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Review: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core edition

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    One constructive critic.
    Compare it to more relevant cards like direct competition from red an green team...like other 970 cards and few 390 390x cards...
    And there is no temperatures of the OC card...
     
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    Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme is probably best seller 970 in my country (Thailand). High clock from factory combine with cheap price and 5 years warranty is really appealing.
     
  4. Koniakki

    Koniakki Ancient Guru

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    Just finished yesterday a friends rig with a 5820K/G.Skill 16GB 3200 and the "normal" ZOTAT 970 AMP! Edition and that card is really great.

    Was hitting the TDP hard playing Far Cry 4 which resulted in lower clocks(1500-15015) but in Valley was doing 1560-1580@1.25v.

    After upping the TDP @225w in the vbios, its @1580MHz rock solid while playing FC4 and 1599MHz running Valley.

    All while staying below 55-60'C. I'm only guessing the ZOTAC 970 AMP! Extreme must be a hell of a card. :thumbup:
     

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    This article pretty much proves what I've been saying for quite a while now, thanks Hilbert. I really wanted to see a contemporary 970 review.

    What I've been saying being that the ONLY reason to buy a 390 instead of a 970 is the larger amount of VRAM. Every time I've said this I would get weird looks. Custom 970s boost quite high compared to stock ones, and especially compared to 390s. Instead, half of reddit claims the 390 is a far better card in terms of performance - except most reviews compare to reference 970s.

    Pretty much all the proof I wanted to see.
     
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    my lesser brand 970 does 1580's in benches no problem....they clock like no tomorrow after a bios flash that is.
    I guess mines no "golden card" if there is more that clock like it lol
     
  7. Koniakki

    Koniakki Ancient Guru

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    From what I see I think 1550MHz is normal for modded TDP vbioses. I have seen other do 1600-1650MHz but I think its with 1.273v.

    That ZOTAC 970 AMP! Edition was among the cheapest ones(340eu) with 3 fans and a backplate(he really wanted one with backplate) at the time of buying.

    I didn't expect any miracles since its a "normal" 970(Extreme, G1, HOF etc) and was among the cheap ones but it seems like its a good card thankfully.

    His enjoyment when he was playing FC4@1580MHz more than made my day since unfortunately his last 2 cards proved duds. :)
     
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    amazing card... i almost buy them... but i decided waiting for gtx 1080 or 1070 to change my old 670...
     
  9. Alexraptor

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    I actually bought this very graphic card which arrived today, just stuck it into my machine a couple of hours ago.

    Trippy!
     
  10. CronoGraal

    CronoGraal Ancient Guru

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    Where do you see the 390 in this review? Also, the 390 was cheaper than 970's here in Sweden back when I bought it.
     

  11. xIcarus

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    You are correct, there is no 390 but there is a 390x which is a better performer.
    Yet this 970 gives it a good run for its money. That means that it should top the 390.

    And yes, the prices are quite different depending on where you live. When the 390 was released the price was quite high in Romania, thus it didn't sell very well. It's still slightly more expensive than the 970. Sweden seems to have it the opposite by what you say.
     
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    Funny to not see 390s in the review, the direct competitor of the 970.
     
  13. Anarion

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    GTX 970 at 1,5 GHz is almost another card than the reference GTX 970. My card does at least 1,5 GHz with stock volts so temp and noise are just fine. It's not even close the power limit (which is really high on this particular card without any modifications).
     

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