|HIS Radeon HD6950 IceQ-X Turbo-X Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Friday, 10 June 2011|
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HIS HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Final Thoughts
The IceQ X Cooler with its 92mm fan is more than capable of taming the HD6850 GPU even with its extreme overclock, but not its default fan profile leaves some area for improvement. The fan isn't even that loud when set to 100% so I don't understand why the HIS labs have is spinning so slow. When I overclocked the GPU and put it through its paces the fan was happily spinning away at 53% while the GPU was heating up at 79°C, this was a little worrying and it would be more reassuring if HIS would be a little more aggressive with the fan profile or have a switch for users to select from silence/performance etc.
This video card overclocked very easily and the performance gained was much appreciated, the overclock limit was reached without needing to increase the voltage so there is more to be had if you want to be more adventurous. The 950MHz GPU limit was the same in AMD Overdrive and Afterburner but I'm sure this card will do more.
HIS HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Conclusion
Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the HIS HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X Video Card a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar video card that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the HIS HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
The graphics performance of the HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X is very good indeed, in five of our ten tests it was able to beat the performance of the NVIDIA GTX 560Ti and then even more so when it was overclocked further. This card comes with a pretty high clock already and pushing it further didn't require any extra voltage or effort. Overclocking is always uncertain territory so we should be thankful that there is any headroom at all
The appearance rating of the HIS HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X is up for debate. The bright, in your face aqua/turquoise colored shroud and fan serve as a visual metaphor of ice (hence the name) and give this video card a very unique and individual look that is sure to appeal to some but to me it is a bit too much. The side view is its saving grace, the IceQ cooler looks nicer from the side and makes all the difference once you install the card into your system. There are some that will surely disagree but thanks to the graphic nature of this review you can easily make your mind up for yourself.
Construction is excellent as you would expect from a company with a good reputation like HIS, despite the use of plastic for the shroud the whole package feels quite solid. Taking the card to pieces and reconstructing it was a breeze and everything lined up perfectly, the IceQ heatsink is solid and really adds some weight and girth to the card which reassures you that it is no fragile piece of hardware.
Functionality is very good, I can't help but keep singing praise for the IceQ cooler, it really is so good, even though it was let down somewhat by a relaxed fan profile. There are some extra sensor readings in GPU-Z not seen on all other cards and help you keep track of things in real time when overclocking or load testing.
The HIS Radeon HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X video card model H695QNX2G2M will cost you $299.99 at Newegg. At this price point it is on par with other factory overclocked HD6950 video cards but costs a lot more than the NVIDIA GTX 560Ti, while only beating it in half of our tests. On average the HIS HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X costs $6.35/FPS in our benchmark tests, and I believe this to be very reasonable for a high performance card like this. Add to this the benefit of 2GB memory and multi monitor Eyefinity support, and you have a good deal all in all.
I have no problems recommending this card to anyone who is in the market for a great performing video card. You certainly could do much worse.
+ IceQ cooler is excellent
- Hot air from GPU exhausted into case
Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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