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PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 PCS+ Review



To test the PowerColor HD 5870 PCS+ graphics card it will be stress tested with a barrage of benchmarks that is standard for OCC graphics card testing. The games are Far Cry 2, Crysis Warhead, Darkest of Days, Call of Duty: World at War, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, and Left 4 Dead, and the synthetic benchmark tests are 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage. All of the settings remain the same from card to card with the exception of disabling PhysX when applicable. After testing the graphics card at factory settings I will then push it to its limits or near - overclocking while remaining as stable as possible. The tests are then repeated and results recorded and displayed next to other graphics cards that have been tested.


Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • PowerColor HD 5870 PCS+ 950/1320

960 MHz without a voltage increase was very nice, the card pushed higher but wouldn't achieve complete stability. It went as high as 1000 MHz and 1400 MHz but was not stable enough for testing so it got cut back a bit to ensure stability. Oddly, the memory was not very willing to overclock at first and wouldn't go very high. After a few days of pushing, the card was more willing and hit 1320 MHz. Nearly 10% and 8% gains on both core and memory respectively just with ATI Overdrive - not to mention that the card is already overclocked 25 MHz on both the core and memory from factory. Voltage programs such as MSI Afterburner were unable to adjust the voltage and thus the card had to do with what it was set with. Temperatures were great, as the highest temperatures loaded with benchmarking and gaming were low 50's and high 40's Celsius anywhere on the card and at full speed the fan is definitely audible but not ear piercing. Next are the benchmark results!



  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Darkest of Days
  4. Call of Duty: World at War
  5. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. Resident Evil 5
  8. Left 4 Dead
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Darkest of Days
  9. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  11. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  13. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  14. Testing: 3DMark 06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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