Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Review – So Fast So Cool!
Packaging and Closer Look
Zotac has introduced a new box art design with their GTX 1080/1070 AMP and AMP Extreme graphics cards. You now have Yellow as the dominant color, compared to the Black box last year. The GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme’s box is quite big since it houses a large graphics card inside. You get a box within a box and the graphics card is nicely cradled on thick foams. The package also includes a driver CD, quick installation guide and two dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe adapter.
Above we have the front and rear view of the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme. It looks great and feels robust, but it’s also big and heavy (for a reason). The front cooler shroud has three fans and is surrounded with LED lighting. At the back, you see Zotac’s logo together with their “Push the Limit” slogan. The backplate looks nice and it wraps-around the rear and side portion of the graphics card. However, I feel that a darker tone or similar color tone to the front shroud would be aesthetically more pleasing compared to the greyish color tone.
To show you just how big is the GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, here’s how the GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme looks like right beside the Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP!. The GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme is not only thicker than the GTX 980 Ti AMP, but it’s also a little bit taller and longer as well.
I do not have a weighing scale lying around, but I bet this AMP! Extreme weighs a kilo or more. You might want to install a support bracket or have it installed on a standing position (depending on your chassis).
At the back there’s the usual SLI bridge, but this time NVIDIA is limiting their GTX 1080 and 1070 cards to two-way SLI. Well, you still can do 3-way and 4-way SLI with the GTX 1080/1070 but don’t expect that they will have the same support like the 2-way SLI configuration. NVIDIA is really discouraging 3-way and 4-way SLI with the new 10 series GPUs; and they even removed SLI on the GTX 1060. NVIDIA also introduced the new High Bandwidth or HB SLI Bridge that is said to have better SLI performance compared to the previous SLI bridges. I’m not sure if Zotac will be offering HB SLI Bridge anytime soon.
On the rear side of the card, you see two 8-pin PCIe power connector with LED indicator. The “Push the Limit” logo at the back lit up together with the LEDs on the front and center-side.
On the output ports, you have an HDMI 2.0b port, a DL-DVI port and 3x DisplayPort 1.4. This card supports HDCP and is capable of multiple display with up to 4 monitor connected. Now let’s remove the cooler shroud and see what’s inside.
Removing the cooler shroud was like removing 90% of the weight of the graphics card. The Carbon ExoArmor with the Icestorm cooler will occupy 2.5 slot spaces. You can see that there are a total of six copper heat pipes on the cooler and these heat pipes are connected to a taller array of aluminum fin stack. The memory chips are also cooled by the cooler, and there’s a separate aluminum plate cooling the card’s MOSFETs.
Above you have the front and back view of the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme’s PCB. This is a custom designed PCB, but the layout is more or less similar with the reference one. From the first photo you can see an 8+3 power phase design, and at the back Zotac armed the GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme with a “Power Boost” chip. The Power Boost “reduces ripple noise and minimizes power fluctuation resulting in a longer lasting AMPed graphics cards. Even when pushed to the limit, it can maintain smoothness and stability”. There are also several headers at the end portion of the PCB for the fans and LED lighting.
Here’s a closer look at the GP104-200-A1 that powers the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme. The GP104-200-A1 is a 16 nm fab process by TSMC, with 7.2 billion transistor count and 2,560 CUDA cores. It is surrounded by eight Samsung GDDR5 memory chips, for a total of 8GB of memory.
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