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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
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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

AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano Quad-Core 2.7 GHz Socket FM1 100W AD3670WNGXBOX Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Runs very cool.
-Very decent GPU for an integrated card.
-Stable Overclock to 3.0GHz

Cons: It wasn't free?

Other Thoughts: I run this as the processor for my minecraft/application server box. This APU is running in a Mini ITX build, and has been running very, very close to 24/7 since I put the build together. I am running it in this motherboard: Item=N82E16813157273 with this case: Item=N82E16811108196 . All-in-all, I am extremely impressed with performance, especially for the price.

ASRock A75M-ITX FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) 4 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -MiniITX
-One of the few MiniITX FM1 Socket boards out there
-Low Power Consumption
-Solid Chipset
-Good for a small server, which is what I am using it for.

Cons: -No DVI out, no big deal

Other Thoughts: Running solid 24/7 since I built the rig that is using it. It is the heart of a miniITX server that I am running for a file server and a few game servers. The 8GB of RAM and AMD A6-3670K 2.7GHz Quad-Core APU are both running beautifully in this board, and that's with only a 200 watt PSU. Good stuff. Overall extremely pleased with this board.


Steven P.'s Profile

Display Name: Steven P.

Date Joined: 07/11/09

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/17/10
  • Last Review: 01/10/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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