The Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme is one of the company’s latest graphics cards featuring the NVIDIA Pascal architecture. Zotac narrowed it down to two versions this time around, they have the AMP! Edition and AMP! Extreme for their GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards. Today we are going to look at and review Zotac’s GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, their fastest GTX 1070 model and probably the biggest GTX 1070 around. In this review, not only will we look at the performance of the GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, but we will also take a look at its massive cooler design and its cooling capabilities. This card is undeniably fast, but do you (really) need a huge GPU cooler? Learn more about the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme on our review below.
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Review
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme is the company’s fastest and coolest, not to mention biggest version of the GeForce GTX 1070. This graphics card is really HUGE and heavy! And there is a good reason why this graphics card is big and why it is called the “AMP! Extreme”. It is extreme not only in performance, but it also offers extreme cooling solution. I’ll show you more on its cooling performance later.
The GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card is based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal architecture, featuring a GP104 GPU based on a 16nm fab process. The GTX 1070 has a cut down version of the GP104-400-A1 die, which is the GP104-200-A1, found on the GTX 1080 graphics card. You can say that the GTX 1070 is basically a cut down version of the GTX 1080. It has 1920 CUDA cores (vs 2560 on the GTX 1080) and 15 streaming multiprocessors enabled (vs the 20 on GTX 1080). The GeForce GTX 1070 also has 120 TMUs, 64 ROPs and 6.45 TFLOPs of single-precision floating point performance.
The GTX 1070 also features 8GB video memory, but it’s using GDDR5 instead of GDDR5X found on the GTX 1080. The memory has a bandwidth speed of 256GB/s and runs on a 256-bit memory interface. In terms of power consumption, Pascal has brought power efficiency on graphics cards to a new level. The previous Maxwell architecture were already power efficient, but the Pascal is even more power efficient. The GTX 1070 only requires a minimum of 500W power supply and it has a 150W TDP paired with a single 8-pin connector. The Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme on the other hand has a TDP of 200W and draws its power from two 8-pin PCIe power connector.
All of the new GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards are basically equipped with the same set of features thanks to the Pascal architecture. These common features are Simultaneous Multi-Projection, VR Ready, NVIDIA Ansel, NVIDIA G-Sync, NVIDIA GameStream, Vulkan and DirectX 12 (12_1) API support, NVIDIA SLI with the new High Bandwidth (HB) Bridge support and the new NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0.
Aside from these common set of features, the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Extreme features an impressive cooling solution with its IceStorm, FreezeTech and Eko fans; wrapped around with the Carbon ExoArmor to protect and support the graphics card. The company was very successful with their previous GTX 900 series graphics cards (like the GTX 980 Ti AMP) thanks to these set of features, aesthetics and design. Zotac is also not left behind when it comes to RBG and lighting solution. The new AMP and AMP Extreme GTX 10 series graphics cards are now equipped with Spectra – “an all new advanced lighting system that makes the card shine”. With Spectra you can choose from 7 different colors (unfortunately not full RGB), and 4 different lighting effects. The Spectra can be controlled via Zotac’s GPU utility called FireStorm version 2.0.0.006E. Note that previous versions of FireStorm do not support Spectra.
Below is a side by side comparison of the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition. Next page, we’ll take a closer look at the graphics card itself.
Zotac GTX 1070! AMP Extreme Specifications
|Specifications||Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Extreme||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 FE|
|GPU||GeForce GTX 1070||GeForce GTX 1070|
|Video Memory||8GB GDDR5||8GB GDDR5|
|Engine Clock||Base: 1632 MHz|
Boost: 1835 MHz
|Base: 1506 MHz|
Boost: 1683 MHz
|Memory Clock||8208 MHz||8000 MHz|
|Display Outputs||3 x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI||3 x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI|
|Multi Display Capability||Quad Display||Yes|
|Recommended Power Supply||500W||500W|
|Power Input||Dual 8-pin||8-pin|
|DirectX||12 API feature level 12_1||12 API feature level 12_1|
|Cooling||Triple Fan IceStorm||Blower|
|Slot Size||2.5 slots||2 slots|
|SLI||Yes, SLI HB Bridge Supported||Yes, SLI HB Bridge Supported|
|Supported OS||Windows 10 / 8 / 7||Windows 7-10, Linux, FreeBSDx86|
|Card Length||325mm x 148mm||111mm x 267mm|
|Accessories||2 x Dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe adapter|
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