Zotac GTX 480 AMP! Edition VideoCard Review - HotHardware

Zotac GTX 480 AMP! Edition VideoCard Review

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Power Consumption and Operating Temperatures
How low can you go?



Now this is surprising. Although Zotac's Amp Edition GTX 480 offers a 56MHz overclock, it actually draws less power than the reference design GTX 480. In fact, we found Zotac's product required 48W less under load conditions than the stock GTX 480 we have on hand.



The cooling power of the triple slot cooler found on the Amp Edition GTX 480 is outstanding. Remarkably, it comes within one degree of matching the temps we recorded for Gigabyte's Super OC HD 5870.  When compared to a the reference design GTX 480, the Amp Edition ran 27 degrees cooler under load and 10 degrees lower during idle. 

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sick card

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Thats is a wicked card and cooler

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

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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.

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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.

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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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