Zotac GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition Review

By on February 8, 2011
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The fastest GTX 560 Ti in the market!?

Good: Very high overclock, Extremely fast, Not as loud as I expected it, Looks good
Bad: Temperatures go up very high, Not much room for overclocking
Price: AED 1,250
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Zotac are usually quick to launch their Amp! Edition cards in the market once the regular reference cards from Nvidia are out, but even I was amazed that the overclocked GTX 560 Ti was out within 2 weeks of launch. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised since Nvidia have asked their partners to push this card to its limits, and overclock it as high as possible. This was probably the reason why MSI came out with their Twin Frozr II edition of the GTX 560 Ti right out of the gate.

So let’s have a look at the Zotac GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition then. The AMP! Edition is on the exact same PCB as the reference Nvidia version, with the exact same heatsink. The stylish yellow grills of the GTX 560 are back on the AMP! Edition as well. Otherwise the Amp! Edition looks pretty much the same on the outside.

It’s on the inside that things get really interesting with the Zotac GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition. The bigger heatsink inside keeps thing as cool as possible, because while testing, temperatures rose to 92°C! The reason for that is quite simple, the GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition is clocked at an insane 950Mhz on the core and 4400MHz on memory speeds, compared to 822MHz core and 4008MHz memory speeds on reference Nvidia cards. That’s almost 16% increase in core and 10% increase in memory speeds. Even the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Forzr II we received for review had a core clock of 880Mhz, and I thought that was huge.

Well, now that the speeds are out of the way, let’s take a look at what this beast is capable of.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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