Zotac GTX 670 AMP! Edition review

  • £360
  • $439.99

Factory overclocked and punching well above its weight

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Our Verdict

One of the finest graphics cards we've had a play with, and even manages to hold its own against factory overclocked GTX 680s, let alone reference boards, or the limping AMD competition.

For

  • Incredible, top-end performance figures
  • Great cooling
  • Quiet running

Against

  • Pricey

Nvidia has just released its second tier Kepler graphics card and the Zotac GTX 670 AMP! Edition is first to the punch trying to muscle in on the top-table.

The standard Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 is quite a performer in its own right, with the same GK104 GPU as in the top Kepler card, the Nvidia GTX 680. That chip has only been slightly pared-back with a single SMX module having been removed.

That means it's running fewer CUDA cores, but with 1,344 of those wee processors still humming away inside the GTX 670's GPU it still manages some impressive performance figures.

Nvidia, however, has allowed board manufacturers, like Zotac here, to play around with the reference PCB from the get-go, and that means we get factory overclocked cards at launch.

Praise be to Nvidia for that, because the Zotac GTX 670 AMP! Edition is one hell of a graphics card.

Compared with the rather conservative 915MHz base clock of the reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 the Zotac GTX 670 AMP! Edition's 1,110MHz starting point is lightning fast.

Paired up with that is the boost clock of 1,176MHz which is even more impressive, especially when you consider the impressive Nvidia GPU Boost tech will actually take that clockspeed even further.

To cope with the sort of heat the overclocked GK104 GPU is putting out Zotac has opted for a redesigned cooler.

The chunky twin fan configuration on the GTX 670 AMP! Edition means that, internally, it winds up as a bona fide triple slot graphics card.

So technically it looks pretty special, how does that play out in terms of actual straight line performance?

Vital stats
GPU - GK104
SMX modules - 7
CUDA cores - 1,344
Base clock - 1,110MHz
Boost clock - 1,176MHz
Memory - 2GB GDDR5

Benchmarks

The simple fact is that, across the board, the Zotac GTX 670 AMP! Edition beats the Nvidia GTX 680 hands down. That card will overclock more to push it ahead again, but on out-of-the-box performance the Zotac card has it sealed up.

Put it up against the equivalent-priced AMD Radeon HD 7970 and the red-badged competition is, on the whole, put firmly in its place.

DirectX 11 tessellation performance

Zotac GTX 670 AMP Edition benchmarks

DirectX 11 gaming performance

Zotac GTX 670 AMP Edition benchmarks

Zotac GTX 670 AMP Edition benchmarks

Zotac GTX 670 AMP Edition benchmarks

Zotac GTX 670 AMP Edition benchmarks

DirectX 10 gaming performance

Zotac GTX 670 AMP Edition benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 670
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 600
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
Brand NameZotac
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111.2 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length254 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Memory Speed6608 MHz
Product ModelZT-60302-10P
Product NameZT-60302-10P GeForce GTX 670 AMP! Edition Graphic Card
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberZT-60302-10P
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Transform your gaming experience with the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 670 AMP! Edition powered by the latest generation NVIDIA® GeForce® architecture that breathes new life into PC gaming with smoother frame rates and lifelike visuals. The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 670 AMP! Edition with new NVIDIA GPU Boost technology dynamically maximizes clock speeds on the fly for that extra performance edge in gaming scenarios when there is energy headroom available.

New NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync technology delivers maximum playability by dynamically adapting the display's vertical-sync to a game's frame rates for unmatched smoothness on the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 670 AMP! Edition. When a single monitor isn't enough, the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 670 AMP! Edition is NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround ready for stereoscopic triple-display gaming that delivers unprecedented immersion.

Packaged Quantity1
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2