The HIS HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo is a well designed 5 series card and performed slightly better than the reference design throughout our testing. The iCooler design is a bit of a mixed bag, it cools much more efficiently than the reference design, but there is a noise penalty to be paid … which while only slight, is still noticeable.
If we had a complaint we would actually say that HIS have been too conservative with their clock settings. We noticed no additional noise from manually overclocking the card, and while not every board will hit the heights we achieved, we feel clocks of 925mhz on the core and 1275mhz on the ram would be safe.
In regards to pricing the HIS model is only £20 more than a reference design card in the UK right now which makes it an extremely viable purchase, especially when you factor in the free Modern Warfare 2 game.
Everything considered we can really recommend the HIS card, it is well priced, runs cool and the bundle is impressive. If they had overclocked it higher out of the box and managed to get the noise down a little it would have walked away with our top score. As it stands, it is still worth buying.
KitGuru says: This card is a good choice, just be sure to overclock the nuts off it.
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