ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 950 AMP! EDITION
We don’t get a lot of Zotac cards in our labs for testing, and the last we received was featured in our GeForce GTX 960 shootout (HWM April 2015), so it was a genuine surprise to have the AMP! Edition of the Geforce GTX 950 with us for this shootout.
Graphics cards from Zotac tend to follow an exceedingly similar design language across the board, similar to how automobile manufacturers, such as Aston Martin and Porsche, have been doing for the last several years. It’s seems very lazy on Zotac’s part, but it also brings forth that old saying: “If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it”. The dual-fan IceStorm aircooling solution has already proven its mettle against the majority of graphics cards on the market, long before we even got our hands on this AMP! Edition GTX 950 card. That extra backplate on the card isn’t just there for show, either. It’s there to add rigidity to the card, as well as to act as a passive heatsink for the capacitors and transistors on the cards themselves (Zotac calls it ExoArmor).
Unlike previous generation GeForce GTX 750 graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 950 can be SLI’d, making this card a viable choice for gamers who want a small form factor, dual graphics card rig
NOVEMBER 2015 that isn’t too punishing on the wallet.
Like we said, that ExoArmor and those 90mm dual IceStorm fans aren’t just there for show: they’re meant to help the card perform. When we tested the card, it was idling at an average temperature of 48.5°C, while the minimum temperature of the card during idle was only 29°C. On a full load (e.g. running games), it hits a maximum temperature of only 68°C. We actually expected that temperature to be higher, but in hindsight, the ambient temperature of our testing area is actually kept at a chilly 16°C.
The AMP! Edition GTX 950 only needs to run on a 6-pin PCIe power connector, which is actually more good news, because that also translates to low power consumption from your system.
In terms of power, this AMP! Edition GTX 950 is fitted with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, with a GPU clock speed of 1,203MHz, and a memory clock speed of 1,755MHz. Throughout our tests, we overclocked the both the GPU and memory clock speed to 1,278MHz and 1,819MHz, respectively.
Last but not least, the card has a total of four ports, consisting of one HDMI 1.4 port, a DisplayPort, and two DVI ports.
The GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition is built like a tank, courtesy of its metal wraparound backplate that encompasses the sides of the card.