Zotac GeForce GTX 470 AMP!

If a standard GTX 470 graphics card doesn't satisfy you Zotac's pre-overclocked AMP card offers more firepower

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Zotac GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Zotac's custom cooler provides enhanced cooling for the overclocked GPU and memory
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  July 21, 2010

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Key Specs

API supported: DirectX 11
Connections: DVI x2, mini-HDMI x1
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 470
GPU frequency: 656MHz
Interface type: PCI-E

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When we reviewed the standard Zotac GeForce GTX 470 in the last issue of Windows, we said that Zotac would be releasing a factory-overclocked GTX 470 AMP! Edition card and surprise, surprise, that's exactly what we have on test this month.

Fitting the card into our test rig we loaded GPU-Z and found the AMP! Edition's GPU and memory purring along at the frequencies quoted on Zotac's website; the GPU runs at 656MHz while the 1280MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 3402MHz. nVidia's reference specifications in comparison call for the GPU and memory to run at 607MHz and 3348MHz respectively.       

As the GTX 470 GPU is a hot customer at its default frequency Zotac has fitted a beefy heatpipe cooling solution to keep the card's thermals in check. The cooler proved silent in use but you lose the use of the two slots beneath the PCI-E slot that the card sits in.

Thanks to the pumped up GPU and memory the card, expectedly, outran its standard counterpart though the differences weren't huge. Whereas the standard card managed 81fps, 58fps and 39.8fps at 1920 x 1200 pixels in our H.A.W.X, World in Conflict and Heaven v2.0 tests, the AMP! Edition scored 85fps, 60fps and 44.2fps. Better numbers but given the higher cost it's perhaps not the best value for users on a strict budget.

Verdict: A swift and silent GTX 470 card at a high price. Worth considering only if every frame counts.

3193 days ago
Steve
User rating: 5 stars

Pros: Well made, and run quiet and cool haven't even topped 66c yet with both running and that's on a hot day!

Cons: None

I've just purchased 2 Zotac 470 Amp!'s and have them set up SLi on my M4N82 Deluxe motherboard, (tri sli) the middle slot left free as it's only a x8. I'm getting 92fps maxed out DX11 in Dirt 2 1920x1200.

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