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Zotac GTX 680 AMP! Edition Review

By on May 8, 2012
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Zotac customizes the GTX 680 with industrial design.

Good: Blazing fast performance, extremely cool, impressively quiet, and low power requirements.
Bad: Poor overclocking capability and awkward extension of copper heatpipes.
Price: AED 2,200
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Test Setup

For testing the Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition the below testbed was used.

For comparison I have used the reference Nvidia GTX 680, the overclocked ASUS HD 7970DCUII and the overclocked Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition.

Note: The other cards may not always match up to the performance of the one being tested due to new drivers. In this case I used GeForce 301.24 for testing the Zotac GTX 680 AMP! Edition.

Benchmarks & Settings

Below are the details of how each benchmark was conducted with specific details of settings used. All of the below benchmarks were run at a resolution of 1920×1080.

Overclocking

I managed to overclock the Zotac GTX 680 AMP! Edition to 1236MHz. That’s a paltry 5% increase. Trying to fiddle around with the voltage and memory settings didn’t result in any success whatsoever; while Windows 7 was running just fine, most of the benchmarks were crashing. It’s sad, but not surprising. In all of our benchmarks this overclock resulted in virtually the same performance, with just 1 or 2 FPS increase.

That said, when running at factory speeds of 1176MHz, the Zotac GTX 680 AMP! Edition does boost up to 1201MHz; again a small, but worthwhile speed bump.

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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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  • http://www.goldenvalleyhtg.com/ Daniele

    Next up there are two molex to 6-pin power cables and one DVI to VGA adapter. Sadly there’s no SLI bridge included.
     

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