The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is likely the last Pascal-based graphics card we are going to see from NVIDIA. As I mentioned in the beginning of this review Pascal was launched back in May of 2016. The since there was such a large performance gap between the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080 AMD was able to sneak a card right in there in terms of performance. This gave gamers another option, better performance than a 1070, but less than a 1080. This card from NVIDIA was more or less released to wipe out that other option.
Sadly we were not able to compare this card to any of AMD’s Vega cards as they were just not available to us. Most manufactures who typically make custom versions of AMD cards have not even released these custom versions yet, which should tell you more than enough about Vega. What we can tell you is that the GTX 1070 Ti in terms of performance sits right between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, the same spot AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 sits.
Beyond performance this is Zotac’s AMP! Edition of the card, which comes with their IceStorm cooling solution. This cooling solution does a great job, far better than NVIDIA’s reference solution and one of the better GPU cooling solutions we’ve seen. You also get a full-cover backplate on this card. Again when you have the choice of a custom card or a reference-designed card you should always go for the custom card. You are likely going to find better power designs, better cooling and typically a factory overclock (we will get to that in a minute). So with the lack of custom Vega 56 cards it really makes sense to go with a custom GTX 1070 Ti.
In order to not cannibalize their own GTX 1080, NVIDIA did not permit companies to ship cards with factory overclocks. Typically with an AMP! Edition card from Zotac you are going to have a factory overclock, but there is not one here, just stock clocks. Not Zotac’s fault obviously, but they do give you a solid by providing a profile download for their FireStorm software which will load the AMP! Edition clock speeds to the card. With that you’ll get even better performance.
When it is all said an done this card is a great choice if you are looking at a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card. It looks great, the cooling solution is really good, and Zotac even provides overclocking profiles for download. Right now you can pickup this card at our favorite online retailer for $469.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Edition Graphics Card a 9 out of 10 score.
– Great cooling solution
– Looks great
– Full-cover backplate
– Great performance
– Zotac profiles OC profile to download
– No factory overclock