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Zotac GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphic Card Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Closer Look
  4. Overclocking Impressions
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark (2013)
  7. Futuremark Benchmark- 3DMark 11
  8. OpenGL Benchmark: Cinebench 11.5 and R15
  9. Unigine Benchmark Heaven 3.0 and 4.0
  10. Batman Arkham City
  11. Hitman Absolution
  12. Metro 2033
  13. Shadow of Mordor
  14. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
  15. Sniper Elite V2
  16. GPU Computation Benchmark
  17. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  18. Overclocking Performance
  19. Conclusion
  20. Online Purchase Links

Let’s get the obvious statement out of the way- the Zotac GTX 950 AMP! looks like a ‘complete package’ compared to the Gigabyte GTX 950 WF OC. Both cards come within the same price point in India. But you do get more warranty post online registration. As long as its honoured, it all looks good.

That said, would you pay so much money for this card? Especially in India where it’s usually a trend to see lower end cards to be priced higher, but certain mid-to-high-end card to be pretty close to prices for Newegg US. At time of writing, US$169.99 is Rs. 11,336/-. That’s a difference of Rs. 6,164/- (US$92.43). That’s a lot of difference if you want to use words like shipment costs, taxes, etc. With that price, you can buy a decent mid tower case here- or a good enough 2.0 desktop speakers. Which is exactly the reason why I said that MOBA players in India would rather go for GTX 7xx series cards or better yet- GTX 970 if they plan on playing newer games. It’s priced in such a way as if Nvidia AIB partners in India want people to buy GTX 750/GTX 750Ti over GTX 950. It’s an entry-level gaming grade graphic card, but not priced like one.

This doesn’t apply only for Zotac cards. Which is why it’s very frustrating to make heads or tails in regards to recommendations, and the performance similarities between GTX 950 and GTX 960 doesn’t help at all. It also doesn’t help Nvidia either when Intel is eyeing on MOBA players as well, using its newer CPU with onboard graphics offerings. If Intel gets really serious and pushes onboard graphics to be well suited for competitive gaming (or pro gaming or e-sports), then the entry level graphic card will end up becoming as pointless as the low-profile graphic cards except with the purpose of being a replacement or an upgrade for a pretty old setup.

INR 17,500$169.99£162.97EUR 216,60

India isn’t the only country with a weird price quote. In Amazon US, this card is priced for $205.37, an insane amount for a GTX 950 when there are GTX 960 cards that cost the same or a bit lesser than that of the GTX 960 with 2GB variant. But in Newegg US it costs $169.99. A lot of people buy hardware online, and such a price difference will simply ward away interested buyers. If the Amazon US is the right price, look at other options.

But if the NewEgg price is the right one, you can consider it if you’re looking out for a GTX 950. Better value than the Gigabyte GTX 950 WF OC at least- a bit more factory overclock, better cooling unit with aluminum heatsink, two copper heatpipe and copper base for the core, along with separate sink for the VRM. 

Zotac GTX 950 AMP!

If you compare both variants of GTX 950 cards, the difference is nothing really special to write about. Though it’s nothing something that either Zotac or Gigabyte do about it, but the performance is a step down compared to GTX 960. The difference is still negligible, thanks to the non-reference variants.

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