Making a re-entry into the Malaysian market, PowerColor’s range of new AMD R9 and R7 based graphic cards have hit the stores and with us today is the PowerColor PCS+ R7 370 2GB GDDR5 Graphic Card that targets the low-medium range systems.
Now isn’t the card beautiful to behold? I think it looks awesome for a budget card.
As you can see there are only 5 fan blades on each fan, not only does it look neat but it’s also a lot easier to clean. It makes the both the fan blades and heatsink fins more accessible.
In case you haven’t watch goldfries’ video on the fan, have a look and do remember to subscribe to the channel.
Channel promotion aside, let’s continue with the card. From the top you’ll see the PowerColor label and the heatsink fins exposed, the card is powered by a single 6-pin PCI-E connector.
From the bottom the copper heatpipes are visible, nothing out of the ordinary here.
Now this is my favorite part of the card, it comes with a beautiful looking backplate despite being a sub-RM 700 card.
Lastly of course, the IO panel.
Here’s the GPU-Z capture of the card. Yup, it reads as an R9 200 card because the R7 370 is basically an R7 265.
More details at the official product page.
The thing about AMD’s latest naming convention is that they shifted the x70 series down from R9 category to R7 category. For example in the previous generation they have the R9 270 and R9 270X while anything below the “270” figure are classified under R7 cards.
For this new set of cards, the 370 range is now placed under R7 instead of R9. In fact if you think about it the performance goes backward too. In the past, you’ll see cards like say a HD 7850 perform like a HD 6950 where the lower number of a new generation card performs similarly to that of the previous generation. (Level 8 card of the 7 series performs like the level 9 card of the 6 series. Get it?)
In this range of card, strangely it seems like the R7 370 is now performing like an R7 265 instead of say an R9 280.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-4670K|
|RAM||Kingston HyperX 2x 4GB DDR3 2400Mhz Kit|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 3|
|Cooler||NZXT Kraken X31|
|Power Supply||FSP AURUM S 600W|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit|
The closest (faster) card available for comparison would at goldfries’ lab is the R9 270X.
Unigine Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.
*NOTE : AA disabled in 4K test.
|PowerColor R7 370||18.9|
|AMD R9 270X||27.9|
Metro Last Light
|PowerColor R7 370||27|
|AMD R9 270X||41.5|
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K
|PowerColor R7 370||35.06|
|AMD R9 270X||54.91|
Shadow of Mordor
Settings : Set to maximum, V-sync off.
|PowerColor R7 370||21.78|
|AMD R9 270X||26.05|
Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Set to Very High for every possible option. 8xAA enabled for Full HD test, AA Disabled for 4K test.
|PowerColor R7 370||21.15|
|AMD R9 270X||21.17|
*No typo on that one, I’m just as amazed as anyone on the results. I thought the R9 270X would have a significant lead.
Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.
|PowerColor R7 370||31||69|
|PowerColor R7 370 Full RPM||31||61|
The fan design is awesome but at AUTO settings it hovers at around 60% RPM and it does produce some faint whirring noise, it should’t be audible when the casing is closed.
I was able to overclock the processor up some 200Mhz however try as I may, the performance seems stagnant benchmark after benchmark. It’s as if no overclocking was done. 🙁
The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an FSP Aurum S 700W with 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 60w.
|Card||PowerColor PCS+ R7 370|
|Estimated Actual System Draw||145|
|Estimated Card Power Draw||85|
Definitely a nice card to have for those who want an upgrade on graphic performance but having budget limitation for Power Supply upgrade.
The PowerColor PCS+ R7 370 2GB GDDR5 retails at RM 619 which is a sweet price for a card with this performance. It replaces the R7 265 range of cards that are currently being phased out and what makes the PowerColor R7 370 stand out is not the performance itself which is nothing new nor spectacular, in fact it is the cooling system and the added backplate that makes the PowerColor PCS+ R7 370 a winner in this range.
Having a low/medium range system doesn’t mean you have to pay a premium to have a good looking graphic card. 🙂