ZOTAC Provides Great Value At $159!
While we were impressed with the performance of the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G, ZOTAC has it in the bag when it comes to performance. It beats the MSI card in virtually every test - and while it's only by a few frames per second - at $159, every single ounce of performance counts.
Overall, we found that the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition is an average of 7% faster than the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G, which is not bad considering you'll find both of them for nearly the same price.
Performance at 1080p
Starting off with Battlefield 4 at 1920x1080, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition pumps away at 87FPS average, 7% faster than the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G. We have the same performance gaps between the ZOTAC and MSI cards in GRID: Autosport, where the ZOTAC card manages a decent 97FPS average at 1080p. Metro: Last Light edges close to 50FPS average on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition, with 49FPS average at 1080p beating the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G by 3FPS.
In the rest of the game benchmarks at 1080p, the ZOTAC card is a few FPS faster than the MSI. Impressive stuff, especially if you consider both cards are priced identically. For 1080p gaming, the ZOTAC card is the undeniable winner here.
Performance at 1440p
The performance gap between the ZOTAC and MSI cards becomes more apparent in Battlefield 4 at 1440p, with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition pumping out an impressive 61FPS average at 2560x1440.
In the rest of our testing at 1440p, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition maintains an average of 30FPS or so - but remember we're using Ultra/Ultimate/Very High presets in our games. If you were to take down the in-game visual settings a notch or two, you could maintain 30FPS+ in nearly any game on the market right now.
Performance at 4K
Just like in our review of the MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2G, we're not going to be judging 4K performance here. But, it doesn't hurt to take a look at the numbers, right?
Battlefield 4 is actually playable at 4K on the Ultra preset on the GTX 950, with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition maintaining an average of 29FPS, which is not too damn bad at all for the price. For the rest of our testing, we run our games on the Medium settings, with an average of around 25-30FPS - again, for the price, this isn't too shabby.
PRICING: You can find the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! 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 950 AMP! Edition retails for $180 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition retails for £145 at Amazon UK.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
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