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Zotac GeForce GTX 470 AMP! review

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

Zotac geforce gtx 470 amp

The whole issue of factory overclocked graphics cards is a tricky one.

It sort of makes sense with mid-range cards, but when you get to £300 graphics processors like the GeForce GTX 470 the graphics chip is rarely the only bottleneck in performance. Adding 10% more clock cycles per second will also not yield a 10% framerate boost.

The Zotac AMP! Edition's therefore compares favourably with a stock GTX 470 but not by enough to justify the extra cost.

It looks like a bargain compared to other high profile, high speed cards like Gigabyte's Super Overclock Edition HD 5870, but in either case you're still better off with a reference design.

Perhaps it's not just about the performance, though. Maybe you're after a handpicked card with an enlarged cooler so you can indulge your overclocking gene?

Zotac's Firestorm software will open up enough options to keep you happy, but we couldn't push the card more than a few MHz before it began to fall over.

The real problem, though, is the size and sound of Zotac's card. At almost three slots high it's just too much for the performance it delivers, and those twins fans aren't quiet either.

Both the card and its benchmarks are incredible to look at, but ultimately it's one you'll want to admire from a distance and save your money for something else instead.

We liked:

The benchmark results are good, but you're almost certainly better off with a vanilla version of the chip and 70 more pounds in your pocket.

We disliked:

It's appearance isn't quite its biggest downfall, although the fact the impressive cooler means SLI is almost out of the question doesn't help.

Rather it takes a very special overclocked graphics card to make us believe that the extra megahertz are worth the additional cost, and unfortunately the GeForce GTX 470 AMP! Edition isn't quite as special as it looks.

Final word

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

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