PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

PowerColor PCS+  5850 Review

Test Setup

ASUS Maximus III Extreme
Intel Core i7 870 @ 3.6GHz
4GB Corsair Dominator @ 1800MHz
Corsair HX850
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
PowerColor PCS+ 5850 1GB using Catalyst 10.4

Overclocking and Temperatures

With such a superb cooling solution on a chip we know is good for 800MHz we should see some good results, and sure enough the PowerColor easily overclocked, happily on past 900MHz to a stable 925MHz, which will be the speeds we'll run our overclocked tests at.

Also great to see is that, thanks to cooling that is focused on keeping the whole card cool and not just the core, that we got an extra 75MHz out of the GDDR5 too. It's been a while since we've been able to clock memory so successfully, and so we need to give kudos to PowerColor for thinking of more than just the GPU in their cooling design.

Despite the weather being spectacularly warm lately we tested using our standard OC3D formula of 50% fans and Furmark. Under our hefty overclock the temperature never rose above 86°C. Definitely warm, but not beyond the capabilities of the card, and you need to remember that we're only running at 50% fans.

PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Overclocking     PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review Temperatures

Time to run the battery of tests..

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