PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review

Introduction and Technical Specs

PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review


It's been too long since we've had one of PowerColors cards gracing our pages. As it has been a while let's refresh your memory about them, courtesy of a paraphrased version of their own "about us".

PowerColor, established by Tul Corporation in 1997, is a graphics industry leading brand name now and well known for its outstanding performance and innovative technology. As a leading provider of graphics card, PowerColor offers powerful, reliable and cost-effective solutions to customers worldwide.

PowerColor graphics cards won at least 10 awards every month in 2004 from the worlds most respected IT media and organizations. Furthermore, several PowerColor products also received 2005 Taiwan Symbol of Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the R.O.C. according to the following criteria: Design and Innovation, Quality System, Market, and Brand Awareness. This award represents some of the most revolutionary, high tech, high quality, and high value products in the market.

So now we know who they are, why are we interested? Well if you haven't been keeping up with technology they produce mainly pre-overclocked variants of ATI cards, more often than not with non-reference cooling. This is either via the PCS range, or the even higher model of pre-overclocked is the PCS+.

Technical Specifications

Now we know what we're looking at, let's take a look at the technical specifications before moving on to some photos.

Graphics Engine RADEON HD5850
Video Memory 1GB GDDR5
Engine Clock 760MHz
Memory Clock 1050MHz (4.2Gbps)
Memory Interface 256bit
DirectX Support 11
Bus Standard PCIE 2.1
Standard Display Connectors DL-DVI/DL-DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort
DirectX Support 11
OpenGL Support
CrossFireX Technology Support
ATI Stream Technology Support
ATI Eyefinity Technology Support


With reference HD5850s having a 725MHz core speed we can see that the PCS+ has a 35MHz increase over stock. Let's grab a shuftie at it then.

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