Software & Lights
When you power your system on you’ll see that the entire card lights up! By default you have a sort of rainbow wave going on…
To change up the colors you’ll need to download Zotac’s Firestorm app, which we will get into in a little bit, but I have to say this is some of the best lighting I’ve seen on a graphics card. It is quite bright too and would definitely illuminate the bottom half of your case. It pretty much lit up the wall where our test bench was!
Zotac’s FireStorm software has been updated since we last saw it. The interface is much nicer now and seems to work better too. When first open it up you are brought to a screen that shows you your fan speed, GPU temperature, and clock speeds. On the far right there are sliders, which you can adjust when you have “Manual” selected on the left.
If you click on the advanced tab on the left it brings up a fan speed graph, which you can adjust to fit your needs.
There is an OC Scanner button that will try and perform and auto-overclock on the card. We ran it and got a 60 MHz boost.
Moving back over to the right side, clicking on Spectra brings up our lighting options. There are four different lighting zone that you can configure individually or you can synchronize them. You also have the ability to set Idle and Active lighting modes. So when you card is active it could be running one effect, then when it goes idle it would run another effect.
There are 7 standard effects and 5 animated effects. For each effect you can select the color, speed of the effect, brightness, and even the direction of the effect.