ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

Just when I thought I’ve seen it all when it comes to GTX 950 cards, the ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition gave me another surprise.

ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

The card is beautiful, what you see here is some carbon detailing that’s part of what is called the Carbon Exoarmor which is part of ZOTAC’s IceStorm cooling system.

ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

From the top, you’ll see more of the cooling system that covers not just the fan area but also the back. The GTX 950 AMP! Edition comes is powered with a 6-pin PCI-E power connector, allowing the card to draw up to 150W of power.

ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

At the back is a metal wrap-around backplate for added protection and vibration reduction.

ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

The video output ports are quite lacking though, unlike other brands where you have quite a few DisplayPorts, the GTX 950 AMP! Edition comes with only one HDMI and DisplayPort while providing 2 DVI ports.

ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

Here’s the GPU-Z of the ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition.

ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

More details at the official product page.

Overclocking

The ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition is overclocked so much that I can’t even get it to clock 50Mhz, let alone getting an overclock that provides substantial speed boost.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card 1080p (avg)
ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition 32
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 XTREME GAMING 31
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 30
Nvidia GTX 960 2GB (Reference) 32

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition 52
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 XTREME GAMING 50
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 46
Nvidia GTX 960 2GB (Reference) 53

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card 1080p (avg)
ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition 72
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 XTREME GAMING 71
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 67
Nvidia GTX 960 2GB (Reference) 78

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card 1080p (avg)
ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition 44
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 XTREME GAMING 43
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 37
Nvidia GTX 960 2GB (Reference) 42

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card 1080p (avg)
ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition 23
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 XTREME GAMING 19
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 19
Nvidia GTX 960 2GB (Reference) 23

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition 30 76
ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition Full RPM 28 67

The fan hovers at around 38% on AUTO settings where the noise level is silent.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an FSP Aurum S 700W with 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 60w.

Card ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition
Furmark Burn-in 220
Estimated Actual System Draw 198
Estimated Card Power Draw 138

At 138W the card draws a lot more power than the supposed 90W rated power draw for the reference design.

The Verdict

The ZOTAC GTX 950 AMP! Edition is priced at around US$200, unfortunately this card is not to be available in Malaysia due to pricing issues. That said it’s not a bad card at all, you get pretty much a GTX 960 performance but with a really nice cooler. Go with this card if you’re the type that’s willing to pay for aesthetics over the slight performance difference.

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