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PowerColor Radeon PCS++ 6950

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Posted February 9, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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PowerColor has taken a great card and made it better here, adding a custom heatsink and a strong factory overclock out of the box. The temperatures are the best we’ve seen on a Radeon 6950, and the fans are barely audible at idle and still wonderfully quiet under full load. Perhaps the most important difference here is the 6+8-pin power connector configuration that can provide plenty of juice in case you choose to use the second BIOS as a 6970.

And therein lies the most tantalizing feature here: the dual BIOS. Keeping one BIOS as factory-set while utiliizing the other to essentially become AMD’s flagship Radeon 6970 makes this card an exceptional value. Couple this with the impressive heatsink and improved power configuration and we’ve got a very impressive card.

Although the Radeon 6950 can’t quite measure up to Nvidia’s GTX 570, if you simply flick the BIOS switch on this card and apply a mild memory overclock then it’s a whole new ballgame. At a price of about $310, the PCS++ 6950 is about $40 more expensive than the reference cards, but considering what you get here it’s an absolute steal of a price. You’re essentially getting the equivalent of a Radeon 6970 when the second BIOS is used, with a custom heatsink, and at a huge discount from the AMD flagship card.

PowerColor has created an extremely impressive card with the PCS++ 6950. Frankly, it’s probably the best overall Radeon 6000 series card out there.

PowerColor Radeon PCS++ 6950

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