ZOTAC Takes Air-Cooling Up A Notch With GeForce GTX 470 And 480 AMP! Editions

ZOTAC Takes Air-Cooling Up A Notch With GeForce GTX 470 And 480 AMP! Editions

Whenever we hear about a new "world's fastest" in the graphics card world, we can't help but take notice. ZOTAC has gone above and beyond this time though, by announcing that they're introducing the world's fastest air-cooled GeForce GTX 400 Series, meaning that you won't have to worry over a liquid cooling rig to keep this GPU from boiling over.


The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition and GTX 470 AMP! Edition graphics cards have been highly tweaked for better performance without the need for a liquid cooling solution, starting with a "completely tweaked PCB engineered to maximize performance and overclocking." The revamped cooling system features a heatsink made of a pure copper base and heat pipes attached to pure aluminum fins for maximum cooling performance, and a pair of 92mm fans keeps some serious airflow going around these toasty chips.

Both cards are also equipped with black heatsink covers for an extra raw look. As for speeds, the GTX 480 AMP! has a 765MHz core clock, 512MHz shader and 3800MHz memory clocks while the GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition raises performance to 656MHz engine, 1312MHz shader and 3402MHz memory clocks. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we're sure you'll be checking often if you're an anti-liquid kind of person.


ZOTAC Unleashes World’s Fastest Air-Cooled GeForce GTX 400 Series Graphics Cards
New ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition and GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition take air-cooled performance to unprecedented levels

HONG KONG – May 25, 2010 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, mini-PCs and small form factor platforms, today unleashes the world’s fastest air cooled GeForce® GTX 400 series graphics cards – the lightning-fast ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 480 AMP!® Edition and GTX 470 AMP!® Edition graphics cards.

              ZOTAC takes air-cooled performance to the next level with superior engineering and tweaking to raise performance levels of the GeForce® GTX 400 series to unprecedented levels. The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions go beyond overclocking and features enhanced upgrades over standard GeForce® GTX 400 series graphics cards.

              “We wanted to transform the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series graphics cards into something unique with our flagship AMP!® Edition,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “The result is the world’s fastest GeForce® GTX 400 series graphics cards that retain conventional air cooling.”

              Enhancements to the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions begin with a completely tweaked PCB engineered to maximize performance and overclocking. The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions receive a completely revamped cooling system that delivers superior cooling performance with reduced noise levels.

              The revamped cooling system features a heatsink made of a pure copper base and heat pipes attached to pure aluminum fins for maximum cooling performance that delivers class-leading air-cooled performance on the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions. A pair of 92mm high-performance fans delivers optimum airflow while minimizing noise levels for a perfect balance of noise and performance with the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions.

              “ZOTAC is always on the forefront of technology when it comes to our graphics cards. The latest ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions are the result of our outstanding engineering capabilities,” Mr. Berger added.

              The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions receive an exclusive look that matches the performance. Both ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 480 AMP!® Edition and GTX 470 AMP!® Edition receive unique black heatsink covers with orange fans for a stylish look that shows off the high-performance nature of the AMP!® Editions.

              The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions receive supercharged clock speeds for an extra performance boost. The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 480 AMP!® Edition boosts clock speeds to 756 MHz engine, 1512 MHz shader and 3800 MHz memory clocks while the GeForce® GTX 470 AMP!® Edition raises performance to 656 MHz engine, 1312 MHz shader and 3402 MHz memory clocks.

              Two technology demo showcases ship with the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Edition graphics cards – Supersonic Sled and Design Garage. SuperSonic Sled demonstrates the full capabilities of DirectX 11 GPU-accelerated tessellation, NVIDIA® PhysX® and CUDA™ technologies by letting users race a rocket-driven sled down a 6-mile track while Design Garage shows off ray-tracing technology and enables users to instantly customize exotic cars with photo realistic details using the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 400 series AMP!® Editions.

              It’s time to play with the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 480 AMP!® Edition and GTX 470 AMP!® Edition.

General details

o      New ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 480 AMP! Edition & GeForce® GTX 470 AMP! Edition graphics cards
o      World’s fastest air-cooled GeForce® GTX 400 series graphics cards
o      ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 480 AMP! Edition
§      Engine clock: 756 MHz
§      480 Unified Shaders
§      Shader clock: 1512 MHz
§      1536MB GDDR5 memory
§      384-bit memory interface
§      Memory clock: 3800 MHz

o      ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition
§      Engine clock: 656 MHz
§      448 Unified Shaders
§      Shader clock: 1312 MHz
§      1280MB GDDR5 memory
§      320-bit memory interface
§      Memory clock: 3402 MHz
o      Pure copper base and heat-pipes and pure aluminum fin heatsink
o      Dual 92mm quiet high-performance fans
o      Dual dual-link DVI-I outputs
o      Mini HDMI 1.3a output
o      PCI Express 2.0 interface (Compatible with 1.1)
o      DirectX® 11 with Shader Model 5.0 compatible
o      OpenGL® 3.2 compatible
o      NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround ready
o      NVIDIA® CUDA™ & PhysX® ready
o      NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology
o      Microsoft® DirectX® 11 & DirectCompute ready
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Wow, and it only takes up two extra slots? I like that they went for the 'eliminate the water' idea. I know for many maintaining a liquid cooling system can be a task, as most people just want their computer to work without having to crack open the case and messing with it.

I've never been exposed to liquid cooling so I don't know the benefits and other things.

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I think I would take that black housing off.

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I kinda like the look of the card, but that is a lot of expansion slots to give up. Personally I don't think water cooling is much of a hassle after the first setup. Then again most things I do on a PC are a bit more daunting to an average user.

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