Like the HIS HD 7870 IceQ Turbo we looked at a little bit back, the non-Turbo model here today does an excellent job of impressing us thanks to its excellent overclocking ability. One could argue the non-Turbo model is slightly better because it comes in at a more aggressive price point.
At $339.99 after rebate, the HIS HD 7870 IceQ 2GB represents some really good value and with the overclocking potential of the video card, the value is extended even further. This is our second HIS HD 7870 that was able to break 1250MHz on the core which as we saw in our Turbo review brings with it some awesome performance gains over a 1GHz clocked reference card.
The package is a little on the weak side, but this is a trend that we see more and more these days as companies let the product do the talking instead of the bundle. Considering the more aggressive pricing of video cards these days as well, there's little to complain about.
Moving away from the card for a second and looking at the iTurbo software for the first time we find ourselves pretty impressed with what HIS is offering us. There's a strong line-up of options and you've got the ability to set a number of profiles from a cooler running card to a quieter one to an overclocked one at a touch of the button.
The only feature we'd like to see is some better monitoring when it comes to temperature, fan speed, GPU usage and so forth - kind of similar to what we see on the right side of MSI Afterburner. While we do have the temperature display, it's simply the current temperature.
The non-Turbo HIS HD 7870 IceQ is a really strong performing card that thanks to an excellent quality cooler gives us the ability to really boost performance via overclocking. As for overclocking, the new iTurbo software from HIS is really strong and you know that over time it will get better as more features are added to it.
If you're looking for a HD 7870 video card that hits at a strong price point and has a really strong cooler attached to it, the IceQ version we're looking at here today from HIS is a fantastic option. In the event you don't want to overclock, you can check out the Turbo model which comes with a bumped core speed out of the box, but of course it will cost you a bit more.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [HIS iTurbo and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark 11]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
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