HIS have done a great job with this HD 6970 and while the overclock isn't huge, there's no denying that the card we're looking at today is all about the cooler. The overclock is just a little bonus.
The cooler, though, is fantastic and it's exactly what you would expect from a HIS card that carries the IceQ name. The look does resemble that of an older looking IceQ card from yesteryear, but of course has been pimped out with all the latest goodies that make coolers so great.
Overclocking potential is also really strong with the card not having a single issue getting over that 1GHz mark that we love to see on the HD 6970. Combined with a memory clock of 6200MHz QDR as well, we see some great performance from the card when overclocked.
Overall, the HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo just hits the spot for people who are looking for a HD 6970 that moves away from the reference cooler. If you're a fan of the IceQ series or a user of previous IceQ cards, you'll no doubt love that HIS have finally gotten around to slapping the IceQ series name on the HD 6970.
At $379.99 US the IceQ Turbo version of the HD 6970 from HIS does indeed carry a price bump over the reference designed and clocked models. While the overclock might not be much over the reference HD 6970, the IceQ Turbo card is all about the IceQ tag and its cooler more so than the Turbo one and the overclock.
If you're happy to spend the extra money to get something that uses an improved cooler that will in turn allow you to achieve a stronger overclock, the HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo is a great choice.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Card & Specification]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark 11]
- Page 4 [3DMark Vantage]
- Page 5 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Street Fighter IV]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 19 [Total Value Rating (TVR)]
- Page 20 [Final Thoughts]
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