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Powercolor HD6970 PCS+ Review – silent and deadly

Rating: 9.0.

AMD’s HD6970 has been a strong seller since it was released on December 15th 2010. The combination of class leading performance and competitive price point has served AMD’s partners well. Today we are looking at the new PowerColor HD6970 PCS+ which receives a high level of TLC, with enhanced clock speeds and a striking dual fan heatpipe cooler.


The Powercolor HD6970 PCS+ is shipped with some noticeable speed improvements. The GPU core speed has been increased from 880mhz to 940mhz and the GDDR5 memory now operates at 1425mhz (5.7 Gbps effective), up from 1375mhz (5.5 Gbps effective).

Product AMD HD6970 PowerColor HD6970 PCS+
Core Clock speed 880mhz 940mhz
Primitive Rate
2 prim/clk
2 prim/clk
Shader Architecture
VLIW4
VLIW4
Stream Processors
24 SIMD/1536 ALU
24 SIMD/1536 ALU
Texture Units 96 96
ROPs/Z-Stencil 32/128 32/128
Frame Buffer 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5
Memory Width/Speed 256 bit, 5.5 Gbps 256 bit, 5.7 Gbps
Power Connectors 8 pin & 6 pin 8 pin & 6 pin
Display Outputs 2xDVI + 2x mDP + HDMI 2xDVI + 2x mDP + HDMI

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