Powercolor HD6970 PCS + Review

Powercolor HD6970 PCS + Review


PowerColor have a long history of producing two main variants of the standard cards. The medium to high-end one is called the PCS, and the absolute banzai one is the PCS+.

Today we’re taking a look at the PCS+ version of the current range-topping Radeon HD6970. This not only comes with an enormous overclock out of the factory but also a custom cooler as well to ensure everything is keep cool and quiet.

As there is a video review as well, without further ado let’s get down to it.

Technical Specifications

Straight away you can see the major difference with the PCS+ is the factory overclock up to a whopping 940MHz. Considering the best manual overclock we’ve managed to achieve on a 6970 is 950MHz, to see 940MHz out of the box is staggering and something PowerColor should be praised highly for.

Graphics Engine RADEON HD6970
Video Memory 2GB GDDR5
Engine Clock 940MHz
Memory Clock 1425MHz (5.7Gbps)
Memory Interface 256bit
DirectX® Support 11
Bus Standard PCIE 2.1
Standard Display Connectors DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/2x mini DisplayPort
OpenGL Support
CrossFireXâ„¢ Technology Support
ATI Stream Technology Support
ATI Eyefinity Technology Support
VGA Output Via Adapter
DisplayPort On Board
HDMI On Board
HDCP Support Support
VGA 2048×1536
DVI 2560×1600
DisplayPort 2560×1600
HDMI 1920×1200
Board Dimensions 275mmx111.2mmx38mm
Minimum System Power requirement (W) 550W
Extension Power Connector One 6-Pin and One 8-Pin


Let’s take a look at the card.