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PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ Review

Price: $314.99


Have you been waiting to upgrade the graphics card in your system? Maybe the card that you currently have is not cutting it with newer games that are being released. Or maybe your card does not support DirectX 11? Maybe you have been looking at the whole EyeFinity thing and finally are about ready to bite the bullet and get a card that will support multiple monitors for gaming. Well, whatever the reason, PowerColor may just have an answer for you with their HD6950 PCS+. This HD6950 is not like any other HD6950 out on the market. It has PowerColors' PCS+ (Professional Cooling Solution) installed on the board to help deliver better temperatures with the Vortex II. The PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ also comes with 2GB of memory for your games to go to town with. I am really curious to see exactly how well the PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ is going to be able to overclock and perform when it is thrown up against some of the other cards in the market in a head-to-head benchmarking battle.

Closer Look:

Taking a look at the packaging for the PowerColor HD6950 PCS+, you are going to see that there is a large image of a sports car printed on the front with two large fans placed where the passenger cabin is normally located. The car has icicles coming off of it all over the place, which in combination with the fans, gives you the impression that not only is the graphics card is going to be able to give you the performance that you want but also produce lower temperatures than some of the competition. In the top left hand corner is where you will find the PowerColor logo printed with the tag line "Unleash the Gaming Power" printed below it. There is the 2GB GDDR5 badge printed in the top right hand corner of the packaging as well, with the Dual DVI, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort x2 logo printed directly below that. You will see the Vortex II logo printed towards the top right hand corner of the package for the PowerColor HD6950 PCS+. At the bottom of the package you will find the PCS+ logo printed above the Radeon HD6950 logo. To the right of the PCS+ logo you will find a badge that shows you four monitors letting you know that a single card is going to give you support of up to four monitors. Looking at the back of the package, you will find all of the main features of the PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ highlighted, such as Flexibility and Customization, High Performance Cooling, Perforated Fan to increase airflow up to 13%, Gold Power Kit, Anti-Turbulence, and that the HD6950 PCS+ reduces ambient temperature.








Once you get the outer packaging taken off, you are left with a brown cardboard box that contains not only the PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ graphics card, but all of the bundled accessories. The cardboard box has a section that is cut out perfectly to fit the HD6950 to keep it from sliding around while the package was being shipped. It is also wrapped up in an anti static bag to ensure that when you first open up the package you will not ruin the card with any static discharge. Once you pull the card out of the package and break down the cardboard box, you will find all of the accessories laying in the bottom. Included with the PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ is a quick installation guide, a Drivers CD, a CrossFireX bridge, a VESA to DVI dongle, as well as a mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort dongle.



Now that we have taken a look at the packaging and what exactly comes with the PowerColor HD6950 PCS+ graphics card, it is time to take a closer look at the graphics card itself.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
  9. Testing: Lost Planet 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.5
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Mafia II
  13. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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