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PowerColor PCS+ AX7970 3GBD5-2DHPPV Radeon HD 7970 VORTEXII 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Adjustable fans, solid build, and it overclocks some still. I bought two of these to run in Cross-Fire for use in my Intel i5-3570k build. They have been solid since day 1 when I got them 6 months ago. These cards give me some some solid FPS never dipping below 40 FPS with everything maxed out running 1920x1200 resolution on just about everything.

Cons: People who complain about theirs not working.


Other Thoughts: I bought mine from an online place that references a large South American jungle.

Vantec NexStar TX 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very sturdy aluminum enclosure, very affordable, and securely mounts the HDD with foam pad inserts.

Cons: The USB interface is very sensitive and if the drive is bumped even ever so slightly, the drive loses power and is no longer recognized by the computer. Sometimes, the enclosure loses power all on its own without the enclosure being agitated. Usually, this is when I'm transferring a large file such as an ISO image or a large amounts of data such as when doing a data backup of client computers which consists of documents, pictures, music, etc.

I've tried various USB cables and the issue persists.

Other Thoughts: I would like to get a working replacement, but the cost of shipping alone for an RMA is half the cost of a new one...

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) DirectX 11.1 AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI Ready)
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This card plays pretty much every game I throw at it at 1920x1080 resolution at max settings without a problem.

The card's build is very solid especially with the fact that the shroud is aluminium instead of plastic. Since the PCB and shroud is all black, this makes the card look aesthetically pleasing.

This easily outperforms all other 7870 cards, and with a mild overclock, it performs essentially identical to the 7950 in my other system.

The price point of the card is excellent and is really the reason why I chose this over the 660Ti I was considering especially since this card and the 660Ti have nearly identical performance.

Cons: It does run a little warm, but it's nothing to really be concerned about as it's still within specification. The fan noise is about average when the card is under full load, but it's nothing to really complain about.

I know it's not PowerColor's fault, instead it's AMD's naming scheme. Like others here, I think this card should have been named something else and not be part of the "7870" series. IMO, it should have been called a 7930 since it uses a Tahiti based GPU found in the 7900 series cards.

Other Thoughts: Intel i5-3570k, ASUS P8Z77V-LK, 16GB Kingston HyperX 1866, Kingston 240GB HyperX SSD

I received this card as a gift.


Jonathan G.'s Profile

Display Name: Jonathan G.

Date Joined: 07/03/02

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 05/06/07
  • Last Review: 02/26/13
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