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Written by Steve Hearst   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ Video Card
Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ 1GB
HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ 1GB Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
VGA Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ 1GB Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ 1GB Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ 1GB Detailed Features

In this section we like to tear down the video card and see what makes it tick.

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Removing the cooler is accomplished by removing four sprung screws from the rear of the card and gently prying it away from the GPU and memory IC's. 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 Impeller' radial fan. The shroud makes sure that the cool air is evenly distributed and not wasted, apart from a few small gaps most of this air should be vented out the back of the card rather than inside your case. This design of the IceQ cooler should prove to be very effective for CrossFireX setups although it is just speculation as I only have the one card.

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The back of the PCB is utilised mainly for resistors and the soldering quality is excellent for such tiny components. Man loses the war to the machine when it comes to detailed work like this. These days you don't generally see RAM on the reverse side of a 1GB video card design thanks to the smaller manufacturing process that allows more density in a smaller package. We also notice that the HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ 1GB has a reinforcement bar attached, this stops the PCB flexing out of shape with the weight of the cooler pulling down on it 24/7.

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With the cooler assembly and other heatsinks fully removed we can get a better look at the board, The overall layout of all the components is a little different with the 6000 series. The standard layout has moved the power phase/VRM section to the left hand side of the GPU, into an area that is normally left somewhat unoccupied. All in all the PCB looks good with no real waste of space and the soldering quality is of a very high standard.

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The HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ video card uses 1GB of Elpida W1032BBBG-50-F GDDR5 Memory rated 1250MHz (5GHz effective) at 1.5V.

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For voltage control HIS have utilized a CHiL CHL82414-01 Dual output 4+1 phase PWM Controller. Below is a snippet from the product description.

The CHL8212/13/14 are dual-loop digital multi-phase buck controllers and the CHL8203 is a single-loop digital multiphase buck controller designed for GPU voltage regulation. Dynamic voltage control is provided by registers which are programmed through I2C and then selected using a 3-bit parallel bus for fast access.

The CHL8203/12/13/14 include CHiL Efficiency Shaping Technology to deliver exceptional efficiency at minimum cost across the entire load range. CHiL Dynamic Phase Control adds/drops active phases based upon load current and can be configured to enter 1-phase operation and diode emulation mode automatically or by command.

SOURCE: chilsemi.com



 

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# RE: HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ Video CardSun Down 2011-11-09 22:31
Great review of the card. Honestly, the name already gives away on how much it could be overclocked, you could use an air conditioner to push the card further. On your first point, saying the PC gaming is dead is like saying that every scientist in the world is dead. We're the pioneers of interactive graphics.
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# RE: RE: HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ Video CardWhyNotV2 2011-11-17 03:37
Sun Down, he wasn't saying he believed PC gaming was dead, read the whole statement...

"A lot of people are speculating that the PC and PC gaming industry is dying but I beg to differ. I think the Tablet/Smartphone era is just a novelty phase. One problem lies with power delivery, and we all know that today's batteries just don't cut it when we want to use our devices for extended periods..."

Nowhere did he say that he himself agreed and actually said he disagreeed.
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# InfoChris 2012-01-17 11:13
I have this motherboard:
##gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=1928#sp

I wanted to put this graphics card on my system with full 4gb of RAM. I already updated the bios system to hande 2.1 PCIe. Would it work on my motherboard? How would it run if so?

Thank you
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# RE: InfoSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-01-17 11:28
Your motherboard is fine and this card will run as it is intended to on it. Just make sure your PC case has enough room and that your power supply can handle the extra load.
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# RE: RE: InfoChris 2012-01-17 16:08
Thanks Steven. Yeah I want to build a new pc but don't have the cash at the moment so I was looking into a new graphics card for now.
I was thinking about this HIS ice 6870 or this:
##newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102924
Which would you prefer? Or what other card would you consider?
Thanks
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# RE: RE: RE: InfoSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-01-18 16:32
The Sapphire card is OK buddy although it is $10 more. Maybe consider looking at some NVIDIA cards too - GTX 560, GTX 560Ti or GTX 560Ti 448
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# okChris 2012-01-18 17:11
Thanks. I took your advice and looked into the Nvidia cards.
This is what I found that I think would go well:
##newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608
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# not a bad time...Pinakio 2011-11-10 14:41
Great review from BMR as usual, keep'em coming! Despite what most people say, this is good time for upgrading GPUs. The price has reached a level of tranquility and is quite reasonable than ever and we've a pretty good idea of the performance that we can expect from both camps. Surely one can wait for GCN (SI/Kepler) but that ain't happening before 2012 as we all now know. But what we have in the market is proven GPUs with custom designs like this one and MSI TwinFrozr II/III, which are great for OCing and bang for $$. These AIBs are doing a great job of making innovative and effective designs and they should not be afraid of dishing out some significant amount of factory OC. Also considering the number of big tittles that are to be released like BF3, MW3 and Skyrim- we shall see a surge in the sells of discrete GPUs!
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# Voltage ControlChris 2011-11-17 12:32
That is an awesome overclock for not bumping the voltage. I'd love to see if you have control over this and see if you can get an even higher overclock. You can use ATI Tray Tools to get past the 1Ghz limit and you can punch in your own voltage. I have a pair of Vision#s and they will not allow you over mess with the voltage at all. Not even at the Bios level.
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# RE: Voltage ControlSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-11-17 13:23
I bumped the voltage to 1.3V to get that overclock and I was able to get past the 1GHz barrier by using the unofficial overclocking method whereby you modify the MSIafterburner.cfg to give more headroom. For all my efforts I couldn't get it stable beyond 1GHz. This was written in black and white in the overclocking chapter of this article.

"More overclocking headroom could be unlocked for the GPU Core and Memory speeds using the unofficial overclocking method in MSI Afterburner, but I wasn't able to keep this card stable during testing when I went past the previous limits. I bumped the vCore to the max 1.30V and was able to push the clock speeds to 1000MHz GPU and 1250MHz (5GHz effective) Memory and still remain stable during the benchmarking run."
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# This card awesomeTrevor 2011-12-01 21:28
This card is awesome... I don't need to overclock it at all... everything is good excepted it is big for my mid tower
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# InfoHurricane 2012-09-12 04:47
I have this motherboard
#in.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8H67M_LX/

and wanted to know whether this graphics card would work on it .So will it work ?
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# YesBruce 2012-09-12 06:57
Why would you think that it wouldn't? Just curious....
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# RE: InfoAthlonite 2012-09-12 17:27
as long as your Mother board has an x16 slot it will work even if that slot only runs at x4 speeds it'll still work
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