what the hell is with that weird hump on the Zotac card??
It's actually still a dual slot cooler, although the fan shroud does extend a bit beyond the bracket.
It's around the same price as the Gigabyte G1, and it looks like this Zotac model will be/wants to be in direct market competition with it.$410 for a 970; nope.
Wow, off-topic much? Maybe you should post this in the availability thread if you haven't already .
It's to fit more circuitry on the PCB. Not the Extreme Edition but the regular AMP 970 for example -
And if you can read french - http://www.lesnumeriques.com/carte-graphique/zotac-geforce-gtx-970-amp-omega-p21801/test.html
It's around the same price as the Gigabyte G1, and it looks like this Zotac model will be/wants to be in direct market competition with it.
The Gigabyte G1s MSRP is only supposed to be $369.99.
But to be honest even with the G1 I think you kind of are already moving away from the value draw of the GTX 970.
With cards like the Asus at +$10 or the MSI Gaming at +$20 MSRP are you really getting that much more by going higher? Especially at +$80 MSRP with the Zotac AMP Extreme.
If you don't really care about price/performance and just want more of a "halo" product then you might as well move up to the GTX 980.
Ah, I was wondering why that micro-USB cable was in the pic in the OP. Seemed out of place.EDIT: These cards can be hooked up via USB for some internal tweeking / monitoring? What? Well that might help explain some of the price increase. That little chip on the back that says OC+ has a micro USB connector.
Well that's the first 2x8 pin 970 I've seen
The price could be somewhat justified if it had ridiculous OC headroom, given that it as 2x8 pins. But there are no reviews on this card, and I don't know enough about Zotac to take a risk.