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Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo review: Unique looks and cool performance

By Hoots the Owl & Aaron Yip - 25 May 2021

Performance benchmarks and conclusion

Test setup

Here are the specifications of our test rig:

We'll be comparing the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition and MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio. 

The following synthetic benchmarks and games were run, with the games chosen from a wide range of genres to give a better indication of performance across different segments:

  • 3DMark
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Battle)
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Control

 

3DMark

3DMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests graphics and computational performance at different resolutions, starting at 1080p and going all the way up to 4K. A series of two graphics test, one physics test, and then a combined test stresses your hardware in turn to assess its performance.

The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo is mostly even with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition – the two have the same 1,500MHz base clock, but the Zotac card has a slightly higher 1,785MHz boost clock, compared to the 1,725MHz on the Founders Edition model. 

 

1440p Benchmarks (Max Settings)

However, despite the close performance in 3DMark, the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo fell behind its Founders Edition counterpart in real-world gaming benchmarks. This was slightly disappointing, and the performance differential was as large as 27% in Metro: Exodus. 

 

4K Benchmarks (Max Settings)

This was the case as well at 4K settings, with the Zotac card trailing the Founders Edition card by roughly 14% in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Fortunately, the numbers were more even in the other games tested, with fewer gaps in performance between the two. 

 

Ray Tracing Benchmarks (4K, Max Settings)

With ray tracing turned on, performance is cut by more than half. Performance here is rather a mixed bag as well however, and both the Zotac and NVIDIA cards traded blows with each other. That said, given these numbers, it's unlikely you'll want to run the Zotac card at 4K with ray tracing turned on. 

 

Temperature and power

The Zotac card performs quite well in the cooling department, posting a respectable 67°C in 3DMark's Time Spy Extreme Stress test. It pulls slightly more power than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition, likely owing to its slightly higher GPU boost clock speeds. 

3DMark Time Spy Extreme Stress Test Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio
Temperature (Peak) 67°C 72°C 70°C
Board power draw (Peak) 380W 376W 246W

 

Conclusion

The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo sports a really unique, interesting design. The iridescent finish is something that no other card offers, and the RGB lighting will ensure that it really stands out in your case. Unfortunately, performance was a bit of a mixed bag, with the card lagging behind the Founders Edition model at times. Thermal performance was solid however, and Zotac's cooling upgrades are really showing here.

It's a solid card for 1440p gaming, assuming you can even find one given the current situation with GPU availability, or lack thereof. The card is a tough sell given the current inflated prices though, and prices will need to normalise before it shows its true value. 

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8.0
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Unique cooling shroud design
Good cooling performance
Strong 1440p performance
The Bad
Trails the Founders Edition model in certain in-game benchmarks
Thick and wide 2.5-slot design isn't the best fit for smaller cases
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