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PowerColor AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV2E Radeon HD 7870 GHz EZ Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI ready)

  • 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock: 925MHz
  • 1 x HDMI, 2 x Mini DisplayPort,1 x DVI
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Enjoy a new level of realism in the PFS, RTS, MMORGP and RACING games with PowerColor AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV2E graphics card. This Radeon HD 7870 VGA card is based on the 28nm visionary GCN architecture and built with 2GB/256-bit DDR5 memory primed to enable strikingly beautiful image quality and lifelike environmental interaction in the latest DirectX 11 titles. 1000MHz engine clock pumps more power out of the card for smoother gameplay. And an assortment of display technology, such as AMD Eyefinity, AMD HD 3D, AMD APP Acceleration and AMD PowerTune offers you more than one way to elevate your gaming experience. PowerColor's dual fan design ensures unmatched cooling capability while keeping it running whisper-quiet for a truly immersive, distraction-free gaming experience.

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  • Pravarth P.
  • 10/5/2014 12:32:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excellent graphic card for the price. I was able to max out most games I played at 900p, except crysis 3 and watch dogs.

Cons: This card does not run cool at stock settings and throttles very hard. Undervolting helps a lot. I was able to undervolt -200mv which made the card much cooler and quieter. It also stopped throttling.

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  • Adam B.
  • 6/5/2014 9:05:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMade friends jealous

Pros: Excellent graphics capabilities at a reasonable price. Played through Bioshock Infinite on max settings and gosh was it beautiful.

Cons: I found it can be a little finicky when plugging it into the board. I had to take it out and plug it in again because it didn't register the first time. Also, the driver was a pain to get to work.

Other Thoughts: I picked it because (at the time) it was sitting at my sweet spot: where getting a better card cost a lot more money for little to no gain, but going appreciably cheaper might impact some games more than I'd like.

I would say that getting the driver to work involved downloading it from their website (the one included didn't sit well with my PC), and a few hours of trial and error and rollbacking to previous settings etc. If you're squeamish with computers, it might be a good idea to find someone who isn't to get it up and running for you.

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  • Zachary b.
  • 4/11/2014 9:05:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for the price

Pros: Fast provides great graphical performance especially for the price

Cons: runs hot if not in a good case.

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  • Alexander D.
  • 10/8/2013 11:34:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsShould be called 7930, seriously

Pros: Fast. Really fast for the price. Faster than any Pitcairn based 7870. Looks pretty nice. Fan noise isn't too bad. Did I mention that you could get this for very cheap? I have it running fine on a 3 year old gigabyte motherboard, and the only issue is that I can't get the computer to sleep/hibernate anymore (which definitely sucks for some people). The two bonus games to select from the "Silver" AMD list is an excellent value.

Cons: Noisier than almost all (or maybe all) Pitcairn based hd 7870's. Uses more power. Doesn't work properly unless you have a very new motherboard. Probably not as likely to last as long as a regular 7870, what with how it runs fairly hot, and creates a lot of heat. I worry about the fan failing earlier as it seems to run at a fairly high speed, even at idle. THIS WILL NOT CROSSFIRE WITH NORMAL 7870'S (I think it might crossfire with a 7900 based board, but I suggest only crossfiring it with other Tahiti LE based cards, if anything).

Other Thoughts: This card uses the Tahiti LE gpu, which is a cut down version of the 7900 series GPU's, but it is clocked fairly high, and still has a more powerful architecture than the normal "Pitcairn" based hd 7870 cards. What I own has the model number " AX7870 2GBD5-2DHP" which is as far as I can tell identical to the one in this listing except that the default core clock is set to 975. By the way, the one I bought doesn't even mention that it has a Tahiti core, or that it is actually roughly as fast as a stock clocked HD 7950 (at 860Mhz and no boost). In any case, This really is way different than normal HD 7870 cards, and should not even bear the 7870 name. It is in fact faster than the R9 270X, as that card is just a very slightly tweaked and re-branded Pitcairn based product. This product is closest to the 7950 in architecture and performance (it uses the same gpu, just with some functionality disabled), and should bear a 7900 series name to avoid confusion with Pitcairn based cards.

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  • Pamela E.
  • 8/8/2013 12:21:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb Card

Pros: I'll start with saying that this card is great given what they have you paying for it. Once overclocked it can kiss the heels of the higher end GPUs performance-wise. So far it has been able to handle every game I've thrown at it on ultra settings (bundled games included). On top of that the fan is nice and quiet; I don't notice a thing while I'm gaming. Overall a great GPU for the money.

Cons: Card is long and tends to sag on the aft end. Can be remedied if you get creative with supportive cables. Not really a big deal.

Other Thoughts: Overclocked and stable at 1200mhz core and 1500mhz memory.

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  • Michele E.
  • 6/5/2013 9:29:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy last review was inncorrect

Pros: -It is compatible with ASrock Extreme4 970, I am an idiot posted in my last review it wasn't; Please don't let my stupidity scare you away from this excellent card.

-Errthang
-Overclocks so nice
-Probably best value i have ever gotten for a GPU, has a larger advantage than
-Comes with FOUR (Count em) FOUR free games
-Cheaper than the Myst, same performance

Cons: -Requires a Bios newer than october 2012, which can be found on your Mobo manufacturers website

-My own stupidity. (disregard the 2 egg review I posted saying it didn't work with an ASRock Extreme4 970)

Other Thoughts: There is no difference between this card, and the Powercolor MYST other than the cooling system, and although people seem to complain about inferior cooling from Powercolor, I have found that with my card overclocked to 1200 MHz from the stock speed of 925 MHz that my card runs at around 70Celcius at full load with the fan at 36%(Room Temp 78F). I have not seen my fan reach even 50% speeds while the GPU was under full load at this clock speed meaning it stays pretty quiet.

Mind you this is a single 92mm fan as opposed to the 80mm fans found on most GPUs, so it is slightly quieter than most single fan GPUs. One reccomendation I have for overclocking is setting the fan speeds to auto so your system can adjust as you change tasks, setting your fan to manual and putting it above70% will be obnoxiously loud. Guaranteed.

I know people like to throw around the phrase "Best bang for your buck!" a bit too often. So much so that the saying has lost a lot of its meaning on here to me when I am reading reviews. But this product is no mere 7870; it has 1536 Stream Processors (7870 has 1280Stream Processors, and 7950 has 1792Stream Processors) but also it has a faster Tahiti GPU based off those in the 7900 family opposed to the Pitcairn one used in the 7870, giving this card an edge for around the same price as a 7870 GHz edition.

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  • Nancy L.
  • 6/1/2013 11:31:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: tahiti le

Cons: yet to get a working one

Other Thoughts: First card shipped from Newegg had faulty bios. had to pay to ship it to them for RMA. Recieved new card a month later from RMA process and had to day 1 RMA the card again because the HDMI port doesnt work. (worked on the first card) Also have to pay to ship it back again. Tip, Just get a better brand. dissapointed

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  • Eunice M.
  • 5/18/2013 9:12:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAX78702GBD5-2DHPPV2E

Pros: OK 3D performance

Cons: This fan and heat sink "solution" are woefully inadequate for overclocking.

Other Thoughts: Was loving this card until the fan failed and the room began to fill with smoke.

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  • Erich S.
  • 5/10/2013 8:22:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCard works great for video, gaming. Coil whine when rendering?

Pros: Amazing quality on gaming ( I am coming from a 512mb 9800GT)

Cons: Everything has just been peachy with my new build and this card. I recently installed Daz Carrara and when i was rendering a high resolution image i started to get major coil whine.

Everything i have searched for has said that this can happen in video cards when under high stress. I've gamed on high settings (bioshock, tomb raider, crysis, etc.) with no problem, but this was the first instance of this. Every time i render as well.

Should I RMA?

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  • David N.
  • 5/7/2013 9:52:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for the money

Pros: Fit's in a typical ATX mid-tower case
Reasonably quiet even at high fan speeds
Handles top level games at near full ultra level graphics

Would actually give it a 4.5 egg rating if possible for some of the cons listed below

Cons: Plastic fan shroud that is a bit flimsy
Fan shroud doesn't completely reach the connector plate
Fan exhausts hot air into the case instead of out the back
Can get a bit hot, hitting over 70C when OC'd and under full load.

There is some sort of conflict with drivers or something in my set up that causes the vid drivers to fail and forces a computer reboot when coming out of low power (but not hybernate) state.

Other Thoughts: Definitely felt I was taking a bit of a risk with this card, powercolor isn't really a "name" company and was replacing a MSI 6950 twin frozer that has served me well for the last two years. But I've had the card for over a month now and I'm very happy with it. Install was very straight forward and as noted, fit in my mid-tower case with out any trouble. Booted up, loaded up the 7900 lvl drivers to replace the 6950 drivers and away it went.
Loaded up Bioshock and Tomb Raider (loving this game btw) and took it for a test run. As advertised, you can run both games at near full ultra with no problems. Even without overclock the card at all, I was getting better than 30fps on a 1900x1200 24" Dell ultrasharp, after figuring out how to over clock (more on this in a sec) I'm getting better than 40fps. Both games look amazing and run very smooth with only a small bit of stuttering in the most intense battles, but nothing that leads to deaths. Very glad I got this with the 30 dollar rebate, $200 for a great card and two top level games, well worth the risk :)
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Now, for the overclocking. Like many other people in the reviews here, I was having a hell of a time figuring out how to overclock this card properly. Since I had a MSI card, I still had MSI's Afterburner OC program loaded. So I opened it up and started messing with the slider bars. It drove me nuts for over a week. You'd move a slider bar and nothing would happen, or the core clock would briefly pop up to the new setting and then start bouncing around but never stay at the new OC freq. I was checking other forums looking for answers and saw a solution that worked for someone else. *Manually edited profiles*
What you have to do is create profiles inside whatever OC program you are using and then go edit the file manually. With MSI afterburner, save the standard default settings in profile slots 1 and 2 and the close the program. Go find the Afterburner folder and find the profile in the profile folder, the name will be about 60 chars of nonsense. Open up the file in notepad. You will see something like this:

[Startup]
Format=2
PowerLimit=
CoreClk=
MemClk=
FanMode=
FanSpeed=
[Defaults]
Format=2
PowerLimit=0
CoreClk=975000
MemClk=1500000
FanMode=1
FanSpeed=60
[Settings]
CaptureDefaults=0
[Profile1]
Format=2
PowerLimit=0
CoreClk=925000
MemClk=1500000
FanMode=1
FanSpeed=56
[Profile2] **** This profile was manually edited****
Format=2
PowerLimit=20
CoreClk=1150000
MemClk=1500000
FanMode=1
FanSpeed=56

To get the OC you want, you *must* put the powerlimit up to 20, then just pick the core and memory freq's you want and save the file. Now fire up Afterburner again, click on profile 2 button, hit apply and you should see your clock speeds switch to the new settings and stay there during gaming. Just make sure you have adequate cooling, it will get hot.

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