Introduction of the HIS IceQ R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB
During Computex 2014, we got a chance to visit HIS at the Hyatt to see what the company had going on. When it came to the video card side of things, there wasn't too much; especially since everything that was launching at the time was already sitting comfortable in my office waiting to be tested.
Saying that, though, HIS did have one special video card that grabbed our attention. The HIS IceQ R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB, and while it was not ready, it was due to come out in the following months. The big feature behind this card was the Hybrid cooler that utilized both a standard heat sink fan setup, along with an all-in-one (AIO) water cooling solution.
Any time you strap water cooling to a video card, you have our attention, and this was no different here. The addition of water cooling brings with it lower temperature numbers, which of course means that companies are able to throw higher clock speeds through the card. The addition of water, though, means that you can also give the card quite a healthy bump in terms of voltage, and still have the core temperature kept under control.
While video cards with water blocks aren't too uncommon, the fact that they require a full on water cooling setup means that they're a turn off for some people. With the quality of AIO water cooling solutions getting better and better, the desire for a setup that uses them is so much higher.
With such a strong looking cooler and a high-end card, we find ourselves thinking of only one thing to do with it. Overclock it! Before we find out just what we get out of the card, we've got to take a closer look at it.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the box, you can see the overall design is pretty similar to previous IceQ based cards we've seen before. This one is of course a lot bigger due to the fact that it sports a large AIO water cooling system inside, which is mentioned on the front of the box. Across the bottom, you can see we've got the model number, along with some of the main features, which include PCIe 3.0, 4GB GDDR5, 4K Support and HDMI. Across the top of the box, you can see the brand and the iPower logo.
Turning the box over, you can see that HIS goes into detail on some of the main features that are being offered. A lot of these we've seen before, including the cooler and quieter logos and the IceQ technology. The big new one here is the Hybrid System, which makes note of the optimized cooler.
You can see a bit of information on the iPower features, which bring Full Solid State Capacitors and 6 Dynamic Phase Control PWM IC, while across the bottom, we see some of the main features that relate to the AMD core itself.
While you may think that the card comes with a larger than usual bundle, moving inside, you won't see too much out of the ordinary. You can see we've got the normal HIS envelop, which brings with it a driver CD, manual and case sticker. Here you can also see some screws, along with some washers, which are used to install the radiator.
Along with this, you can also see that HIS has chosen to include a mouse pad in the bundle, as an extra. To be honest, if you're buying such a high-end video card, you'll more than likely have a great mouse pad already. The good news is, though, that the overall quality of this mouse pad is quite good.