Zotac GTX 480 AMP! Edition VideoCard Review

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Push it to the limit

Overclocking is not an exact science. When it comes to overclocking headroom, every GPU is different. And just because your friend's GTX 480 hit 900MHz doesn't mean that yours will, even using the same settings and other hardware. Many factors can influence what a video card is capable of, starting with unique yield characteristics of each GPU. Other factors may also include complementary components within the system, but we find the primary influence depends on the type of cooling used on the graphics card.

To overclock the GTX 480 Amp Edition, we used Afterburner overclocking utility from MSI. Stability was achieved at an astounding 845MHz core clock and 1025MHz memory frequency. That's a 12% GPU overclock over the rated speed of the Amp Edition video card, and a 20% increase over the reference design.

Magnifying the overclock found on the Amp Edition might seem excessive for some, but taking the time to get every ounce of performance from it can be rewarding. We were able to produce a 14% performance hike with our new settings.

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RA1D 4 years ago

sick card

amdcrankitup 4 years ago

Thats is a wicked card and cooler

mrbrownsound 4 years ago

Looks loud, and unnecessary. Although I wouldn't mind having it. It beats the crap out of my 5870.

3vi1 4 years ago

Nice card, and great review.

In the future, would it be possible to also run Heaven in OpenGL mode on Windows?  It would give your alternate-OS followers a better idea of how well the devs are pushing it in their drivers.  Tests on both Windows and Linux have shown that the OpenGL scores in Heaven are consistently equal between Win7 and Ubuntu 10.04 when using Nvidia's drivers.

MCarlson1 4 years ago

I have owned this card for about 2 months now.  It is not loud at all, in fact it's damn near silent.  The fans turn at 44% under idle and they never go above 60% speed while playing Crysis Warhead (which by the way, I play with every setting on max or enthusiast settings and 16xAA and I'm getting 50fps avg. at 1920x1080).  I have also overclocked my card to 800MHz core and 1025 memory so far with no voltage changes and it's 100% stable for 24hrs under OCCT GPU test.  This is by far, for the last 3 months, the fastest single GPU solution on the market.  I bought mine for $499 off newegg.com (with a $10 discount coupon).

Here is the kicker... add a second of of these cards to your system in SLI and get an 80% performance increase.  Wow.  Compared to ATI's 45% increase with crossfire, this card becomes the best price to performance enthusiast card on the market in a duel setup. 

Nvidia got some bad press at the Fermi debut but Zotac turned all that right around. This is the only GTX480 you should really consider IMO.  It's worth it.

animatortom 4 years ago

Good performance...But LOOK AT ALL THE PLACES THAT DUST CAN COLLECT! Indifferent

Your gonna have to take it out and clean it with a toothbrush every other week:P

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