Zotac Amp! Edition GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 01-20-2011
Provided by: Zotac
First Look

Zotac has spared no expense with their aftermarket GPU cooler on the Amp! edition card by bringing in one of the top VGA cooling companies on the planet, Zalman. The cooler you see above is a slightly modified version of Zalman's popular VF3000F dual fan heatsink. For a full rundown of this cooler, check out Zahn's review of it by clicking here (PS - It earned our Gold Seal of Approval).

The dual 92mm fans on the cooler should significantly reduce GPU operating temperatures although the cooling configuration means that excess heat will be dumped right into the chassis rather than expelled out the rear of the system via an expansion slot cutout. This will likely raise the temperature of other components slightly, such as the processor. If you have good case cooling, however, this really shouldn't be too much of a concern.

Also note that since this cooler is so large, it takes up two additional expansion slots, not including the slot that the card sits in. Depending on your motherboard's slot configuration, you may or may not be able to run SLI with two of these cards.

On the back of the card we find a dual-slot interface with two DVI connectors and a mini-HDMI port.

On top we find the SLI connectors as well as a single 6-pin PCIe and an 8-pin PCIe power connector. If your power supply doesn't have native 8-pin support, remember that you can use the included dual Molex adapter instead.

Aside from the aftermarket cooler, there really isn't much else to see as the card is otherwise a reference board so there isn't much reason to remove the cooler to have a look at the PCB layout. Let's move ahead and install the card in our test system.

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