PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS++ 2GB GDDR5 PCIe

  • PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS++ 2GB GDDR5 PCIe
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Based on 5 scores, 7 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    0
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Easy switch to enable additional shaders while keeping warranty, Small price increase over the reference design, Outstanding memory overclocking potential, Much better performance/Watt than HD 6970 with shaders unlocked, Support for voltage control via I2

Cons:

  • Cooling fan profile is slow for a performance product, BIOS doesn't use superlow idle clocks, Tessellation performance still lags behind Fermi, Hot air from GPU stays inside cases with limited exhaust, Drivers don't seem optimized yet, The graphic
  • Lower memory clock speed than HD 6970 with shaders unlocked, Noisy fan in idle, Normal mode not overclocked out of the box, High Bluray power consumption, Only half the memory chips are cooled, DirectX 11 relevance limited at this time, No support for CUD

Expert reviews and ratings

By Kitguru.net on 90

Another great product from PowerColor and one that will appeal to the enthusiast audience unwilling to flash their HD6950 bios and invalidating...

By Benchmark Reviews on 91

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to...

By techPowerUp! on 85

PowerColor's HD 6950 PCS++ is an interesting product creation. Even though it is marketed as a HD 6950 with official standard specifications, it will magically turn into an almost HD 6970 card at the flick of a button - a feature that PowerColor...

By Pureoverclock on

PowerColor has taken a great card and made it better here, adding a custom heatsink and a strong factory overclock out of the box. The temperatures are the best we've seen on a Radeon 6950, and the fans are barely audible at idle and still...

By HEXUS.net on 90

In the days of increasing homogeneity in the PC market, being different is expensive. Take graphics card as an example; why would a partner reinvent the reference wheel, at considerable research and development cost, when it's not broken in the...

By HardwareHeaven on 100

When designing the 6950 PCS++ PowerColor's R&D had a couple of aims. The first was that they would only use cores which could be fully "unlocked" to the 6870 shader count. Then these GPUs had to be hand tested and only 101% stability was acceptable....

International Review By ComputerBase on

Aus Radeon HD 6950 wird Radeon HD 6970? Die PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS++ zeigt, dass es möglich ist. Per Schalter und unter Einhaltung der Garantie.Mit dem Performance-BIOS arbeitet die Karte acht Prozent schneller als eine gewöhnliche...