Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Graphics Card Review

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Overview
Taking a first look at the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! graphics card it has a very sleek design. You can see the carbon fiber accents on the cooler shroud. One thing that his interesting about the cooler on this card is that it is made of all metal, even the shroud. The shroud has a pretty cool gunmetal / grey color scheme to it.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

The card is one of the longest out there, from end-to-end it is 300mm. With that it has a pretty beefy cooling solution. The IceStorm cooler features three 90mm cooling fans, each with a slick Zotac logo in the center.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

Taking a look at the card from the side we can see that it is a dual-slot card. The card draws power from a combination of an 8-pin and 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors. There are dual SLI fingers so you can have 2, 3, or even 4-way SLI configurations with this card. You can see a Zotac logo on the top of the card, but unfortunately it does not light up. The PCB of the card is actually not as long as the entire card, but the cooling solution extends out past the PCB.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

The back of the card features one of the coolest backplates that I’ve seen. It has that same gunmetal look and says “Push the Limit” with the Zotac logo. On interesting thing about the backplate is that it extends past the PCB and is folded at a 90 degree angle at the end of the card. This probably is to give support to the cooler shroud.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

As far as display outputs go you have three DisplayPort 1.2, a single HDMI 2.0 port, and a DVI port.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

The cooler on this card is a little harder to remove than most. To get the cooler off you need to remove a total of 12 screws from the back of the card. With the cooler removed you can see that Zotac has gone with a black PCB.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

The cooler makes use of two aluminum heatsink stacks that are interconnected by a number of copper heatpipes. The GPU block is all copper as well and has an aluminum baseplate around it that helps cool the memory on the card.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

On the PCB itself there is another heatsink that covers the power delivery components and a selection of the memory.

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

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