Powercolor HD 5870 PCS+ 33

Powercolor HD 5870 PCS+ Review

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The Card

Powercolor's cooler is huge and covers the whole card. You can easily see where the heat pipes are located that help with the heat transfer. However, in my opinion, it can not compete with the looks of AMD's reference design cooler. It should also be noted that the heatpipes add quite a bit of size to the card, which could cause a problem with the side panels in some smaller cases.

Just like the reference design, the card occupies two slots in the system.

The card has two DVI ports, one HDMI port, and one DisplayPort. This is just one of many output configurations that are possible on the new cards, thanks to the overhauled display output logic. Basically the card can drive six TMDS signals that can be combined in any way (a dual-link DVI consumes two TMDS lines).

For HDMI Audio, NVIDIA requires you to feed an external audio source, for example from your motherboard's on-board audio, to the card via SPDIF cable. AMD on the other hand has integrated a sound device inside their GPUs which is the easier solution for most users. Also AMD's integrated sound device has been upgraded to support HDMI 1.3a which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit.

Crossfire configurations are supported to improve performance even further.

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