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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 25, 2015 2:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%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 950 AMP! Edition.

 

What's Hot

 

The Fastest GTX 950 On The Block: ZOTAC's cards have impressed us for a while now, but the GTX 950 AMP! Edition provides an injection of performance over its competitors.

 

A Big Upgrade For GTX 650/750 Owners: We have close to, or over 3x the performance of the Kepler-based GeForce GTX 650 with the new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition. For gamers upgrading from the older GTX 650, you can expect some serious performance improvements.

 

Maxwell Goes Mid-Range: Maxwell scales from the GTX 950 right up to the super-enthusiast Titan X. The GTX 950 sits in the perfect position for budget-minded gamers, especially those who are playing MOBA games or first-person shooters like CS:GO.

 

Silent Gaming: The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition makes no noise when gaming, so if you need a silent mid-range card, this should be at the top of your list.

 

Super-Low Power Consumption: With power consumption at under 200W for the entire system in our strongest tests, and even lower if you are playing games like League of Legends, CS:GO and others, we were quite impressed.

 

Perfect For 1080p (And Below): If you're gaming at resolutions like 1280x720, 1680x1050 or others lower than 1080p, you're going to see 60FPS+ in everything. Even with a few tweaks at 1080p, 60FPS+ gaming is very easily achievable.

 

4K Gaming: This is something that the GTX 950 isn't aimed at, but it's more than capable of some light 4K gaming at 30FPS if you tweak the in-game visual settings.

 

 

What's Not

 

Not Much New: We had the same issue with our look at the MSI card, but this isn't a problem with the AIB partners, with ZOTAC not being at fault here. There's nothing new here, as we've seen it all before with the other GTX 900 series cards because all of the technologies and features on offer here are thanks to the Maxwell architecture itself.

 

Display Connectors: We would have much rather seen ZOTAC stick with the regular NVIDIA connector layout rather than opting for more DVI than DisplayPort. However, we can understand also that this may have been done since this video card is targeting gamers who may be playing MOBA or older games like CS:GO that may not have newer monitors.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

NVIDIA has a serious winner on its hands with the GeForce GTX 950, and ZOTAC has impressed us quite a lot with their product in the form of the GTX 950 AMP! Edition. We have silent operation, a slick-looking card, and some overclocking headroom if you want to squeeze some additional performance from your GM206-powered card.

 

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All of the Maxwell features are here, so you've got DirectX 12 support, SLI, 4K abilities, GameStream, and so much more. There are countless features on the Maxwell architecture, all of which can be enjoyed on the new GTX 950 cards. ZOTAC has formed a great product in the GTX 950 AMP! Edition, with it straying from the usual triple DisplayPort output configuration with an older monitor generous dual DVI output configuration. This will be a good card for those with older monitors using DVI and wanted to hook two monitors up to the card, but we would have preferred more DP connectors.

 

Performance wise, if you're gaming at 1080p or under, you're going to get 60FPS+ no matter what. This is where the Maxwell architecture really shines, especially when you compare it to the older GTX 650 and GTX 750 Ti cards. Don't hesitate picking up the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition, especially if you've been itching for a new video card, but didn't want to spend too much.

 

ZOTAC has smashed it out of the park with the GTX 950 AMP! Edition, with it being the fastest GTX 950 we've tested so far. Impressive stuff as always from ZOTAC, even on the lower-end of the NVIDIA Maxwell scale. If it comes to a decision between ZOTAC, MSI or ASUS, we definitely recommend grabbing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition, you will not be disappointed.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)75%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: If you are in the market for the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, ZOTAC has the fastest one by far with the GTX 950 AMP! Edition. Nothing but pure speed here, folks.

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