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Today we’ll be looking at the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP AIRO.

Much like with the previous 4070 Ti review here, my system contains a Ryzen 5 5600, which will bottleneck the ZOTAC RTX 4070. As a result for some of the benchmarks, you may see diminishing returns or even lower frames at lower resolutions. So again, I will be seeing how the Graphics Card fares as a mid-range GPU.

Overview of The RTX 4070

The ZOTAC RTX 4070 can be purchased at around the £650 mark, at the time of writing. That is about bang in the middle for a 4070. So while it’s still considerably more than XX70 Graphics Cards of the past, it isn’t the most expensive for the current gen. Especially considering this is ZOTAC’s top-end 4070, offering their highest factory clock boost.

View of the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP Airo in a PC, powered up with the fans spinning.

Visually, it looks identical to the 4070 Ti we looked at previously. Well, except for all the Spider-Man-themed customisations, of course. There is a sleek pearlescent panel with waves, ZOTAC GAMING and their logo down the side, which are all RGB and can be customised through ZOTACs Firestorm software. The backplate is a clean gunmetal grey, with “LIVE TO GAME_” at the bottom and the minimal colour coming from the purple-to-blue gradient of the ZOTAC Logo.

View of the rear of the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP Airo stood vertically on top of a PC.

The 2.5-slot card, at 307 x 125 x 58mm, isn’t the smallest, but it should fit in most ATX and above cases. But you should still ensure that your case can accommodate this card before buying. The card utilises a 2 x 8-pin to 12-pin connection to help with your cable management and gives a more clean aesthetic to the finished build.


The ZOTAC RTX 4070 is built on NVIDIA’s Lovelace architecture, resulting in much better clock speeds (roughly 800 MHz) when compared to the previous generation, due to the 4nm process as opposed to Ampere’s 8nm process. Additionally, it’s also less power-hungry. So this card should even help keep your bills down a bit.

 CUDA cores5888
 Video Memory12GB GDDR6X
 Memory Bus192-bit
 Engine ClockBoost: 2535 MHz
 Memory Clock21 Gbps
 PCI Express4.0 16x
 Display Outputs3 x DisplayPort 1.4a (up to 7680×4320@60Hz)
1 x HDMI® Connector*
*Supports 4K 120Hz HDR, 8K 60Hz HDR, and Variable Refresh Rate as specified in the HDMI 2.1a Specification
 HDCP Support2.3
 Multi Display CapabilityQuad Display
 Recommended Power Supply600W
 Power Consumption215W
 Power Input1 x 12VHPWR
 DirectX12 Ultimate
 CoolingIceStorm 2.0
 Slot Size
2.5 slot
 Supported OSWindows 11 / 10 (64-bit, v1809 November 2018 or later)
 Card Length307.7mm x 125.2mm x 58.5mm / 12.1″ x 4.9″ x 2.3″
 AccessoriesGPU Support Stand
1 x 2×8-pin-to-12VHPWR cable
User Manual


Next up, we’ll talk performance.

The system used to test the GPU:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600
  • Team T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 2 x 8 GB 3200 MHz
  • Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Gold 1000FX
  • Windows 11 Home 64-bit
A chart showing the performance of the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP Airo in Unigine Heaven Benchmark at 4k, 1440p and 1080p
Unigine Heaven Benchmark results


A chart showing the performance of the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP Airo in Guardians of the Galaxy at 4k, 1440p and 1080p, with Ray Tracing turned off and on, both with DLSS turned off and on.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy benchmark results


A chart showing the performance of the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP Airo in Cyberpunk 2077 at 4k, 1440p and 1080p, with Ray Tracing turned off and on, both with DLSS turned off and on.
Cyberpunk 2077 benchmark results

A chart showing the performance of the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP Airo in GTA V, Forza Horizon 5 and Assassin's Creed Origins at 4k, 1440p and 1080p
GTA V, Forza Horizon 5 and Assassin’s Creed Origins benchmark results

Getting Down To Brass Tacks

Much like with my review of the RTX 4070 Ti, the ZOTAC RTX 4070 was very much bottlenecked by my processor. In turn, this has resulted in 1080p and 1440p performances being, at times, close to indistinguishable. Though at least this time 1080p isn’t lower. This is due to the RTX 4070 not being as fast as the 4070 Ti, so the CPU doesn’t struggle quite as much to keep up. Even our outlier last time, GTA V, shows a notable difference from 1440p to 4k.

I think it’s fair to say that the ZOTAC RTX 4070 is a 1440p card. That is where you’ll get the best performance for resolution. But that doesn’t mean that this card doesn’t fair well in 4k either, with most games still above a very playable 60fps. Even more so if you utilise Nvidia’s DLSS technology. And why wouldn’t you?

Starlord from Marvel's Gardians of the Galaxy stood on Nowhere with his mask on and doing thumbs up like the Fonz.
Ray Traced puddles are something else. Twice the Starlord!

While we’re talking about performance, it should also be noted that ZOTAC’s Firestorm technology really does do wonders here. While idle, the ZOTAC RTX 4070 sat at ~34°c. And under load? After running FurMark Stress Test for around 60 minutes, I never saw the temp go above 68°c. Sure, you could bring those numbers down more, but it means that this card shouldn’t overheat and should even have some headroom should you decide to overclock it.

Final Thoughts

So, in the end, is the ZOTAC RTX 4070 the mid-range king? Probably not, but it is a fantastic little card. It performs well and stays cool under load. It’s certainly a lot more budget-friendly than its Ti counterpart. But an RTX 4060 or RX 7600 would cost even less and would be better utilised by a mid-range CPU.

A screen shoot of a Nissan Skyline showcasing Forza Horizon 5's Ray Traced refelctions in the games inbuilt photo mode.
Reflective Neon Lighting in Forza Horizon 5.

So while, yes, the ZOTAC RTX 4070 probably isn’t necessary for a lot of people, it’ll be an excellent card for those that can utilise it. The 4070 will give you solid gaming performance at 1440p and should even see you playing at 60fps or more in most titles at 4k.

The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 AMP Airo clocks a Thumb Culture Gold Award for itself.

Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this review.

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