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PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 1GB PCS+ OC Video Card (Page 3)

Shawn Baker | Feb 12, 2010 at 7:33 am CST - 1 min, 34 secs time to read this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: PowerColor

Video Card

Having a look at the card, the first thing you notice is the fact that the cooler is different to the standard HD 5870 one. That is the main feature for the PCS+ series, so it doesn't come as a real surprise. What does come as a surprise, however, is just how mean the cooler looks, starting with the massive fan in the middle and moving to the heat pipes that protrude out the top of the card.

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Outside of the fan and heat pipes, there's not a whole lot else to look at. We've got the PowerColor logo embedded on the right side and a couple of vents which really round off the cooler.

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Looking around the card some more, we haven't got any real surprises. Sitting across the top but towards the back we have two 6-Pin PCI-E power connectors. Staying across the top but moving closer to the front, we have our two CrossFire connectors. While one of the heat pipes does hang ever so slightly over one of the CrossFire connectors, it doesn't prevent you from using the technology thanks to the CrossFire connector being quite flexible.

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Looking at the connections, we don't see any surprises at all. We've got two Dual-Link DVI connectors along with a single HDMI and DisplayPort connection to round off everything while giving us support for Eyefinity.

Specifications

Though we haven't mentioned it yet, the HD 5870 PCS+ from PowerColor is actually a pre overclocked card. Looking below, you can see that they've bumped the core slightly from 850MHz to 875MHz.

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As for the 1GB of GDDR5 memory, that's also had a small bump from the stock 4800MHz QDR clock to 4900MHz QDR. It's not a major overclock, but it's nice to see that PowerColor have taken the time to bump both the core and memory.

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Shawn takes care of all of our video card reviews. From 2009, Shawn is also taking care of our memory reviews, and from May 2011, Shawn also takes care of our CPU, chipset and motherboard reviews. As of December 2011, Shawn is based out of Taipei, Taiwan.

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