Leave it to the Pros - PowerColor PCS+ HD 4890 Battle Forge Edition


The PowerColor PCS+ HD 4890 Battle Forge Edition

The PowerColor PCS+ HD 4890 Battle Forge Edition

Being from the PCS+ family of cards, the PowerColor PCS+ HD 4890 BF Edition comes factory-overclocked, boasting 950MHz at the core and 4200MHz DDR at the memory. Bearing in mind the reference clock speeds of 850MHz at the core and 3900MHz DDR at the memory, you'll come to realize that these are some formidable clock speeds.

The design of this cooler borrows heavily from the PowerColor PCS+ HD 4870 that we reviewed in September last year, but there are some key differences. The most noticeable difference is the lack of a cooler cover, leaving all the fins exposed. The cooler still has four heat pipes, but they have been repositioned. Sadly, the new cooler isn't particular quiet but it does certainly sound a tad less noisy than the reference cooler - to us at least (unfortunately, we do not have scientific instruments to measure the exact noise level differential).

The PCS+ cooling solution by ZEROtherm is one of the more attractive custom coolers on the market.

Here's a closer look at the cooler. Note the four heat pipes which help dissipate heat to all areas of the heatsink.

Expect nothing special from the PCS+ HD 4890 Battle Forge Edition in terms of video output options, only the standard twin HDCP-compliant DVI outputs and a single 7-pin mini-DIN.

The card requires two 6-pin PCIe connectors to power up and a PSU rating of at least 500W is recommended. Also note the odd placement of the fan power connector in the left corner.

To add on, this is what the PowerColor PCS+ HD 4890 BF Edition came with:

  • Quick installation guide
  • Driver CD
  • A copy of Battle Forge game
  • 1 x DVI to VGA connector
  • 1 x DVI to HDMI connector
  • 1 x HDTV (Component) output cable
  • 1 x CrossFire connector