Zotac GTX680 AMP! Edition Review
Published: 8th May 2012 | Source: Zotac | Price: |
The packaging leaves no doubt as to which version of the card you're picking up. The AMP! is writ large and proud, dominating the front of the box, which is resplendent in the usual Zotac black and yellow.
Opening up the box we find the card safely contained in some high density foam. For the accessories it's all fairly standard stuff with adaptors and things, although the inclusion of the Assassin's Creed titles will guarantee a lot of gaming excitement even if it's your first ever GPU and makes a nice change from Dirt 3.
And here she is, positively bristling with vents and heatpipes. Whereas the reference design cooler is a single fan, two-slot affair, this is much larger with two fans, multiple heatpipes and it's two and a half slots wide. Worth noting for those of you thinking of going SLI with a smaller motherboard size.
We considered the GTX680 to be one of the finest reference coolers in a long time, but there is no denying the eye-catching splendour of the AMP!. Swathes of chrome and copper wherever you look. Hopefully the performance will be worth the audaciousness of the Zotac design.
Other than the cooler with it's huge fans and heatpipes spilling out the sides, things are normal at both input and output ends. It still only uses two 6pin PCIe power inputs, and still has the same display output options of the standard card.