Powercolor Promises Superior Overclocking with HD 6950 Vortex II Edition

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Every overclocker knows the number one enemy to their way of life is heat. High temps are the bane of every overclocking enthusiast, and unless you can keep your components cool, you won't have much luck pushing the pedal to the metal. It's true of every component, including videocards, which is why we're excited to see Powercolor promoting a non-reference Radeon HD 6590 graphics card decked out with a custom cooling solution.

The "PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition," as Powercolor calls it, comes clocked at 850MHz on the core and 1300MHz on the memory, resulting in 2.39 teraFLOPs of computing power. But it's the custom heatsink that gives this card an edge, according to Powercolor. By lifting the dual 92mm perforated fans, Powercolor claims it was able to optimize airflow. Combined with a 19.36cm2 copper base that fully covers the GPU, you can expect a 20 percent reduction in temps compared to a reference cooler, while also keeping the noise level down.

The Vortex II Edition also comes with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 bundled in. No word on price or availability, though a quick peek at Newegg reveals that other Powercolor brand HD 6950 cards go for between $245 and $270 (before mail-in-rebate offers).
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Custom cooling solutions definitely seem to be the rage. But I am not sure how I feel about the Powercolor brand.

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rrplay replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 9:53 PM

I like the dual coolers and that the hearsink is copper .Actually own a Powercolor HD 5770 . The HD 5770 that I have before pushing it a bit, just wanted to check and reapply the thermal paste.

.After my experience with that card and the OC setting up a fan profile i was comfy with i would consider a card like this from them depending on price.

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WKaye replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 10:18 PM

OMG!!! this is my new dream Graphic Card!!!

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LLeCompte replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 12:10 AM

looks pretty cool, but i just ordered the Sapphire 6950 reference card cooler edition. I thought about a custom cooler design, but in the end i didnt feel like paying more for it. Plus i have a pretty roomy case so i am guessing i will be ok.

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pwrntspd replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 2:17 AM

Ill admit it looks sweet, but really i think ill wait till the HD 7000 series, its not as far away as you might think.

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BMAN replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 3:12 AM

I would have to agree with LLeCompte and buy a reference 6950, then add a full-body waterblock to cool the board's GPU.


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Do you think the 7000 series will use pci express 3.0? Has anyone actually heard if anyone is testing cards/boards using it? From my understanding they finalized it in November of 2010.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 5:05 PM

Powercolor makes or has made some great cards. I personally have not had 1 so I don't know what there support is like. Either way they seem to have paid great attention to little things in this cooler for the card. That generally pays of pretty well and it sounds like it does.

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