This version of the HD 7870 GHz Edition from HIS might not be as fancy as the IceQ and IceQ X version we've looked at in the past and it also might not carry the overclock that we've seen out of the Turbo and Turbo X models, but the biggest advantage to this model, though, comes in the form of the price.
Listed at $299.99 it's the cheapest HIS HD 7870 on offer and with a current rebate being offered you can get the price down to $269.99 making it look even more attractive. Combined with the performance you're able to get when it comes to overclocking, this looks to be a really good buy.
The area that the HIS HD 7870 GHz Edition is the weakest in is the same area we see most companies weak in; the bundle. There's not a whole lot going on in the package and since we've got two Mini DisplayPort ports included on the card, it would've been nice to see at least one MiniDP to DP connector included in the bundle.
Outside of the bundle, though, the HIS HD 7870 GHz Edition does a good job of ticking all the right boxes. Out of the box performance is what you'd expect with a reference clocked card, but when overclocked we see performance that sits between a stock clocked HD 7950 and HD 7970 for again a really good price.
The cooler also does a good job and while it does run warm when overclocked so high, it manages to still be quiet at the same time. If you're happy for a bit of extras noise you could always adjust the fan profile to run a bit louder. The new HIS iTurbo software is also really good and we look forward to more revisions of it as time goes on.
There's not much more that really needs to be said, if you're looking for a HD 7870 GHz Edition that comes in at a strong price point and carries with it a good quality cooler, this variant from HIS is one that you should be looking at.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Card 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]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Just Cause 2]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Metro 2033]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Dirt 3]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Test]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]