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PowerColor HD4870 PCS+ Review

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When it comes to the PowerColor HD4870 video card, the main thing that comes to mind were the amazing scores the card was able to produce in the 3DMark06 benchmark. The stock overclocked scores were amazing but when the card was overclocked further, wow! The price for this amazing piece of computer hardware is just about perfect, I was very surprised to see that the card only cost around $290 USD, and when you compare that to the price of the other HD4870s out on the market, they come very close but when you get into the prices of some of the nVidia cards, you are going to be expected to pay quite a bit more for less performance. The simple fact that I was able to get the core of the card up past 850MHz was another added bonus, I was expecting to only get an extra 25-30MHz, not 60MHz, on the core and 200MHz on the memory! The cooling solution that PowerColor has added to its HD4870 was able to keep the card quite cool; during full load the card was only reaching 55°C, which is lower than some of the HD4850s that were clocked lower than this! The heatpipe cooling solution definitely makes this card worth the price of admission. The HDTV connectivity options add more value to the card by allowing the computer to be a hybrid of gaming and HTPC computer with great graphics! I would suggest picking up this card to anyone who is looking for a boost to their benchmarking scores or if they are in the market for a new video card. It runs cool out of the box with better performance than a standard HD4870 due to it being factory overclocked.



  • Price
  • Factory overclocked
  • Overclockability
  • Amazing performance
  • Cooling solution
  • Low temperatures



  • Only 512MB video RAM


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