PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Review


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.

Technical Specifications

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
Engine Clock 1100MHz
Memory Clock 1225MHz x 4 (4.9 Gbps)
Memory Interface 256bit
DirectX® Support 11.1
Bus Standard PCIE 3.0
Standard Display Connecors DL-DVI-I/ SL-DVI-D / HDMI / MINI DPx2
OpenGL Support
CrossFireX™ Technology Support
ATI Stream Technology Support
ATI Eyefinity Technology Support
ATI Hypermemory Technology N/A
VGA Output Via Adapter
DisplayPort On Board(mini DP) x2
HDMI On Board
TV Output N/A
HDTV Output N/A
HDCP Support Support
VGA 2048x1536
DVI 2560x1600
DisplayPort 4096x2160
HDMI 4096x2160
Board Dimensions 241.3mmx111.2mmx38mm
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.

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Most Recent Comments

11-04-2012, 09:22:03

The 7870 is the only next gen card that is worth the price to performance ratio in my opinion, especially given the overclockabillity to the level of a stock 7950, still more than they should be but definitely good cards.Quote

11-04-2012, 09:32:12

Great review, and what an impressive card!Quote

11-04-2012, 10:23:30


Firstly we know only too well how many of you don't want to faff about with overclocking your card and will always look for one that comes out of the box with a blazing speed attached to it.

I'd hope that's not too true.Quote

11-04-2012, 10:40:49

Great review Quote

11-04-2012, 10:41:10

Nice looking card............and it performs ! Quote

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