Zotac GeForce GTX 670 2GB AMP! Edition (ZT-60302-10P)
Zotac offers as many as three GeForce GTX 670s: a regular GTX 670 with 2 GB of memory and reference cooler (ZT-60301-10P), a 4GB version of the latter card (ZT-60303-10P), and an AMP! Edition version with original cooler, factory overclocking and improved PCB (ZT-60302-10P). Guess what version we’re going to talk about? By the way, while we were preparing this review, Zotac announced its fourth and fastest GTX 670, called Extreme Edition, but we haven’t yet got a sample to test.
The box with the Zotac card is not as large as Palit’s but surely as eye-catching. There’s an exploding “AMP! Edition” on its front next to the slogans about overclocked performance and extended warranty.
The back of the box is not very informative, although provides descriptions of some Nvidia technologies and a brief list of product accessories. By the way, Zotac offers the most accessories including two power adapters, a DVI->D-Sub adapter, a CD with drivers, user manual and utilities, promo materials, and a coupon to download TrackMania 2 Canyon.
The retail price of the Zotac GeForce GTX 670 2GB AMP! Edition is $419, which is a mere $20 more expensive than the lowest retail price of the reference GeForce GTX 670. Manufactured in China, the card comes with a standard 2-year warranty which can be easily extended to 5 years by registering on the official Zotac website.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 670 2GB AMP! Edition has an austere but rather attractive appearance. The metallic casing of its cooler has two angular cutouts for orange-colored fans that match the color of the heat pipes.
It’s because of the protruding pipes that the card has a height of 125 millimeters. It is also very thick at 56 millimeters, so you may find it difficult to use it in a 2-way SLI configuration. 3-way SLI is not an option altogether (perhaps, in the bottommost PCIe slot of some mainboards only). The card is 266 millimeters long due to the same cooler casing although its PCB is only 255 millimeters long.
The Zotac offers a standard selection of video interfaces: two dual-link DVI ports, one HDMI version 1.4a, and one DisplayPort 1.2.
Two MIO and two 6-pin power connectors can also be found in their conventional locations.
Now let’s take a look at the card’s PCB.
This is obviously a reference GeForce GTX 680 PCB with a 4+2 power system.
From an overclocker’s standpoint, this PCB is preferable to the Palit’s, yet the Gigabyte card is even better in this respect. The power system is managed by a PWM controller RT8802A from Richtek Technology. You can find it on the reverse side of the PCB:
This GPU had been manufactured 3 weeks earlier than the GPUs of the Gigabyte and Palit cards.
Its specs are standard except for the base clock rate which is 1098 MHz or 20% higher than the reference card’s. And it goes as high as 1176 MHz in boost mode. That’s the highest default clock rate among all GeForce GTX 670s except for the recently announced Zotac GeForce GTX 670 Extreme Edition. Moreover, the card’s memory frequency is pre-overclocked to 6608 MHz or by 10%. Zotac didn’t use some special memory chips for that. The card carries the same Hynix H5GQ2H24AFR R0C memory as its opponents.
So, Zotac has come up with a very fast GeForce GTX 670: