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Zotac 660 Ti vs Zotac 660 Ti Amp

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December 18, 2012 2:08:56 PM

hello,
I'm getting ready to buy the final piece to my HTPC Gaming box, the GPU.
I can get the Zotac 660 Ti locally, or I can have the Zotac 660 Ti Amp Edition mailed.
If there is not a large reason to get the Amp version, I will buy the regular version local so I can get building this thing.
HTPC usage: Blu-Ray playback, HD video playback from storage, and gaming. (never been a PC gamer before, FYI)

I'm only considering these two cards at this point, mainly for size limitations.
Would have purchased the Zotac GTX 670 Twin Cooler, but you can't get that anywhere but China.

My build is the following (PcPartPicker List):
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 37.8 CFM
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB ATX LGA1155
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD, 2x Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Case: Silverstone GD01B-MXR HTPC
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Extra: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller Receiver

Newegg comparison of GPU cards
Only differences listed below as well (Core Clock, Boost Clock, Effective Memory Clock)
  1. Model# ZT-60802-10P ZT-60804-10P (Amp Edition)
  2. Interface PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16
  3. Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA NVIDIA
  4. GPU GeForce GTX 660 Ti GeForce GTX 660 Ti
  5. Core Clock 928MHz 1033MHz <===
  6. Boost Clock 1006MHz 1111MHz <===
  7. CUDA Cores 1344 1344
  8. Effective Memory Clock 6008MHz 6608MHz <===


Thank you for any insight about specs relating to gaming and if it is really worth getting the Amp version or no real noticeable difference and safe to get the regular 660 Ti

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December 18, 2012 2:24:19 PM

The amp! edition is a overclocked card from factory, if you don't need the the extra oc and you know how to overclock the other one(easy) get the cheaper one.
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December 18, 2012 2:43:28 PM

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December 18, 2012 2:46:35 PM

BINGO! that is the info I was looking for.
Not a gamer or over-clocker, but now knowing that I can do it myself if ever need be is the answer to my question.
Now I can get the "regular" card with peace of mind and cross the overclock bridge if it every comes up (and hopefully not ;)  )
thanks!
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