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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB Video Card
Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD7950
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 HD7950 IceQ Turbo Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Radeon HD 7950 Final Thoughts

The HIS HD7950 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 HD7950 IceQ Turbo consumes 24 watts at idle and 205 watts when running full load!

Temperatures are 37°C idle and 75°C load, putting the fan on manual and cranking it up to 100% saw the temperature drop to 70°C. I believe we may have found the limits of the HIS iCooler GPU cooler. 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 13.20% increase in scores across the range of benchmark tests. With a more capable cooler and 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 endless range to play with.

HIS HD 7950 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 HD7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB 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 HD7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB 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 HD7950 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 exceptional which I expected, for me the HD7000 series represents what the HD6000 series could and should have been - a proper upgrade. The HIS HD7950 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 HD7950 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 and there is a PCB support fitted to minimise warping of the PCB, but the combined weight of the card and cooler is still quite a lot and extra support will be needed. His Included a weight lifter support accessory with the HD 7870 IceQ turbo that uses the same cooler but neglected to include one with this model.

Functionality is very good, I only wish that the IceQ cooler could have performed that bit better and give me better overclocking headroom as I am convinced there is still more performance to be had. To bring a load temperature down by 5C is relatively easy, but to do it while remaining virtually silent is something that all AIB partners need to aspire to. Thanks to the HIS iTurbo companion software tool V1.1.1 Clock speed limits are a non issue and there was also enough voltage adjustment to attain higher overclocks.

The HIS Radeon HD7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB video card model H795QT3G2M will cost you $399.99 at Newegg, 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 HD7950 IceQ Turbo costs $7/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.

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+ IceQ HSF assembly is good
+ Fan on auto is virtually silent
+ Excellent build quality
+ Excellent performance
+ Factory overclocked to 900MHz
+ Variety of outputs: Mini Display Port, DVI-I and HDMI
+ Good power consumption
+ Support for 2/3/4-way CrossFire

Cons:

- Noisy fan at 100%
- Very heavy card, needs extra support
- At just under 12" it may be too big for some
- Expensive enthusiast product

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 7.50
  • Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.

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    # Now you've tested it!!!JustComputers 2012-04-30 01:53
    Can you send it to me so I can try it out ;) please!!!!
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    # article lead timeWalter Machnicz 2012-04-30 06:21
    Seems like a good card, eppecially at the newegg price, except for GTX680 appearnce.
    Looks like you will need an update.
    Enjoyed the review, especially the detail involved.
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