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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

Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! ExtremeFinal Words

Without a doubt Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme provides a very good cooling performance for the GP104 core. As a trade-off, the card is heavy and sags at the front once installed in a typical PC tower. It will be appreciated if Zotac can provide a PCIe support bracket similar to this. Those PCIe adapters are not going to be used with modern power supplies. Motherboards like the MSI X99 Pro Gaming carbon that use metal sleeving around all of its PCIe x16 slots, but a real support gives a piece of mind. A GPU support bracket is an accessory that will be used and appreciated.

If you need a support, check out Coolermaster’s universal GPU holder with a magnetic base.

I can point at least one other graphic card from another brand with the same preset overclock profile (base and boost) and three fan design (most likely 70mm) while sticking with the two-PCIe slot form factor, lesser width and length.  I wouldn’t know its manual overclock potential and cooling performance. But I just cannot understand why the AMP! Extreme would need to be wider, longer and thicker. Pascal chips are not hot plates as long as its cooling system is good enough.

On the bright side, it’s a proper 2.5-slot PCIe card. There’s no indication of any cheap materials used. I did like Gainward’s GTX 970 cooling design with removable fans. But the shroud was glossy plastic that can easily get scratched and look cheap. Copper, aluminum, metal. It costs money and it adds the premium for a GPU core that commands a premium. Zotac provides all of that in combination with a large aluminum sink and three temperature controlled fans. Chances are likely you may not cross 38-40% fan speed for a long time.

Worth the money?

You pay for the factory overclock, the multi-coloured Spectra LED functions and also the extended warranty that you get at no extra charge at the time of registration. There’s also that nice wrap-around nicely-designed metal backplate with another LED bling-bling. The best part is that Zotac isn’t doing any of that “Gamer” and “OC” profile switching via its utility. It’s out of the box 1607 MHz/ 1797MHz boost clock!

GTX 1070 Founders Edition

India US UK
INR 41,899/-  $480 £399

Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme

India US UK
Rs. 47,499/- $499 £409

The difference between the cheapest available founders edition and the AMP! extreme edition clearly gets outweighed. Either Zotac is providing a lot more for a bit more or the founder’s edition– or the founders edition is too expensive. Due to the width, I had to remove Lian Li A70F’s PCIe tool-less support. Not a big deal since typical tool-less support can be removed and use a good old fashioned screws/thumbscrews instead. Dimensions are more of a trade-off debate than a con. 

Some people would have liked to see AMP! Extreme in a two-slot design but it may not matter for a single card mATX/ATX and above system builds. This may apply for some miniITX cases but depends on (no pun intended) a case-to-case basis. If you plan on using dual cards, it also depends on the motherboard layout. If you’re overclocking further, the cooling performance will not give you up or let you down. This is undoubtedly be one of the best looking graphic cards. 

Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme

  • Out-of-the-box single factory overclocked profile
  • Memory Overclocked +200MHz
  • Extreme efficient cooling system
  • Wrap-Around Metal backplate
  • Spectra LED Light thingy!!!
  • Extended warranty period
  • 8+3 Power Phase design
  • BIG card!!
  • GPU sag
  • White LED on the “Zotac” logo is a light blue tint
  • Some people may not like an oversize GTX 1070 for odd reasons

Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Edition GPU Review from hardware

 

 

Indian local prices

  • Zotac GTX 1070 FE- Rs. 40,800/-
  • Zotac 1070 AMP- Rs. 38,900/-
  • Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme – Rs. 41,500/-

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. You can, but you’ll need to disassemble the the cool first by removing the four main screws surrounding the GPU core.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Ah, nice!!

    I hope this review helped!

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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 !).

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

  16. Yeah. Thanks for pointing out. Sorry I missed it.

    Corrected the article and given a gold award. Thanks for pointing it out! 🙂

  17. No worries, I just ordered one this evening for $411 usd, hoping I don’t regret it… =P

  18. I posted the MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X review. AMP! Extreme is really a great card.

  19. 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.

  20. hi I wanna try a little bit overclock this card.. how u do this

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

  22. Hi,
    MSI Afterburner is best tool for it.
    You can also use the Zotac Firestorm (bundle) software.