This isn't the first time we've seen the IceQ X2 cooler and due to the fact that it takes up majority of the PCB, most HIS cards that use it do look very similar. You can of course see the two fans and behind that we've got a massive heatsink that covers almost the entire card. Looking closer, though, you can see the massive copper plate that sits over the top of the GPU and a number of heat pipes coming out the bottom and making their way to the top of the card.
Taking a quick look around the card, you can see that power comes in the form of just a single 6-pin PCIe power connector sitting at the very back. Moving to the top of the card and all the way to the front, you can see a single CrossFire connector that allows you to run a pair of these cards together. This is something we really want to look at a little later as it would be interesting to see how this $280 CrossFire setup performs.
Finishing up our look at the card, we head over to the I/O. Here you can see two Dual-Link DVI connectors - one in the form of a DVI-D and the other in the form of a DVI-I. Alongside these, we've got the two normal connectors you'd expect to see, HDMI and DisplayPort.
As we mentioned in the introduction, the HIS R7 260X 2GB IceQ X2 comes out of the box with the same clocks as the reference card. Looking below, you can see that means the core comes in at 1100MHz, while the 2GB of GDDR5 carries with it a clock speed of 6500MHz QDR. Because we've already tested the reference card at the reference clocks, we figured that we would just see what happens when we overclock the model.
Firing up Afterburner we had hoped to adjust the voltage of the core, but we quickly discovered this option wasn't available. At the moment we're not sure if this is a feature that's coming with a later version of Afterburner or if core voltage adjustment just isn't an option on the model period.
For now, though, we simply increased the clock speeds without the help of any extra voltage. Looking above, you can see in the end we managed to get another 125MHz on the core, bringing it up to 1225MHz. As for the memory, we also managed to give that a bump and that now comes in at an even 7000MHz QDR.
It will be interesting to see what kind of performance increase this gives us when compared to the reference clocked card.
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