|HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steve Hearst|
|Wednesday, 09 November 2011|
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Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ 1GB
In this section we will have a good tour of the HIS Radeon HD6870 1GB video card and discuss its main features.
The HIS Radeon HD6870 1GB is packed in a relatively small package, about the size and shape of a shoe box. In the box you get a fairly standard bundle that includes an installation package (driver disk and manual), two molex to 6-pin power cable converters, a DVI to VGA adapter and a CrossFireX bridge. While supplies last, HIS are also bundling DiRT 3 codes.
The HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ 1GB video card is large, measuring 13.8 cm tall x 28.7 cm long and is also a dual slot design. The big, in your face, semi-transparent shroud that covers the IceQ cooler is both a metaphor and quite functional at the same time. HIS have dubbed the radial fan on the end a "Black Hole Impeller" as it can take air in from both sides. It sits approximately 1cm raised above the PCB in order to aid in this function.
The IceQ cooler is somewhat larger than I had first suspected. A pair of 8mm and a pair of 6mm heatpipes take the heat from the GPU and into the aluminum fin array where it is met with cool air from the "Black Hole" radial fan. The shroud makes sure that the cool air is evenly distributed and not wasted and also directs 95% of the warmed air out the back of the PCI bracket (allowing for small gaps in shroud).
The HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X video card requires two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors from your PSU. While HIS supply two molex to 6-pin converters, it is strongly recommended that you use a PSU that actually has two 6-pin connectors present to power this card. HIS also recommends using a 500W or greater PSU.
For output we have two mini display port connectors, a HDMI port and two DVI-I connectors (top is single link and bottom is dual link). Bundled with the card you get a DVI to D-SUB adapter, so as far as connectors go HIS have really covered all the bases here. The top half of the PCI bracket has a small vent cut out, the design of the cooler exhausts 95% of the hot air out here.