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March 4, 2013

Zotac Launches GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Dual Silencer Graphics Card

A new video card has been released, one that people with no financial concerns will be glad to learn about, assuming they don't want an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan or already have a good computer. 

The card is called GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Dual Silencer and gets its name from the very good and very quiet cooling module.

Said cooler has a big heatsink that covers the PCB (printed circuit board) in its entirety, suggesting direct cooling to the GPU, memory chips and voltage regulation module (VRM).

The dark shroud is straightforward enough, but the two orange fans are the ones that give the Dual Silencer name, since they produce hardly any noise.

The copper heatpipes visible on the side of the chassis definitely help make sure the heat never stays on the chips for long, hence the lack of need for overly fast (and by extension noisy) fans.

As for the specifications, Zotac's board has the same speeds as the “normal” AMP! Model: 1,110 base GPU clock speed, 1,176 MHz GPU Boost.

For the sake of perspective, the reference video card runs at 1,006 MHz and 1,058 MHz, respectively.

On that note, the 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM operate at 6,608 MHz, quote a bit above the 6,008 MHz of the original.

Moving on, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition, part number ZT-60105-10P, has a memory interface of 256 bits.

As for connectivity, two DVI ports (DVI-I and DVI-D) and a VGA output are present, along with HDMI and a DisplayPort connector.

“ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition [is] powered by a powerful new GeForce architecture that redefines smooth, seamless and lifelike gaming,” the company says.

“The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition raises the performance bar with new NVIDIA GPU Boost technology that maximizes clock speeds on the fly for maximum performance in every gaming scenario.”