PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 PCS+

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When the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series was first introduced a few months back, all of AMD's add in board partners offered essentially the same products, at least at the hardware level. The various boards available during the 'first wave' of Radeon HD 5800 series availability shipped with different accessory bundles and usually had custom decals affixed to their fans and fan shrouds to help differentiate them from one another. But plug them into a slot, install the drivers and they all performed at exactly the same level. That's what happens when ever card is clocked the same and have the same sized frame buffers, etc.

Recently, however, the 'second wave' of Radeon HD 5800 series cards begun shipping. This second wave of product didn't strictly adhere to AMD's reference designs and featured factory overclocks, custom cooling, and even custom circuit boards. The first cards from the second wave of Radeon HD 5800 series cards to land in the HotHardware labs comes by way of PowerColor. The PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 PCS+ cards look very similar to each other, but they're nothing like the original Radeon HD 5800s, save for their output configurations. These babies have custom coolers, are factory overclocked and sport redesigned PCBs. Take a look...


The PowerColor Radeon HD 5800 Series PCS+

PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 PCS+
Specifications and Features


The PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5850 PCS+ cards both ship with the exact same accessory bundle.
 
Included with the cards themselves, we found quick installation guides and driver discs, single DVI-to-VGA adapters, and CrossFire bridge connectors--nothing terribly exciting, but most of the essentials are there. We would have like to have seen PCI Express power adapters included as well, however.

In addition to the aforementioned items though, PowerColor also throws in a copy of the DirectX 11-based Colin McRae Dirt 2 racing game from CodeMasters. Although I loathe Dirt 2's interface, the game itself is really good. And it's absolutely a welcome addition to the accessory bundle.

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The price and performance looks good, but that heat-shroud looks like a cheap/ugly plastic toy compared to what we've been seeing, eh?

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I agree about the cheap/ugly and also it looks as though the way the pipes stick out, it might be a problem in some cases. Nice to see you threw the GTX 480 in the mix... sure is a BEAST albeit power hungry, hot, noisy and expensive. lol

If I had to chose between this OC'ed 5870 and the GTX 480, I'd take the 5870 personally.

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recoveringknowitall:

I agree about the cheap/ugly and also it looks as though the way the pipes stick out, it might be a problem in some cases.

Just cut a hole in the window of your case so that they have room to stick out and call them a feature:  "Now with Thermal Interaction Points for pets and toddlers!".

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3vi1:
Just cut a hole in the window of your case so that they have room to stick out and call them a feature:  "Now with Thermal Interacation Points for pets and toddlers!".

Why... whatever do you mean? rofl

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The shroud may look "cheap" but the PCS+ cooler is excellent.

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Good to know, but I still think it needs a sticker with a picture of a lady holding a sword. Cards perform better when they have stickers of ladies holding swords.

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Well, everyone knows that's true.

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Morning Marco.

Nice card there, but what is up with its really weak factory OC?  There are cards out there with a much higher factory OC on them (such as the top model Gigabyte UD).

Are you guys going to OC it to see just how far you can push it?

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Actually I think it needs a picture of a woman in a bathing suit holding 2 swords. Those also seem to perform way better than the picture of a woman with a sword, and these are the + models so it would be fitting. I will say one thing seeing as I have a 5850 and a 5870 in cross fire! They can both be overclocked rather easily, are very efficient on energy usage, perform great in stock form anyway, and can be overclocked quite easily as well. That is in bone stock form! The main advantage I see here is these are OC'd with a factory warranty. The only thing I could think of that beats them is an XFX card with a transferable double lifetime warranty that can also be oc'd with ease.

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>> and these are the + models so it would be fitting.

No thank you; No video cards with plus sized models in bathing suits. You gotsta draw the line on performance somewhere, and that's where I draws it.

Then again, this gives me a business idea where I could make a fortune selling curtains for case windows.

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