)]
- Page 9 [Game Benchmarks (4K)]
- Page 10 [Performance Summary]
- Page 11 [Overclocking]
- Page 12 [Power Consumption, Sound Testing & Software]
- Page 13 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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