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HIS HD6850 ICE Q X Review – the ultimate HD6850 ?

The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 25c – a comfortable environment for the majority of people reading this.

Idle temperatures were measured after sitting at the desktop for 30 minutes. Load measurements were acquired by playing Crysis Warhead for 30 minutes and measuring the peak temperature. We also have included Furmark results, recording maximum temperatures throughout a 30 minute stress test. All fan settings were left on automatic.

At idle, the HIS HD6850 outperforms the reference card by several degrees. Under load this improves to around 7-9c. Not quite the ‘-13c cooler’ claims made by HIS, but impressive nonetheless.

Return to ambient is a feature we have recently added to our reviews … we measure the time it takes for a solution to return to idle temperatures, immediately after full load. The faster the time, the better the cooler – for example a Noctua NH D14 cooler will return an Intel processor to idle temperatures much faster than a reference cooler. This is a good indication of how quickly a heatsink can dissipate heat.

The card takes 20 seconds to return to idle, a great result.

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