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Excellent Build quality.
Free Full Version Game.
Looks Awesome With the Heat Pipe Cooler Choice.
1250 MHz Samsung GDDR5 memory.
Easy to overclock with ATI Overdrive.
Free Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
DirectX 11 support.
Support for AMD EyeFinity Technology.
Native HDMI & DisplayPort.
Improvements to integrated HDMI audio device.
Slightly More Expensive.
Major quality problem with wave soldering process.
No software voltage control.
Limits OC abilities.
Fan noise unpleasant at 100%.
Still a few driver bugs to work out on the latest games.
Overclock out of the box is rather slim.
Slightly higher power consumption than reference design.
DirectX 11 won't be relevant for quite a while.
No support for CUDA / PhysX.
By TweakNews on December 21, 2010
When it comes to the decision of upgrading to the latest and greatest, the PowerColor PCS+ HD 5870 sure doesn't make that decision easy. In some benchmarks, it pulled ahead, and in other game which highly rely on tessellation, it fell behind. Where...
By HardwareHeaven on October 05, 2010
When we reviewed the 5850 PCS+ a couple of months ago we praised the card for its good build quality, noting that it felt solid and the design was attractive for those with case windows. The same can be said of the 5870 PCS+ while mentioning that...
By Kitguru.net on July 15, 2010
The Powercolor HD5870 PCS+ is one of the quietest graphics cards we have yet to test, which is some achievement, especially considering the HD5870 is a performance card. It overclocks like hell and will make a perfect match for a performance oriented...
By LanOC Reviews on June 30, 2010
We put the HD5870 from PowerColor to the test in both synthetic benchmarks and real world gaming. Not only did it out perform everything we tested, but I was highly impressed with their PCS+ cooling. It kept the card cool while keeping noise to a...
By iXBT Labs on June 16, 2010
PowerColor PCS+ HD5870 1GB GDDR5 (AX5870 1GBD5-PPDHG2) is a nice solution with a flawless cooler. On the downside, factory overclocking doesn't yield much, just about 3%-4% more...
By OverclockersQH on April 24, 2010
Well a few things I have to admit: the card performed above and beyond, but, and this for me is a big deal, I wasn't able to get any stable overclock on this card. Does that mean you won't? No, in fact I have seen several excellent overclocks on...
By Techgage on April 21, 2010
One thing is for certain... it's hard to write a conclusion for a graphics card that's not much different than a model you've taken a look at before. Despite the fact that I took a look at the reference HD 5870 last fall, I still...
By Benchmark Reviews on April 19, 2010
The PowerColor PCS+ AX5870 easily improved on the basic performance levels set by the reference cards. That's important, because the AIB partners don't want to be in the position of degrading the performance capability just to save a few bucks....
By HotHardware on April 19, 2010
he PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 PCS+ is a little harder to find, but if you do it is only $15 - $20 more expensive than a stock, reference Radeon HD 5870. If you're looking for a quiet, high performance graphics card, that paltry premium is well worth...
By HardOCP on March 15, 2010
From what we have seen today, the feature that should be most hyped on the PowerColor PCS+ HD5870 and HD5850 video cards are their thermal solutions. The PCS+ cooler does its job very well, and if the power utilization wasn’t as high as it was,...
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