At one time Zotac was the only manufacturer offering a GeForce GTX 560 Ti overclocked up to 950 MHz, most others were 850 and 900 MHz overclocks. Now 2 other manufacturers offer this card at the 950 Mhz overclock. The only real difference you are going to see between the 3 cards is the cooler and shroud designs. I like the design of the Zotac’s shroud (I can’t argue with black and yellow, I’m from Pittsburgh!) and the fan is pretty quiet during operation, even while gaming.
The 950 MHz overclock is quite an increase from the reference clock of 823 MHz. You are definitely going to see a difference here. Doing some research most people saw a 10-15% increase in performance compared to the reference card. 10-15% is something you are definitely going to notice when you are gaming. 950 MHz is the highest factory overclock available for the GTX 560 Ti.
If we compare this card to the 2GB Radeon HD 6950 they are pretty much neck to neck in most of the tests that we did. 2GB Radeon HD 6950’s sell for around $275-280 online. The Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition sells for $267.99 so they are also very close in price. The thing that really sets them apart is the power consumption. This is an overclocked card so you are going to see it pull more power. Also you only have support for 2 displays with this card whereas the 6950 has support for 3-6 displays.
With all that said the Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition is a great choice for any gamer or computer user looking to upgrade. If you are an Nvidia fan this card is great and hey it comes with a free game as well. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition 1GB Video Card a 9 out of 10 score.
– 950 MHz overclock
– Good cooling
– DirectX 11 support
– Performs very close and better in some cases to the 2GB Radeon HD 6950
– Because it is overclocked it draws more power