PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Review
Published: 11th April 2012 | Source: PowerColor | Price: £280 |
So far the latest generation of Radeon cards has been a little bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand we have the obvious power of the HD7970 which is as fast as anything available right now, although with a range-topping price-tag to match. Just below that the HD7950. At stock it was fairly impressive but when overclocked it really shone, matching the HD7970 stock more often than not. Below that we found the HD7770 which was actually a step too far down the performance ladder.
Today we're looking at the middle to high-end card, the Radeon HD7870. Rather than end up repeating swathes of what we've said before about reference cards being okay but it's worth waiting to see what the aftermarket models are like, we're leaping straight in with the daddy of all aftermarket cards, the PowerColor PCS+ variant.
With a hefty overclock out of the box, a hardcore cooler, and the technical backup we've come to expect from PowerColor, this should allow the HD7870 to shine as brightly as it can.
As the default clock of the card is 1GHz it's nice to see that PowerColor have pushed the card pretty hard with their overclock. So often we see factory overclocked models that only bring an extra handful of MHz to the table that to find one with a 10% overclock is nice.
|Graphics Engine||RADEON HD7870|
|Video Memory||2GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock||1225MHz x 4 (4.9 Gbps)|
|Bus Standard||PCIE 3.0|
|Standard Display Connecors||DL-DVI-I/ SL-DVI-D / HDMI / MINI DPx2|
|ATI Stream Technology||Support|
|ATI Eyefinity Technology||Support|
|ATI Hypermemory Technology||N/A|
|VGA Output||Via Adapter|
|DVI Output||DL-DVI-I/ SL-DVI-D|
|DisplayPort||On Board(mini DP) x2|
|Minimum System Power (W)||500W|
|Extention Power Connector||Two 6-Pin PCI Express Power Connectors|
Of course we all want to see what it looks like, so let's crack on.