Hot on the heels of GTX 1070 Founders Edition, I now have the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Edition in the lab – it costs less and performs faster than the Founders Edition (FE). Hooked yet?

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Once you get the big yellow box out of the way, you’ll get to this beautiful beast of a card with dual-fans – Zotac’s IceStorm cooling with Carbon ExoArmor protection and Spectra lighting.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Spectra lighting? Yes, it’s this one.

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The Spectra lighting is control via Zotac’s FireStorm software. NOTE : It is not RGB.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Now on with the next pic, you’ll see that this model comes with 2x 8-pin PCI-E power connector, this means that the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Edition could draw up to 375W if need but according to the official product page the card draws only 220W tops. A single 8-pin PCI-E would suffice, perhaps it’s for load distribution.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

At the back, here’s what Zotac’s ExoArmor looks like. It looks good but that yellow stripe across the board could just spoil it when it comes to matching the motherboard and RAM sticks, nevertheless it turned out quite alright for my system that’s with an ASRock X99 OC Formula.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

From the top to the bottom, you’ll see that there are not heatpipes running around. At the rear are 3 DisplayPorts, 1 HDMI and 1 DVI video connector.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

And for comparison purpose, here’s how big the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Edition is when compared to the Founders Edition.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Below is the GPU-Z screen capture.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAMApacer Blade Fire 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking

I managed to add over 200Mhz to the default core clock but there were a few games that the card seem to fail completing benchmarks, so I finally settled in with 175Mhz. As for memory, I added some 250Mhz to it with no issue.

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Graphics Card Review

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP9524
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC10026
Zotac GTX 1070 FE9224

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP12345
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC12948
Zotac GTX 1070 FE12044

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP13247
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC14150
Zotac GTX 1070 FE13252

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP14955
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC15359
Zotac GTX 1070 FE137.4455

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP6345
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC6848
Zotac GTX 1070 FE6144

The Division

The Division
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync OFF.

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP8335
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC8836
Zotac GTX 1070 FE8233

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP5035
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC5536
Zotac GTX 1070 FE4833

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)4K UHD (avg)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP6945
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP OC7346
Zotac GTX 1070 FE7042

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP4177
Zotac GTX 1070 AMP (Full RPM)3675

The fan hovers at around 85% on AUTO settings when on high load but what’s great about it is that it’s still pretty quite, even at 100% RPM it sounds like the noise level of Founders Edition cooler at 50% – 60% RPM.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 107w.

CardZotac GTX 1070 AMP
Furmark Burn-in306
Estimated Actual System Draw275
Estimated Card Power Draw168

The Verdict

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition retails at RM 2,219 – a solid card that runs faster than the Founders Edition out of the box, runs even faster when overclocked, has a cooler that’s silent even at 100% RPM and it even comes with lighting. What more can you ask for? Oh yes, it comes with 5-years warranty.

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