Close up with the HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB OC
Taking the card out of the box and seeing it for the first time, you can see the overall design isn't anything out of the ordinary. We've seen the IceQ X2 cooler a number of times before, and not being an iPower model means that it comes with the black shroud instead of the gold one.
We've got a dual fan setup and a massive heat sink behind them with some copper heat pipes designed to pull the heat away from the GPU. This is a big cooler for a mid-range video card. It's handled the higher-end models well, so I must admit I'm looking forward to seeing just what it's capable of on this mid-range model.
Moving away from the front of the card and checking out the top, you can see the standard dual 6-pin PCIe power connector setup at the back of the card. Looking here, you can also see one of the heat pipes that comes out from the center of the heat sink. Staying across the top but moving to the front of the card, you can see we've got a single CrossFire connector that gives us the ability to run two of these cards together.
Finishing up with the I/O side of things, you can see that HIS has opted for a slightly different approach when compared to some other companies. On the connectivity side of things, we have the standard Dual-Link DVI and HDMI connector. Instead of a full size DisplayPort connector or a second Dual-Link DVI connector, they've instead opted to install two Mini-DP connectors.
As someone who uses DisplayPort monitors exclusively, this is a much better option for me as I could use two DisplayPort monitors and a Dual-Link DVI connector to drive three 2560 x 1440 monitors - from a productivity standpoint this is great. The inclusion of a Mini-DP to DisplayPort connector would've been nice, though, with a setup like this.
Taking a look at the model name, you can guess that the model comes overclocked thanks to the "Turbo" branding. Out of the box, a reference R9 270X carries a core clock of 1150MHz, while the 2GB of GDDR5 comes at 1400MHz, which translates to 5600MHz QDR.
Looking above, you can see that the HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB offers a core clock of 1140MHz. As for the 2GB of GDDR5, like most companies, HIS has chosen to leave that at its default clock, which means it comes in at 5600MHz QDR.
While we would've liked to have seen HIS bump up the memory clock, we can't deny the fact that most companies choose to concentrate just on bumping the core clock, as it yields the largest performance gains.
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- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
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- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
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