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PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition (Vortex II Edition) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 1280 Stream Processors
  • 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Brian W.
  • 8/24/2013 1:14:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDisisatified

Pros: Worked great when I was working
Very cool and quiet even at high loads.

Cons: Worked for about 6-8 months before artifacts started to appear and eventually stopped working outright. So, I sent it in for an rma.

Other Thoughts: I got this card as a birthday present and it worked very well for a longish amount of time. About two maybe three months ago now I sent it in for an rma to powercolor because of the problems listed above. Recently I received a response (the long wait was my own fault. I messed up the s/n on the website so I had to wait before sending it in) that the repair of my card was going to take a while and that powercolor was going to offer me a replacement card. Unfortunately even though their own warranty info states that replacement cards will be of equal or greater performance then that of the original card, the one they offered me was not. It was also older by about 3-6 months and had no where near the cooling abilities of this card. The one stipulation to the equal or greater deal was that it was based on availability. So apparently they have nothing in stock that can equal or out perform this card. In closing, I was never looking for a "free" new card, I like this one until it stopped working. It ran the games I play on high and did everything else I asked of it. I just wanted to be treated fairly. But when a company basically slaps me in the face with some phoney "offer" that they know no sane person would accept, I take offense. I will never buy another powercolor product nor will I recommend it to anyone I know.

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  • Raciel M.
  • 7/4/2013 11:28:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGuilded Series

Pros: It looks nice, ran fine for the first 2 months.

Cons: This card is long and it has an extremely damaging driver issue. This card in particular throttles in game from 1150/1250 to 350/150 almost immediately after running a game. I've tried everything and this stinkin' card still doesn't stop throttling. Did I mention it reaches 70C easily? The card boasts silence while the fan speed is capped at 50%. After 60% it sounds like a jet taking off. Terrible cooling design.

Other Thoughts: This card performs well on other rigs but, maybe I just got a defective card. I really wish I could have replaced it sooner. It seems as if AMD abandoned this card of all driver support.
Save yourself headaches and a hole in your pocket and stay away from the 7xxx series.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/6/2013 8:25:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDon't bank on the rebate

Pros: Card works very good for my purposes, no problems. Despite rebate issues, this is a 5 star card.

Cons: 5 months later the rebate has not been honored.

Other Thoughts: Don't count the rebate price when comparing similar products from this company and another company. The currency may collapse before you receive it.

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  • Anthony I.
  • 1/21/2013 10:45:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: i get an average of 55fps in ultra settings with farcry 3 soloing this card so yeah. this card is pretty good.
as far as heating issues i've had zero, this heatsink is a beast.
i havent tried crossfire and am a little hesitant to use this card twice for heating issues as it doesnt blow the hot air out of the back it just blows it away from the card (my case is a monster when it comes to airflow so this is no issue at all)
ive thought about grabbing the comparable powercolor 7870 that blows the heat outside the back of the case to place below this one.

Cons: i had some slight driver issues but that may well have been my own fault, at first i downloaded the driver through windows update (unintentional) but then i got the driver/software through powercolor and all is well.

Other Thoughts: with the heat dissipating piped on the side this makes for a snug fit against the side door to your case, i have to bend my power cables down to fit the door on with my fan in the way.

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  • Richard S.
  • 1/17/2013 4:12:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card Bad timing

Pros: Great once i got it working had to redo thermal paste and bump voltage to get stable at out of box clocks so far no more issues

Cons: Had a vision in my head for my birthday i was going to buy a second 1 for crossfire as they match my Thermaltake ARMOR A60 AMD edition case perfectly but low and behold discontinued 2 weeks after i purchased the first 1 because of the poorly timed Myst. edition (Should be 7930 in EVERYBODYS opinion) Super disappointed In Powercolor as this was my first purchase from them. maybe my fault for waiting but who could forsee that they would pull this card altogether unless there was a memo and i didnt get it

Other Thoughts: Was going to get a refund on it for 2 cards that match but i guess ill just use the 1 since it is pretty and performs fine in single card config but man once you have crossfire its hard not to do it again (kinda miss my 5770 crossfire) Maybe in the future i may pair it with an asus or something as long as it red and black i guess

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  • Steven P.
  • 1/10/2013 3:33:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Too Shabby

Pros: 2GB GDDR5 w/ 256-bit bus
1280 stream processors
PCIe 3.0
Great Cooler

Cons: Touchy with overclocking (See other thoughts)
No games? (Other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fantastic card. The 1280 stream processors make GPU-accelerated hash cracking a breeze, I can run about 2million hashes/sec with this, not even using all of the processors. As for gaming performance, it is outstanding as well, provided that the card you have remains stable at the factory clock speeds. By default, this card come set to run the GPU core(s) @ 1150MHz and the memory @ 1250MHz. Unfortunately, when I was using these settings, my games (all of them) would constantly cause the graphics driver, and sometimes even the entire computer, to crash. I was using Catalyst 12.10 originally, but I have since backdated to the version that comes on the driver CD (Catalyst 12.3). I still have to underclock the card a bit (my current stable core clock is 1070MHz), but it is now quite stable. Even at a lower clock with older drivers, this card still runs Borderlands 2 @ 60fps on Ultra, New Vegas @ 60fps on Ultra, Deus Ex: Human Revolution @ 60fps on Ultra, need I go on?

As for the games, I saw no hint of a coupon code or anything in the box or the packaging. If I somehow missed the deal, fine, but I was looking forward to testing Far Cry 3 on it :D

All-in-all, fantastic card, just wish I could run it at full speed.

--System Specs--
AMD Phenom II x6 1090T @ 3.7GHz (overclock)
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Motherboard
24GB GSkill RipjawsX RAM (1333MHz)
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition (This product)
1x1TB 7200rpm HDD
2x500GB 5400rpm HDD
Raidmax RX-730SS 730 watt modular PSU

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  • Zakia N.
  • 1/6/2013 5:29:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing looking card

Pros: This is a really nice card! I have it paired with an AMD Fx-6300 and it runs skyrim at ultra at 1366x768. Love the backplate, wish more cards had something like that. The card isn't loud at all. Great cooler, the only 7870 I'd choose over it with be the gigabyte one with windforce cooler but it had a blue pcb and I wanted it to match my case.

Cons: Card is a bit heavy when you pick it up. Wish it came with a powercolor sticker.

Other Thoughts: I lost my coupon for the free games and have no way of retrieving it...Is there any way to get it back?

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  • Michael J.
  • 1/3/2013 1:37:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for the buck!

Pros: Price/performance champion of any 7870 @ $250
Fastest video card bang for the buck around at the time of review 2013/01/03.

Cons: Heat pipes are outside of the atx specification and fit poorly in any case that has tight tolerances. I had to install the card in my bottom pcie slot of my Dell Precision T5500 and using tin ships notch a corner out of the hard drive tray to allow for the pcie auxiliary power connectors. This means I cannot xfire a 2nd card due to how I cannot fit it into

Other Thoughts: The heatsink and fan assembly is a bit cheesy quality wise in my opinion however cooling wise works as expected. I have not attempted overclocking as of yet.

Newegg gives a "free copy of far cry 3" which is untrue in my case and if you read reviews others agree. Will contact newegg to see what is going on.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/31/2012 7:03:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLong card is long

Pros: Runs like a champ.

I've got a 5-year old motherboard and Q6600 quad core 2 that I'm planning on upgrading in the new year, but I had some games that I wanted to play now, so I did the research and bought a new graphics card first. My old card was having a hard time keeping up with Skyrim, but this one has no trouble - everything looks great. When I bought this, it came with a copy of Far Cry 3, which also runs and looks great. I have a super-quiet case to begin with, but with the large double-fan design, I can't hear a thing.

Cons: Wasn't a problem for me, but be aware - this card is a beast. It's longer than a standard ATX mobo, so it hangs off the end a bit. Because my motherboard is old and I have the card in the slot closest to the CPU, the card is right up against the RAM slots and the card is bent juuust slightly, but it hasn't affected the performance. Most new motherboards have that slot further away, so I doubt that would be a problem with anyone else.

Someone else mentioned that the power connections on the card are problematic - the connectors are tightly tucked into the housing, so it's a little tricky to unlatch them should you need to uninstall it. This card also requires two (2) power connections.

Other Thoughts: Be sure you have the latest drivers.

Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40GHz
Intel 975XBX2KR, Socket 775
4G Ultra DDR2 800MHz
Silverstone FT02 case
Silverstone 750W ST75F-P PSU

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  • Marvin B.
  • 12/29/2012 7:00:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCorrecting review

Pros: Updating my earlier review re: not including the games coupon. Newegg responded very quickly, and I'm completely satisfied. Now playing Skyrim at ultra with no hiccups. Awesome card (and terrific customer service from Newegg).

Cons: None

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