Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition Video Card Review

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Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition VideoCard ReviewZotac's GeForce GTX 480 Amp! Edition was designed to address some of the issues found in NVIDIA’s reference design. One look and it's easy to see that this is an extreme graphics card, made for hardcore enthusiasts. What makes us say that? With a core frequency of 756MHz, 1512MHz shaders, and 950MHz memory, this is the fastest GTX 480 on the market currently. And the preinstalled, triple slot Zalman VF3000 cooler also makes it one of the largest cards you can buy. Nevertheless, it’s obvious to us that Zotac made no compromises in designing this bad boy, which caters to hardcore gamers who won't settle for stock...

Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition Video Card Review

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RA1D replied on Tue, Aug 17 2010 1:35 PM

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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3vi1 replied on Tue, Aug 17 2010 6:27 PM

Nice card, and great review.

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MCarlson1 replied on Wed, Aug 18 2010 11:28 PM

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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