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PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 1GB PCS+ OC Video Card - Final Thoughts

It's been a while since we've seen something from PowerColor, but they reintroduce themselves to us today with a great looking HD 5870.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 12, 2010 1:33 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: PowerColor

Final Thoughts

 

As we'd already mentioned, it's been a while since we've seen something from PowerColor and it's great to see such a good product from them again straight out of the gate. The HD 5870 is already a great product offering some fantastic performance for the price; it's always nice to see companies mix it up a bit, though. PowerColor have done a great job of taking the model to another level with a fan that's quieter, cools just as well and offers us a bump in performance thanks to an overclock on both the core and memory.

 

It comes as no surprise that when it comes to the price you're going to pay more than a standard HD 5870. With $394.99 being the starting point for the series and $399.99 being the most common price, the fact that you're able to pick up the PowerColor PCS+ version which carries with it an overclock and better cooler for only $10 more at $409.99 is simply fantastic.

 

Really, for the most part unless your budget was so strict that you couldn't go past the $399 mark, we don't see why you wouldn't just spend the extra $10 and get this version. The fact that the card is only $10 more than the standard model and you get such a nice cooler and a little overclock actually makes us feel that this model offers us even better value than a standard card.

 

Being an ATI only partner is tough work; you've got to stand out from a pack of so many manufacturers. The good news is that PowerColor manage to do this and they manage to do it in style. Sure, the overclock isn't massive, but we really consider that a bonus more than anything else with the hero on the card being the cooler. That in itself is worth the extra $10. To be honest, it's probably worth slightly more, but we don't want to give anyone a reason to bump up their price.

 

The HD 5870 in itself is already a great model that represents some good value considering its performance. What PowerColor has done here, though, is added even more value to a card that's more expensive than the standard one thanks to only a small price increase bringing with it a bump in clock speeds, but more importantly an upgraded cooler that cools just as well, but manages to do it at lower noise levels.

 

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