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PowerColor PCS+ AX7950 3GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 1792 Stream Processors
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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The PowerColor PCS+ HD7950 has factory overclocked setting at 880MHz core and 1250MHz memory speed, with dual 92mm ultra huge fan and 3 units 8mm large heat pipes design, easily dissipating the heat from pure cooper base which fully covers the GPU, providing 15% lower temperature and 20% quieter noise level.

Enjoy the optimized HD gaming and compute with the world’s first 28nm GPU architecture. The latest PCI Express 3.0 support offers double bandwidth of previous generation. The HD7950 series takes advantage of AMD PowerTune technology, maximizing performance by dynamically increasing GPU engine clock, enabling higher clock speeds when it needed; also, with the latest AMD Eyefinity 2.0 technology and HD3D technology, gamers can get a lifelike gaming experience through the 16k x 16k maximum display group resolution. Furthermore, with the support of AMD APP Acceleration, the latest HD7950 series can offload computing from CPU to GPU, speeding up the daily applications and increasing the efficiency.

 

 

  • newegg Superior cooling and quiet design The PowerColor PCS+ HD7950’s two 92mm ultra huge fans and three 8mm large heat pipes dissipate the heat from pure cooper base which fully covers the GPU, lowering temperature by 15% and reducing noise level by 20%.
  • newegg New GCN Architecture for Leading DirectX 11 Performance AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (codename Tahiti) boasts the world's first 28nm GPU architecture which is optimized for gaming and compute. The AMD Radeon HD 7950 features 28 Compute Units, each with 64 Vector Units for 1792 Stream Processors, along with dual geometry units, dual Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE) and 384-bit 3GB of GDDR5 memory. Ready for DirectX 11.1 and PCI Express 3.0, AMD Radeon HD 7950 with GCN Architecture is your personal checklist for ground-breaking performance and technology.
  • newegg Next Generation AMD Eyefinity Technology & AMD HD3D AMD Eyefinity 2.0 features all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation, brand new display configurations and an expanded and more immersive field of view. With full support for 3GHz HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2, the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is set to drive next generation displays at up to 4K resolution. The AMD Radeon HD 7950 is also backed by AMD’s open 3D initiative for stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D movies.
  • newegg Refined AMD PowerTune Technology & AMD ZeroCore Power Technology Designed with the most advanced power management features, the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is equipped with the intelligence to convert unused power headroom into extra performance by dynamically controlling clock speeds, allowing gamers advanced performance inside of the power envelope they specify. AMD ZeroCore Power technology found in the AMD Radeon HD 7950 enables lower idle power than any other currently available graphics card. With support for AMD CrossFire technology, AMD ZeroCore Power eliminates wasted power, as well as additional heat and noise from extra cards when you are not using them.
  • newegg Enhanced Multi-GPU Capabilities with PCI Express 3.0 AMD CrossFire technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire technology, coupled with native support for PCI Express 3.0, will allow for unprecedented bandwidth in TriFire and QuadFire configurations.
  • newegg Discrete Digital Multi-Point (DDM) Audio DDM Audio provides multiple independent audio streams for audio-capable displays via DisplayPort or HDMI signals. DDM Audio delivers unique experiences in cases where multi-display video conferencing, directional audio or multi-room entertainment hubs are being used.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Landon G.
  • 5/23/2014 7:51:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsA Mighty Overclocker

Pros: This card is a beast. The thing I'm impressed with it most about, is its overclocking capability. Out of the box you get a factory OC of 880Mhz CC, and 1250Mhz MC. I've tested numerous speeds and have seemed to settle in on a good happy medium of speed/cooling. Right now its OC'd to 1070Mhz and 1400Mhz. This puts its performance very close to a 7970/280x. I could OC more, but I prefer to keep the temps below 70C. And with these settings, my temps maxed out at 69C during a Crysis 3 test for about 10 mins, with settings on High. When I had the CC maxed to 1100Mhz, temps were around 72-73C. Not bad, but that's getting a little hot for me. Others seem to have more success getting a higher core clock speed than I, but we'll see if any further tweaking can produce some crazy results. Which, if happens, I will update my review.

But as of now, I'm happy sitting pretty at 1070 CC and 1400 MC. That's what... a 15 to 20% boost? Pretty darn impressive. And a markable improvement over my old Asus GTX 660, which just didn't want to overclock much at all.

Speaking of the 660, I was getting around 20 to 30 fps in Crysis 3 with settings maxed and AA at SMAA 2x. Now, I'm cruising smoothly usually anywhere from 35 to 50 fps, and sometimes higher. That's almost double performance gain!

I purchased this card to 'tide me over' until the next gen of Radeon or GeForce comes out. Nvidia's Maxwell architecture is supposed to shake the ground a bit upon its arrival, but no one knows whether that will be this year or next. So whichever company wows me first, I'll be using this baby happily for a year or maybe longer. This is my first 'high end' card, as my 660 was more of a mid range. And lemme tell ya, once you go high end, its hard to go back. I think I'll be saving up for 2nd tier cards either company pulls out next. But I should have plenty of time. I foresee this 7950 lasting me for a good bit.

Aesthetically wise, the card looks decent. It feels pretty good (not that thats a huge deal) with a sort of matte rubber finish. Something I'm not used to seeing on cards these days. At least, the shroud of course. The blue accent lines are nice as they match with the blue theme of my rig.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this thing. If it lasts me over a year, I'll be fairly impressed with Power Color as this is the first product of theirs I've tried.

Cons: Not really a con, but I noticed when the fan speed was set to 'auto' the fans seemed to max out at 60%. Not sure why. And that's a decent enough speed to keep things relatively cool as well as quiet (once you hit 65%, they start to get a bit louder). However, I was getting temps around 73C under a load in Crysis 3 as well as in Kombustor. So I did the 'user define' setting in MSI Afterburner and set up my own scaling for the fans to temp ratios. Since then, I topped out at 69C in Crysis 3. So its better, and I'm sure I could get lower temps if I wasn't overclocking, but that is why I bought the card, so I'll have to see if I can play with it and get better results. Regardless, its not enough of an issue now for me to knock an egg. Especially considering 70C is fairly standard for most cards under a heavy load.

Other Thoughts: It only requires two 6-pin connectors, so that's a pretty easy hookup.

One thing I've noticed is my monitor doesn't seem to want to wake after sleep mode. Not sure why. However, when I hit the reset button on my case, it boots up from sleep fine. Odd. Guess I'll just wake it up that way from now on.

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  • Steven K.
  • 5/20/2014 7:00:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRegrettable Purchase

Pros: Great Price
Easy Install/ Setup

Cons: - Defective cards ( 2 RMA within 6 months)
- Unreliable performance
- Terrible software support via PowerColor's website
- No customer service department

Other Thoughts: Purchased for a computer used for education and play, card was ideal fit in terms of budget and power. Card failed when stressed (used), replaced via PowerColor RMA, card wasn't working properly a second time, failing. Sent back to PowerColor RMA a second time, PowerColor wouldn't replace due to unreported physical damage on the refurbished card. Out 170$ with a defective card a second time.

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  • Charles L.
  • 2/26/2014 6:06:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead After 5 Months

Pros: Dead After 5 Months

Cons: Still Dead After 5 Months

Other Thoughts: I purchased two (2) of these cards in September 2013 for use in a new gaming rig with Crossfire. After just 5 months, the second card is no longer recognized in the ATI Catalyst Control Center. I have removed both cards and installed each one individually - one works, the other does not. I have not been able to reach the Powercolor website which has been offline all morning today (Feb 26, 2014). Will try the customer support phone number later today to have the card replaced, but I highly doubt that the same model number will be available since the card has been discontinued. I won't be purchasing PowerColor again.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from powercolor. You can contact me via email at Raymond.Hsu@powercolor.com. I will help you resolve the issue right away.

Best Regards,
Raymond

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  • Daniel H.
  • 2/8/2014 12:18:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsSweet card on a good deal

Pros: Got it on an open box special

Great overclocker, on stock voltage I can hit 1060/1575, MSI Afterburner tops out at 1100/1575 so memory could potentially have more upside, core would probably go to 1100+ with slight voltage bump.

Runs nice and cool, hit 73 max on extended burn in using the above overclocking settings.

Cons: Hashing at about 610khash, which is slightly under what I was expecting for the 7950 per the Litecoin hardware comparison. Will still do more tweaking, but it might be a stretch for this one to get into the 700 range. At any rate I'll take 610 if that's the most she will give me.

Lost an egg for no sticker. I got a row of stickers for everything in my box, including the box. Well, everything except this PowerColor video card now. Not sure why they wouldn't include that, they do realize it's advertising for only the cost of a sticker right?

Other Thoughts: I was sketch because it was open box, and I've never used PowerColor product before, but I have been pleasantly surprised. All things considered, the open box price, the excellent overclocking performance, cool temps, etc. I am very pleased with this purchase, and would put the rating closer to 4.5/5. I will definitely consider PowerColor products in the future, but I do think they should send a sticker with each product.

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  • Gabe F.
  • 1/18/2014 8:05:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood card!

Pros: It runs great. My first modern graphics card and it blows away all my expectations. I still find myself toeing the water, so to speak, with graphics settings and mods, because i'm so used to not being able to just set at max and go about my business. This is at 1080p, of course. 1440p or 4K would of course need more power behind it, not escaping that.
Needed to RMA the first card, but the second runs wonderfully.

Cons: My card didn't play nice with modern games when i got it. That was a total drag. I tried fiddling with so many software things, thinking i must have set something up wrong, but it turned out to be the card. Tried out another card and it worked just fine, granted at lower settings, but at least the games didn't crash after getting to main menu. Unfortunately, by this time i passed Newegg's RMA deadline, and had to RMA to PowerColor directly.

That was really not as smooth as it should have been. They have very little information about the status of your RMA on the website. I submitted the form to get the RMA#, and after a week had passed (it was supposed to be within 3 days), i ended up just emailing someone and he pushed it through manually. Then they didn't update the tested status of my card, so i just emailed the same guy back and he told me it was tested as not working and i'd get a new one within a 1-2 weeks. Sure no problem. It was 4 weeks. That was a long 4 weeks.

Other Thoughts: I might have done well to spend another $10-20 on a brand known to have better customer service, but that's not really a big deal. Just bumped an egg off because of the extremely long wait, but hey, sometimes things happen. I've heard plenty of people say that PC's customer service is just delightful, so who knows?

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  • Nate D.
  • 12/19/2013 10:26:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNewegg...they take your DOA card and give you nothing.

Pros: It had a nice soft plastic feel on the shroud and it looked pretty nice.

Cons: My card arrived DOA. So I sent for a RMA-exchange. Newegg processed the RMA and changed it to a refund without telling me and giving me no option to at least have it back to deal with the manufacturer. It's just gone. I'm now left absolutely upset with Newegg for lack of communication or even an comparable exchange via Newegg Customer Service. I get offered a $25 gift card for something that more then doubled in price since I ordered mine. I refused, I just want the card I ordered or something similar. I've been waiting 5 years to finally get a video card again and it ends terrible.

So, I'm angry PowerColor sent me a card that was 100% DOA and forcing me to deal with Newegg for the RMA and I'm very angry with Newegg for doing things without communication and leaving me out cold. I can't see why I'd make another purchase here if it's a product that could arrive DOA since they'll just shove me out of the moving car instead of working out a reasonable solution.

Other Thoughts: Newegg doesn't care about the customer. There should be a HUGE disclaimer with every Newegg order that states: "If you order an electronic item and it has a problem, you can RMA it but it'll only be processed as a refund instead of the exchange you request. So, yeah...too bad for you because we don't care how much you wanted it or what kind of deal you may have received but here's $25. That should make up for the $300 price increase since yesterday, right?"

Also, I friggen hate writing reviews like this. In fact I hate reading ones like this. This is the first one I've ever done because it's apparent I have no recourse even after spending a large amount of time with customer service. I just got kicked to the curb. Forget newegg and forget Powercolor for it's DOA card (don't they at least check to see, at the very least, that it powers up?)
At least newegg suggested I have an Eggcellent day after being treated like this. Right?

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  • Michael M.
  • 12/16/2013 7:26:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAfter 3 months of use

Pros: The video card runs great on Battlefield 4 and Rome II: Total War on medium to high settings (I use 8GB of RAM and an FX-6300 so the processor might be bottlenecking my rig)

Cons: The video card crashes after a good hour of use playing games.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if this is my card specifically, but the thing keeps crashing and referring to driver issues. I updated the drivers and scoured the internet for help but still nothing. I'm being lead to believe that my GPU is having overheating issues. I have 3 chassis fans plus the 2 GPU fans running at all times so airflow shouldn't be a problem. I will likely RMA this product because it cannot run under heavy load even when temps are below 50 degrees Celsius.

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  • Jason L.
  • 12/11/2013 11:35:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPCS Radeon 7950

Pros: Card is very fast and runs cool and quite. 2 thumbs up

Cons: card is 10.8 inched so may be a problem fitting in smaller cases

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  • Ryan J.
  • 12/6/2013 12:54:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowercolor HD7950 PCS+

Pros: Overclocks nicely, stays cool. Very stable @ 1125 / 1475 with slight voltage increase, 1.090 using MSI after burner.
Nice looking card.
Very happy with this card and give it a 5 eggy

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Have this coupled with a Asrock 970 Extreme3 MB (only 2.0 pcie)(card is 3.0 compliant), 8G of G$kill Ripsaw 1866, Win7 Unl 64 bit, 120GB Kingston SSD V300Now drive, FX6200 6 core.
Running BF4
Ultra @ 60fps.
High @ 85fps
Custom @ 115, mostly high settings, couple ultra, bottom 3 off. All on 64 player servers.
Card dropped in price and Newegg was nice enough to give me a credit for almost the difference.

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  • Tanner M.
  • 12/4/2013 10:26:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent for LTC mining

Pros: I have had four running stable at 1500 mem clock and 1050 engine, getting around 600kh/s mining scrypt. Pretty decent but not amazing compared to the sapphire cards. I haven't tried undervolting so I can't speak to whether they are indeed voltage locked or not. The fans work great and are not too loud. I actually am able to sleep with one running in my bedroom

Cons: could be a bit better at mining, but still pretty good. Great for the price compared to the alternatives since I paid about $200 for these.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tried these for gaming, so no idea there.

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