Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition Review (8GB GDDR5)

The Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition (8GB GDDR5) graphics card arrived today, and we’ll be taking a quick look and comparison with some benchmark scores.

Two weeks ago, we reviewed the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Edition (8GB GDDR5X). Right now, it is the FASTEST GeForce GTX 1080 to date, thanks to its pre-overclocked GPU running at 1771MHz (overclockable to 1911MHz and beyond), and the use of the faster GDDR5X VRAM. But this graphics card is hugely expensive costing around USD $879-899. At this price, it’s definitely out of reach to a lot of gamers. And this is where the Geforce GTX 1070 comes in. A cheaper alternative to the GTX 1080, but powerful enough to satisfy the demands of the hardcore gamers.

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The GeForce GTX 1070 uses the same 16nm FinFET process and Pascal architecture as the GTX 1080. Notice the GPU below is marked GP104-200 instead. It runs at a lower clock speed and feature less CUDA cores than the GTX 1080. Still, having said that … it’s plenty more than enough to power any VR application or software.

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Featuring 1920 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR5 video memory and the same 256-bit memory bus, the GTX 1070 is aimed at the higher-end of the gaming market. The GPU runs at speedy 1506 MHz and can be boosted to 1683 MHz, while memory clock operates at a blistering 8 Gbps! More at Nvidia’s website.

 

For those who don’t know who Zotac is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website

BRAND STORY

ZOTAC, the creator of the Original Mini PC, derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing our skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style.

 

Innovation, Quality and responsibility

ZOTAC believes being at the forefront of innovation is the key to the future. Our dedication to produce quality products us the backbone of our business model, and we work round-the-clock to ensure all our products are up to then our rigorous standards.

 

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Zotac are never content with having ordinary cooling fans based on Nvidia’s reference designs. So with all of their graphics cards, they’ve redesigned it and mounted its own cooling system – Ice Storm for efficient cooling and maximum performance. Furthermore, they’ve also increased the base clock rate of the GTX 1070 from 1506MHz to 1607MHz, and with Zotac’s Firestorm overclocking utility, you can further increase the clock speeds to a whopping 1797MHz or higher!

Here’s a quick comparison of the GeForce GTX 10 series from Nvidia (default reference specs) …

 

  GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 980
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Maxwell
CUDA Cores 2560 1920 1280 2048
Frame Buffer 8GB GDDR5 / GDDR5X 8GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5
Base Clock Speed 1607 MHz
1506 MHz
1506 MHz
1126 MHz
Boost Clock Speed 1733 MHz 1683 MHz
1708 MHz
1216 MHz
Memory Speed 10Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit
DX12 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes No

 

We’ll be comparing the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition with the recently reviewed Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Edition (8GB GDDR5X), as well as testing this card with a number of benchmarks, including 3DMark Time Spy (DX12), Fire Strike, 3DMark 11, DOOM (Vulcan) and others.

So without further ado, let’s start by looking at the specifications of Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition in our next page.

 

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Kesmn
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“you can further increase the clock speeds to a blistering 1797MHz or even higher! That’s almost the same speed as their GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Edition! … potentially saving you over USD $400!” Just… wow. Did you just state that there are no differences to the gtx1080 apart from the clock speed? How about the fact that the 1070 core is cut down by 25% and will thus offer exactly 25% less performace clock-to-clock. Also, when you disect a card, why not study the vrm closer? It’s literally the only thing that tells this card apart from the others… Read more »
Mathieu Bernier
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Pushed mine to 2114 mhz on core and 8300mhz on memory. 53 degrees gpu after 5 hours of forza horizon 3

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