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HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB Video Card Review

HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB Video Card Review

HIS expands its IceQ X2 Turbo range with the new Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB video card. Let's take a close look at it.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Jan 29 2016 11:25 AM CST   |   Updated Thu, Jul 30 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Rating: 87%Manufacturer: HIS

Introduction, Quick Specs, and Availability & Price

HIS is a company that finds its stride and continues walking down that path. With the introduction of the new 1080p/1440p champion GPU from AMD in the form of the Radeon R9 380X, HIS has released its Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB video card, and we're here to take it through its paces.

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The company has been around for what feels like forever and only make video cards for Radeon GPUs. This means HIS can nail down what it does, and do it well. The Radeon R9 380X itself is a great GPU for 1080p and 1440p gaming, with some decent results at 4K if you reduce the details. We'll get into the performance side of it soon, but let's dive right in and see what is under the hood of the R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB.

Quick Specs

There are a two different variants of the R9 380X from HIS, the IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB and the IceQ X2 OC 4GB. The different here is that the Turbo model is faster, with the GPU clocked at 1020MHz versus the 990MHz on the OC model.

So with the GPU at 1020MHz, we have 4GB of GDDR5 clocked at 5700MHz over a 256-bit memory bus. What's special about the R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB is the IceQ X2 cooler itself, which is one of the quietest coolers on the market.

While watching Netflix, videos on YouTube or your PC is just sitting there at idle, HIS promises the card is below 28dB. Even when you're gaming, the Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB is virtually silent.

Availability & Price

HIS have the Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB priced at $249, with availability through your local retailers.

Detailed Look

I've loved the look of the HIS boxes, as they adopt an ice theme that just looks super awesome. The HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB is no different, with an identical box to most of its other Radeon 300 series video cards.

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Starting with the front, we have the usual ice crystals theme - which, as I've said before - reminds me of Superman's fortress of solitude.

On the back, we have everything we need to know - HIS has used full solid state capacitors, high-quality components, dynamic phase control PCM ICs, and the IceQ X2 cooler itself.

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Looking at the front of the card, we can see the IceQ X2 cooler, which keeps the GPU, VRMs and the rest of the card nice and cool.

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HIS didn't use a backplate on the rear of the R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB.

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HIS has included two DVI ports, 1 x DisplayPort and 1 x HDMI port on the card - with a nice little HIS branding on the rear of the card, letting out some heat at the same time.

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At the top of the R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB, we have four gigantic heat pipes running throughout the card and its heat sink.

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There's not much going on at the bottom of the card, but we do see the four heat pipes running into the rather large heat sink that spreads across the entire card - covering everything from the GPU to the VRMs.

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At the end of the card, we have 2 x 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

Card Specifications & Cooling Setup

Card Specifications

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HIS hasn't strayed too far away from the specifications of the Radeon R9 380X, but we have the GPU clock speed at 1020MHz. The 4GB of GDDR5 is clocked at 5.7GHz, across a 256-bit memory bus. This should provide enough bandwidth for 1080p and 1440p gaming, with 4K gaming being achievable if some detail levels are turned down.

Cooling Setup

HIS has used its IceQ X2 cooler on the Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB video card, with some impressive stuff happening on the card.

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The IceQ X2 cooler features 2 x 86mm dual axial fans, which can pull in a large amount of air to keep the entire card cool.

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HIS has deployed Q&C fan blades, which increase the air velocity, making cooling the card much more efficient, while keeping the noise to a minimum.

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The IceQ X2 cooler also features a rather large 60 x 62cm copper heat sink, which does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to cooling the card.

Testing Method & Test System Configuration

Testing Method

I've played Battlefield 4 on a 64-player server to provide some real-world performance numbers. I've found this is one of the best ways to provide the most realistic performance numbers, as it involves actual gameplay in a large server that really strains most setups.

For now, I'm going to be using the same suite of benchmarks I've been using on my Tweakipedia articles, which uses a mix of synthetic benchmarks with Futuremark's 3DMark and Unigine Heaven. After that, we have a bunch of titles with built-in benchmarks (which does not represent actual in-game performance), but they are repeatable for you at home to gauge the performance of your PC or GPU.

Over time, I will be adding in new benchmarks and a new section that will concentrate solely on real-time gaming benchmarks. This will take more time per review as I'll have to invest time into actually physically playing the games, but it'll be worth it in the long run. For now, let's get right into the synthetic benchmarks and see how this video card performs.

Battlefield 4 Testing

This is one game that we did differently, as it does not feature a built-in benchmarking feature. When it comes to Battlefield 4, there are countless ways you can benchmark it. Some find a spot in the single player campaign which is easily repeatable and use that. For our testing, we've chosen to use a 64-player online multiplayer server for real-time performance statistics.

We joined a 64-player map and played for five minutes using FRAPS, pulling our minimum/average and maximum FPS. We did this for each test; we run the game for 5 minutes at 1080p/1440p and 4K. We are using a custom Ultra preset (disabling AA). It's time-consuming, but it gives us a perfect look into true real-world performance.

Test System Configuration

We have another new start for VGA benchmarking adventures, where not only are we adding in 3440x1440 results, but we've also shifted to a high-end Core i7-5960X to remove any potential CPU bottlenecks. Corsair sent us over their kick-ass AX1500i PSU, which provides 1500W of power for our 3- and 4-way GPU testing that we have coming very soon.

Anthony's Video Card Test System Specifications

Benchmarks - Synthetic

3DMark Fire Strike - 1080p

3DMark has been a staple benchmark for years now, all the way back to when The Matrix was released and Futuremark had bullet time inspired benchmarks. 3DMark is the perfect tool to see if your system - most important, your CPU and GPU - is performing as it should. You can search results for your GPU, to see if it falls in line with other systems based on similar hardware.

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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme - 1440p

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3DMark Fire Strike Ultra - 4K (3840x2160)

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In 3DMark, the R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB falls behind the R9 390X at all resolutions - but this is exactly what we expected. You're not going to be setting any new 3DMark records with this card, but it gives us a good look at the general performance - and whether it falls in line with our other cards - and it does, perfectly.

Heaven - 1080p

Heaven is an intensive GPU benchmark that really pushes your silicon to its limits. It's another favorite of ours as it has some great scaling for multi-GPU testing, and it's great for getting your GPU to 100% for power and noise testing.

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Heaven - 1440p

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Heaven - 4K (3840x2160)

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Heaven - UltraWide (3440x1440)

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The same goes for Heaven; the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB falls right in line with our other cards.

Benchmarks - 1080p

Battlefield 4 @ 1080p

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ 1080p

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ 1080p

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ 1080p

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ 1080p

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ 1080p

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ 1080p

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Benchmarks - 1440p

Battlefield 4 @ 1440p

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ 1440p

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ 1440p

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ 1440p

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ 1440p

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ 1440p

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ 1440p

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Benchmarks - 3840x2160 4K

Battlefield 4 @ 4K (3840x2160)

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ 4K (3840x2160)

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ 4K (3840x2160)

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ 4K (3840x2160)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ 4K (3840x2160)

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ 4K (3840x2160)

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ 4K (3840x2160)

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Benchmarks - 3440x1440 UltraWide

Battlefield 4 @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Battlefield 4 makes great use of DICE's incredible Frostbite 3 engine, with some great dynamic destructible environments in both the single-player and multiplayer sides of the game. The same engine has been deployed into many other games made by publisher EA, such as the new Need for Speed, and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

You can buy Battlefield 4 at Amazon.

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GRID Autosport @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

GRID Autosport is powered by Codemasters' own in-house 'EGO 3.0' engine, and while it was released last year, it is still one of the best looking driving games on the market. This is in the face of Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, and other driving games. While it looks great, it also runs beautifully even on modest hardware.

You can buy GRID Autosport at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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Metro: Last Light Redux @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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BioShock Infinite @ UltraWide (3440x1440)

Irrational Games built BioShock Infinite on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, putting it on the same playing field as Thief. It's still a great game to test on our various video cards, but this is one of the games we will soon be replacing as we get into the end of the year.

You can buy BioShock Infinite at Amazon.

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You can find our performance summary of all of our gaming tests later in the review.

Performance Summary

A Great Card for 1080p/1440p Gaming

The Radeon R9 380X is a great card that's priced perfectly for the 1080p/1440p gaming market, especially if you're aiming for 60FPS. We look at nothing less than 60FPS, and for this price you're able to achieve that for the most part.

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First-person shooters like Battlefield 4 enjoy 78FPS average at 1080p while the likes of Tomb Raider scale right up to 119FPS average. Impressive stuff for a card priced at $249.

Performance at 1080p

The performance of the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB is right where we thought it would be at 1080p, hitting 60FPS average on all of our games - apart from Thief, which was nearly there with 57FPS. Apart from that, 1080p 60FPS gaming is no problem on this card.

Performance at 1440p

Our next step in the journey of performance is 2560x1440, where the HIS card was still capable of providing 60FPS at 1440p in Battlefield 4, with 61FPS average. Metro and Shadow of Mordor sit around the 40FPS average mark with 37FPS and 44FPS, respectively.

Performance at 4K (3840x2160)

We aren't criticizing the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB for its 4K performance because you won't be buying this $249 video card for 4K gaming. But, we're looking at around 30FPS in Battlefield 4, and less in games like Metro and Shadow of Mordor. Adjusting the details to Medium, will push those numbers up closer to 60FPS, though.

Performance at UltraWide (3440x1440)

Gaming at 3440x1440 is awesome, which is why we're including 3440x1440 results in all of our GPU-related content. Battlefield 4 plays incredibly well at 3440x1440 on the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB, with 58FPS average.

Other games like GRID: Autosport are ultra-smooth with 68FPS average while games like Metro: Last Light Redux and Shadow of Mordor will require settings to be toned down to get anywhere near 60FPS average.

Overclocking, Power Consumption & Sound Testing

Overclocking - Let's See How Far We Can Go

I didn't think we'd squeeze more out of the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB, but we have to try, right?

Does the OC help, though? Take a look at our results below.

Battlefield 4

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Metro: Last Light

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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme - 1440p

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Heaven - 1440p

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Power Consumption

Power consumption wise, you're looking at using less than 300W for your full system with the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB video card installed in your PC.

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Sound Testing

During all of our testing, the IceQ X2 cooler on the card kept the card not only cool but totally silent.

Even with our overclocking tests for a few hours, the card couldn't be heard - with its fan spinning up to 59% at maximum OC.

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What's Hot & What's Not

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB.

What's Hot

Impressive 1080p/1440p Performance: With the card priced at $249, it's aimed at 1080p and 1440 gamers. The HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB is capable of pushing 60FPS or so at 1080p and 1440p, which is perfect.

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Silent Gaming: All of that gaming is kind of useless if it's going to be insanely loud, but it's not. The kick ass IceQ cooler keeps your card cool, but it also does so without making a peep.

CS:GO/League Gamers - This is For You: If you're a Counter-Strike: GO or League of Legends gamer, you'll be sitting pretty with this card. You can easily achieve 100FPS+ at 1080p, and even at 1440p too if you adjust some details.

What's Not

Not Enough DP/HDMI Ports: The HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB has 1 x HDMI port and 1 x DisplayPort output, but 2 x DVI ports. It would've been nice to see more DP/HDMI ports on the card.

Final Thoughts

HIS has impressed us with the R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB, as it's a great video card for the mid-range gamer. But not only that, if you want to turn some of the details down, you can enjoy some 100FPS+ 1080p action without a problem in most games out right now.

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AMD has positioned itself well with the Radeon R9 380X, thankful for its 4GB of framebuffer, it can handle 1080p and 1440p gaming without a sweat. There's not much overclocking headroom in the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB, but there's enough there to play around a little.

The card is completely silent. During all of our testing, it didn't make a peep. This is how it should be, especially as we head into 2016 with all of the new next-gen, 14nm cards around the corner from AMD in the form of the Polaris architecture.

Should you buy the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB? Yes, for sure. If you're after a card that can carve up 1080p and 1440p at 60FPS+, this is the one for you.

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)90%
Quality (build, design, cooling)90%
General Features (display outputs, etc)75%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money90%
Overall87%

The Bottom Line: For $249, the HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB video card represents insane value for money for 1080p/1440p gamers. Enjoy silent gaming at 60FPS!

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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