Zotac GTX970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition Review
Published: 11th August 2015 | Source: Zotac | Price: £289 @ OCUK |
Regular visitors to the hallowed halls of OC3D will know that a couple of times a year a product arrives which speaks for itself to such a degree that we're left stating the obvious. The Zotac GTX970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition is one such product.
We saw in our introduction how the GTX970 is the most popular named GPU on the Steam platform - proof here - and therefore this particular card probably has the largest target audience. By taking the GTX970, already a great card, and decking it out with a fantastic cooler which combines low noise with outstanding performance Zotac have ensured that even if the performance was only middling it would be a big seller.
To overclock it to this degree is what really separates the AMP! Extreme from the herd though. As you could see from our graphs it was always the fastest GTX970 we've tested. You could perhaps argue that we've only tested four, but when the others are the mentally fast Galax, the ASUS Strix, and the MSI Gaming, we think you'll agree the competition couldn't be stiffer. As it is the Zotac takes its seriously beefy overclock and triumphs over the opposition. In a few titles we tested it managed to better some of the GTX980s too.
Such is the excellence of the AMP! Extreme that the only negative we have is the upside down logo on the backplate. At only £290 there is no reason to buy any other graphics card, and if you're in the market for the most popular GPU around then this is the best of those models. With a great cooler, excellent power efficiency and mighty performance we cannot fault it, and thus the Zotac GTX970 AMP! Extreme easily wins our OC3D Gold Award.