With a slew of new games recently that are extremely taxing you might find yourself in the market for a new video card. Combined with the fact that you could also find yourself greeted with some much needed holiday leave, the HIS HD 7950 IceQ X2 from HIS is a fantastic offering.
Take AA and AF out of the mix and you can see on almost all of our test games here that we're able to play with the highest in-game settings at all resolutions including the ultra-high 2560 x 1600 option. Moving into the AA and AF high quality side of things you can see it's a little hit and miss. 1920 x 1200 for the most part isn't an issue, but moving to 2560 x 1600 causes some problems.
Of course priced at $339.99 this is one of the more expensive HD 7950 models on the market, but it does come in $50 cheaper than the equivalent HD 7970 from HIS and considering you could be finding yourself buying presents for other people at this time of year, the savings could come in handy.
Moving away from the 3D gaming performance, you can see the cooler does an excellent job sitting in the middle of the pack when it comes to our noise and temperature numbers. Considering the added voltage due to overclocking and the increased clock speeds, this isn't too bad at all.
On the bundle side of things it's fairly basic, but also fairly typical of most video cards these days. There's no major surprises to be found and you should have everything you need to get up and running.
If you're looking at buying a new video card for some holiday gaming and want something that stands out a bit more than a reference design and cooled HD 7950, this is a really nice option. While a little more expensive, HIS have put together a really nice product that looks great and performs exceptionally well. Throw overclocking into the mix and you can get even more bang for your buck.