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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 2:17 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%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 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition.


What's Hot


Insane Performance: I was expecting some great performance from the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, but it instead blew us away, becoming the fastest video card we've ever tested.


Insane Performance + Silence: Alongside the insane performance, the card is silent, totally silent. With ZOTAC using a hefty cooler, I thought the card would be loud, but I was very wrong. I was gaming through the night, during my hours of stress testing, with no noticeable sound coming from the card.


The Best GTX 980 Ti So Far: ZOTAC has the best GeForce GTX 980 Ti card on the market with its GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, with it easily beating out every other GTX 980 Ti we have here in the labs.


NVIDIA's Maxwell Architecture: NVIDIA created a champion when it designed the Maxwell architecture, so we have a power efficient card that runs cool, but it is also feature loaded. Things like HDMI 2.0, VR compatibility, triple DisplayPort outputs, GameStream, and so much more are included.


What's Not


It's Too Thick: I really would've loved to have seen what four of these cards could do in SLI, but that's a near impossibility. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition is too thick, so you will have 2-way SLI and possibly 3-way (depending on the board and chassis used) - where you should truly experience out-of-this-world performance. A 2-slot cooler would've been a nice touch, especially with this type of performance under the hood.



Final Thoughts


This is the fastest card we've tested, period. ZOTAC has done an amazing job with its GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, with absolutely mind-blowing performance, great looks, and amazing sound performance.




ZOTAC has surprised me here, as I expected the likes of MSI or EVGA to kick ass and have the fastest GTX 980 Ti out on the market, but it was ZOTAC. ZOTAC has been trying to compete with the likes of MSI, ASUS and EVGA, and with the AMP! Extreme Edition it doesn't just compete, it beats them. This is a huge deal for ZOTAC, as in enthusiasts' eyes, ZOTAC has it in the bag.


The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition takes swings at the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, beats it in virtually every single test, and does so without requiring water cooling. There is an issue that the GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition is thick, very thick. There is no chance of running four of these in a 4-way SLI system (and 3-way could be tough, too), but two of these cards would represent some of the best video cards you can install into your machine.


If you're in the market for a new GTX 980 Ti, you need to seriously consider the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, this thing is one of the most amazing pieces of video card technology we've ever seen. This is a card for enthusiasts and performance users, who want to squeeze absolutely everything out of the NVIDIA GM200 GPU. Wow. Just, wow.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: ZOTAC has created the best GeForce GTX 980 Ti of them all, and with performance that rivals every single video card out on the market, the GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition is an absolute beast. No compromises, just utter glory.

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