NVIDIA recently announced two of their new graphics cards based on the Maxwell architecture. Following the official release, AIB partners are coming out with their custom designs. ZOTAC’s GeForce GTX 970 Extreme OC has just popped up on the radar and as the name suggests it is based on the GeForce GTX 970 GPU. Apparently, this card is same as the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! edition. The difference in name is just for different regions.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 Extreme OC:
As the name makes it pretty clear, the GeForce GTX 970 Extreme OC is an extreme card and it comes overclocked out of the box. As its based on the GTX 970 chip, it packing the GM204 Maxwell chip with 1664 CUDA cores and 104 texture units however it comes with considerably higher clocks as compared to the reference version. The stock GTX 970 comes with 1050 MHz base clock and 1178 MHz boost clock but the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 Extreme OC has clocks upped to 1203 MHz and 1355 MHz respectively. It features same memory configuration with 4GB GDDR5 spread across a 256-bit wide interface however instead of reference 7000 MHz memory clock, the ZOATC’s graphics card has 7200 MHz.
However, that’s not where this card’s extremism ends. ZOTAC has prepared a full custom PCB which is taller than usual PCBs. It has 10-phase Power+ circuitry, advanced OC Plus real-time performance intelligence and FireStorm Gamer Mode for expert adjustments to fine-tune overclocking. ZOTAC has not provided the TDP of the GTX 970 Extreme OC but they’ve improved the power delivery system. Most of the GTX 970 graphics cards come with two 6-pin power connectors however this one come with two 8-pin connectors.
In order to keep this running cool and easy, this graphics card is equipped with company’s proprietary IceStorm cooling solution. ZOTAC IceStorm has three fans with Seaweed-blades. Two fans on either side have protective covers on top which ZOTAC refers to as Carbon ExoArmor. Under the fan assembly, there is a massive heatsink with five heatpipes. This cools heatsink cools down the GPU. Power circutry have their own heatsinks whereas there is a metallic backplate as well which also acts as a heatsink. The cooler also have LEDs on top. This feature is called LIGHT.id. The LEDs turn green which GPU is under light load and they turn red once its under heavy load. You can further control lighting by ZOTAC’s FireStorm utility.
The only thing that’s standard about the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 Extreme OC is the display outputs. It comes with one DVI-D, one HDMI and three DisplayPorts.
ZOTAC has not announced the pricing or availability of this graphics card. However, it’ll be available in Chinese region as GTX 970 Extreme OC whereas in other parts of the world, it’ll be known as GTX 970 AMP! edition.