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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 26 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB
Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD7870
HIS IceQ Turbo 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: BattleField 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Radeon HD 7870 Final Thoughts

The HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo is a really overwhelming video card; for starters you may be overwhelmed by the price, next you will be overwhelmed by its physical size and weight. When you install it into your system you will be overwhelmed by its performance and power usage. The HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo consumes a mere 16 watts at idle and 145 watts when running full load!

Temperatures are 36°C idle and 65°C load, putting the fan on manual and cranking it up to 100% saw the temperature drop to 56°C. If those vital stats don't impress you then I don't know what will. This video card overclocked reasonably well considering it was already factory overclocked on both the GPU core and memory out of the box, and gained an average 5.86% increase in scores across the range of benchmark tests (bar the Vantage suite). With more time to tweak I'm sure we could have maybe squeezed more out of both clocks, thanks to the iTurbo software from HIS there is more range to play with, the cooler can definitely handle its workload.

HIS IceQ Turbo 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 HD7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB 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 HD7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB video card 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.

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The graphics performance of the HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo is good enough for playing most games at 1920x1080 with the highest settings. There are obviously some games that will test it if you put everything on maximum. Its performance out of the box was exeptional which I expected, for me the HD7000 series represents what the HD6000 series could and should have been - a proper upgrade. The HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo sits at the top of the pile in every test but does so at a much higher cost.

The appearance rating of the HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo is up for debate. There is not a lot I can say about a discrete graphics card that will get installed and then be out of sight. When we consider looking up close at the PCB cleanliness and the soldering quality then it does deserve a high rating. 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. If anything lets it down it would be the untreated heatpipes

Construction is excellent as you would expect from a company with a good reputation like HIS, despite the use of plastic for the fan shroud the whole package feels really solid. Taking the card to pieces and reconstructing it was a breeze and everything lined up perfectly, the IceQ HSF assembly is solid and is well made which reassures you that it is no fragile piece of hardware. It is really heavy but thanks to the weight lifter it can be supported from below to prevent warping of the PCB or socket.

Functionality is very good, I can't help but keep singing praise for the HIS IceQ HSF, it really is so good. To bring a load temperature down by 11C is no easy feat, and to do it while remaining virtually silent is something that all AIB partners need to aspire to. There was some overclocking headroom but the fact that it was already factory overclocked on the core to 1100MHz meant that there wasn't much more to have cooling this beast on air.

The HIS Radeon HD7870 IceQ Turbo 1GB video card model H787QT2G2M will cost you $379.99 at the current MSRP, but with the lack of fresh new competing video cards from the green team AMD and its AIB's are practically free to name their own prices. On average the HIS Radeon HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $6.98/FPS in our benchmark tests (1920x1080) based on the current MSRP above, for a video card like this you will really have to want it regardless of the high price, either that or choose it based on which games you prefer the most.

Pros:silvertachaward.png

+ IceQ HSF assembly is very good
+ Fan on auto is virtually silent
+ Excellent build quality
+ Excellent performance
+ Factory overclocked to 1100MHz
+ Variety of outputs: Mini Display Port, DVI-I and HDMI
+ Good power consumption
+ Weight Lifter supplied does its job well
+ Support for CrossFire

Cons:

- Noisy fan at 100%
- At just under 12" it may be too big for some
- Expensive enthusiast product

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 7.50
  • Final Score: 8.90 out of 10.

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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBChris 2012-03-26 21:43
    It seems that now is a good time to wait.

    Right now, the price to performance ratio of the latest 7000s is just ... uncompetitive, even when you stack them up against the 560Tis, 6870s, and other mid-range chips of the last generation.

    The 7970 appears to have been released with dethroning the 580GTX 3gb in mind - similar price point, but somewhat better performance.

    With the 680 GTX now out and the expected lower end models, it seems that waiting is the way to go. AMD and their partners will inevitably be making some price cuts. Plus, sooner or later, the custom AIB boards will come out for Nvidia in this generation.
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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBdanwat1234 2012-04-04 22:30
    How hot does it run when running Folding@home CUDA?
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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-04-05 10:19
    CUDA Folding is an NVIDIA thing danwat1234, AMD Radeons are designed for OpenCL GPGPU computing.
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    # RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBdanwat1234 2012-04-05 10:28
    Oh yeah, I forgot. Or AMD stream but I'm not sure whwat Distributed Computing projects support that API.
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