Zotac GTX970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition Review

Conclusion

Zotac GTX970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition Review

Conclusion

Regular visitors to the hallowed halls of OC3D will know that a couple of times a year a product arrives which speaks for itself to such a degree that we're left stating the obvious. The Zotac GTX970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition is one such product.

We saw in our introduction how the GTX970 is the most popular named GPU on the Steam platform - proof here - and therefore this particular card probably has the largest target audience. By taking the GTX970, already a great card, and decking it out with a fantastic cooler which combines low noise with outstanding performance Zotac have ensured that even if the performance was only middling it would be a big seller.

To overclock it to this degree is what really separates the AMP! Extreme from the herd though. As you could see from our graphs it was always the fastest GTX970 we've tested. You could perhaps argue that we've only tested four, but when the others are the mentally fast Galax, the ASUS Strix, and the MSI Gaming, we think you'll agree the competition couldn't be stiffer. As it is the Zotac takes its seriously beefy overclock and triumphs over the opposition. In a few titles we tested it managed to better some of the GTX980s too.

Such is the excellence of the AMP! Extreme that the only negative we have is the upside down logo on the backplate. At only £290 there is no reason to buy any other graphics card, and if you're in the market for the most popular GPU around then this is the best of those models. With a great cooler, excellent power efficiency and mighty performance we cannot fault it, and thus the Zotac GTX970 AMP! Extreme easily wins our OC3D Gold Award.

You can discuss the Zotac GTX970 Amp! Extreme Core Edition Review in the OC3D Forums

«Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Next»

Most Recent Comments

11-08-2015, 07:18:10

Tripp
Nice write up, can't believe the 970 is the most popular card on steamQuote

11-08-2015, 07:43:26

cooperman
Zotac is realy steping up with the extreme edition cards this maybe my next upgrade card if i ever get back in to work lol.Quote

11-08-2015, 10:40:02

MiNo
I miss these performance graphs to include a few older cards for comparison.

Most people who are looking to upgrade, have something they upgrade *from*. That card, i bet, i usually missing.

Obviously not all cards can nor should be on a list, but adding 4-5 of the past 3-4 years big sellers would go a looooong way as to give people a feel for what they would gain by upgrading.

By having only <1 year only cards on the list it it likely that none with these cards are already looking to upgrade.

The GTX970 should be on performance graphs for the next several years because of the numbers bought.Quote

11-08-2015, 10:54:37

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by MiNo View Post
I miss these performance graphs to include a few older cards for comparison.

Most people who are looking to upgrade, have something they upgrade *from*. That card, i bet, i usually missing.

Obviously not all cards can nor should be on a list, but adding 4-5 of the past 3-4 years big sellers would go a looooong way as to give people a feel for what they would gain by upgrading.

By having only <1 year only cards on the list it it likely that none with these cards are already looking to upgrade.

The GTX970 should be on performance graphs for the next several years because of the numbers bought.
Well that will be a huge pain as youed have to get those old cards out and retest them as you cant realy use old bench tests because cards have gotten better with newer drivers so it wouldn't be very accurate.Quote

11-08-2015, 10:57:44

Tolemac
Quote:
Originally Posted by cooperman View Post
Well that will be a huge pain as youed have to get those old cards out and retest them as you cant realy use old bench tests because cards have gotten better with newer drivers so it wouldn't be very accurate.
TBH some older cards work better with newer drivers Quote
Reply
x

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.