It's great to see the IceQ cooler back and it's even better to see it's attached to a video card that has the Turbo naming attached to it. What was really exciting today, though, was we got to give the AMD Radeon HD 7870 a chance to stretch its legs and see just what kind of performance we could get out of this GPU.
Normally when you start to overclock so much you expect that the cooler is going to struggle. Not only are you pushing the speeds of the core and memory up, you're also pumping more voltage through the GPU, which adds even more heat into the mix.
Considering all this and discovering that the HIS HD 7870 IceQ Turbo was running at only 58c during load making it the sixth coolest running card is simply amazing. Then doing that at the same noise levels as the reference HD 7870 cooler, but offering performance that lined up from anywhere between the HD 7950 and HD 7970, and you don't need to say anything else. The numbers really do all the talking.
A reference HD 7870 is going to set you back around the $349 mark. The HIS offering is of course going to carry a premium, but outside of it tipping over $400, there's just no way the premium isn't deserved. At the moment we expect the price to be around the $379 - $389 mark.
If there was anything lacking it would be the bundle which is a bit on the light side of things. Ultimately, though, the card itself is part of the bundle and that's the biggest highlight here.
We're still a few days away from the HD 7870 officially hitting the market. Come launch day the decision is looking to be pretty difficult as we see some awesome retail versions of the new Radeon HD 7870 come strong out the gate. Good luck!
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