Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Review – So Fast So Cool!

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Price and Availability

Both the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme and AMP! Editions are now available. In the US the AMP! Extreme (the one in this review) currently retails for around $464.99, and around $464.99 in UK. It’s a little bit priced higher compared to the Founders Editions which is currently priced at $449.99. Meanwhile, the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Edition currently retails for $429.99 in the US, or £399.95 in UK. You can check the latest pricing and availability via the links below. Zotac is also offering 5 years (extended) warranty once you registered the product to their site.

Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme latest pricing and availability:
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Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Review: Conclusion

What else can I say about Zotac’s latest GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme? You have seen the results on the previous pages. This is truly one amazing graphics card. Out of the box it features factory overclock settings and this is one of the fastest GTX 1070 around. No need to overclock it further actually. But if you like to experiment, you can “Push the Limit” and overclock it further to 2000MHz++. Unfortunately, due to NVIDIA’s design, NVIDIA has limited the overclocking capability of the GTX 10 series graphics cards. Not only the GTX 1070, but also the 1080 and the 1060 as well. 2000MHz to 2100MHz is pretty much the clocks speeds you can get, and this is not Zotac’s fault.

Aesthetically speaking, the GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme looks badass! It’s huge, heavy and very sturdy. It’s like a hulking graphics card, but the size is not without a reason. As you have read from the previous page (temperature and noise), the cooling performance of this graphics card is superb and unrivaled. Temperature is (unbelievably) hovering at just around 58° to 65° Celsius on full load, well at least in my case and scenario. Fans are dead silent, and even once they start to spin they are still inaudible. The Spectra lighting is also a welcomed feature. Most graphics cards nowadays have RGB lighting; well actually almost all PC components and peripherals have RGB lighting. It’s good to see Zotac implemented lighting effect to keep up with the competition. If you don’t like the LEDs, you can always turn them off.

In terms of performance, the GeForce GTX 1070 is way faster than its predecessor the GTX 970. It’s like the new GTX 980 Ti, but a bit faster than the GTX 980 Ti as well. This graphics card can handle any games you throw at it at 1080p ultra/max graphics settings without any hiccups at all. It’s somewhat overkill for 1080p gaming actually, and I think the GTX 1070 is more suited for 1440p gaming. The GTX 1070 can easily achieve an average of 60 fps or more at 1440p maximum graphics settings on most games currently available. As for 4K Ultra HD gaming, it is still capable of driving games at 2160p resolution, but you will have to tone down the graphics settings to achieve an average of 60 fps.

I don’t have anything negative to say about the GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, as the build quality and materials used feels premium. But if I have to nitpick, I wished Zotac choose a darker color tone for the backplate, instead of the grey paint, to match the front cooler shroud. Also, since this graphics card is heavy, you may need to place a support bracket to prevent it from sagging. Unfortunately, Zotac didn’t include one so you will have to be creative on this one. If you are using a test bench type chassis, or something like the Thermaltake Core P5 chassis, where you can install the graphics card vertically or on a standing position, then won’t be having any issues with its weight at all. In fact it’s better to install it on a vertical position so that you can see the front cooler shroud with its Spectra lighting effect.

Finally, the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme is one superb and excellent graphics card. It may not be for everybody due to its size, but if you want a fast GTX 1070 out of the box with the best air cooling solution out there, consider this on your top list. Otherwise, Zotac also has the GTX 1070 AMP! Edition, also a fantastic graphics card but with a slimmer cooling solution than the AMP Extreme.

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  • Hurlbag

    Was 2227MHz memory clock the highest you could push it? Seems a bit average for Samsung memory as I often see people claiming they slap on +600-800 (9200-9600 effective).
    Temps and noise seem very nice though, i’m tempted.

    • Yes, at least for this specific card I got here. I tried to push the mem clocks further but artifacts started to show up and eventually it crashed. I have seen/read others who were able to push the memory clock (a little bit) higher just like what you said. But it didn’t happened with the card I have. Probably I may need to tweak some settings to balance things out. I’m hoping to get another GTX 1070 to compare, just not sure when.
      And yes, temps and noise are really the selling point of this card. Not to mention, if you want something that really stands out.

  • Cham Zuñiga

    Why don’t you do a side by side comparison with all GTX 1070? 😐

    • We definitely would. Unfortunately, the Zotac 1070 is currently what we have. We are still trying to acquire more graphics cards, but stocks are still erratic.

      • Cham Zuñiga

        Will wait then. I wanted to see what card runs the fastest, runs the coolest and performs the best.

        • Runs the fastest out of the box? You can check out our article here and see who has the fastest clock speeds out of the box: http://thepcenthusiast.com/geforce-gtx-1070-compared-asus-evga-zotac-msi-gigabyte/

          Do note that if one 1070 is 100MHz or 200MHz faster than the other one, the actual performance difference in real life is very small, sometimes unnoticeable or negligible during game play.

          Performs the coolest = the Zotac gtx 1070 amp extreme with its monstrous cooler is no doubt one of the coolest gtx 1070 around.

          Performs the best? Can you be a little bit specific? Because in the end, there are all the same GTX 1070 inside. As per aesthetics, that’s really a personal choice.

          By the way, I found this video from Tech Deals. And he has compared 7 different GTX 1070s and I think we share the same opinion about all these GTX 1070s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf__ZGD9SUQ

          • Cham Zuñiga

            Performs the best, as to what I mean by that is “Overall performance” now a days reviewers only review one GPU and stack it over old (1 or 2 year old). I don’t relaly care about the aesthetic of the GPU. All I care is how it performs.

            I want to see more of those Graph where you compare them side by side. It doesn’t impact me if people compare it to a previous gen GPU. I am more inclined into the same series being compared.

          • Like I said before their performance difference between different models is not that significant. Have you watched the video?
            If you want the fastest GTX 1070 out of the box, better hunt for the one with the highest clock speeds. You can see it from the list (link I gave you).

            I noticed that as well, even the big tech sites with access to almost all GPUs in the market doesn’t do that. Well, Guru3D seems to have made some changes with their recent graphics card review style.
            http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?ct=articles&action=file&id=25572&admin=0a8fcaad6b03da6a6895d1ada2e171002a287bc1

            Let’s just see if we can acquire more 1070s, we don’t have access to all brands, but we’ll add it to the comparison if ever we have the chance.

  • Munchy

    this is a great card. got it in my system and run it at 2145, that’s when its not been auto turned down by NVidia. After that theres artifects. Feel very lucky. Its so quit, cold and fast, I’m shocked.

  • Ronell Kira Reyes

    Great review.. regarding the issue about the samsung chip and swapping it with a micron chip, should i worry much or not? i’m not planning to OC this card at all.. i read somewhere that they are having flickering issues with micron memory and samsung users doesn’t have this problem at all..

    i asked zotac about this but they are not answering yet.. hoping someone with a zotac 1070 with micron chip will clear things up.. thanks! more reviews! 🙂

    • The zotac gtx 1070 amp extreme has Samsung chip. You can see that on the “closer look section” of this review. Not sure if they released a 1070 amp extreme with a micron. some manufacturers have already released a BIOS update to address the micron issue.
      Did you, by chance, get a 1070 amp extreme with a micron memory?

      • Ronell Kira Reyes

        as of now i’m still saving money to buy 1070 amp extreme.. just a bit worried about that issue.. hopefully i will get the samsung chip..

        • We’ll ask Zotac if they only use Samsung memory chips or if some batches have Micron chips.
          I’ll comment back when I have the answer.

    • @ronellkirareyes:disqus Got a note from Zotac. They said “All board partners must use both Micron and Samsung memory. This is
      across all product models.”. So basically there’s a chance that you may or may not get a GTX 10 with Micron chips.

      • Ronell Kira Reyes

        thanks for this great info.. if the bios update can potentially fix this issue, i might reconsider this one again.. since i’ve been searching for a good 1070 card for a while, and finding all of them have their cons.. which is a bit frustrating since i’m going to use this card for my work (3d modeling and pbr texturing).. and earning cash is not easy.. 🙁

        thanks Again Jeff.. 🙂

        • unfortunately we don’t know how to tell if the unit comes with Micron or Samsung without opening it. My GTX 1080 has micron chips and I have been playing BF1 for almost 33 hours, Deus, Quantum and Titanfall2 as well. I haven’t encountered any issues yet. Although I haven’t tried it for rendering work. If the problem with Micron is really huge and affecting all Zotac 1070s, I’m sure they’ll release an update to fix it. Hopefully the newer cards will come with updated bios already.