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GeForce GTS 450 O/C Roundup: Six Custom-Tuned Cards

Zotac Amp Edition ZT-40502-10L

The only card in today’s lineup to provide a lifetime warranty, Zotac wins before testing even begins. Need we even bother with a further description?

OK, so maybe the shorter warranties of other products haven’t disqualified them quite yet, but Zotac certainly starts strong with that statement. Equally-unusual is its inclusion of a full-sized DisplayPort connection—an AMD-backed standard—on an Nvidia-based graphics card.

The unusual design continues with a shorter circuit board that more easily fits tight cases, and extends to a two-row connector set that includes both full-sized HDMI and twin dual-link DVI outputs. Over-the-top features like this could put Zotac into many hard-to-match configurations, be they twin dual-link displays or compact cases.

Zotac does economize on its cooling solution, its all-aluminum sink lacking even so much as a single heat-pipe. Yet, so long as this one stays cool enough, we can appreciate the card’s remaining strong points.

Those strong points include the second-fastest GPU clock of 875 MHz, which, in combination with the lifetime warranty, prove Zotac’s faith in its low-cost cooling solution. The memory is equally impressive at GDDR5-4000.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.