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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 GHz OC Edition 2GB Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 8:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: PowerColor



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.


Looking above you can as usual see our testbed and here you're not going to see anything out of the ordinary when it comes to our X79 machine. With that said let's quickly look at the cards we'll be including in our graphs today.


The most important model we'll be comparing the PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 GHz OC Edition card against is the reference clocked card that comes in 100MHz lower on the core and 100MHz QDR lower on the memory.


Along with that, though, we've got a heap of other cards here today including the HD 6950, HD 7770, HD 7850, HD 7950 and HD 7970 to round out the AMD side of things. On the NVIDIA front we've got the GTX 560 Ti, GTX 570 and finally the GTX 580.


Let's get started!



The FPS Numbers Explained


When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.


30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.


60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.


120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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