One of the first video cards I reviewed when I stepped into the shows of this position was from ZOTAC, and their GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition. Today, we have the same GTX 970, but this one is the GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition, and the word 'Core' there makes a big difference.
ZOTAC has a growing line of NVIDIA GeForce cards, with their new Core range being unveiled in detail at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 earlier this year. At the time, ZOTAC said that these new Core Edition cards would be "designed for enthusiast gamers". With a dual-slot cooler and out-of-the-box overclocks, we are expecting a good ride from ZOTAC for the GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition.
There's actually another member of this family, the GTX 970 AMP! Omega Core Edition, which features lower clock speeds than the Extreme Core Edition.
As for specs, ZOTAC has deployed a better cooler than the reference card, and some overclocks to the GPU, while the RAM stays at its normal 7GHz speed.
We have the usual three DisplayPort outputs, followed by an HDMI 2.0 port and DVI port. Out of the five, four of them are capable of 4K at 60Hz, while the DVI port is limited to 2560x1600.
Availability & Price
ZOTAC has its impressive GeForce GTX 970 Extreme Core Edition at Amazon for $369.99, which is not too bad at all. An MSI card will cost around $349.99 through Amazon, and with ZOTAC quickly becoming one of the go-to brands for quality, $369.99 is about the price you should be paying for a GTX 970 these days.
This will change shortly, as AMD is expected to launch its Radeon 300 series, including the Radeon R9 390X, R9 390, R9 380X, and more. This should have NVIDIA and its partners dropping the price on the GTX 980 and GTX 970 products.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Quick Specs and Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- 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 [Game Benchmarks (4K)]
- Page 10 [Performance Summary]
- Page 11 [Overclocking]
- Page 12 [Power Consumption, Sound Testing & Software]
- Page 13 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]