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 Core Edition.
Dual-Slot Cooler: The Core Edition has a dual-slot cooler which means you get a thinner card, but this thin card packs a hell of a performance punch, so don't underestimate it!
Kick Ass Performance: Performance that rivals the reference GeForce GTX 980, and is within a few percentage points of an overclocked GTX 980? Yes please, ZOTAC.
Quiet Operation: The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition didn't make a peep during 99% of my testing. The only time I heard it was for my noise testing, where I manually cranked the fans up.
Maxwell Architecture: As always, the Maxwell architecture shines. Quiet operation thanks to a cool running GM204 core, and it only sips at the power with under 300W total system power consumption.
Not Much OC Headroom: I expected some more overclocking headroom out of the card, but with factory overclocks already providing ample performance, there's not much to complain about here really.
After reviewing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition, I didn't expect the Core Edition to make this much of an impression on me. We have performance that beats out the Extreme Edition, in a card that is thinner thanks to its dual-slot cooler.
The usual trimmings are here thanks to ZOTAC's keen eye on design and flavor, with a card that looks great. It doesn't just bench press through all of your games, it'll do so while looking good and great on the ears thanks to its whisper quiet operation.
With its factory overclock, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition outperforms the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and comes close to the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE card. With all of the hoopla surrounding the 4GB framebuffer on the GTX 970, we experienced no issues once again with the 4GB VRAM on all of our testing.
ZOTAC has a great card in its GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition, so if you are looking at upgrading and not wanting to spend that couple of hundred more on an overclocked GTX 980, this should be one of the cards on your top 5 list for sure.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||95%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||95%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||95%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||90%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: ZOTAC impresses us once again with the GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition, continuing on the success of the Extreme range of video cards with a wicked dual-slot cooler and kick ass performance.
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.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
- 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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