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HIS X850XT and X800XL Graphics Cards - iTURBO is back again - Final Thoughts

HIS are back in the labs again this month with their latest generation of cards, the PCI Express versions of the ATI Radeon X850XT and X800XL. Both cards are part of the HIS IceQ II series which claim (and do) to offer better cooling than ATI reference cards as well as not exceeding 20db in the noise department. Both cards support iTURBO and the X850XT version even has a standard iTURBO overclocked setting which matches the clock speeds of the more expensive X850XT PE. That means you'll get the performance of the ultra high-end X850XT PE for the price of the high-end X850XT. Read on as we take a close look at both cards!

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 12, 2005 4:00 am

Final Thoughts


HIS has came back strong after the launch of their X700 PRO graphics card late last year which first introduced iTURBO to the computer world. Both the HIS X850XT and X800XL are pretty much copies of this product as far as design goes and we were happy with it then and are still happy with it now. Sure, we might seem easily pleased when it comes to HIS and iTURBO but when a company offers the X850XT which is capable of easily hitting X850XT PE speeds and above at a cheaper price (which could potentially damage their total turn over), why shouldn't you be pleased either?


The X850XT and X800XL PCI Express graphics cards from HIS both offer very good performance at 1024 x 768 and with standard image quality. It is only when we increase the resolution and add on AA and AF that the X800XL begins to struggle a little and the X850XT just laughs back at the system and asks for more as it dishes out brilliant gaming performance in the latest games. The X800XL from HIS is going to be a very good choice for gamers who want to play games around the 800 x 600 - 1280 x 1024 level without AA and AF turned on or if they do, only a mild level turned on. On the other hand, the HIS X850XT is for those gamers who want to play games at anywhere from 1280 x 1024 and above with everything turned on. With everything though comes a catch and if you want the HIS X850XT, you're going to have to pay up to around 40% more than the X800XL which is still a very decent graphics cards at the standard level of gaming in today's modern games.


As far as our overclocking results go, we can see that the X850XT benefits more since the memory clock is pushed further than the X800XL. Given that it's all free performance gains, we cannot complain. The cards not only perform well but have a good degree of visual appeal. Both cards are UV reactive meaning if you have a black UV light in your system they will glow and would go together quite well with motherboards from companies like DFI who also produce UV reactive products. In our opinion HIS couldn't have choose a better partner for their cooler as the Arctic Cooler on the cards looks great, performs great and is quiet at the same time.


The only real gripe we have with the product from HIS is the decision to place the power connector on the X850XT version under the cooler. If you are switching graphics cards often, you might get annoyed removing the power cable since there is very little room to work with in this area. Besides that, HIS has pleased us once again with a very solid product which offers great performance, a well featured package and stylish looks and features.




- iTURBO (simple and safe overclocking)


- UV reactive


- Stylish


- Good package


- Great gaming performance




- Position of power connector on X850XT is in a bad location


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award





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