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Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition review

As we expected, Zotac’s orange dragon is still the central point for the AMP! Edition box artwork.

The bundle is pretty good. You get a free copy of Prince of Persia ‘The Forgotten Sands’ and there is a software disc, installation literature and various power and output converters (DVI Adapter, Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter and 2x PCI Express power cables).

Disappointingly, we aren’t greeted with a custom cooling solution like Zotac have implemented on their AMP! Editions in the past. Instead we are presented with the very boring nVidia reference cooler.

The GTX580 can work in up to quad SLI formations for enhanced performance and image quality settings.

The card is shipped with two DVI ports and a mini HDMI port, with the supplied adapter you can hook this directly into an HDMI TV or monitor. As we have said before, the GTX580 is seriously outperformed on a connectivity level by the AMD solutions, such as the HD6970 which can support up to 6 monitors. This card can only handle two screens at the same time. If you want to use three screens, be prepared to buy two of these cards.

The HDMI interface is 1.3 compatible which offers DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, AC-3, DTS and 7.1 channel audio support. It also has support for HDMI 1.4 3D output.

As this is basically an overclocked reference card design, we aren’t surprised to see that it requires a 6 pin and an 8 pin PCI E power connector to operate properly.

GPUz overview of the specifications, showing the enhanced 810mhz core speed and the GDDR5 overclock to 1025mhz.

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