Powercolor HD6970 PCS + Review

3D Mark

Powercolor HD6970 PCS + Review

As we're already running heavily overclocked out of the box and our own overclock only gained us 20MHz we're running the PCS+ "as is". Slap bang in the middle of our graph so it's easy to compare to the overclocked and stock reference HD6970 card.

3D Mark Vantage

If 3D Mark Vantage is a fair reflection on what we can expect to see then this should be an enjoyable review. It absolutely obliterates the reference card and although the reference overclocked result is close you have to remember that it comes at a hefty noise price, and also of course no guarantee you'll reach that level.

3D Mark 11

How about that then. The PCS+ out-performs the GTX570 in 3D Mark 11. Although 3D Mark 11 is a very different test to Vantage, relying much more heavily on shader abilities, there is no denying the results.

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Most Recent Comments

07-02-2011, 05:56:30

The PCS+ cards from Powercolor have always been a mighty fine performer. Is their 6970 version as potent?

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07-02-2011, 06:14:57

Love the Powercolor red PCB, it's a nice deep proper red that suits an ATi/AMD build extremely well.

07-02-2011, 06:19:15

Its not the card, its the new ATI drivers.

07-02-2011, 06:20:19

Mental note don't skip to graphs xD

07-02-2011, 07:49:54

Nice curvy heatpipes now thats one card i would like to have.

07-02-2011, 08:58:27

watched the video the otherday , been waiting for the writen review

07-02-2011, 09:10:56

I watched the vid and was quite surprised, Powercolor are one of the last brands I think of when buying a graphics card Asus and MSI being the first but they have done a good job of the 6970. It might not be the bedt looking card (in my opinion) but it's the best performance wise.

07-02-2011, 14:28:59

The cooler is the same as the one Palit used on their 285 cards, red pcb too, (I'm trying to kill one atm) except I wouldn't swear the copper's the same thickness. Shrouds are shrouds.

I've got to take a look at these drivers, there has to be a reason for what they've done.

07-02-2011, 14:45:41

Great vid tom gd to see you liking a ati again, just as ive been talked into buying a ati on here so where do i sign cant find 1 any where

08-02-2011, 06:31:44

Add another 120 and get two GTX 560 TI & run them in SLI and this whole review will be blown to bits, Seriously AMD has got to do something about the prices of 6970 &6950 because OC UK are selling the ASUS 480 GTX for 219 & SCAN have just put it out for 208 so a word of advice to AMDs marketing department you need to sit-down and rethink your pricing strategy because the time of stupid impulse buyers is over everybody these days has become specialist in buying computer components and read loads of reviews before buying anything, the world has changed and we now have very smart customers, believe me thats the message Ive been trying to but in my dinosaur boss head for months now but without any results unfortunately.

10-02-2011, 23:15:10

south side sammy
I have to ask since this review is different from what I've seen elsewhere. The FarCry2 benchmarks using the GTX560, they seem very low in comparison to others I've seen. Way low as a matter of fact. Are they correct or is this a misprint?

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