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Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! review

The fastest mid-range Fermi around

Our Verdict

Without doubt the finest example of GTX 560 Ti graphics cards, though our money's still on the HD 6950.

For

  • High clocks
  • Church-mouse quiet

Against

  • No more OC headroom
  • Not a tessellation card

Nvidia's mid-range marvel has hit every branch on the way down the overclocking tree to produce Zotac's GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP!

Now the origial GeForce GTX 560 Ti was a big hit when it first turned up last month. Tipping up with the same balance of price and performance as it's older sibling, the GeForce GTX 460, you could colour us impressed.

Unfortunately for Nvidia the market has changed since the GTX 460 first arrived, and that £200 pricepoint is more crowded than ever.

And the card that stands out of that crowd is AMD's Radeon HD 6950.

It's slightly more expensive than the £200 vanilla GTX 560 Ti, but it's got the DirectX 11 performance chops to make the mid-range Nvidia card even greener with envy.

One thing the HD 6950 can't do is overclock, as shown by the MSI Radeon HD 6950 Twin FrozR II. But the enhanced cooling and power design of the GTX 560 Ti means that is one area it can win on.

So how much more performance can you get out of an overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP?

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 550 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 500
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameZotac
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width192 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111.2 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length188 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Memory Speed4400 MHz
Product ModelZT-50402-10L
Product NameZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition Graphics Card
Processor Speed1000 MHz
Manufacturer Part NumberZT-50402-10L
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Elevate your gaming experience to the next level with the carefully tweaked and tuned ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition graphics card. By supercharging the engine, shader and memory clocks, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition is able to extract every ounce of performance available from the graphics processor to deliver class-dominating performance and clarity.

Package Contents
  • ZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition Graphics Card
  • DVI-to-VGA adapter
  • Dual MOLEX to 6-pin PCIe Power Adapter
  • Disc
  • User manual
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1