Zotac is one of the latest Graphics Card Maker to enter the market. In fact, if you drop by their website, you’ll see that it has just started up and still under construction.
They will be making a pretty aggressive debut appearance at this year’s CEBIT in Germany, at Booth B27 Hall 20. I’m hoping to see some exciting stuff there. In any case, at this stage, Zotac is making purely NVIDIA GPU-based Graphics Cards. From market industry talks, it seems that unlike ATi/AMD AIB partner policy, whereby price-protection is pretty tightly enforced, NVIDIA AIC partners do not seem to display such a strong enforcement in this area. Thus, competition seems to be much stiffer between these Card Makers, which is why we see so many different solutions – a good thing for consumers.
In the macro view, Zotac is actually a new sister company formed out of PC Partner. It’s strategy towards Graphics Cards is thus: Sapphire – ATi only, while Zotac – NVIDIA only. You can check out HKEPC’s Interview of Zotac if you can read Chinese.
The first Zotac Card we have ever lay hands on is actually the pretty recently launched GeForce 8800GTS 320MB. The cheapest model of Video Cards supporting DirectX 10 available in the market at this time.
A liquid metal figure stares out from the box at you with glowing eyes. A bit of Deja Vu, the dead and buried 3dFx 2-3000 series had a similar package.
NVIDIA Reference card design, that’s what you will be seeing on current 8800GTS 320MB. Single PCI-E Power Connector.