Synthetic Benchmarks

As always I like to start my testing with a few synthetic benchmarks. 3DMark especially is one of my favorites because it is very optimized in both Nvidia and AMD drivers. It's nice to not have to worry about it being favored too much either way and the repeatability of the results makes it a nice chance to compare from card to card, especially when comparing with the same GPU. For the Zotac RTX 4070 Amp Airo, we are lucky enough to be able to compare it with the RTX 4070 Founders Edition as well as the MSI Ventus which was also stock clocked but was also a triple fan card like the Airo.

The first round of tests were done in the older Fire Strike benchmark which is a DX11 test. There are three detail levels, performance, extreme, and ultra. The Zotac RTX 4070 Amp Airo outperformed the other RTX 4070s in all three tests but the base Fire Stike is the most interesting as the gap is the biggest there and it was enough to put it in front of the RTX 3080 as well. The same happened with Fire Stike Extreme but with Ultra the 3080 is still out in front.

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The next two were both based on the Time Spy benchmark. One is the standard test and then there is the extreme detail level. The Zotac RTX 4070 Amp Airo scored 18147 in Time Spy which was 1.5% up over the stock-clocked Founders Edition. The Time Spy Extreme result was similar with it improving 1.8% on the Founders Edition but neither result was enough to change the order of the time spy charts at all, the Zotac RTX 4070 Amp Airo and all of the 4070’s was ahead of the RTX 3080 in the base test and behind the 6800 XT but in the Extreme tests the 4070’s were behind both.

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I did also test using the new 3DMark Speed Way which is their latest benchmark. Speed Way is DX12 as well but combines in more future-focused tech like Ray Tracing which up until now 3DMark has only used in feature tests. The Zotac RTX 4070 Amp Airo once again tops the RTX 4070 results improving on the Founders Edition by 1% but that wasn’t enough to catch up to the 3080 here. Both the 6800 XT and the 6950 XT are below the RTX 4070 however which is important to note.

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The last test was using the Unigine-based Superposition benchmark and I tested at 1080p with the extreme detail setting as well as the 4K optimized setting. In the extreme detail setting the Zotac RTX 4070 Amp Airo topped the 4070s with its 9936 score and did the same with the 4K optimized test as well. Both were behind the RTX 3080 as well as the 6800 XT.

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