The release of the GTX 970 has upset the whole market. You might wonder why we are so impressed with this card if it did not manage to beat the 780Ti in most games? Well – first of all it almost beat it which is impressive since the GTX 780Ti was the king of the last generation in many cases beating the much more expensive GTX Titan-cards. At the time when we started to write this review the price of a GTX 780 Ti still was much higher than the GTX 970 and even today as the prices for the GTX 780 Ti is plummeting a card like the Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition can be had from around 425$ which is as cheap or cheaper than most GTX 780 Ti-cards you can buy. And remember you get 4 GB memory AND a card that is much more future proof. In fact, if you live here in Sweden you will be amazed that the Zotax GTX 970 AM! Extreme Edition coast around 3800 SEK (which is a few 100 SEK more expensive than regular GTX 970) while the GTX 780 Ti still cost around 4000 – 4500 SEK. Not only did Nvidia force AMD to drop prices but they killed their own top card.
If we look at the actual Zotac-card we also like the nice little extra features like the cooler that really keeps this card silent and cool as well as the overclocking features that allow you to hook up the card to the computer and go nuts with voltage settings and other things you might want to change if you are not happy with the speed you get.
In some ways we think that the GTX 970 is the more exciting new GPU in the Maxwell series considering the stunning value it gives us and the Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition without a doubt is well worth every penny.
|Great performanceGreat valueGreat cooling
Lots of nice features
|Big and heavy|