With AMD continuing to remain quiet on the Radeon HD 8000 series, the HD 7000 series continue to be extremely relevant. Coming in at that mid $300 price bracket as well, the HD 7950 is a great option for people who want to step up from the mid $200 price bracket that the HD 7870 hits at.
As for the option we're looking at today from PowerColor, it is a nice HD 7950 with a strong cooler that helps provide a solid overclock. It also manages to do this while keeping the card at a good temperature with decent noise levels.
Outside of just the quality of the cooler, the overall look of the card is great thanks to the fact that PowerColor has opted for a black PCB against the black and blue heatsink. While it's of course purely cosmetic, we can't deny the amount of time people mention the color of PCBs on video cards, motherboards and RAM. On the bundle side of things the card falls into the same category as most cards these days with a fairly light bundle. It's not a bad thing and really these days it's expected.
The PowerColor HD 7950 PCS 3GB video card is a product that does a good job of ticking all the right boxes. It manages to stand out in a heavily populated segment and that in itself is always something when it comes to video cards. If you're looking for a HD 7950 series card and you're thinking that you'll take the overclocking side of things into your own hands, this is a really nice option from PowerColor.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark 11]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Just Cause 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - F1 2012]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Metro 2033]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Dirt Showdown]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Nexuiz]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 16 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 17 [Temperature Test]
- Page 18 [Sound Test]
- Page 19 [Power Consumption Test]
- Page 20 [Final Thoughts]
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