The custom, overclocked GTX 980 Ti’s are coming thick and fast… and today we have another for testing. Welcome to our Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition Review.
Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition Review – Packaging and Bundle
Zotac go with a pretty stylish box on the amp! Edition and give a few key product highlights on there. Inside the box is a basic bundle, just documentation, power cables and a DVI to VGA connector. Also available to us is their FireStorm utility which allows us to monitor and tweak our card from within Windows.
Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition Review – The Card
Zotac use a dual slot, triple fan cooler on most of their GTX 980 Ti’s and brand it “IceStorm”. We get the usual mix of copper heatpipes and aluminium fins below the three fans and the shroud is metal with carbon detailing. The backplate is metal with some lettering to add additional style and Zotac also tweak the power circuitry, reducing ripple/noise.
On the top edge of the card we find a set of power connectors, one six pin and an eight pin. Outputs come in the form of DVI, 3x DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0. We can connect multiple displays at the same time and 4K resolution is supported as is 3D. All key NVIDIA/Industry features are also supported including DirectX 12, CUDA, DirectCompute, Audio over DisplayPort/HDMI, PhysX, G-Sync and Dynamic Super Resolution.
As far as specifications go, this card runs at 1051MHz out of the box with boost up to 1140MHz. Memory sits at 1753MHz. Past that the standard GTX 980 Ti specifications remain. So 2816 CUDA cores, 96 ROPs, 176TMUs, 384bit memory bus and 6GB of GDDR5.
Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition Review – Performance
Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-5960X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 8.1 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched.
All testing was performed on a BenQ BL3201 4k Display
NVIDIA Driver: 353.30
AMD Driver: 15.15.1004 Beta/15.7
Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition Review – Conclusion
The first thing which is worth noting about Zotac and the GTX 980 Ti range is that they have five different models from a stock cooled version, through this AMP! Edition, two with higher overclocks/enhanced coolers ending in the top model which has liquid cooling. Looking at our model specifically, as far as build and design goes we get that nice backplate, a decent quality cooler and overall solid level of build quality. The outputs are standard and by taking this approach costs are kept to a minimum… similar reasons no doubt resulted in the basic bundle though the warranty is the same across the range. Firestorm is also available across the range which adds a touch of extra value too.
As far as performance goes, it’s a difficult one… the reference design GTX 980 Ti is actually a very good card. Decent temps, good clocks, excellent framerates, competitive power use and so on. When we compare the AMP! Edition, the card offers an alternate aesthetic and a couple of extra FPS but the price needs to be super close to reference models to make it a worthwhile purchase. The amp! Omega which is the step up is where it becomes more interesting. Even bigger cooler, revised fan blades and a significant overclock.
As it stands, because it’s a GTX 980 Ti, the AMP! Edition is an impressive card which offers great performance however there are faster, more desirable models available.