With their latest midrange cards Inno3D have taken two slightly different approaches to creating custom models. For the GTX 560 Ti Inno3D have attached a silent but large cooler, enhanced the reference product by moving to gold DVIs and then overclocked the core and memory by a significant amount. The result is a fast card which runs at very low temperatures and noise levels.
PowerColor on the other hand have focused their efforts on adding higher quality components to the PCB which are designed to enhance the long term stability and reliability of the card. They have also enhanced the cooling while keeping the same form factor and then tweaking the design by adding a second Crossfire connector which makes this one of the few 6800 series cards which will allow connection of more than two GPUs.
In terms of performance the two cards both perform very well at 1920×1080 allowing us to utilise high detail levels and various antialiasing and anisotropic filtering settings. When we look a little deeper at gaming performance there are two things that really separate the products. For AMD it is the ability to start gaming over three screens from a single card. For NVIDIA it a far superior stereoscopic 3D solution which allows us to run the latest games in 3D without compromise.
So that brings us to value. The PowerColor is priced appropriately when compared to 6870s from other manufacturers which is good to see. Inno3D offer that little bit extra though with a free copy of 3DMark11 and a trial of StarCraft 2.
Inno3D GTX 560 Ti iChiLL
PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS++