- US: $490 at Newegg
- Great Performance
- 80 MHz overclock out of the box
- Extreme GPU core overclocking
- Decent Memory overclocking
- Brilliant cooling solution
- Quite operation
- Attractive design
- Dual BIOS
- PCI Express 3.0 support
AMD launched HD7950 to rule the hardware enthusiasts that crave for performance but don’t want a big hole in their pockets, and they have succeeded. The Radeon HD 7950 is highly overclockable, runs extremely silent and draws less power as compared to its competitor. This card is an all-rounder. It beats the GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570 everywhere and in all respects. At around US $450 what reason do you need NOT to buy one? Off course one of them includes the rumours regarding NVIDIA’s upcoming 600 series card that will rival 7950 but we keep our fingers crossed and wait but until then 7950 is probably the best choice at this price point but by paying only US $50 extra one can get NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce GTX 680 which is a superior card in every aspect. This renders the HD 7950 as a pricey card considering its rivalry but there are numerous rumours that AMD might decrease the price of HD 7950 by up to $55, which will put it back on the map.
PowerColor added an aftermarket cooling solution along with some out-of-the-box overclock which to make it even faster, cooler and quieter. The newly designed cooler has 92 mm dual fan mechanism. If temperature was the limiting factor for you in overclocking, then this graphics card should end all the worries. For only around $20 more than the reference design card, PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ offers a better price to performance ratio as compared to other similar cards.
Above anything else, like other HD 7950s, this card has very high overclocking headroom. We were able to reach 1160 MHz on core which is totally amazing. Even at these high clocks the cooler didn’t break a sweat. PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ easily bags away our “Maximum Performance” award.