Imagine, if you will:
A man holding a scalpel…
…fighting another man holding a heavy-duty garbage bag full of mixed utensils.
Who would win?
That’s essentially the fight here between Alpha Test vs. AMP Test 1700–the former being a surgically precise T-boosting formula and the second being a fat “mixed bag” of ingredients that you either need or don’t or… is that a spork?
Essentially, this is one of your “wild-card” match-ups that can go either way. Let’s get down it:
Tale of the Tape
AMP Test 1700
|Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate)||7.5 mg (50% DV)||Magnesium (as Magnesium Glycinate)||25 mg|
|Fenugreek extract (as Trigonella foenum-graecum) (seed) Standardized for 50% saponins||300 mg||Zinc (as Zinc Oxide)||1 mg (7% DV)|
|Tribulus extract (as Tribulus terrestris) (whole herb and fruit) Standardized for 45% saponins||250 mg||Test 1700 Activator|
|Shilajit extract (PrimaVie®) Standardized for 50% fulvic acid||100 mg||Testofen® Fenugreek Seed Extract (Trigonella foenum-graecum)||600 mg|
|Boron Citrate Supplying 5% boron||100 mg||KSM-66®: Ashwagandha Extract (root)||600 mg|
|Broccoli powder (as Brassica oleracea) (whole plant)||50 mg||Tribulus Terrestris Fruit Extract (40% saponins = 100 mg)||250 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris Extract (Aerial Parts)||250 mg|
|Anabolic Advanced Matrix|
|Deer Antler Horn Powder||250 mg|
|Sage Leaf Extract (Salvia officinalis)||100 mg|
|Bovine Colostrum||100 mg|
|Calcium Hydroxymethyl Butyrate Monohydrate (HMB)||100 mg|
|Tongkat ali Root Extract (Longjack Root) (Eurycoma longifolia)||50 mg|
|Rhaponticum carthamoides Root Extract||50 mg|
|DIM (Diindolylmethane)||1000 mcg|
|Proprietary Mushroom Blend (Maitake Mushroom Mycelia Powder Shiitake Mushroom Mycelia Powder Reishi Mushroom Powder)||100 mg|
|*These are not full supplement facts, just a comparison of dosages & ingredients.|
Round 1: Formulas
AMP Test 1700’s Supp Facts hang muuuch lower than Alpha Test’s. But as everyone knows: It’s about the motion of the ocean, baby, not the size of the wave…
Alpha Test supplies straightforward T-boosts & muscle energy.
From the get-go, there are a few things we like about Alpha Test:
- No proprietary blends
- Standardized herbs
- 2 of our Top Best5 T-Boosters: Zinc + Boron
There are only 6 ingredients in this formula, but it’s not for lack of effort. Everything seems to have a purpose—whether it’s boosting T, reducing E, or enhancing athletic performance.
Our one bugaboo: Diindolylmethane (labelled as Broccoli powder).
We get why it’s here: Theoretically, DIM inhibits aromatase—the enzyme responsible for converting T to estrogen (say whaaa?!?). Unfortunately, most of the research for this centers on women’s health, and some studies even suggest that it might reduce T under certain circumstances.
But, honestly, the issues of this one ingredient aren’t enough to drag the whole formula down. It’s far too groovy, baby.
AMP Test 1700 delivers the Good, Bad, and Ugly.
GNC has given us a complicated T-booster here. There’s so much going on here that something’s bound to work, right? That seems to be the design plan of this formula, which isn’t necessarily a bad plan, but it’s also not good. It’s Good, Bad, and Fugly:
- The Good: The whole Test 1700 Activator blend is solid. If we could just have that as a supplement, we’d buy it.
- The Bad: Bovine colostrum? Sage? These are “good” ingredients, but not really for a T-boosting formula. Sort of a waste of space, which is bad if you ask us.
- The Ugly: Deer Antler Velvet (DAV) supplies IGF-1, which is banned by WADA. Also, DAV research has shown it to be ineffectual at increasing T…
The claims made by Alpha Test might be present here, as well… Or they might not be, it’s hard to tell. There’s quite a bit of overlap between the two formulas (Fenugreek, Tribulus, DIM, Zinc…)—for Alpha Test, that’s a huge chunk of its formula. For AMP Test 1700, it’s only a small portion. And we’re unsure if the rest of AMP Test 1700’s formula actually helps these awesome ingredients or drowns them.
It’s a really hard decision between the two. Intuition tells us that AMP Test 1700 does more T-boosting than Alpha Test, but it’s formula design is so undeniably sloppy. For that reason, we’re giving these fairly different formulas an equal rating here.
Round 1… Tie.
Round 2: Dosages
The first thing to note here: Alpha Test’s Supp Facts detail half of a daily dosage, whereas AMP Test 1700’s show a full day’s worth of servings. So double Alpha Test 1700’s figures and there go.
With that cleared up, it becomes easier to see which T-booster has the better daily dosages. Alpha Test practically does no wrong in this round, providing upwards of 600 mg for its Fenugreek, 500 mg for its Tribulus, 15 mg for its Zinc—this last one could be higher, but it’s enough (and nowhere near as bad as AMP Test 1700’s 1 mg Zinc).
As we mentioned, AMP Test 1700’s Test 1700 Activator blend is the bee’s knees. The cat’s pajamas. The dog’s whistle (that’s a thing, right?). And it does well in this round, too, hitting hard with some phat dosages. But the rest of the formula following the blend could definitely use some improvement—or even downgrades, as in completely remove some dosages to make room for other, better dosages. As of now, it’s just messy on that side of the Supp Facts.
With that in mind, we have to give this round to the shinier shupplement.
Round 2… Alpha Test Wins.
Round 3: Ingredient Quality
Here’s another near-perfect round for Alpha Test, which uses only potent herbal extracts & highly-absorbable Zinc (although “Zinc Citrate” would have been a better answer).
And here’s another near-perfect round for Test 1700 Activator, which uses potent branded herbal extracts & a comprehensive phytochemical profile of Tribulus.
But guess what we’re going to say now?
That’s right: The rest of AMP Test 1700 sort of sucks.
There are extracts on a few herbs (Tongkat ali, Rhaponticum). That’s pretty cool. But we have no idea what those extracts entail or if they’re even any gud. Which is a real shame considering Tongkat ali & Rhaponticum are the dog’s whistle.
Round 3… Alpha Test Wins.
Round 4: Price
|Alpha Test||VS.||AMP Test 1700|
|1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$39.99||1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$119.99|
|Price Per Capsule||$0.33||Price Per Capsule||$1.00|
|Price Per Serving||$0.67||Price Per Serving||$4.00|
Round 4… Alpha Test Wins.
Round 5: JUDGEMENT
Ooo, AMP – Dat price tag, doe!
Yaa, we were going to mention that earlier, but we didn’t want to ruin this too early. AMP Test 1700 is expensive as college right now. Almost puzzlingly so. Is it the Rhaponticum? The Bovine Colustrum? The Deer Antler Velvet?
Is it GNC literally housing bovine & deer now, skyrocketing their manufacturing costs?
All’s that we know, Alpha Test is much, much cheaper and seems to accomplish just as much as AMP Test 1700, but with much fewer ingredients.
Admittedly, if you’re looking for major ball-busting T-boosts or intense athletic-enhancing gains, you could probably do better with these Top T-Boosters linked here. Otherwise, we’re giving the win to the true Alpha male here.