When NVIDIA launched the Maxwell architecture and the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 GPUs, I was sitting there watching it unravel in front of me at NVIDIA's Editor's Day 2014 in Monterey Bay, California. When I landed back home a few days later, I had two shiny GeForce GTX 980s waiting for me, but no GeForce GTX 970s.
At that time, I wasn't the Video Card Editor, so it wasn't important for me to get a couple of each of the cards, so I left it. Now that I'm sitting in the Video Card Editor position, ZOTAC was more than happy to send me over a GTX 970 in the form of its GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition. This is the first high-end ZOTAC card I've tested, with the other card being the GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition, which I loved.
The GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition kicks it up a few notches, which is an understatement. We have a faster GPU thanks to the GM204-based GTX 970 rocking underneath some exotic cooling. ZOTAC has deployed some impressive cooling chops to this video card, with a back plate that keeps it cool and a triple-fan system that ensures no matter the job, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition can handle it.
ZOTAC has really driven off the road and onto the open road with this card, using its OC Plus technology, which is integrated real-time performance intelligence software, the IceStorm thermal design which keeps the card not only cool, but almost silent for most of its operation. We have a dual light active identification system that lights up differently depending on the load of the card. We have green or red on offer, or it will completely disable if you choose that.
When it comes to specs, ZOTAC has really added to the GeForce GTX 970 GPU with some impressive out-of-the-box overclocks, and more headroom allowed thanks to further overclocking. We have a triple-fan system with three 9cm fans that will keep the card cool, and dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors that will keep the card juiced up at all times.
Availability & Price
Amazon is currently listing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition 4GB card for $399.99, which is great considering the value that you get out of it, which we're going to dive into more over the following pages. There's plenty of stock available right now with Amazon, but as for your local retailer you'll have to ring up and check as always.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Packaging & Box Contents]
- 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 [Performance - 4K]
- Page 10 [Performance Summary]
- Page 11 [Overclocking]
- Page 12 [Power Consumption, Sound Testing and Software]
- Page 13 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]