|AMD Radeon HD6850 & HD6950 CrossFire Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Monday, 27 June 2011|
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The Cards: HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo
In this section we will have a good tour of the HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo video card and discuss its main features.
The HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo 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), one molex to 6-pin power cable converter, a DVI to VGA adapter and a CrossFireX bridge.
The HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo video card is fairly big, measuring 13.5 cm tall x 23.5 cm long and is also a dual slot design. Bang smack in the middle is a 92mm fan that effectively cools the overclocked HD6850 GPU while still remaining fairly quiet. The big, in your face, aqua colored shroud that covers the IceQ X cooler is a little bit loud for my liking, its design is more of a metaphor but it is quite functional at the same time. When installed in your system you only see the side view which actually looks quite nice, as you will see below.
The HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo video card requires one 6-pin PCI-E power connector from your PSU, while HIS supply a molex to 6-pin converter it is strongly recommended that you use a PSU that actually has a 6-pin connector present to power this card. HIS also recommends using a 500W or greater PSU.
For output we have one display port connector, 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, but the design of the cooler exhausts the hot air inside the case rather than out here.
It is likely going to be the case that if you buy this video card then you will most certainly have a side window in your PC case of choice. Until recently most video cards aesthetic features were on the front only, this is no longer the case here as this side view demonstrates. The semi transparent aqua shroud is quite pleasing on the eye when viewed from the side where the visual metaphor really works.
The IceQ X cooler is somewhat smaller 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 92mm fan seen earlier. The shroud makes sure that the cool air is evenly distributed and not wasted. It's nice to see that HIS have not over done it with the thermal interface, leaving not much room for improvement.
The HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB video card article can be found here.