PowerColor HD 6970 PCS+ 2 GB Review 10

PowerColor HD 6970 PCS+ 2 GB Review



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AMD's Radeon HD 6950 has been released in mid-December. Both the HD 6950 and the HD 6970 are using a new VLIW4 shader architecture as opposed to the VLIW5 configuration of previous cards.
PowerColor's HD 6970 PCS+ uses the AMD Radeon HD 6970 as a base design and refines it even further. A new dual fan cooler keeps the card cool, the clock speeds have been increased significantly out of the box. Actually the PowerColor HD 6970 PCS+ is the highest-clocked HD 6970 card that money can buy at the moment. With a price increase of $10 the card doesn't add much to the pricing of the HD 6970, the included Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 coupon also helps to attract buyers for the PowerColor HD 6970 PCS+.

HD 6870
HD 5870
HD 6950
GTX 570
GTX 480
HD 6970
HD 6970 PCS+
GTX 580
HD 5970
Shader units 112016001408480480153615365122x 1600
ROPs32323240483232482x 32
GPUBartsCypressCaymanGF110GF100CaymanCaymanGF1102x Cypress
Transistors1700M2154M2640M3000M3200M2640M2640M3000M2x 2154M
Memory Size1024 MB1024 MB2048 MB1280 MB1536 MB2048 MB2048 MB1536 MB2x 1024 MB
Memory Bus Width 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 320 bit 384 bit 256 bit 256 bit 384 bit 2x 256 bit
Core Clock900 MHz 850 MHz 800 MHz 732 MHz 700 MHz 880 MHz 940 MHz 772 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Clock1050 MHz 1200 MHz 1250 MHz 950 MHz 924 MHz 1375 MHz 1425 MHz 1002 MHz 1000 MHz


Package Front
Package Back


You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Driver CD + Documentation
  • DVI Adapter
  • Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter
  • CrossFire Bridge
  • PCI-Express Power Cable
  • Modern Warfare 2 coupon

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

PowerColor is using a large dual-fan heatpipe cooler on their card, the PCB is a custom PowerColor design.

Graphics Card Height

The card requires two slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

The card has two DVI ports, two mini-DisplayPorts and one HDMI port. AMD's display output logic is clearly superior to what NVIDIA has to offer at this time. Vendors are free to combine six TMDS links into any output configuration they want (dual-link DVI consuming two links) - and use them all at the same time. AMD has also introduced DisplayPort 1.2 support with their new cards which allows the use of a DisplayPort hub to connect multiple monitors, or daisy chain them together.

An HDMI sound device is also included in the GPU. The HDMI interface is HDMI 1.4a compatible which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit output. The new revision also brings support for Blu-ray 3D movies which will become important later this year when we will see first Blu-ray 3D titles shipping.

You may combine up to four HD 6900 cards of any model from any vendor in CrossFire.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

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