|HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Friday, 03 June 2011|
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HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X Video Card
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by HIS.
HIS first introduced its IceQ coolers in 2003 to its Radeon 9800PRO series of video cards, eight years later HIS return with the IceQ X cooler, which performs better than it looks. In this review the IceQ X cooler is strapped onto a HIS HD6870 Turbo X video card which comes factory overclocked at 975MHz GPU and 1150MHz Memory. Pushing clocks this far on a factory overclocked video card takes some guts, but HIS know that they have nothing to worry about, their IceQ cooler is up to the job.
While the IceQ cooler is more than capable of taming the HD6870 GPU, HIS were not very aggressive with the default fan profile and this resulted in a couple of unexpected shutdowns during our test procedures. Thankfully MSI Afterburner was at hand to allow me to alter the fan profile making sure that the temperatures always stayed in check, a topic I discuss further in the temperatures section of this review. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.
For this review we have a wide range of video card comparisons in our usual mixture of DX10 / DX11 synthetic benchmarks and current games to get a good idea where it fits in performance and price wise. We also intend to overclock the GPU to its limits and see if the IceQ X cooler really has what it takes to cool the GPU and other components effectively, so without further delay let's move on and get stuck in.