Design and Functionality
The Zotac GeForce GTX Titan AMP! Edition follows the reference design, so it is externally a precise replica of Nvidia’s standard GTX Titan:
It is heavy and large at 267x100x39 mm. Its face side is covered by its cooler but its reverse side is exposed.
The plastic window in the cooler casing, the chrome faceplate on the fan, the screws with figured heads, and the highlighted words “GeForce GTX” on the top edge are all very beautiful and exactly as on the reference Titan.
The cooling system is no different, either:
The card has a standard selection of connectors including dual-link DVI-I and DVI-D ports, one HDMI 1.4a, and one DisplayPort 1.2.
Two power connectors can be found in their conventional location.
Notwithstanding the increased clock rates, the Zotac GeForce GTX Titan AMP! Edition has standard power requirements: 250 watts for the card itself and 600 watts for the whole computer.
We are going to benchmark a SLI tandem today and the card offers two SLI connectors for that.
Since the Zotac GeForce GTX Titan AMP! Edition turned out to be a copy of the reference design, we didn’t tamper with its cooling system to make photos and check out its GPU manufacturing date. We just put the card right onto our testbed.
The GPU-Z utility confirmed the specifications you can see at the official website. The GPU has a base clock rate of 902 MHz and a boost clock rate of 954 MHz. This is 65 MHz (or 7.8%) higher compared to the reference GTX Titan.
There are two cards from EVGA that have a faster GPU (928/980 MHz) but they come with a waterblock. The Zotac version sports the highest memory clock rate instead. It is 6608 MHz or 10% above the reference frequency. Judging by the ASIC Quality report from GPU-Z, our GPU isn’t the best quality possible:
Now let’s check out the card’s temperature. To do this, we use five runs of the Aliens vs. Predator (2010) benchmark at the highest visual quality settings, at a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, and with 16x anisotropic filtering and 4x MSAA.
We used MSI Afterburner 3.0.0 beta 9 and GPU-Z version 0.7.1 for monitoring of temperatures inside the closed system case, which configuration is discussed in detail in the following chapter of the review. All tests were performed at 25°C room temperature.
With the cooler’s fan regulated automatically, the GPU was 82°C hot. The fan was rotating at up to 2550 RPM.
Thus, despite the increased clock rates, the Zotac GeForce GTX Titan AMP! Edition isn’t much hotter than the reference Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan. Take note that the GPU frequency peaked up to 1032 MHz when the benchmark was reloaded for the next run, yet the card passed the test at 954 MHz.
At the maximum speed of the fan (4300 RPM), the GPU is much colder, its peak temperature being 60°C only.
Now we can proceed to testing its overclocking potential.