Graphics cards from Zotac International (MCO) Ltd. are yet less widespread than products of such giants as ASUS, Gigabyte, Sapphire and MSI. However, we've recently had a chance to make sure that they too are worth considering if you're shopping for a top-performance card because they offer a number of benefits compared to both reference solutions and original products from other brands.
Therefore we continue with our exploration of Zotac's model range and want to take a look at the GeForce GTX 680 2GB AMP! Edition (ZT-60302-10P) model which claims to be the fastest serially manufactured GTX 680. And it does have reasons for that claim!
Technical Characteristics and Recommended Pricing
The technical specifications of the Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition graphics card are summed up in the following table side by side with those of a reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 and theoretically fastest GTX 680 card from Asus (the differences are marked with bold font):
Packaging and Accessories
The graphics card is shipped in a large cardboard box. On its front you can see the name of the manufacturer, the product’s model name, a list of supported technologies and a sticker that lists the bundled games.
You can find a description of Nvidia's technologies and a brief list of the included accessories on the back of the box. Inside, there is another cardboard box with a soft foam-rubber tray with compartments for the graphics card and its accessories. The card is additionally protected by a plastic cover. The packaging seems reliable overall.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB AMP! Edition comes with two power adapters, one DVI->D-Sub adapter, a CD with drivers, user manual and software tools, a few promo booklets, a coupon to download TrackMania 2 Canyon, and a special bundle with three games from the Assassin’s Creed series.
There are no video cables in the box, but that's hardly a problem. In fact, the accessories are gorgeous and we wish other manufacturers offered as many of them with their products.
The retail price of the Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition is $549, which is a mere $25-30 higher than the cheapest samples of the reference GTX 680. Like Zotac's GeForce GTX 670 AMP! Edition, the card is manufactured in China and comes with a 2-year warranty. Moreover, the warranty can be easily extended to as many as 5 years by simply registering the card at Zotac's official website.