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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 15, 2015 2:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%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 Core Edition.

 

What's Hot

 

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.

 

What's Not

 

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.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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.

 

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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

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

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.

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