Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo Review 2

Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo Review




The Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo is the company's premium custom-design offering based on NVIDIA's latest addition to its RTX 30-series "Ampere" product family. The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and last week's RTX 3080 Ti are additions to the higher-end of NVIDIA's product stack, in response to competition from AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series "Big Navi" graphics cards. The RTX 3070 Ti in particular is being launched to close the price-performance gap between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, as the RTX 3070 is embattled on two fronts, from the RX 6700 XT and RX 6800.

NVIDIA could have been lazy by simply cutting down its latest GA102 silicon, but was prudent instead. Rather, the company decided not only to max out the GA104 silicon, unlocking all of its 6,144 CUDA cores, but also gave the chip 35% faster 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory, as opposed to the 14 Gbps GDDR6 on the original RTX 3070. Combined with the slightly higher clock speeds and power limits, these changes could be NVIDIA's answer to AMD competitors.

The GeForce "Ampere" architecture represents the second generation of NVIDIA's RTX real-time raytracing technology, and introduces second-generation RT cores that double ray intersection performance and feature fixed-function hardware for even more raytraced effects, third-generation Tensor cores that leverage the sparsity phenomenon in AI deep-learning neural nets to increase inference performance by an order of magnitude, and the Ampere CUDA core itself, which significantly increases performance by leveraging concurrent INT32 and FP32 math operations.

The Zotac RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo features the company's highest state of tune for this GPU. The chip runs at a boost frequency of 1830 MHz boost, compared to the 1770 MHz reference. The HoloBlack cooling solution combines the cooling prowess of a large triple-fan aluminium fin-stack heatsink with the aesthetics of a large ARGB LED diffuser the company dubbed "Spectra lighting system." In this review, we show you if it's worth forking out a little extra for this card over the Founders Edition.

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Market Segment Analysis
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060$9003584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641400 MHz1800 MHz1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$13004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$1000
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$14004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$13005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3070 Ti$1300
MSRP: $600
6144961575 MHz1770 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
Zotac RTX 3070 Ti
AMP Holo
$13506144961575 MHz1830 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX 6800$14003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$170046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$15008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3080 Ti$2200102401121365 MHz1665 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit


Package Front
Package Back

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

The Zotac RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo features a traditional triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution design, but with a touch of modernity from its Spectra RGB lighting element along the top. Other modern touches include the 3-D backplate that curves into the sides.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 32 x 12.5 cm, and it weighs 1254 g.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include three standard DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1. The DisplayPort 1.4a outputs support Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a, which lets you connect 4K displays at 120 Hz and 8K displays at 60 Hz. Ampere can drive two 8K displays at 60 Hz with just one cable per display.

Ampere is the first GPU to support HDMI 2.1, which increases bandwidth to 48 Gbps to support higher resolutions, like 4K144 and 8K30, with a single cable. With DSC, this goes up to 4K240 and 8K120. NVIDIA's new NVENC/NVDEC video engine is optimized to handle video tasks with minimal CPU load. The highlight here is added support for AV1 decode. Just like on Turing, you may also decode MPEG-2, VC1, VP8, VP9, H.264, and H.265 natively, at up to 8K@12-bit.

The encoder is identical to Turing. It supports H.264, H.265, and lossless at up to 8K@10-bit.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

Power is drawn from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. This configuration, along with slot power, supplies up to 375 W.

Multi-GPU Area

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti does not support SLI.


Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

Compared to the NVIDIA Founders Edition card, the Zotac AMP Holo is easy to take apart. Simply undo a bunch of screws on the backplate. The thermal pads for the memory chips are 2.0 mm thick, and those for the VRM are 2.5 mm thick.

The cooling solution uses a pair of aluminium fin stacks, skewered by six 8 mm-thick copper heat pipes that make contact with the GPU through a copper base that also pulls heat from the memory chips.

The 3-D backplate has thermal pads (3.0 mm) lend a hand with cooling, as well as an ARGB ornament.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

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Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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