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