Im buying a new 670 card and would like opinions on which GPU non-reference design is better. After reading specs, the AMP! seems to have higher specs such as the base and boost clock and memory clock, and it is cheaper as well. Is the AMP! the superior non reference card? I want to get the most bang for my buck
So if your looking to save money, get it. Otherwise, get the asus directcu II top one. Its got a 10/10 at techpowerup which is very rare. I am getting the Asus one hopefully it will arrive tomorrow. Zotac one is good as well.
I would personally suggest the GIGABYTE version as opposed to the ZOTAC AMP! EDITION because of these reasons:
1. It is fairly easy to overclock, the GIGABYTE one comes already overclocked
2. The Zotac AMP! EDITION one is more expensive
3. The GIGABYTE one contains a full GTX 680 PCB with a GTX 670 graphics core
4. The cooling of the GIGABYTE GTX 670 is superior to the Zotac one because it has three fans in Triangle Cool configuration to allow for maximum airflow
5. The Zotac AMP! Edition blocks three expansion slot due to the over sized two fan cooler, the GIGABYTE one blocks only two expansion slots - this is important if you plan to SLi in the future
6. The Zotac fans appears to be covered in some sort of plastic - the GIGABYTE one also uses plastic, but more durable ones which covers more of the card than the Zotac one.
For anyone searching this for an answer to this question, I have purchased and owned the Zotac GTX 670 AMP! edition for over 6 months now and i can say I am satisfied with it. While i have not had any other graphics card to compare it too, i can say it is VERY quite, looks badass, and most importantly - KILLS at running all games i throw at it. When i bought it, it was $400 - about the same price as a reference 670 card but with specs like clock speeds closer to a 680. I bought it right after launch of the 600 series cards so it was a pretty good deal and still is today.
ONLY problem i have with the card is that is is so big that is literally sags in my case. Having it attached at the rear of the case and the PCI slot is not enough to keep this beast in place. What i did was construct a stand to hold the far side up so that it would stay level. It does diminish from the look - having my card on a cane - but otherwise it is great.
For anyone looking through the forums and trying to decide to commit to the zotac amp! 670 card, i totally recommend it.