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PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 PCS+ Introduction:
In the past we have looked at a wide selection of PowerColor's product stack from the upper end Devil 13 HD 7990 to the liquid cooled PCS+ HD 6990 and on down to the sub $150 HD 7790 Turbo Duo. What you see from top to bottom are not only the reference designs but some all out cards with interesting feature sets. The PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ fits into the product stack a bit higher up than the HD 7790 Turbo Duo while still not breaking the budget at around $200, offering a nice performance up tick for your additional dollars. As a PCS+ equipped video card, the HD 7850 starts with a non-stock PCB equipped with PowerColor's Gold Power Kit for improved overclocking and stability to go along with the custom dual S-shaped direct contact heat pipes used to help cool the AMD 28nm Pitcairn core.
Your everyday, run of the mill reference HD 7850 comes with a core clock speed of 860MHz and either 1 or 2GB of GDDR5 memory. PowerColor's latest is a 2GB version with a baseline clock speed on the core of 1000MHz to give you that added FPS you need when gaming. NVIDIA's GTX 650Ti Boost edition had the HD 7850 as the target market it was looking to take over. Will the added core clock speed of the HD 7850 PCS+ make that challenge a moot point? Let's look further into what the card has to offer.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 PCS+ Closer Look:
The HD 7850 PCS+ gets an all new look similar to that seen on the HD 7870 Myst Edition card we looked at back in January of this year. A wealth of information is shown on the front side of the packaging. Along the bottom is the model number and series. To the left the image shows that this card can support up to four displays at a time, features 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and is equipped with technologies that enable the HD7850 PCS+ to run faster, cooler, and quieter while maintaining rock solid reliability. The information on the back side speaks to the technologies used on this card that include the Professional Cooling System and Gold Power Kit that provide the means to run faster and cooler.
Inside, much like just about every video card delivered today, you have a nondescript cardboard box that holds the HD 7850 PCS+. Flipping open the lid shows the card located in the center of the box with the accessory bundle tucked underneath the cardboard dividers. Included in the accessory bundle are a driver disk, quick installation manual, Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter, DVI to VGA adapter, and a Crossfire bridge connection.
PowerColor has made a name putting together video cards that include both interesting, well thought out cooling solutions, as well as some truly innovative cards such as the Devil 13 and liquid cooled PCS+ HD 7970.