Reviews and Problems with Zotac AMP! GeForce GTX 480 1536MB 384-bit (756MHz/3800MHz) [ZT-40102-10P]
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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP! - Fermi done properly
4 June 2010
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Summary: It looks like ZOTAC did the right thing partnering up with Zalman. At about 5% faster, the GeForce GTX 480 Amp! Edition offers a solid performance improvement over NVIDIA's reference design. Thanks to the VF3000 thermal solution from Zalman this doesn't mean that the card overheats or has to be noisy like a leafblower to handle the heat. When compared to the reference design, ZOTAC's latest card is about 20°C cooler.
Pros: Considerably lower temperatures than reference design, Overclocked out of the box, Significantly lower power consumption thanks to lower temperatures, Reasonably priced, Good overclocking potential, Native HDMI output, GDDR5 memory, Lower power draw than reference design, Support for DirectX 11, Support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, Support for CUDA, PhysX and 3D Vision
Cons: Very noisy fan in idle, Requires three slots in the system, DirectX 11 won't be relevant for quite a while