Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2011 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: powercolor, HD6870 X2
PowerColor's HD 6870 X2 is a non-standard card sporting a pair of HD6870 GPUs on one PCB which unfortunately costs more than twice as much as standard HD6870 though within the same ballpark as the GTX580 which is its competitor. Powercolor really went out on a limb designing this card with no help from AMD and as far as performance goes it is a success as it can beat the GTX580's frame rate when gaming. However as far as pricing goes, it ranks with the GTX590 and HD6990, in that it is very expensive when looked at from a performance per dollar perspective. For those enthusiasts that want the absolute best that is probably not going to matter, but if you have the slots you should consider buying a pair of reference HD 6870s. Check out techPowerUp's full review if the $500 asking price hasn't scared you off.
"PowerColor's exclusive HD 6870 X2 unifies two HD 6870 graphics processors on a single card. This approach offers performance that can compete with other high-end cards like GTX 580. In our testing we saw nice results that make this card a worthy alternative in today's high-end graphics card market."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- PowerColor HD6870X2 @ OCC
- PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 SCS 3 @ Neoseeker
- HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Review @ Real World Labs
- Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition Review @ OCC
- AMD Radeon 6570 512MB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- PowerColor HD 6850 1GB SCS3 Passive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 OC Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II 1.5GB DirectX 11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
- ASUS ENGTX560 TI DirectCU II Review @ Neoseeker
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2011 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: powercolor, amd, HD6970, factory overclocked
Head over to [H]ard|OCP to meet the PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 6970 with a 60MHz bump on the CPU to 940MHz and memory of 1425MHz which is a 50MHz bump, along with an improved cooler. They also added some extras to the back of the card, a dual-link DVI-I port, a single-link DVI-I port, one HDMI port, and two mini-DisplayPort jacks which will make setting up EyeFinity a breeze. The boosted speed helped in overcoming the GTX 570 in almost every single benchmark, pity that the same can be said of the price as it costs more than NVIDIA's card and doesn't surpass it in performance enough to justify the increased cost.
"PowerColor's highest-end Radeon HD 6970 is on our test bench today. The PCS+ Radeon HD 6970 has a respectable out-of-the-box overclock, a custom cooler, and a free game, but does it offer value for its price premium?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD's Dual Radeon Graphics for desktops unveiled @ VR-Zone
- Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- Sapphire HD6670 Ultimate, HD6750 & HD6770 Review @ OCC
- HIS 6870 IceQ X Turbo X @ Overclockers.com
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate @ TechwareLabs
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 & HD 6670 Review @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Dirt 3 Edition @ Tweaktown
- AMD HD 6990 4GB Dual Graphics Video Card with 3 and 5-Monitor Eyefinity Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II @ Madshrimps
- Contemporary Graphics Cards in Duke Nukem Forever @ X-bit Labs
- Two Graphics cards from Palit: GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum and GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic @ X-bit Labs
- ASUS MATRIX GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Platinum OC @ Tweaktown
- EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3GB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- SLI Performance: Core i5 Sandy Bridge vs Phenom II X6 1100T @ Bjorn3D
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2011 - 11:33 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: powercolor, HD 6970, computex, amd
Computex 2011 is in full swing, and PowerColor has joined the fray of product reveals with a new PowerColor 6970 X2 AMD graphics card that combines two stock-clocked 6970 GPUs onto a single PCB.
TweakTown was able to get a hands-on of the card at the company's Computex booth. They report that the GPUs are clocked at 880MHz, and each GPU is allotted 2GB of GDDR5 memory each (for a total of 4GB across both GPUs), and is clocked at 1375MHz (5500MHz QDR). The interesting aspect of the dual GPU card is that the two GPUs are connected by a Lucid Logix chip, which will be interesting to see how this setup would compare to an overclocked 6990 graphics card, which amounts to two CrosseFired 6950 GPUs.
The new card uses three 8-pin PCI-E connectors for up to 525 watts (including 75 watts provided by the motherboard) of power, which should provide ample power for stock and overclocked clocks. The card will futher feature two DVI connectors (one Dual-Link, one Single-Link), two mini-DisplayPort connectors, and one HDMI port.
For those looking for maximum gaming performance, two of these 6970 x2 cards in a CrossFire configuration will become the new high-end AMD standard. You can see more photos of the card along with a preview of it's smaller 6870 x2 sibling over at TweakTown.
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Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 24, 2011 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, sapphire, powercolor, msi, his, free, dirt 3, amd
If you haven't heard of DiRT 3 by now, you've been missing one of the more technically innovative games developed recently. Racing fans will go overboard for the choice of cars, spanning 50 years of racing history, which you can compete with in races across all terrain types and the more artistic will like the freestyle gymkhana events.
The techies will be impressed by the depth of support for DX11 features and we're not just talking about tessellation added on as an afterthought. The game was designed from the ground up to take advantage of the best graphics cards and to move the way light and shadows interact beyond DX10 HDR and the features other new games have been using.
Whichever you are, picking up a new Radeon card from Sapphire, Powercolor, MSI, HIS or XFX nets you a free copy of the game! How can you go wrong with that?
Being a Gaming Evolved title, we worked with Codemasters very closely on this one - DiRT 3 makes advances in graphics technologies, taking full advantage of the DirectX™ 11 API, first supported by AMD Radeon graphics. Here’s a glimpse of what DiRT 3 is truly capable of doing – giving players the ultimate visual experience:
- Shader Model 5.0 Contact Hardening Shadows
- DirectCompute Accelerated High Definition Ambient Occlusion
- Optimized Hardware Tessellation
We believe DiRT 3 is such a great game, that we’ve been working with our AIB partners to make this game widely accessible to everyone who buys an AMD Radeon graphics card from our select AIBs, FOR FREE – please visit www.amd.com/dirt3 for more details.