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Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Edition GPU Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging and Specification
  2. Initial Impressions and Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  4. Futuremark Benchmark
  5. OpenGL Benchmarks
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. Hitman
  9. DOOM
  10. GPU Computation Benchmark
  11. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  12. Overclocking and LED Function Impressions
  13. Conclusion
  14. Online Purchase Links
  15. View All

Disclosure: This product is sourced from Zotac

Introduction

Zotac AMP! Extreme editions are big cards. Big on cooling with factory overclocked preset and possibly some more space for one to manually overclock. If you do overclock, the cooling performance will be the least of your worries. The Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme shouldn’t be an exception. I’ve reviewed the GTX 1070 Founders Edition whose manual overclocking impressions was lacking. The GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphs were rebuilt because of significant difference between the .25 and .39 drivers, probably due to erratic fan speeds. It was difficult to say whether it was because of its cooling performance or because of the GP-104 card.

This is why a lot of people simply wait for non-reference editions whether it’s AMD or Nvidia. No exceptions! With new generation PC gamers less committed towards manual overclocking, out-of-the-box factory overclocked cards are preferred as long as it can deliver a real-world performance boost. That should also be accompanied with excellent cooling design, good looks, good components and a reputation of making great graphic cards.

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Zotac has three variants in its GTX 1070 series- The founders edition with default base/boost clock of 1506/ 1683 MHz. AMP edition with a custom cooling and PCB design with 1607/ 1797 MHz base/boost clock and the big bad Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme edition with 1632/1835 MHz.

Packaging

Zotac has all of the required information at the back of the box, including its features, system requirements and specification. The front labels all of its feature including the new Spectra LED lighting. The inner packaging materials provided by Zotac is good enough to protect this large graphic card. As always Zotac provides an extended warranty at the time of registration.

Zotac provides two pieces of dual 6 pin to 8 pin PCIe adapter, a driver disk with a case badge and a user’s manual. The PCIe adapters have its cables individually sleeved. However, most power supplies ranging between 500w to 600w has all the cable you’ll need for single GPU setup.

Zotac informs that its fans will not spin in low load. I the past, PWM controlled fans in GPUs and PSUs where it returned due to ‘fan failure’. This way users will know that it’s working by not working. It helps in its own way to keep the lifespan of the fan’s bearings and motors.

Amp! Extreme editions are very large cards due to a long and deep array of heatfins and networks of heatpipes helping to dissipate heat from its GPU core, memory and VRAM. This card occupies a space equivalent of a 2.5 slot. The card is broader and longer than a typical GTX 1070 Founders Edition.

Specifications

  • GPU GeForce GTX 1070
    CUDA cores 1920
    Video Memory 8GB GDDR5
    Memory Bus 256-bit
    Engine Clock Base: 1632 MHz
    Boost:1835 MHz
    Memory Clock 8208 MHz
    PCI Express 3.0
    Display Outputs 3x DisplayPort 1.4
    HDMI 2.0b
    DL-DVI
    HDCP Support Yes
    Multi-Display Capability Quad Display
    Recommended Power Supply 500W
    Power Consumption 250W
    Power Input Dual 8-pin
    DirectX 12 API feature level 12_1
    OpenGL 4.5
    Cooling Triple Fan IceStorm
    Slot Size 2.5 slots
    SLI Yes, SLI HB Bridge Supported
    Supported OS Windows 10 / 8 / 7
    Card Length 325mm x 148mm
    Accessories
    • 2x Dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe adapter
    • Driver Disk
    • User Manual
  • GPUZ Default Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Extreme

What you will notice is that it takes 2.5 PCIe slot space. You will also note this card is (length x width) 12.79 inches x 5.82 inches. A reference edition for both GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 is just 10.5 inches x 4.37 inches with a two PCIe slot form factor. But in exchange, it provides three temperature controlled fans and a large array of heat copper heat pipes and a large aluminum fin stack.

22 comments

  1. “Due to its wrapped design, there is no way to remove the GPU shroud and simply clean the aluminium fins.”

    What does this sentence mean? So you cannot remove the part with the fans from the heat sink even though there are screws showing in the picture?

  2. When can we expect the rest of the review? Really tempted by this card, but want to know the noise and temps (plus OC, although most Nvidia cards seems to all hit the same value).

    • The review is up. There were some minor coding issue but now its fixed.

      The card doesn’t cross 68 degrees celsius at 100% load while the fan stayed at 38% fan speed. Its significantly quiet. Running manual fan speed up to 79% does not generate any noise and the rest probably will get muffled in a closed case setup.

  3. ordering this card Monday I cant wait, its replacing a 970 g1 gamer a excellent card unfortunately gigabytes days of giving you more for the cost seems to have been lost on their 1070 g1 gamer edition. The they stoped giving use all the extras on their motherboars like they used too years ago.

    • Ah, nice!!

      I hope this review helped!

      • great review, its much apriciated and yes it helped me a lot, thks. Ordered card today, I’m hoping itll last 2 weeks before serious sagging cause I have to save and wait to get the support bracket lol.

  4. ordered this card thanks to you.
    I confirm that it’s a fantastic card ! quiet and powerfull

    • I’ve been reading some reports that the cooler is not that great. What do you think? Will it be okay in a non-AC room?

      • strange. i checked the spam que but your comment wasn’t there. I replied to your other query you posted via twitter.

        What I tested was in a closed-case setup in a non-AC environment. There was this one case I observed in Zotac India’s FB page where the person who bought this card did not get favourable results. furthermore when he used CM Value IC TIM, the temperatures were a bit better.

        This is a speculation, but judging by my experience against this single case I saw on facebook, maybe its a bad luck case of improper thermal paste application? This comes up time and again irrespective of the graphic card model and manufacturer.

      • Hi,
        I’m in a non AC room (29°C) and the card is at 62°C maximum on a 3 hours game session.
        Fans are at 35% maximum.

        I have overclocked the card, and the temperature is the same, but the fans 38% maximum.

        62°C is the MAX, the average is between 58 and 60°C : it’s very low.
        You can modify the speed fan curve with MSI Afterburner if you want, but 35 – 38% is quiet for me.

        Cards from other brands is more noisy, because the cooler is small comparing to this huge cooler on this card ! (3slots !).

  5. Forgive me, but what are the resolutions of the game benches?? I can’t seem to see them! It’s not very clear.

    • Fire Strike Ultra renders at 4K natively. Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike runs at 1440p. 3DMark 11 runs at 1080p. Games were benchmarked at 1080p.

  6. I posted some questions but apparently, my comment has been deleted. Is that the case or has it disappeared because of not being approved yet?

  7. Your review says the card doesn’t have factory OC memory. It does.

  8. got the card, I am amazed, its 1987 out of the box, I run it at 2124 without any fan sound. I can run it at 2164 but the fan needs to be set high to stop the throttle so don’t bother. Great premium feeling card. As its one of the lowest priced 1070,s in the uk I see no reason to pick any other.

  9. my card work with 4014MHZ Memory Clock. But i have thiunk he have 8000MHZ Memory Clock?