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Roundup: 14 GeForce GTX 460 1 GB cards!
by Damien Triolet
Published on February 16, 2011

Zotac GTX 460 AMP!
The second Zotac model we’ve tested is a significantly overclocked GeForce GTX 460, with the GPU clock up from 675 to 810 MHz (+20%) and its memory up from 900 MHz to 1 GHz. Only available in a 1 GB version, it’s marketed at €200. Note that the 2 GB and 3DP models use the same cooler.

The card

The Zotac AMP! model looks pretty cool and uses the same PCB as the model with the blower, namely the stock PCB but with additional connectivity: HDMI and DisplayPort as well as the two DVI Dual-Link outs.

This rather complex cooler is made up of an aluminium plate that frames the copper base equipped with a circular heatsink above which there’s an 8cm fan. A small heatsink is fixed to the sensitive power stage components but this is enclosed under the extremity of the cooler plate, a purely aesthetic addition, and is therefore not exposed to any direct flow of air.

The bundle

Zotac delivers its card with a CD for drivers and test versions of applications accelerated by CUDA, a manual, a guarantee, a DVI to VGA adaptor, two double molex to 6-pin PCI Express power supply cable convertors and the game, Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands.

In Europe, Zotac is offering a guarantee extended from 2 to 5 years if the card is registered within a fortnight of purchase.

Infrared thermography

Graphics card at idle.

Graphics card in load.

System at idle.

System in load.

The power stage on the Zotac AMP! model gets pretty hot in load. This model is also the one which sends most hot air towards the hard drives.

Noise and temperature readings

Although the card is quiet at idle, it is unfortunately quite noisy in load.

Our opinion
Although the cooler design that equips the Zotac GeForce GTX 460 AMP! is nice to look at, we’re rather sceptical as to how efficient it is. Without forgetting that the card has been overclocked (GPU up 20%), you have to say that it’s rather noisy in load, which makes the model a good deal less attractive, hence, no doubt, the inclusion of a game in the bundle and a guarantee extended to five years.

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