- Introduction, Packaging and Specification
- Initial Impressions and Closer Look
- Test Bench and Testing Methodology
- Futuremark Benchmark
- OpenGL Benchmarks
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- GPU Computation Benchmark
- Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
- Overclocking and LED Function Impressions
- Online Purchase Links
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!
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.
- 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
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) July 10, 2016
- Zotac GTX 1070 FE- Rs. 40,800/-
- Zotac 1070 AMP- Rs. 38,900/-
- Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme – Rs. 41,500/-