PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Review

Test Setup

As there are only a limited amount of LGA2011 systems around, today we're reviewing on our LGA1155 setup. Given how little, to a certain degree, CPUs factor into the equation with mid-range cards this shouldn't have an enormous effect. The multi-core programs might lose a little, but it should be only a frame or two.

PowerColor HD7870 PCS+
Catalyst 12.3 Drivers
ASUS P8 Z77V Pro
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.6 GHz
Kingston Genesis 2133MHz
Cougar CM1000 PSU
Corsair F80 SSD
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Windows 7 x64


With the PCS+ we have a huge overclock straight out of the box, with a whopping 1100MHz on the core. Rather than overvolt we're looking at just how much we can get out of it with the default settings. Surprisingly, considering this is the highest PowerColor model in the HD7870 range, we got 135MHz extra on the GPU Core and 55MHz on the GDDR5.

PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ Review


At first glance it might appear that the PCS+ gets a little bit warm under heavy loading, but the most surprising thing is the silence. It is, as near as makes no difference, silent. The open test setup has the card about 2 1/2 feet away (80cm ish) from me and it was just about inaudible. The Silver Arrow was louder than the card under load.

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Most Recent Comments

11-04-2012, 09:22:03

The 7870 is the only next gen card that is worth the price to performance ratio in my opinion, especially given the overclockabillity to the level of a stock 7950, still more than they should be but definitely good cards.Quote

11-04-2012, 09:32:12

Great review, and what an impressive card!Quote

11-04-2012, 10:23:30


Firstly we know only too well how many of you don't want to faff about with overclocking your card and will always look for one that comes out of the box with a blazing speed attached to it.

I'd hope that's not too true.Quote

11-04-2012, 10:40:49

Great review Quote

11-04-2012, 10:41:10

Nice looking card............and it performs ! Quote

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