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

I will be testing the Zotac card using the following hardware configuration:

Intel Core i7 940 Processor @ 2.93 GHz and 3.8 GHz
SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4 Extreme CPU Cooler
OCZ Flex EX 12GB Triple Channel
50GB OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD
2TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD
Zalman 850W Power Supply
NZXT Phantom Case
Lite-On Optical Drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

As you can see from the photos, the card does indeed take up a lot of space in our test system. There is only one legacy PCI slot free between it and the RevoDrive in the bottom slot.

I popped in the included driver / software disc and was presented with the software suites shown above.

FireStorm is Zotac's easy-to-use overclocking program. From the dashboard, you can adjust the Engine Clock, Memory Clock, Shader Clock and Fan Speed. A real-time temperature monitor sits on the right side with Reset and Apply buttons near the bottom.

The other software was mostly related to video editing: Badaboom, vReveal and Super LoiLoScope. Also included on the disc are install files for Internet Security, DirectX 9.0c, Adobe Reader and PhysX.

I didn't play around with overclocking this card too much since it is already factory overclocked, but I was able to push the GPU clock up to 800 MHz, the memory up to 1000 MHz and the Shader up to 1601 MHz. This was good for nearly 200 additional points in 3DMark 2011 at stock CPU clocks. With a little more time I'm sure I could take this card up a bit higher, but as you will see in our benchmarks shortly, it really isn't necessary at this point in time.

Let's move ahead and check out system temperatures and power usage.

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