PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS+ Call Of Duty Edition Reviewccokeman -
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Released to the world just over a month ago, the HD 6800 series has refined the $200~$250 price/performance point with a refined architecture that allowed AMD to shrink the amount of internal hardware while still maintaining the desired level of performance. To that end we have looked at the reference cards and found that they indeed fit well into this envelope, with performance in most cases above that of the HD 5850 and sometimes higher than the HD 5870. This card from PowerColor is the first non reference sample of the HD 6870 here at OverclockersClub. We have looked at several of the HD 6850 variants, including the PCS+ version by PowerColor, and have found the non reference HD 6850 cards offering excellent performance and overclocking headroom. The PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ Call of Duty Edition video card is equipped with higher clock speeds on both the memory and the Barts core to the tune of 940MHz and 1100MHz, respectively. Not only do you get the increased clock speeds but the cooling solution is definitely not the reference solution and should run cooler and quieter than what comes stock on the cards directly from AMD. Let's see if the HD 6870 PCS+ can live up to the performance heritage of the PCS+ lineup and see how well it compares to the reference design in gaming performance, overclocking ability, thermal performance and power consumption.
The packaging of the PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ features a dark theme with a low profile high performance car on the front. The front lists several of the car's attributes, such as the four monitor Eyefinity support, connectivity options, the inclusion of the game Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, the amount of onboard memory and that this card is part of PowerColor's PCS+ series. The front profile of the card on the front panel looks eerily similar to the profile of the heatsink shroud. The back panel goes into more detail on the AMD specific technologies that this card supports or uses that include DirectX 11, AMD HD3D and CrossfireX.
Inside the outer sleeve is the box that contains the HD 6870 PCS+ and its accessory bundle. Flip open the lid and you can see the card in its anti static bag and underneath is the accessory bundle.
The accessory bundle that is included in the PowerColor HD6870 PCS+ includes a quick start guide in multiple languages, a driver disc, a brochure with all of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare information, including a product key redeemable through Steam, a CrossfireX bridge connector, Mini DisplyPort to DisplayPort dongle and a DVI to VGA adapter. There are no power adapters included at this point as the assumption is that most current power supplies will have the required dual 6-pin PEG connectors.
Let's dig into this card and see what it has to offer.