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HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 4:34 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: HIS



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.


When it comes to our testbed you can see all the information above into our X79 rig that we've been using for all our video cards since launch of the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series. Before we get into the performance side of things we want to quickly run over the cards we've got here today.


We've got a bunch of cards in our graphs today and we want to find out how our overclocked HIS HD 7870 IceQ Turbo goes today against a number of them. Not only do we want to see how our massive overclock goes against the reference clocked AMD HD 7870, but we also want to see how it goes against the overclocked PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 which carries very similar out of the box clocks to the HIS HD 7870 IceQ Turbo.


Of course as always when it comes to overclocked cards we want to see how we go against the next model or series up. In this case we want to see how our HIS HD 7870 goes against the big boys; the HD 7950 and HD 7970. Along with that we've thrown in the HD 6950, HD 7850, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 570 and GTX 580 all for good measure.


Let's get started!



The FPS Numbers Explained


When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.


30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.


60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.


120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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