Hot on the heels of ASUS and their announcement, ZOTAC is also launching their own set of non-reference design GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs. And I can safely say that this time around, the company with the weird name has put a lot more effort in creating some aggressive looking graphics cards. And I can also say, that there is a whole lot less "Halloween" action going on with the color scheme.
The new GPUs will have cooling solutions attached that emphasize cooling performance and overclocking, and will come in an AMP! Extreme and AMP! Omega edition. A standard edition is also available. which is basically your standard run of the mill reference design. So we'll talk about what they've done with the more interesting designs.
ZOTAC's GTX 980 AMP! Extreme edition sports a brand new cooling design that is much more aggressive that we're normally use to from the company. And the great looking carbon "ExoArmor" cooling solution with "IceStorm" technology, ensures a cool running GPU. Aided by the LIGHT.id, which gives it some fancy lighting effects, it'll definitely give your custom build that special glow. And of course, you can shut it off if it annoys you. Did I mention the three fans?
The PCB is also completely custom and has additional "OC Plus" circuitry built to make this thing overclock. In fact, the new ZOTAC Firestorm software is enhanced by an internal USB connection to bring real time monitor and stats, letting you really control and max out that overclock. Or you can just use the built in presets and just go.
A new Gamer Mode provides even more precise voltage adjustments for potentially higher overclocks. Probably at your own risk.
The GTX 970 AMP! Extreme edition uses the same cooler design, comes with the same cooler features, which should make it one of the better GTX 970 overclockers out there.
The ZOTAC GTX 980 and GTX 970 AMP! Omega edition has a more toned down cooler design with a dual fan design, but still has a custom PCB, and OC Plus power regulation circuitry that enhances its overclockability. Unlike the GTX 980, the LIGHT.id lighting effects are omitted in this design, so if you want that, you'll have to save up for the AMP! Extreme edition.
And of course, you get all the NVIDIA goodies that make the next generation GeForce GTX cards special like NVIDIA Super Resolution, GPU Boost 2.0, and Adaptive V-Sync, just to name drop a few things.
ZOTAC has not announced pricing for their new GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs. But you can find the spec and details in the photo gallery along with the full press release below. And don't forget to stay tuned for our own review of the GTX 980 coming up really soon!