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Powercolor HD6950 PCS++ 2GB Review – dual action

The Powercolor fixation with the Buggati Veyron is still an integral part of their box artwork. There is obviously no direct link with a 250+ mph sports car and a video card, but the concept is cool.

The bundle includes a free copy of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well as literature on the installation, a software CD, VGA converter, Crossfire connector and a mini Displayport to Displayport converter.

Powercolor are using their custom made heatpipe cooler and the PCB is also a custom PowerColor design. Already off to a good start.

The PCS++ is a two slot design with 3 thick pipes passing heat into two series of aluminum fins on either side of the PCB.

The card requires an 8 pin and a 6 pin power connector for operation and it can also be operated in 2/3/4 way CrossfireX configurations.

The naked cooler exposed. As can be seen from the images above, the core design can actually accept 4 heatpipes, although this particular cooler only utilises three, passing heat into various sections of parallel running fin arrays.

The memory is Hynix H5GQ2H24MFR-T2C which are rated for 1250mhz (5000mhz effective speeds). A fully fledged HD6970 uses faster memory rated to 1500mhz (and set to 5.5GBps by AMD on the reference design). We also noticed that Powercolor are using a ChiL 8228 voltage controller instead of the Volterra VT1556 which is on the AMD reference design. Clearly this is to help manage the final price of the product.

There is a bios switch on the PCB which toggles between HD6950 and HD6970 ‘modes’. Both settings are shown above in the GPUz screenshots.

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  • Garth

    really clever idea to have a dual bios preconfigured like this. I know some people dont want to flash their cards due to the risk of killing it and having no comeback.

  • Nick

    Its a really nice idea to be seen as being active like this. they do release some particularly impressive cards in the last year.

  • Frannie

    Their cooler is great, my friend has another card with the same cooler and its very quiet. dual fans always works great.

  • Thomas

    PCB design is good, and although I know they could maybe have used the better memory it would put the price up a good bit.

  • Benjamin

    Im still not sold on their cards, I hear horror stories of their UK support system. which is basically non existant. that is why I go for sapphire, cause I know ill get a replacement if the hardware fails. same for HIS, crap UK support.

  • NeD

    I like their PCS cards, always really well made, but I do echo a feeling of concern in the Uk. I know my wifes brother bought a powercard card years ago and it did fail after 10 months and no one would accept it back. A word of caution for those people buying one in the UK, their local support is not good. (or wasnt ).

  • AMD4EVER

    Their support in USA is very good.