Introduction of the ZOTAC GTX 980 4GB AMP! Omega Edition OC
It's Saturday evening here in Taipei as I write this, and I tend to make a habit of not working too often during the weekend after 5pm on a Friday afternoon. I don't usually get back to my computer to work until Sunday night, when I prepare for what I want to do the following day. So why is this Saturday different?
Well, it's different because the GTX 900 series from NVIDIA is freakin' awesome! I'll admit, I was initially excited to test the ZOTAC GTX 980 4GB AMP! Omega Edition that we have on hand today. However, after testing the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC, I was ecstatic, and I just had to get this pre overclocked GTX 980 4GB into my testbed to see what it could do.
I believe I truly found a card that is extremely special - something that we haven't seen in the video card market for the long time. Overclocking is meant to be extremely strong on the current crop of GTX 900 series cards; consequently, it seems companies are coming out of the gate extremely strong with these massive pre overclocks.
It's been so long since we've seen a video card from ZOTAC, but I can't deny that after what we've seen so far from the GTX 900 series, they've clearly picked the right time to start shipping samples to us again. The AMP! series cards from ZOTAC aren't new to us; we saw the series many, many moons ago. I find myself truly excited to see just what the series is about these days, though. If the clock speeds we saw out of the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC are anything to go by, then we should be expecting something special out of ZOTAC today.
Before we really get a chance to look at the card and see just what kind of clocks are offered, we need to dive into the package. The new GTX 900 series cards are off to an extremely strong start, and it feels like ZOTAC is going to continue that trend today. So, let's not delay any longer, and simply jump right into the ZOTAC GTX 980 4GB AMP! Omega Edition OC video card.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the front of the box, we've got the ZOTAC logo across the top, along with mention that this is an AMP! Omega Edition card. Across the bottom, we have mentions of the model, the OC Plus, Ice Storm cooler, and the extended warranty that is offered by ZOTAC. Turning the box over, we see some of the key features are shown on the left side, along with the minimum system requirements, and a look at the connectivity that is offered.
On the right hand side, we get our first look at the card, along with a bit of a blurb. Below that, we see mention of the OC Plus feature that is offered, along with information showing the FireStorm overclocking utility that ZOTAC offers to help increase performance with a simple click. Along with that information, we have some information on the Ice Storm cooler, and the Power+ setup, which provides highly customized GPU circuitry.
Moving to the inside of the box, we have the normal line up of paperwork, along with the installation disc, which offers the driver, FireStorm overclocking software, and Boost Premium software. We also have a DVI to VGA connector, two dual six-pin PCIe to eight-pin PCIe convertors, and a USB cable.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]