A Closer Look at the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition
The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition is designed to fit into most any PC chassis, sans tiny itx style. Lengthwise the card measures only 8.27 inches. This is about three inches shorter than the GTX 1070’s we recently reviewed. I appreciate the minimalist design of the cooler. In most of my systems, the GPU is in the traditional orientation and faces down inside the case. Rather than spending extra cost on something that only is seen rarely. However, with that said, there’s enough of a design to have a classy look if you’re showing off the GPU with the use of a PCIe riser cable.
The two 90mm fans are the most prominent feature card. These fans feature a wider blade to help increase the airflow to the heatsink. Upon taking the card out of the box for the 1st time, there is a sticker that spans both fans warning users that the fans will stop spinning when the card is not being used.
Height wise, the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition measures in at 1.4 inches. Sadly, the GTX 1060 is not SLI capable and the PCB lacks the SLI edge connectors that we’ve seen on other Nvidia cards. The case window edge of the card does feature Zotac’s name in white lettering however, there are no LEDs on this card. The GTX 1060 uses a single 6-pin connector to provide power. The picture below shows the plug tucked under the rear edge of the heatsink. The heatsink does not interfere with the installation or removal of the plug.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition is designed as a no frills, performance focused graphics card. This card lacks extra features such as LEDs and a backplate. However, with a card this small and light, I don’t see the need for a back plate here and in my opinion would add unnecessary cost. Here you can also get a better view of the slight overhang of the heatsink off the rear edge of the PCB.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! VRM uses an UPI Semiconductor uP9511 8-phase controller configured to a 4+1 phase function utilizing a mixture of UBIQ M3054M (low-side) and M3058M (high-side) MOSFETs driven by UPI Semiconductor uP1962 single channel drivers. There are a total of four uP1962 drivers on the board, three on the front and one on the back. Output filtering uses four 0.22uH series high-current low-profile chokes and 4x 1200uF solid capacitors.
The memory power uses UBIQ M3054M and M3058M MOSFETs and uses the same 0.22uH chokes as the GPU VRM. PLL is driven by an Up1728. A Texas Instruments INA3221 on the back side of the board. is a 3-channel high-current bus and voltage monitor involved in power distribution.