[section_title title=”Closer Look”]Closer Look
To compliment the review, I recorded an unboxing to animate not only my opinion but how the cards both look etc. A more detailed closer look can be found below underneath the video:
Looking at both the ZOTAC GTX 780/780Ti AMP! Edition graphics cards from an overhead view, we can clearly see the implemented triple fan cooler design. ZOTAC claim this to offer up to 10c cooler temperatures than the stock heat sink which NVIDIA reference 780/780Ti cards come equipped with but that will tested later on in the review.
ZOTAC have gone with an all-black shroud with orange fan blades which make up the bulk of the cards cooler. Behind that we have the copper fins which help dissipate the heat ensuring the best possible temperatures.
Can you tell which one is which? Thought not! Both are virtually identical in terms of aesthetics.
Taking a closer look at the fan blades, I really do like the look of them and ZOTAC AMP! Edition cards are easy to notice due to their black and orange design. This colour scheme would fit in with those looking to colour match with certain ZOTAC Mini-ITX boards and even Gigabytes Z87X-OC motherboard.
On the rear of the card, we have the regular black PCB associated with the majority of the NVIDIA reference design cards. This particular 780Ti model features the reference PCB and the only real notable difference between this and a reference model is high clock speeds in the way of a pre-applied overclock and of course the triple fan cooler.
The PCI-E x16 slot has the official NVIDIA branding on it and is also another notable feature of a NVIDIA reference PCB. Also in shot is some of the ventilation from the AMP! Edition cooler.
Connections wise, the ZOTAC AMP! 780Ti features the following ports:
1 x HDMI
1 x Display Port
2 x DVI connections (1 x DVI-I and 1 x DVI-D)
Pretty standard connections and also worth noting is external exhaust vents which direct the airflow out the rear of the case which should improve case temperatures and effectively keep the inside of the case nice and cool. Another thing worth mentioning is the maximum resolution the card officially supports is 2560×1600 which is still large but I would have though 4k support would have been apparent.
All of the GTX 780 & 780Ti cards I have encountered all require 1 x 6pin and 1 x 8pin to power the card so it is worth checking that your power supply has the required connections prior to purchasing. However there are adapters that come bundled with the graphics card so they should at least have you covered. In terms of power supply, I would recommend at least a good quality 500w at the absolute minimum and if you are planning on overclocking this GPU + your CPU, I would recommend at least a 550w but you can refer to any of the over compensating power calculators currently on the internet.
The triple silencer cooler is also dual slot so this should leave you ample space between PCI-EX lanes when wanting to SLI. Please note that 780Ti cards only allow you to SLI three cards and not four like the NVIDIA Titan.