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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

Conclusion and Rating

So what have we learned from this latest round of tests using the GTX 680 and 7970, both in overclocked custom cooled forms. Well overall these two single GPU products offer some great gaming experiences at 1920×1080. We can often max out the settings available to us and maintain playable framerates. 5760×1080 sees us begin to make compromises though and while both cards still perform well they are right on their limits most of the time with high/very high detail.

Overall the GTX 680 AMP! Edition was the faster of the two cards and it was very noticeable how quiet ZOTAC’s new cooler was. It is one of the quietest custom high end coolers we have used to date and really was near silent until we paired two cards in SLI and the fans had to work that little bit harder to keep the system cooler with the extra heat generated inside it. As a side note we also like the use of a metal shroud on the cooler, it is always a better look and feel to a card when this approach is taken.

So that brings us to value where the 680 retails at around £349-375 and the 7970 at £320-350. AMD cards without doubt have a far better bundle with their never settle reloaded promotion (Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Bioshock etc for free) but ZOTAC and NVIDIA have done reasonably well with their offering of Metro: Last Light and Assassins Creed 3… when all is said and done though the 680 is faster (and has PhysX plus better 3D support) so that may well be worth that extra £30 or so for most.

For a chance to win a ZOTAC card, check out our GTX Titan competition currently underway here.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition
Build Quality rating 9/10
Design rating 9/10
Performance rating 9/10
Value rating 9/10
Overall rating


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Where to buy…
UK Store – £378.05

About Author

Stuart Davidson

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