A Closer Look
The card is fairly large and uses up 3 PCI slot space (although it states 2.5 slot size on their website). It’s also pretty heavy, so a GPU support bracket is recommended.
You’ll find a nice solid metal backplate which gives it support, and helps with some heat dissipation. The large 3 fans provide sufficient cooling and can be controlled via the Firestorm software.
There’s also 2 visible translucent LED strips and 1 hidden near the back of the card. The Spectra RGB lighting can also be controlled via the Firestorm software.
Depending on your region … there are two variants of the RTX 2080 AMP Extreme. The one we are reviewing is the AMP Extreme Core. The other version available is the faster (or should I say original) AMP Extreme.
To power this card, you’ll need 2 x 8-pin PCIE power cables and a decent power supply of 650W or higher. For connectivity, you’ll get 3 x Displayport, 1 x HDMI and 1 x USB-C.
For SLI, you’ll find the NVLink connector at the top of the card. Please note: The RTX 2080 is the bare minimum if you want SLI multi-GPU configuration.
No issues with installation, but do be careful when installing the card. Some motherboards can get pretty cramped.
Here’s a few more photos of the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme Core fully installed, along with the custom made GPU support bracket.