- Packaging, Contents and Specifications
- Initial Impressions
- Closer Look
- Overclocking Observations
- Test Bench and Testing Methodology
- Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark (2013)
- Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark 11
- Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark Vantage
- OpenGL Benchmark: Cinebench 11.5 and R15
- Unigine Benchmark Heaven 3.0 and 4.0
- Batman Arkham City
- Hitman Absolution
- Metro 2033
- Shadow of Mordor
- Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
- Sniper Elite V2
- GPU Computation Benchmark
- Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
- Overclocking Performance
- Online Purchase Links
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The main issue with the Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition is not the product, but it’s the lack of information about the dimension- on the packaging and on the website. Zotac really needs to consider posting dimensions of its card, especially for something like this. If Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition was a gourmet burger, it’s probably the biggest you can get for a single GPU core based card with an air cooling setup.
The card allows you to do dual SLI, and hence the lack of information on the packaging may confuse people when purchasing two cards at the same time if they’re interested.
The card is 12″ long and you’ll at least 3 slot space while it mounts are of two slots. Lian Li A70F full tower provides ample space, but not everyone will have a full tower case with ample space. For those who plan to do SLI with these, ensure a large amount of space on the motherboard. The PCIe power connectors are on the side, thankfully.
The cooling unit is massive since it needs to cool a GPU core with 25% base clock factory overclock at least. But it does have a function where the fan turns after it crosses a certain preset limit. The idea is to keep power consumption and noise from the fans low, but you’ll barely hear the sound in a closed case setup unless the fan is manually turned more than 83% in my review unit. According to observations with GPU-Z, all the 3x 90mm fans turned on when crosses 40% TDP or when the card reported 62° C. The card was further overclocked and all the three 90mm fans along with 6x copper heat pipes and a large array of heat fins that did a very good job throughout the time of testing.
The best part is that in gaming performance, Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition provides a bit more performance compared to Nvidia GTX Titan X without the overclock. Titan X is for $1,000. Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition with a custom GPU cooler and a factory overclock costs US $700 at the time of writing.
While almost all GPU manufacturers provide elaborate cooling units and factory overclocked by default, the most important part is maximizing its potential and also exceeding so that those who overclock don’t need to worry about the pre-installed cooling. Zotac delivers that with GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition.
EVGA provides a three-year warranty on its GTX 980 Ti variant. So does Asus with its Strix, Gigabyte with its Windforce 3X and MSI with three years. Zotac offers a two-year warranty period in almost all regions, but it does provide more warranty period once the card is registered via its website.
Due to the implementations and a pretty high factory overclock compared to others, the card is expensive compared to certain other factory overclock and reference GTX 980 Ti versions. But on the bright side, the difference between certain card manufacturers with lower factory clocks, lesser heatpipes and a shorter heat fin design is obvious when you start comparing the specs and dimensions.
- Exceeds gaming performance compared to a much expensive Nvidia GTX Titan X
- Highest Factory overclocked GTX 980 Ti at the time of writing
- Metal shroud and backplate with excellent finish
- Three 90mm fan with custom blade design
- Stays cool even with further overclocking
- Excellent air cooling unit
- More Warranty
- Lack of information on the packaging- Base/Boost clock speed and dimensions.
- 12” width would prevent a lot of people with restricted space inside the case from purchasing this card