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Powercolor HD 5870 PCS+ Review

Rating: 9.0.

KitGuru has looked at many flavours of HD5870 over the last two months. Today we are going to look at a Powercolor version which is moderately overclocked and comes preinstalled with a hefty heatpipe cooler.

The HD5870 is still ATI's flagship single core card and has been paving the performance path for many months, only recently usurped by the new nVidia GTX 480. All is not lost for ATI however as the HD5870 is still a big seller, thanks to cooler temperatures, lower power drain and quieter performance. It is also around £70-100 less expensive, which makes for a considerable saving.

The Powercolor card we are looking at today has a core speed bump of 25mhz and the memory also gets a 100mhz effective increase.

Both the cooler and the PCB are a non reference design and after looking at the Powercolor HD5850 PCS+ we have high hopes this card will be just as impressive.

HD 5850
HD 5870
Powercolor HD 5870 PCS+
Core Clock 725 MHz 850 MHZ 875 MHZ
Memory Clock 1000 MHz 1200 MHz 1225 MHz
Memory Size 1024 MB 1024 MB 1024 MB
Memory Bus Width 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit
Shader units 1440 1600 1600
ROPs 32 32 32

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