ZOTAC GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅09-11-17

Regarded as NVIDIA’s last hurrah under the Pascal Architecture, the GTX 1070 Ti has been carefully designed as not to affect GTX 1080 sales. The aim of this card is to completely silence AMD with the recent release of Vega.

Sadly, in our comparison we weren’t able to feature RX Vega graphics cards due to the appalling sampling availability. The mere fact that some manufacturers have failed to design custom designs using AMD Vega or have even side-stepped this generation altogether is an indicator of the reality of the situation.

Under the guise of ZOTAC’s renowned AMP Extreme, the GTX 1070 Ti has absolutely no problems keeping cool and quiet. In fact, the GPU remained around 50 degrees under load – making it one of the most impressive thermal results we’ve had. Of course, the GPU and memory on all GTX 1070 Ti’s are restricted to stock settings by NVIDIA, so ZOTAC are unable to give it their usual treatment. Throughout the generations, we’ve seen the AMP Extreme offer some of the biggest overclocks imaginable so this is unfortunate – though ZOTAC are not to be held responsible. NVIDIA are basically protecting their higher-end SKU and actually, ZOTAC do provide a download for users to apply what would be the “AMP Extreme” clock speeds to the card, via their FireStorm software. So it isn’t all bad news.

The obvious weakness with GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme is the sheer size and weight of this unit. It is among one of the biggest and heaviest graphics cards we’ve handled. If you’re seriously considering this graphics card, you will need to make sure you have a computer chassis which will allow the 325mm length and occupation of two and half slots.

With no factory overclock permitted by NVIDIA the performance results among all GTX 1070 Ti’s will remain the same, regardless of the manufacturer. As can be seen on the preceding pages, this graphics card slots between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 as expected – applying the “AMP Extreme” overclock supplied on ZOTAC’s website nudges the performance up somewhat closer to that of the reference GTX 1080 as showcased in our video review below.

At a cost of £499 GBP / $499 USD, the GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme is an excellent choice for those wanting to hone in on GTX 1080 performance for less. This ZOTAC offering also comes with 5-years warranty peace of mind (registration required) – others are only offering up to 2 years.

NVIDIA may have restricted partners applying factory overclocks to the GTX 1070 Ti, but ZOTAC has overcome this limitation via a downloadable custom profile, allowing gamers to tap into the delights AMP Extreme clock speeds!

+ Attractive design
+ Solid construction
+ Excellent performance
+ Keeps GPU cool
+ Operated quietly
+ ZOTAC provide OC file/settings
+ Can be manually overclocked easily
+ 5-year warranty

- No factory overclock permitted by NVIDIA
- Huge in size
- Substantial in weight

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