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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 (Tahiti LE) 2GB Myst Video Card Review

We check out the new Tahiti LE based HD 7870 from PowerColor and give you the low down.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 2, 2013 3:39 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: PowerColor

Introduction

 

I suppose it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that AMD decided to bring something a little new to us in time for the holiday season. The new Tahiti LE based HD 7870, though, seems to be extremely limited with only a few companies choosing to pick up the new variant. AMD themselves don't have the new model on its website, though, and it seems that only a few companies have decided to pick up the model.

 

Alongside Sapphire the other main company we know that has bought the new Tahiti LE based video card to us is PowerColor and it comes in the form of the PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 2GB Myst Edition. The main problem is that you're not quite sure that the model is based on the new Tahiti LE chip. Hopefully today, though, we'll be able to give you a bit of a clearer picture of what exactly we're dealing with.

 

While we'll go into a bit more detail on the next page when we look at the specifications side of things the main thing to remember is that this is an "LE" based chip. The Tahiti chip is used on the HD 7900 series while the Pitcairn chip is used on the HD 7800 series. What I like here is that while they're using the Tahiti chip, AMD have decided to bring the "LE" based version of it to the HD 7800 series.

 

In the end from a specification point of view it looks good for the consumers because by bringing it under the HD 7800 series name we feel like we're getting a supped up HD 7870 where if it was called the HD 7950 LE, the impression of a cut down HD 7900 series based card just doesn't sit as well.

 

Anyway we don't want to go into too much detail when it comes to the specifications side of things as we'll cover that in the next page. Before we get there, though, we'll quickly see what's going on with the package before taking a closer look at the card itself. Once we've done that we'll check out the specifications, our testbed, the cards we'll be using in our graphs today and finally get into the performance side of things.

 

 

Package

 

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I always love the box design from PowerColor; it looks great and you can see on the front we've got the main information we need. Including the fact it's a HD 7870, PCS+ cooler and the Myst Edition card which helps let us know it's based on the Tahiti LE chip. As for the back of the box you can see we've got information on some of the components and a large chunk is dedicated to showing off the cooler and the benefits it brings.

 

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Moving inside the bundle we don't have a whole lot going on with a Quick Installation Guide and Driver CD being included alongside just a single cable which is a Mini DP to DisplayPort connector.

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