Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme – The fastest 980 Ti available?

Final Thoughts


The Zotact GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme is a card that lives up to its name and offers extreme performance without costing a premium. For this it deserves the Golden Bear Award.

How can we not love this card? It is overclocked through the roof right out of the box and still have even more to give with some overclocking. It is obliterating the eVGA GTX 980 Ti Superclocked we tested before as well as any other “slightly” overclocked GTX 980 Ti from any vendor. eVGA’s new Kingpin cards might overclock better even though their “default speed” is below this one but with the Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme we already are getting a great performance right out of the box without having to hope for a good overclock so it feels like a better deal for the majority of games.

 which is an really good price as it is only $20-$50 higher than most of its competitors and in some cases even cheaper while much higher clocked.

If we are going to find something to complain about it must be the size. This is a huge card and we cannot understand that Zotac are not informing potential buyers about this on their website. At least the have the dimensions listed. If you buy this you need to make sure you have room on all axis as it is longer, taller and wider than a regular GTX 980 Ti.

Pros Cons
  • Factory overclocked
  • Very high clock speed of the GPU
  • Still room for even further overclocking
  • Impressive performance
  • Good cooling of the fans
  • Fans do not spin at low loads
  • Even at high loads the fans do not have to spin fast thus keeping noise level down.
  • Good value
  • This is a very big card
  • Some reported issues with the fans spinning up/down and coil whine.

The Zotact GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme is a card that lives up to its name and offers extreme performance without costing a premium. For this it deserves the Golden Bear Award.

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  1. How are you providing SLI results with a slower card in the pool? The Zotac clocks down to match the slower card to create equal performance. Essentially you posted results of the eVga card in SLI mode, not the Zotac. Also, the system you are benching on appears to be gen 2 not gen 3 pcie. You’re not getting the full 40 lanes out the Zotac… I assume these things will have an effect on your test results, no? i have this Zotac card and feel with the configuration and testing method you didn’t do it justice, it’s my first Zotac, coming from eVga 780 then 980’s all in SLI and find the new AMP Extreme a mind blowing experience. Extremely curious to see a what a “real” real-world test of two AMP! Extremes running in SLI with full gen 3 support active.

    • Well, until I get two of these cards to play with any SLI-tests will be affected by the difference in clockspeed. That said I could follow the clock speed in GPU-Z and each card was actually running at their relative speeds so it doesn’t seem it is clocking down – however it needs to be in sync so yes, we do get a bit slower SLI-results than we could get. The SLI numbers though is more to show what SLi can do for you. you are correct that I am rocking on an older gen mobo/CPU which I noted in my test-rig info and I am in the process of swapping everything out for Skylake the coming days so unless Zotac needs the card back ASAP i hope to get some new SLi-testing in during next week.

    • I just picked up a Skylake i7-6700K and the ASUS Z710 Deluxe (http://www.asus.com/US/Motherboards/Z170-DELUXE/) and will instalkl everything and then do some SLI-testing to see if the scaling changes.

  2. Dylan Smith

    Might be powerful, but I don’t trust Zotac 😛

    • Chris Small

      Zotac is a more reliable edition compared to the plain but you’ll never get anything special and you’re likely to pay more. Then again if you’re looking for a more stable version of a unit where the special things like the 20th edition 980 for example mean nothing, zotac is the way to go.

      • I’ve tested a bunch of Zotac cards and their AMP! edition cards always worked well and provided nice overclocking featrures and good cooling. Still, even the “reference” cards of the 980 Ti overclock well so in the end you have to see how much you value factory overclocking and different coolers.

    • A fan of Zotac. They get the most out of their GPU’s but as a result, suffer limited longevity. I’ve had 2 of their cards die on me, roughly as I was just about to upgrade to the next version. Meanwhile all stock frequency cards I have from other brands (as far back as GeForce3) live to this day. On most cards the fans will wear out after about 3-4 years of regular use. In Zotac cards the GPU has a similar lifespan, which shouldn’t be an issue if you’re chasing high frequencies and tend to upgrade often.

  3. Harry Savage

    May as well buy reference card

  4. Wes Sites

    At that price I’d rather get a FuryX…

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