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Zotac GTX 480 AMP! Graphics Card review

Rating: 8.0.

A few weeks ago we reviewed the GTX480 and walked away with generally favourable feelings – after all there was no doubting the astonishing tessellation performance and frame rate prowess with all of the leading game engines. We did however have reservations as it was running at a shade under 100c while consuming around 320w of power. It was a little like driving a turbo injected Hummer – totally ‘in your face' and a gas guzzling beast.

Today we look at the new top of the line Zotac GTX 480 AMP! Edition which aims to redress some of the product flaws by adding a hefty, customised cooler. To further tickle the taste glands they have also decided to ramp up the clock speeds for an extra performance boost. 56mhz is added to the core clock, 104mhz to the memory and 111mhz to the shaders.

The GTX480 is already an expensive card but this elusive AMP! Edition from Zotac pushes the price point even higher with an RRP of £510 inc vat. While this seems an inordinate amount of money KitGuru doesn't believe price points for this specific high end sector are really that relevant. Have you ever heard a guy who buys one or even two of these for SLI complaining about the price? Its a very dedicated, niche audience and all we are really concerned about today is performance.

KitGuru will give it a thrashing today to find out if this high end behemoth is worth your time.

Specifications Zotac GTX480 AMP!
Graphics processor Nvidia GeForce GTX480, 756MHz
Pipeline 480 stream processors (1,512MHz), 48 ROPs
Bandwidth 182.4GB/sec, 384-bit interface
Memory 1.5GB GDDR5, 3.8GHz effective
Tech Capabilities DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1
Outputs/Inputs 2 x DVI, 1 x Mini HDMI, 2 x SLI
Power Connections 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin side-mounted
Size 270mm long, Triple-slot
Warranty 5 Years

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