Today we are testing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition card, a pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 970 card with custom fans. And as expected we came away very impressed.
We have visited the AMP-edition cards before and they always offer us more performance out of the box. With the AMP! Extreme-version Zotac has gone all out to add new exciting features.
IceStorm is the name of the tre-fan cooling system that is designed to keep the card cool whatever you do with it. It has copper-heatpipes, aluminum fins and three 90 mm fans which all help keep the card cool and silent running. The
The fans are multi-angled so the cover the whole heatsink and also focus on different areas.
At the back of the card we find the “ExoArmor” which helps funnel the air and handle vibrations as well as having thermal plates that have direct memory contact and, together with the back plate, offers the most cooling possible, nice to have when you are overclocking the memory.
Smooth power delivery is vital when it comes to intense gaming sessions. ZOTAC Power+technology monitors the GPU’s power requirements in real-time to optimize the power delivery circuitry for maximum stability while minimizing wasted energy for long-term reliability and extreme performance.
ZOTAC OC Plus1 is an independent power regulation controller that communicates with the graphics card PWM via an internal bus and interfaces with ZOTAC FireStorm via external USB connection. When the OC Plus controller is connected to the PC via USB, advanced features such as voltage adjustment2, status monitoring and other detailed overclocking options are enabled with ZOTAC FireStorm software.
Light.Id visualizes the load on your GPU by changing the color of the led depending pn the load. A green light is used for light loads while red signals a heavy load. This can of course be disabled in the FireStorm software.
|Interface||PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Compatible with 1.1)|
|GPU||GeForce GTX 970|
|Core clock||1203 MHz (base) 1355 MHz (boost)|
|Memory Clock||7200 MHz|
|Ports||DVI x1 (2560×1600)|
HDMI x1 (4K @ 60 Hz)
DisplayPort x3 (4K @ 60 Hz)
VGA (with included adapter)
|Package Contents||DVI-to-VGA adapter 2 x Dual 4-pin-to-8-pin PCIe adapter Mini USB-to-internal USB header cable Driver Disk User Manual|
Let’s look at the different clock speeds that Zotac offers us with their GTX970 cards.
|Zotac GTX 970||Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Omega Edition||Zotax GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition|
|Core clock||1076 MHz (base) 1216 MHz (boost)||1102 MHz (base) 1241 MHz (boost)|
+2.4% / +2%
|1203 MHz (base) 1355 MHz (boost)|
+12% / +11.4%
|Memory clock||7010 MHz||7046 MHz (+0.5%)||7200 MHz (+2.7%)|
The Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition comes pre-overclocked with around 11-12% better core clock depending on base or boost clock and a tiny speed bump with the memory.