Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Review – Pushing The Limit!
Price and Availability
The Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition is now widely available. This particular variant usually goes for around $649.99. However, at the time I posted this review, online stores like B&H is selling the card at a lower price of $629.99 only, making the GTX 980 Ti AMP! the cheapest custom cooled / factory overclocked graphics card. For latest pricing and availability, check out the links below. You also get a limited 2-year warranty, plus 1 year extended warranty upon registering the graphics card at Zotac’s website.
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Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Review: Conclusion
Currently, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is NVIDIA’s high-end and top of the line graphics card for gamers who wants to play at higher than 1080p resolution. And like the Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core and the GTX 950 AMP! Editions, the company has another fantastic product here in the form of the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!. The performance is great and definitely a must have for the enthusiasts and demanding gamers.
Aesthetically speaking, the look and feel is very similar to the GTX 970 AMP! EC, except that the fans don’t spin unless they hit a certain temperature. The back plate on the GTX 980 Ti AMP! also looks better. The graphics card is very silent and inaudible at idle to light load. If you compare the design and look of the previous generation of Zotac graphics cards with the latest GTX 900 series, it’s very obvious that they have improved in this area. The newer graphics cards are just way better in terms of appearance compared to the older ones.
Zotac said to “Push the Limit” and I did, I overclocked the card and I was able to match the default clock speeds of their flagship GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition. As you can see from the synthetic benchmark results, bumping the clock speeds further gives noticeable difference in terms of performance. Now let’s talk about performance, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a beast and can handle all games currently available in the market. It’s also the graphics card recommended for VR Gaming.
At 1080p resolution, the GTX 980 Ti is simply overkill, even at maximum graphics settings. It can play all games without breaking a sweat at this resolution. You get a very smooth gaming experience with above 60 FPS in most games. At 1440p, it’s still able to handle most games easily with around 60 FPS (give or take). Now here comes the challenging part; at 4K UHD resolution frame rates varies from 10 FPS to 60 FPS depending on the game and its settings. For not so demanding games, like Call of Duty, I still got around 60FPS at max graphics settings. However, for demanding games like Crysis 3, you may not enjoy that smooth gaming experience. You will have to lower down the graphics quality to get at least 30 FPS or more and enjoy the game.
Now for the “con” part, well there’s actually none. I don’t find anything not to like about the Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP!. It’s really a fantastic card for its price.
I don’t have anything to say further. The Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition is a superb and fantastic product from the company. It’s (really) fast, silent and cool. PC gamers and enthusiasts who are currently shopping for a graphics card to match their 1440p or 4K UHD monitor(s) should put this card on your short list.