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Zotac GTX460 AMP! Edition Review

Thankfully thanks to the inclusion of the free game, there are no silly Zotac based dragons on this box art – instead we have the Persian princeย  himself about to fly into the blades of the GTX 460 AMP! A painful way to die, but very dramatic.

The card is protected within heavy duty foam supports, clearly taken from the packaging of a bigger card – the GTX460! AMP takes up only two thirds of the space.

The bundle contains a software CD, with the free game and a manual with guides. There is also a VGA adapter and two power converter cables which make life easy if you don’t have any spare PCIe power connectors.

The card itself is an attractive design with an orange fan and dark PCB. The yellow ‘racing’ stripes give it a sporty look.

The cooling shroud has metal ridges along one side which aid with cooling properties.

The fan is a 9 blade design with a Zotac sticker in the middle. The orange color is certainly eye catching.

The AMP! edition is fully SLI capable.

It requires 2 x 6 pin PCI power connectors, just like the reference design board. There are two dual link DVI connectors as well as a single Displayport connector with HDMI on the other side.

Removing the cooler is a simple process, just remove 4 screws on the reverse side of the PCB.

The cooler lifts off and we can see the GPU and PCB design underneath.

The cooler has a copper heatsink in the middle with plenty of thermal paste on the core. This leads into a thick adjoining fin section down the length of the shroud to aid with cooling properties.

The specifications of the card as listed in GPUZ. These are impressive ‘out of the factory’ clock figures – but as the AMP! editions are hand picked in the factory we would expect this.

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  1. ah very nice indeed, seems like a good performance indeed.

  2. Cant be bad to the pricing really, only $20 more than the reference 1GB version? like it

  3. Seems like a good deal all round really considering – seems a bit hotter than most.

  4. GTX460 is hard to beat right now, cheaper than HD5850 and close in performance ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Very good card, and the pricing is excellent, was expecting it to be at least 50 bucks more.

  6. I was pleasanty surprised to see the results. but the 460s are really good, I am sure they are selling tons of these now.

  7. I like the colours, which sounds gay, but the orange fan and blackish PCB look well together. Good board, but There are so many video card reviews on tech sites now, they are all much of a bleh to me ๐Ÿ™‚ the three screen sapphire one was cool last week.

  8. Tommy Cruicshanks

    The 460 deserves to sell well, they are good cards. they are a little power happy now though I see – around 190 watts. thats a lot of juice.

  9. these would be great in SLI.

  10. When are they available ? would be good to know release dates.

  11. I would say this will sell well, considering the pricing on it. thats a hell of an overclock.

  12. Has to be the fastest 460 on the market, without question.

  13. wonder when the 450 is out, that should be good if they use similar technology.

  14. Good review. amazing what you can buy in 2010 compared to 2007, for the same money. I think I paid teh same for my crappy GTS250.

  15. Zardon, this must have been hard to write you are such an ati fanboy ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Cant believe how small these cards are compared to the power they put out.

  17. Well my comment seemed to vanish weirdly, but ill try again. (hate this code system for entering responses btw!).

    Good review, but my main worry is with ATI releasing a new line soon this will be quickly outdated.

  18. Good review, enjoyed it. one question. how hot does it get?

  19. SkyDiver there is a page on temperatures near the end, have a look properly and see ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Sniper Elite Headshot

    I think the MSI card you reviewed last week looks nicer. this is quite an ugly looking card.

  21. We need new cards im bored of all these already ! ATi get the new series out !

  22. We need new ATI boards. the GTX460 is a great card but its really quite boring, we need new tech ๐Ÿ™‚ 480/470/465/460 —- snore.

  23. Seems to be a really solid performer especially with such high overclocks. I wonder why they offer lifetime warranty in USA but only years in europe ?

  24. Just wanted to pop on and say nice site, found it today, bookmarked.

  25. Very good card from zotac, the fan looks very like the reference one.

  26. Here is the fastest GTX460 card out there:

  27. if they got the card down to 200 inc vat it would dominate sales.

  28. the biggest issue i have with zotac is supply. they are always very poor in the regions around me. need to order them in internationally.

  29. Good photos, the card is very attractive looking, not often we see manufacturers making good looking cards. I like the sapphire hd5670 ultimate, something really impressive looking about it.

  30. The last card I bought from zotac died and it took me 2 months to get it replaced. no thanks.

  31. well balanced and quiet by design, seems like a good combination. temps look a bit high to me.