PowerColor PCS+ 5850 Review

Gaming Results

PowerColor PCS+  5850 Review

Gaming Benchmarks

The main point of interest for a card like this though isn't if it can render pretend things, it's all about gaming. With that in mind let's crack on with our tests.

Dirt 2

Blimey. Clearly demonstrating the old adage that there is no testing like real-world testing, the PowerColor PCS+ 5850 completely spanks a reference design model. Even with the stock PowerColor settings we see an average of over sixty frames per second, and this nicely increases with our overclock as we'd expect.

Just Cause 2

Just Cause is an open world type game which has all the familiar hallmarks of this style. The main thing being huge draw distances and complex scenery to replicate cities and things.

This is clearly visible in our results with the average rate following the GPU clock speed fairly clearly. The reference at the bottom, then the PCS+ followed by the overclocked PCS+.

Need For Speed Shift

Shift is very good at handling ATI cards, in a similar manner to how GRiD used to be. Both stock and overclocked the PCS+ give very similar results, which are nicely above a reference design.

Crysis Warhead

Warhead most certainly rewards any amount of graphical horsepower you can pump in its direction. With minimum and maximum frame-rates being fairly variable, as you can see from our graph, it's important to focus on average frame-rates. The PCS+ unquestionably steals a march over a reference card, and when overclocked really gives us good performance of over 50fps.

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