Powercolor LCS HD 6990 4GB Review

ccokeman - 2011-07-27 19:35:30 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: ccokeman   
Reviewed on: September 5, 2011
Price: $899.99

Introduction:

So you say you want to get the fastest single video card out on the market in the HD 6990, but just can't stand the thought of a Hoover running in your case at full song during a frag fest. What is one to do to resolve this dilemma? Buy another card or two? Nope? Buy louder fans that push more air through the chassis to drown out the beast within? Nope? One solution is to step into the world of water cooling to save your eardrums, with the added benefit of lower operating temperatures, increased overclocking headroom, and of course bitchin' looks (yes, I am old school). If you are not running liquid cooling this might be incentive enough to switch to the dark side. PowerColor has taken a standard HD 6990 and added some visual appeal with a full-cover, nickel-plated block covered with a custom-engraved Acetal cover by high performance water cooling manufacturer EK Waterblocks. By adding the liquid cooling solution, PowerColor adds this card to the LCS line up as the HD 6990 LCS. Under the hood are a pair of AMD's low leakage Cayman XT cores clocked at either 830MHz for a 375 watt power profile or at 880MHz using the alternate 450 watt power profile for that quick boost in performance that can be gained with the flip of a switch. Mirroring the reference card, the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS is equipped with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

Having looked at the previous members of the LCS lineup, including the HD 6970 LCS and HD 5970 LCS, I have found that the addition of the waterblock allows for substantial performance enhancements that really are not available on the standard or PCS+ versions of the cards. Furthermore, the addition of the waterblock is going to bump the cost factor up some.

Closer Look:

The packaging for the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS contains a wealth of information between the front and rear panels. The front shows an illustration of the HD 6990 LCS, points out the quantity of GDDR5 memory on board at 4GB, the display connectivity of a single Dual Link DVI and four DisplayPort connections, and that this card supports up to four monitors in Eyefinity. The back panel hosts a laundry list of information about the supported technologies from AMD, including Advanced Parralel Processing, CrossFireX, and HD3D. On the right side, PowerColor gives an explanation of why water cooling the graphics card is a benefit. The contents of the package is listed just underneath the benefits of liquid cooling.

 

 

 

 

 

With the outer sleeve removed, all that is left is a nondescript cardboard box that houses the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS. The documentation is placed strategically so that the end user is directed to read the manuals before installation of the HD 6990 LCS.

 

 

A card of this stature should come with everything needed to get it installed and operating without a second trip to the local computer store to try and find what you need. In this respect, PowerColor has delivered with the bundle of accessories included with the HD 6990 LCS. First off, the documentation is detailed enough so that the novice will not get lost in the process, while the hardware is just what is needed — 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch barbed fittings, two pairs of spacers, clamps for both sizes of tubing, a hex wrench to remove the plugs in the EK waterblock, a CrossFireX bridge connection, a DVI to VGA adapter, a pair of 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe power adapters, and a host of DisplayPort connectivity options to allow the end user enough flexibility when it comes to hooking this card up to a multi-monitor Eyefinity setup. Included in the assortment of option are a Mini DisplayPort to SL DVI(Passive), Mini DisplayPort to SL DVI (Active) and Mini DisplayPort to HDMI.

 

 

Based on my previous experience with PowerColor's LCS lineup, I have high expectations for this card in terms of overclocking headroom, the temperatures delivered by a liquid cooling solution, and the lack of noise that the reference card saddles the high end gamer and enthusiast with as a cost of entry into ownership of AMD's flagship video card.

Closer Look:

The PowerColor HD 6990 LCS looks decidedly different from the reference-cooled card. First off, the card is thinner so it only takes up a single slot, leaving expansion slots open for a sound card or PCIe Solid State Drive. The top view shows off the well built nickel-plated EK block with PowerColor and LCS HD 6990 logos etched in the the acetal cover. While looking much better than the reference version, the underlying PCB and components are straight out of the AMD playbook, as the base for this package is a reference card. The past has shown this to be a pretty potent combination, as most liquid cooling blocks are made for reference-based video cards. Even though the EK waterblock is stout enough to keep the HD 6990 from flexing, the aluminum back plate of the reference cooler is retained to act as a passive heatsink for the memory modules on the back side of the PCB. EK has received a lot of bad press as of late over the nickel-plating process it uses, but has now switched to a more durable solution for its blocks. If anything should happen with the finish, PowerColor has your back with its warranty process and has this item covered just in case. Specifications mirror the reference card with clock speeds of 830MHz on the Cayman XT cores and 1250MHz on the 4GB of GDDR5. The AUSUM switch is used to bump the GPU core clock speeds and voltage up to 880MHz and 1175mv, respectively, to take advantage of the main benefit of a liquid cooled video card — reduced temperatures and improved overclocking headroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display connectivity on the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS mirrors the reference cards with a single Dual Link DVI port and four DisplayPort 1.2 ports. For every monitor connected other than the primary DL DVI, you will either need a DisplayPort-capable monitor or use an adapter to connect to the card. The bundle shipped with the PowerColor LCS has this problem covered. This configuration is optimized for Eyefinity setups with up to five monitors. To get to six, a Multi Stream transport hub or DisplayPort monitors that support daisy chaining will be needed. The factory dual-slot bracket is gone and in its place is a single-slot bracket that allows access to more of the motherboard's expansion slots. The back end of the card is quite spartan, without anything of interest other than a few glimpses of the nickel plating.

 

 

A single CrossFireX connection is all that is needed as 4-way CrossFireX is the maximum amount of GPUs supported currently by the technology. Right behind the CrossFireX bridge connection is the AMD-named AUSUM (Antilles Unlocking Switch for Uber Mode) switch. On reference cards, this switch is covered with a warning that states that AMD is not responsible for any damages incurred by using this second profile. The reason is that when put into the second position, the GPU core voltage is increased to 1175mv from 1120mv, as well as getting a 50MHz bump in GPU clock speed to 880MHz. It's a cool tool that works as advertised. Be warned that by switching this switch, the power profile is bumped from a 375 watt to an up to 450 watt profile. To feed the power needed to run this card, a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connections are employed in the reference location on the top edge of the PCB.

 

 

The EK Waterblocks' nickel-plated block connects to the rest of the system with a series of adapters that terminate with 1/2 inch or 3/8 inch barbed fittings. The block has plugs that can be removed with the included hex wrench to change the orientation of the water inlet and outlet fittings. When screwed into the back side of the block, the included fittings need to use both the extender and spacer to fit above the lip of the backplate. The quick and dirty fix is to use a fitting that will fit into the allotted space, like the Danger Den fatboy fitting. There is nothing wrong with using adapters, but in my eyes it is just one more opportunity for a leak.

 

 

 

Integrating the PowerColor HD 6990 into a new or previously installed liquid loop is a simple matter of attaching the tubing to the system. PowerColor has a great tutorial in the documentation it provides the end user with all the direction needed to get the HD 6990 LCS up and running. Now that it is installed in the test rig, it's time to see if the HD 6990 LCS will deliver the goods.

Specifications:

Graphics Engine
RADEON HD6990
Video Memory
4GB GDDR5
Engine Clock
830MHz / 880MHz
Memory Clock
1250MHz (5.0Gbps)
Memory Interface
2 x 256-bit (256-bit)
DirectX® Support
11
Bus Standard
PCIE 2.1
Standard Display Connectors
Dual-link DVI-I / 4 x mini DisplayPort
Feature Support
OpenGL
Support
CrossFireX™ Technology
Support
ATI Stream Technology
Support
ATI Eyefinity Technology
Support
ATI Hypermemory Technology
 
Display Support
VGA Output
Via Adapter
DVI Output
Dual-link DVI-I / 4 x mini DisplayPort
DisplayPort
On Board
HDMI
On Board
TV Output
 
HDTV Output
 
HDCP Support
Support
Maximum Resolution
VGA
2048x1536
DVI
2560x1600
DisplayPort
2560x1600
HDMI
1920x1200
Power Specs + Board Dimensions
Board Dimensions
305mmx110mmx38mm
Minimum System Power requirement (W)
750W
Extention Power Connector
two 8-pin PCI Express Power connectors

 

Features:



All information courtesy of PowerColor @ http://www.powercolor.com/Global/products_features.asp?id=350#Specification

Testing:

Testing of the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where they fall on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing other than applying the AA and AF settings manually in the control panel. I will test the cards at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see the effects of any increases in clock speed. The cards are placed in order from highest to lowest performing in the graphs to show where the cards fall by comparison. In addition to the stock testing, I will include performance testing in both Surround (NVIDIA) and Eyefinity (AMD) with the appropriate cards.

 

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

My expectation for the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS was that it would overclock better than a reference-cooled HD 6990. In that respect, I was glad to see that the additional cooling was worth another 50+MHz over the reference cooling solution for a maximum speed of 1002MHz on the pair of Cayman XT cores. To run this number, it took a voltage bump up to 1250mv. Usually that brings on another challenge with increased heat, but the EK full-cover block assuages those fears. In all, I was able to squeeze a 122MHz bump (+14%) over the 880MHz clock speeds on the cores and a 238MHz bump (just over 18%) on the GDDR5 memory. The increased clock speeds definitely help with increasing FPS in games. The biggest upside for me, besides the higher clock speeds, is that the horrendous fan noise is gone at the upper edges of the clock speed range. This lack of fan noise was great, but it allowed me to hear the chokes in the power circuit screaming like stuck pigs when I put the screws to it. The PowerColor HD 6990 LCS is built with a reference card as the base, so this really is not a huge surprise. All in all, the reason for a liquid-cooled card pays off here with tangible increases in clock speed and therefore performance.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consists of looping Crysis Warhead and Unigine 2.5 for 30 minutes each to see where the clock speeds will fail when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment fails, then the clock speeds and tests are rerun until they pass the full one hour of testing.

   

 

  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Metro 2033
  3. HAWX 2
  4. Just Cause 2
  5. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.5
  6. Mafia II
  7. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  8. Lost Planet 2
  9. 3DMark 11
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption

Aliens vs. Predator, developed by Rebellion Developments, is a science fiction first-person shooter and is a remake of its 1999 game. The game is based off the two popular sci fi franchises. In this game, you have the option of playing through the single player campaigns as one of three species, the Alien, the Predator, and the Human Colonial Marine. The Game uses Rebellion's Asura game engine that supports Dynamic Lighting, Shader Model 3.0, Soft Particle systems, and Physics. To test this game I will be using the Aliens vs. Predator benchmark tool with the settings listed below. All DirectX 11 features are enabled.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

The video card, or combination of cards, that delivers a higher FPS than the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS is the pair of GTX 580s in SLI across all eight tests. The HD 6990 LCS delivers more FPS than the reference card or a pair of HD 6970s in CrossFireX.

Testing:

Part first-person shooter, part survival horror, Metro 2033 is based on the novel of the same name, written by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. You play as Artyom in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, where you'll spend most of your time traversing the metro system, with occasional trips to the surface. Despite the dark atmosphere and bleak future for mankind, the visuals are anything but bleak. Powered by the 4A Engine, with support for DirectX 11, NVIDIA PhysX and NVIDIA 3D Vision, the tunnels are extremely varied — in your travels, you'll come across human outposts, bandit settlements, and even half-eaten corpses. Ensuring you feel all the tension, there is no map and no health meter. Get lost without enough gas mask filters and adrenaline shots and you may soon wind up as one of those half-eaten corpses — chewed up by some horrifying manner of irradiated beast that hides in the shadows just waiting for some hapless soul to wander by.

 

Settings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

In Metro 2033, the PowerColor HD 6990 easily delivers playable frame rates through all four resolutions.

Testing:

H.A.W.X. 2 is an arcade-style flight game and is the sequel to H.A.W.X.. The game is published by Ubisoft and was released in late 2010.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

The 880MHz clock speed on the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS allows this card to deliver higher FPS than the pure reference card. Even with tesselation turned on, the FPS delivered were more than enough to make this game enjoyable in Eyefinity.

Testing:

Published by Capcom, Lost Planet 2 is the sequel to Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and uses the MT Framework 2.0 engine. The storyline takes place on the fictional planet E.D.N. III some 10 years after the events of the first game. This time, the snow cover is gone and has been replaced by a tropical landscape. With this new rendition of the game comes the ability to run it using either DirectX 9 or 11. Along with this ability comes the chance to use that new DX 11 hardware to effect. DX11 features in this game include tessellation, displacement mapping on water, bosses and player characters, soft body compute shaders on “Boss” characters, and wave simulation by way of DirectCompute. This gives you smoke that is lifelike and reacts to inputs, water that looks and reacts how you would expect it to in a "real life" situation, and "Boss" characters rendered with more depth and detail. If the latest graphics quality settings are not enough, NVIDIA has included support behind this game for both 3D Vision and 3D Vision Surround, which gives you 3D effects over multiple screens. There is no better way to see how a game will perform than to test it out. Capcom has made this easy with a downloadable benchmark that we will be using to test out a cross section of today's currently available performance video cards.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

In most of the resolutions tested, the HD 6990 LCS is the highest performing AMD-based video card.

Testing:

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.5 is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on the Unigine engine.  This was the first DX 11 benchmark out to allow testing of  DX 11 features. What sets the Heaven Benchmark apart is the addition of hardware tessellation, available in three modes — Moderate, Normal and Extreme. Although tessellation requires a video card with DirectX 11 support and Windows Vista/7, the Heaven Benchmark also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0. Visually, it features beautiful floating islands that contain a tiny village and extremely detailed architecture.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

In the Heaven Benchmark, the NVIDIA cards have an edge all the way through the testing scenario. Overclocked, the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS is the highest performing AMD card in this comparison at each resolution.

Testing:

Just Cause 2 is a third-person shooter that takes place on the fictional island of Panau in Southeast Asia. In this sequel to 2006's Just Cause, you return as Agent Rico Rodriguez to overthrow an evil dictator and confront your former boss. When you don't feel like following the main story line, you're free to roam the island, pulling off crazy stunts and causing massive destruction in your wake, all beautifully rendered by the Avalanche Engine 2.0. In the end, that's what the game basically boils down to — crazy stunts and blowing things up. In fact, blowing things up and wreaking havoc is actually necessary to unlock new missions and items.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

At stock speeds, the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS flirts with the performance of GTX580s in SLI above 1920x1200. When overclocked, the NVIDIA GTX580 and GTX570 cards pull ahead by a wider margin. Even so, close to 60 FPS at 5760x1080 makes this game enjoyable in Eyefinity mode.

Testing:

Mafia II is a third-person shooter that puts you into the shoes of a poor, Sicilian immigrant, Vito Scarletta. Vito has just returned home from serving overseas in the liberation of fascist Italy — to avoid serving his jail sentence — to find his family in debt. The debt must be repaid by the end of the week, and his childhood friend, Joe Barbaro, conveniently happens to have questionable connections that he assures will help Vito clear the debt by that time. As such, Vito is sucked into a world of quick cash. Released in North America for PC in August of 2010, the game was developed by 2K Czech published by 2K and uses the Illusion 1.3 game engine.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

The PowerColor HD 6990 LCS delivers performance close to the CrossFireX HD 6970 setup at stock speeds. When overclocked, the performance differential between the CrossFireX 6970s and the HD 6990 LCS grows starting at 1920x1200.

Testing:

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a first-person shooter developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts for Windows, PS3 and XBox. This game is part of the Battlefield franchise and uses the Frostbite 1.5 Engine, allowing for destructible environments. You can play the single player campaign or multiplayer with five different game modes. Released in March 2010, it has so far sold in excess of six million copies.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

In this game, the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS does not show the performance of a pair of cards from NVIDIA.

Testing:

3DMark 11 is the next installment for Futuremark in the 3DMark series with Vantage as its predecessor. The name implies that this benchmark is for Microsoft DirectX 11 and with an unintended coincidence, the name matches the upcoming date in number (which was the naming scheme to some prior versions of 3DMark nonetheless). 3DMark 11 is designed solely for DirectX 11 so Windows Vista or 7 are required along with a DirectX 11 graphics card in order to run this test. The Basic Edition has unlimited free tests on performance mode whereas Vantage only allowed for a single test run. The advanced edition costs $19.95 and unlocks nearly all of the features of the benchmark and the professional edition runs $995.00 and is mainly suited for corporate use. The new benchmark contains six tests, four of which are aimed only at graphical testing, one to test for physics handling and one to combine graphics and physics testing together. The open source Bullet Physics library is used for physics simulations and although not as mainstream as Havok or PhysX, it still seems to be a popular choice.

With the new benchmark comes two new demos that can be watched, both based on the tests but unlike the tests, these contain basic audio. The first demo is titled "Deep Sea" and have a few vessels exploring what looks to be a sunken U-Boat. The second demo is titled "High Temple" and is similar to South American tribal ruins with statues and the occasional vehicle around. The demos are simple in that they have no story, they are really just a demonstration of what the testing will be like. The vehicles have the logos of the sponsors MSI and Antec on their sides with the sponsorships helping to make the basic edition free. The four graphics tests are slight variants of the demos. I will use the three benchmark test preset levels to test the performance of each card. The presets are used as they are comparable to what can be run with the free version so that results can be compared across more than just a custom set of test parameters.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

Higher = Better

 

As the resolution increases, the performance drop off is not as severe as some of the comparison cards or combos. In the Extreme preset results, the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS is second on the list in both the stock and overclocked testing.

Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Crysis Warhead with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 10-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will be a 20-minute cool down with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running the overclocked idle and load testing.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

Lower = Better

 

At idle, the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS is not the coolest running card in the group, as it is constrained by the temperature of the entire liquid cooling loop. What it does not deliver at idle, it more than makes up for when a load is applied to the two GPUs. At 880MHz (compared to the reference 830MHz), the difference in temperatures over the reference air-cooled card is an amazing 37 degrees Celsius. The overclocked results are not quite as dramatic at 21 °C. Not the same big number as the stock results, but still a major improvement. If the reference card had the fan speed reduced to eliminate the noise, the delta would surely increase between the two cards.

Testing:

Power Consumption of the system will be measured in both idle states and loaded states and will take into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use MSI Kombuster to load the GPU for a 15-minute test and use the peak load of the system as my result for the maximum load. The idle results will be measured after 15 minutes of inactivity on the system. For load testing the GTX 500 series, I will once again use Crysis Warhead run at 2560x1600 using the Gamer setting with 8xAA looping the Avalanche benchmark scenario.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

Lower = Better

 

The power consumption numbers delivered by the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS are lower than the GTX 590 and the reference HD 6990 OC in all cases. The lack of a cooling fan spooling up to 4000 RPM or better shows as a 30 watt drop in power consumption under an overclocked and overvolted graphics load.

Conclusion:

The cost of entry into the world of owning this great looking piece of hardware is might seem steep at $899. What this price gets you is a fully assembled (minus the fittings) video card that comes with a full cover acetal and nickel-plated copper block. If priced and sourced individually, your costs for the card, block, and fittings come surprisingly close to the suggested price point of $899. What that extra few bucks buys you is a warranty and peace of mind. Anyone who has hosed up a video card installing a full cover block knows that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when there is just a black screen after spending a few hours assembling the video card and integrating it into the liquid loop. Warranty gone?! Check! Cash blown without a payoff?! Check! PowerColor takes all the assembly risk and the end user gets the peace of mind knowing that the card is put together correctly. Needless to say there is a cost commitment, but going the liquid cooling route gets rid of the number one complaint on the HD 6990, noise. No longer do you have a vacuum in the case, but a few rattles and chirps from the VRM circuits that are now audible without the fan noise. Seems like a good tradeoff to me! Integrating the card into a liquid cooling loop is a breeze. My main concern on this subject is the use of a 3-part solution to make just a single connection. A spacer and shim are needed to allow the large, shouldered, barbed adapter to fit onto the HD 6990 LCS. In my eyes, this means there are two more potential leak points per line connection. A simple solution is to use another fitting brand to make the connection and eliminate the hazard. Sure the shim and spacer work, but there are better options.

The main reason to buy an HD 6990 is to take advantage of a single 16x slot multiple-GPU solution without the added costs associated with using a second video card, such as having an increase in noise and power consumption, plus the loss of use of many of the expansion slots that could be used for a sound card, NIC, or PCIe-based Solid State Drive, such as OCZ's Revo drives. The performance of the HD 6990 shows that it is really the fastest single-PCB video card out right now. The PowerColor HD 6990 LCS comes set to run the default numbers for the HD 6990 at 830MHz/1250MHz. The AUSUM switch jumps the core clocks up to 880MHz just the way the reference cards are set to do. This alone offers an increase in gaming performance. My reference cards have all pretty much topped out at around 950MHz on the core and around 1500MHz on the GDDR5 memory. The water cooling option presented on the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS allows the core to clock even further. This retail sample easily hit 1002MHz on the Cayman XT cores and 1488MHz on the memory. The additional headroom is nice to have, but what is even nicer is that the temperatures hit a maximum of 50 degrees Celsius under load when the screws were put to the HD 6990 LCS. That is a 21 degrees Celsius drop from the reference cooling solution. As impressive as that is, the temperature delta between the reference and LCS HD 6990 at stock speeds was 37 degrees Celsius. That right there is the whole shooting match all wrapped up in a tidy package.

Purchasing a card of this stature means that costs really are not a concern, but by measuring the power consumption of this card, the verdict is that the lack of a cooling fan on the card accounts for a roughly 30 watt decrease under load while running higher clock speeds than the reference comparison. This is sure to keep some coin in your pocket and not in the power companies. Since gamers are the target market for the PowerColor HD 6990 LCS, its ability to run a high-end Eyefinity setup with smooth game play at 5760x1080 definitely fill this niche. Adding a second HD 6990 LCS in CrossfireX would surely increase the gaming scores and increase the fluidity of your gameplay, though it is surely not the most economical solution. All the games tested could be played at 5760x1080 and easily kept the FPS up at 2560x1600 — just what's needed for a the high-end gamer. Again, PowerColor has offered a great looking card in its LCS lineup that performs up to expectations. Good looks, great cooling, and performance to match!

 

Pros:

Cons: