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HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo and IceQ X Turbo X Review

Rating: 9.0.

Today we are looking at two of the latest graphics cards from HIS, the confusingly named HD7870 IceQ Turbo and the IceQ X Turbo X. Both of these cards feature custom cooling solutions and are supplied in a pre-overclocked state. We have been impressed with the IceQ coolers in the past, especially in regards to low noise levels, so we have hopes that these cards will prove a tempting solution for the discerning enthusiast gamer.

HIS have some of the most dramatically designed coolers on the market. While companies such as XFX and MSI opt for distinguished metallic coolers, HIS have designed their ICE-Q coolers in the past with bright plastic aqua blue and transparent colour schemes. The appearance will certainly split opinion, however technically they are actually in the top 10% of cooling solutions on the market.

Above, the HIS HD7870 ICEQ Turbo and ICEQ X Turbo X. No longer have they bright blue semi see-through coolers. Good move, we say.

Product AMD HD7970 AMD HD7950 HIS HD7870 IceQ X Turbo X
HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo
Core Clock speed 925mhz 800mhz 1000mhz (1100mhz) 1000mhz (1100mhz)
Transistors 4.31 billion 4.31 billion 2.8 billion 2.8 billion
Stream Processors 2,048 1,792 1,280 1,280
Compute Performance 3.79 TFLOPS 2.87 TFLOPS 2.56 TFLOPS 2.56 TFLOPS
Texture Units 128 112 80 80
Texture Fillrate 118.4 GT/s 89.6 GT/s 80 GT/s 80 GT/s
ROPs 32 32 32 32
Pixel Fillrate 29.6 GP/s 25.6 GP/s 32.0 GP/s 32.0 GP/s
Z/Stencil 128 128 128 128
Memory Clock 1,375mhz 1,250mhz 1,200mhz (1,250mhz) 1,200mhz
Memory Data Rate 5.5 GBps 5.0 Gbps 4.8Gbps (5.0Gbps)
4.8 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 264 GB/s 240 GB/s 153.6 GB/s 153.6 GB/s

The HIS HD7870 ICEQ Turbo and ICEQ X Turbo X are both shipped with a 100mhz core clock increase from 1,000mhz to 1,100mhz. The ICEQ X GDDR5 memory also receives a boost, from 1,200mhz (4.8Gbps) to 1,250mhz (5.0Gbps).

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  • ErnieD

    very nice, a little expensive for my wallet right now however.

  • Joseph

    The names ARE VERY confusing, turbo, then non turbo, the X versions. They need to work out better names for them all. as I thought OCUk were selling the plain turbo one, but its the non turbo one. The pricing is a little high too. some of the 7950’s are 299.

  • Peter

    The turbo version (non X), that cooler is huge. I dont think it would cause a problem in a case, but it seems excessive. Performance is good.

    Problem with HIS is availability, even in the UK. only OCUK seem to stock them and they often dont stock them all.

    Niether of these are available. only way to get them is the competition you are running now. its not good.

  • Brian

    They are like frankenstein coolers. even the nicer looking X version is almost their attempt at jewellery.

    They need a new marketing guy who can promote them better to the western audience. even their box art is sh!te.

  • Davis

    Nothing wrong with their cards. I bought one of their AMD cards a few years ago and its still working fine. most of them are made in the same factories as the bigger names like XFX etc.

    Only issue is their visibility is dire. Only one store I know has them too. All the cool cards you guys review never get sold !

  • cvxc

    That X version looks great. bit concerned about the pricing, if the model, two down is £270?

    This card is under £300 and its the next range up http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards+-+AMD/Radeon+HD+7950/VTX3D+Radeon+HD+7950+3072MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=49716

    People wont buy a 7870 when the 7950 is the same price.

  • Colin C

    DOnt use furmark, its not good. test temperatures with games. its more realistic

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