PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review

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PowerColor PCS+  5850 Review

A Closer Look

One of the cool things about reviewing something from a company that you don't see every day is you aren't sure what to expect when it arrives. Definitely subscribing to the "clean and simple" look the PowerColor has all you could want to know in a nicely compact box.

The design on the front makes a nice nod towards the design of the card itself. Good to see that little detail as often the packaging design could be interchangable with anything. Here the cards looks are an integral part.

PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Box     PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Packaging  

Speaking of the card, PowerColor have done an excellent job in beefing up the cooler without looking like they've played too much. It's like a reference cooler on steroids and that's most definitely a good thing. A large centrally mounted fan mounted above the heatpipe-equipped heat-sink should ensure good cooling performance.

PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Cooler     PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Diagonal  

Of course we always have to look at the whole PC when dealing with heat, so it's wonderful to see PowerColor retaining a full shroud cooling solution so that the hot air will be expelled out the rear of the case rather than circulate over your other components.

You can also see the large heatpipes that help dissipate the heat from the core to the main heat-sink before being cooled by the fan.

PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Heatpipe     PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Cooling  

Finally moving round the back we have the normal display interfaces we expect on a Eyefinity capable ATI HD card, with two DVI ports, a DisplayPort and HDMI.

PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Heatsink     PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Inputs DisplayPort HDMI

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