Graphics Cards

PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ Review

Closer Look at The Card:

PowerColor has designed the card really well. The front of the card looks astonishing with its blue/black design with matte finish and rubberized feel along with dual 92mm fans. The rear of the card looks like any other GPU, no fancy back plates; just the complex circuitry of the card.

The PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ comes with this custom cooler. It has three 8mm heat pipes and a pure cooper base. The heatsink itself is made of nickel. This is much better than the reference cooling solution and PowerColer believes it reduces the operating temperature up to 10 degrees Celsius! There are two low speed 92mm fans which keeps between cooling and noise.

As you may of noticed from the pictures that the 3 heat pipes emerge out of the heat sink from both sides, this is a well-known method for spreading the heat. These 3 heat pipes are soldered on the pure copper baseplate, ensuring maximum heat transfer. The copper baseplate has a high grade thermal paste applied that makes perfect contact with the GPU core.

As any Radeon HD 7950, this card has two CrossfireX connectors located on top of the card can be used to connect up to four of AMD’s 7970 or 7950. This ensures smooth high resolution gaming.

This card has two BIOS chips, if flashing the BIOS goes wrong, you can simply switch to the other BIOS chip and reflash it. The little BIOS chip is located next to the Crossfire connectors.

The PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ occupies 2 slots. The upper slot is solely for the fan grill, allowing superior air flow; lower slot contains all the output display ports. On the output side of the card there are two mini-DisplayPorts, one HDMI, and one DVI output port. Unlike its rival, AMD’s new architecture allows use of all the four ports at the same time.

An HDMI sound device is inside the GPU chip. Audio will be carried by the HDMI port; you need an external audio source for HDMI audio. Since HDMI post is HDMI 1.3a compatible so it supports Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz/24-bit.

The 3GB DDR5 graphics memory spreads across a 384-bit wide memory interface. The memory chips are made by HYNIX. It has an effective speed of 5000 MHz.

The card has two 6-pin PCIe connectors. That’s good enough to suck 225 W of power.

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