Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

Full name: Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition, the manufacturer code: ZT-P10700C-10P.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition: Packaging and delivery

Zotac graphics card comes in a large and bright packaging. On the front side of the lead developers of the model name and series, as well as information about the extended warranty, the amount of video memory to 8 GB, and the cooler IceStorm backlight Spectra.

On the other side may be noted product brief and several video images from different angles. This is accompanied by specifications, a list of minimum requirements and a list of supported features, made in a separate table.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

Inside the package is hidden black box of cardboard with the logo of the manufacturer. All contents neatly packaged in sections.

The card itself Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition is placed in an antistatic bag with an air gap.

The package includes Quick Installation Guide, CD with drivers and two adapter 2h6pin -> 8pin, which will be not superfluous.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition: Appearance and size

In my opinion, the appearance of Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition a very attractive and reminds the carbon coating of sports racing cars. graphics designers reworked the many elements that make it the size of more democratic than that of the previously tested version of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Edition.

The front side includes a metal casing made of thick aluminum sheet and two large fan diameter of 100 mm. Between them as two ticks are several lighting zones, which received the name of Spectra.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

On the reverse side of the printed circuit board protects the base plate with a colorful design. Multiple slots serve for unimpeded release of hot air, but they do not exist in the area VRM: not rule out the possibility that during testing the power subsystem will be heated considerably.

The rear panel is exactly the same reference Nvidia graphics card option, and here we can mention five video outputs:

  • One DVI-D;
  • One HDMI 2.0b;
  • Three DisplayPort 1.4.

It supports the following resolutions:

  • Digital – to 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz.

Supplementary feeding is carried out by means of two Eight-connectors, located on the edge of the PCB. For the GeForce GTX 1070 such a decision is redundant, but the developers have targeted a model for a high acceleration.

Dimensions of new items is hardly small video length is 299 mm, width – 145 mm, in case a PC, it will block two expansion slots.

Spectra Backlight includes eight colors supported and the same brightness modes. In principle, these aesthetes will be disappointed, and more than ordinary gamers will appreciate the high level of performance.

In this case the card itself, when installed in the right hand placed on your desktop system unit with a transparent door, nice transforms the picture.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition: Cooling system

The cooling system of the model Zotac has received the loud name “Ice Storm”; the same name was cooler and the older version that was confusing, because between the two structures with other than the name has nothing to do.

First and foremost it is worth noting that the cooler is mounted spring-loaded five cogs, and the separation of the cooling system of the PCB prevents one of the wires that connects the side of the video card.

Copper base contact with the graphics processor and is the intermediary between the GPU and the heat pipes, all connections carefully soldered. As the thermal paste applied to gray.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

To expand the area of influence here is an aluminum plate that covers all the memory chips and the two phases Vmem power.

The base is very smooth and polished. However, not to a mirror finish, but it is better than many other models tested. Test with a ruler showed a small hump.

During the cooling power subsystem meets the low-profile heat sink with a blue thermal pads. Clamp deserves evaluation “good”, but as happens in such cases, he lacks another mount in the center of the design for a perfect fit for all transistors.

The primary coolant is a two-piece radiator, recruited from the plates of simple form. They are imbued with five heatpipes: two 9 mm in diameter, two – and one 7 mm – 6 mm.

No less interesting and a massive metal cooling housing. A pair of plastic inserts is a total highlight areas.

Fans manufactured by Ecotherm, before us a model GFM10012H12SPA. This manufacturer is a partner of Galax.

Characteristics turntables: 12 V and 0.5 A. The impeller rotation speed is in the range of 0-2100 / min, they are silent to 1250 rev / min, silent – 1700 rev / min.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

The reverse side of the video card is protected by the base plate. She is not in contact with the PCB by means of thermal spacers and removes some of the heat. most of the surface is hidden under the film for short circuit protection.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition: Printed circuit board

Video card Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition is built on the original circuit board in black. This PCB we have seen on the top model series AMP! Extreme. New contains identical design features including the use of SMD-components of one party.

On the reverse side is a capacious Power Boost capacitor designed to reduce power fluctuations and reduce the pulsating noise. Use high-quality electronic components.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

The power system is based on the enhanced scheme of “8 + 2”, where eight phases assigned to the graphics processor, and two – on the video memory.

As the PWM controller chip used uP9511P production uPI Semiconductor.

At the heart of the review of the hero became a GPU GP104-200-A1, produced on 16 nm process technology on 22-th week of 2016. It contains 1920 shader, rasterization unit 64 and 120 texture units.

The card is equipped with eight gigabytes of graphics memory, which scored eight chips made by Samsung with K4G80325FB marking.

The clock speed of memory chips is 2002 MHz (effective frequency – 8008 MHz).

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition: Testbed

Testing video card Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition was held as part of the following configuration:

  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 (BIOS v 1.11);
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K 4000 MHz (100 x 40 1.156 B) or 800 MHz during measurement of the noise level;
  • CPU Cooling System: Thermalright Archon (fan Thermalright TY-140, 140 mm, 500 rev / min);
  • Thermal interface: Gelid GC-Extreme;
  • RAM: Kingston PC3-17000 (DDR3-2133, 10-11-11-27, 2 x 4 GB, dual-channel mode);
  • Drive SSD: SanDisk X110 256GB;
  • Power supply: ETG Premium 1200W, 1200 W;
  • Housing: Cooler Master HAF 922;
  • Monitor: BenQ GW2460HM, 1920 x 1080 resolution (calibrated).

Software

  • Operating System: Windows 7 x64 SP1 Ultimate;
  • video driver: Nvidia WHQL ForceWare 372.70;
  • Auxiliary tool:
  • GPU-Z v. 1.11.0;
  • Heaven Benchmark 4.0;
  • MSI Afterburner v4.3.0 Beta 14;
  • MSI Kombustor 3.5.2.1.

Instrumentation and test method

For overclocking and temperature monitoring and fan speed used proprietary utility MSI Afterburner v4.3.0 Beta 14.

Stability Testing of accelerators work during ramp-up was carried out utility MSI Kombustor 3.5 (GPU Burn-in mode, 1920 x 1080). These frequencies were tested further test runs Heaven Benchmark v 4.0 c extreme tessellation levels and graphics tests of the 3DMark 2013, 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage.

To check the temperature of video cards in an environment close to everyday, unused Heaven BenchMark v4.0 (quality: ultra, tessellation: extreme, AA8x, 1920 x 1080).

The noise level was measured using a digital sound level meter TM-102 with an accuracy of measurements is not more than 0.5 dB. Measurements were taken from a distance of 0.3 m of the background noise level in the room -. Not more than 28 dBA. All the system fans, including installed in the power supply disconnected. The graphs border conditional quietness for the system is determined at the level of 30.5 dBA limit of conditional comfort – 37 dBA. The room temperature was 25 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, it takes readings of power consumption by using a power meter Robiton PM-2 and IR thermometer Fluke 59 MAX PCB temperature.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

The standard frequency and overclocking

Although positioning, Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition is able to boast of a small factory overclocked, so you can expect to gain a few FPS.

Graphics core frequency increased from 1506 MHz to 1607 MHz, in the Boost mode – from 1683 MHz to 1797 MHz at a voltage of 1,063 V. The games and benchmarks it dynamically rises to 1962 MHz. Video memory operates at standard frequencies.

In idle mode, the GPU temperature is 35-38 ° C with the fans switched off and there is no noise sources.

After one run Heaven Benchmark 4.0 at maximum settings revealed interesting features new items. Let GPU frequency and rises to 1962 MHz, it sags quickly to 1,885 MHz GPU at 72 ° C and a voltage of 1.031 V. and look at the rotation speed of fan impellers – 75% (1730 rev / min). They operate almost at its maximum cooling is almost no stock.

In addition, there is a small squeak of the VRM chokes, which can not be heard in a closed cabinet, but noticeable on the open bench.

MSI Kombustor test is still the biggest obstacle. Almost 80 ° C on the core at 2000 rev / min: with such parameters is difficult to count on a place in the top of the original versions of the GeForce GTX 1070.

Of the merits of Zotac model note of the fact that it tries to keep up to the last performance at the proper level, while other versions, especially clamped within the TDP level, hand over positions.

Hand-held proprietary overclocking software FireStorm. At a public stand and 100% cooler achieved just + 85 MHz core and 375 MHz memory. Well, Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition, you tried your best.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review

Cooling capacity of Research

The following is a graph of the temperature of the GPU / system power and noise of the cooling fans. This card is devoid of sensors in the supply voltage, so the results were part of the power obtained by the pyrometer.

Unfortunately, the cooling system is not as effective as we would like. A certain reserve in her as there is no cooler running at optimal settings when the balance of noise and heat, and reduce the speed of rotation of the impeller is not necessary.

Maybe I got a defective copy of, but after replacing the thermal paste graphics and rebuilding was able to play the entire 2 ° C.

The level of electricity consumption

Schedule of all electricity consumed in the stand depending on the video card GPU working frequency and voltage.

Power consumption in 2D was measured at idle system (on the desktop). Testing in Heaven BenchMark 4.0 was carried out at the following settings – quality: ultra, tessellation: extreme, AA8x, 1920 x 1080; MSI Kombustor – 2xMSAA, 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition: Conclusion

Tested model Zotac is interesting in the first place that is built on the original PCB design, comparing favorably to the reference version. The new graphics card is designed for maximum load and is well suited to enthusiasts. The limiting factor may be the cooling system; rather, general impressions, not the most successful fans: their capacity and the maximum speed is not enough to purge the radiator.

However, do not despair. Before us is another stripped-down version of the top-end solutions, the developers actually replaced only cooler, keeping all other components. This differs Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition of the AMP modifications! Extreme. This operation puts the graphics card from the category of “Best Choice” in the category of workhorses: quiet, balanced, comfortable.

It remains only to add that the new product looks good solution for building productive system. And the choice in each case will depend not only on the list of “pros and cons”, but the price tags of its competitors.

Source: zotac

Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Edition test and review was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby