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PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB PCS Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 8:34 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: PowerColor

The Card




Looking at the video card the first thing we notice is just how great it looks thanks to the fact PowerColor decided to choose a black PCB. We really wish more and more companies would opt for the black PCB, especially when they're going down the path of non-reference designed coolers.


On the topic of the cooler, in typical fashion, it's what's taking up majority of the video card. Across the top you can see the PCS labeling and the dual 92mm fan setup. You can see the massive heatsink behind the fans and on the heatpipe front we've got three 8mm heat pipes which pull the heat away from that copper base that's present.






Moving away from the front and taking a quick spin around you can see we've got two 6-pin PCIe power connectors at the back. Staying across the top, but moving closer to the front you can see the typical dual CrossFire connector setup which gives us the ability to throw up to four of these video cards together.




We finish off with the I/O side of things which sees a Dual-Link DVI connector on the right followed by a HDMI port and two Mini-DP connectors. Across the top you can see a vent that covers half of the I/O shield that lets the hot air escape out the back of your case.





Out of the box the PowerColor HD 7950 carries with it an 800MHz core clock while the 3GB of GDDR5 comes in at 5000MHZ QDR. Since these clocks aren't anything exciting we figured that we'd fire up MSI Afterburner and do a bit of overclocking to see how this PCS cooler handles the HD 7950 when overclocked.




Looking above you can see we managed to push the core up to a solid 1110MHz. As for that 3GB of GDDR5 that came in at 5600MHz QDR. This is a nice overclock and should yield with it some good performance.

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