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Zotac GeForce GTX 470 AMP! review

Faster than a speeding, second tier NVIDIA DX11 card...

Our Verdict

Compares well to cards that are more expensive, but its real problem is that untuned GPUs are just so darned good.

For

  • Beats an overclocked HD5870
  • Astonishing to look at

Against

  • Three slot cooler is too big
  • Not much extra overclocking headroom

As we pointed out in the original review of the GeForce GTX 470, NVIDIA's second tier graphics card is a great chip and a fair match for the best that AMD can throw at it – the Radeon HD 5870.

If it's hard to justify the £300 price for a stock version of the card, though, is the 50MHz overclock Zotac has given its AMP! Edition worth an extra £70?

Certainly it looks like good value for money. The AMP! Edition's giant copper cooler used on both this and Zotac's GTX 480 AMP! is possibly the biggest we've ever seen on a graphics card, and also makes it a triple-socket sized card too.

It's not hugely heavy, but if you're planning to build an SLI rig, this is not the card you're looking for.

Internally, a 100MHz increase on the standard speed of a GTX 470s shader cores and another 54MHz on the memory should give it a lift over a stock card, but by how much?

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset Model470
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameZotac
Standard Memory1.50 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width320 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height259.8 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Length336.8 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Memory Speed3402 MHz
Product ModelZT-40202-10P
Product NameZT-40202-10P GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberZT-40202-10P
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Boost your gaming experience with the precisely tweaked and tuned ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition with Microsoft DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 and OpenGL 3.2 compatibility. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition delivers gaming perfection with phenomenal frame rates, clarity, immersion and realism.

Package Contents
  • ZT-40202-10P GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition Graphics Card
  • Disk
  • ZOTAC Technology Demos Disk
  • User Manual
  • Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI adapter
  • DVI-to-VGA adapter
  • 2 Dual MOLEX to 6-pin PCIe power cables
Thickness67.8 mm
Weight (Approximate)907.2 g
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute