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Zo­tac is go­ing af­ter those who are look­ing for raw out-of-the-box per­for­mance with its AMP Ex­treme card. A look at the spec­i­fi­ca­tions shows that this is ac­tu­ally the high­est clocked card of the lot, run­ing at around 100MHz higher than the MSI card at de­fault set­tings.

How­ever, while that’s nice to look at in the­ory, the 100MHz boost doesn’t quite trans­late into a large gain in prac­tice, so clock speeds re­ally shouldn’t be all you look at when choos­ing a card. Still, this is Zo­tac’s ag­ship, and it is ev­ery inch a hulk­ing, im­pos­ing beast.

At 325mm long and with three 90mm fans, this card re­quires a ton of space. It’s also rather thick, so you’ll need three PCIe slots to have room for it. This is also quite a loud card, so be pre­pared to put up with some noise.

A cop­per base plate is in di­rect con­tact with the GPU, and there’s a larger alu­minum plate around it to help with cool­ing for the mem­ory. Four 6mm and two 8mm com­pos­ite heat­pipes move heat away to the large heatsink ar­ray.

The VRM com­po­nents get their share of at­ten­tion too, but it’s less com­pre­hen­sive of a so­lu­tion than on the Aorus or MSI cards.

A black, nned heatsink sits above the VRM, but this ap­pears to have been placed in iso­la­tion, and Zo­tac un­for­tu­nately hasn’t done any­thing to fa­cil­i­tate con­tact with the main heatsink.

That’s a good op­por­tu­nity wasted, and some of the air­flow from the fans that might serve to cool the VRM heatsink is even blocked by a rub­ber damp­ener on the main n stack, as it’s lo­cated close to where the VRM heatsink is.

The 16+2-phase power de­sign is also achieved us­ing phase dou­blers, the same as ev­ery­one else, so there’s noth­ing re­ally spe­cial in this re­spect ei­ther.

The AMP Ex­treme is a lit­eral heavy­weight look­ing to play with the big boys, and there’s no doubt that it’s very fast. How­ever, it loses out on cer­tain de­sign de­ci­sions, and over­all feels less re­fined than some of the com­pe­ti­tion.

No spe­cial al­lowances have been made for VR head­sets here.

This is a thick card that will re­quire three PCIe slots to in­stall.

The two Power Boost con­trollers are vis­i­ble through the back­plate.

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