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HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo CrossFire

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Posted November 20, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards

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Price at time of Review: $230
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great value, good performance, strong CrossFire scaling, low temperatures and noise, excellent audio bundle (limited time)
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Very large cards, VRAM buffer a bit handcuffed at high resolutions
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great CrossFire pairing, particularly if you already own a 7850, while HIS ups the ante with an excellent audio bundle.
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Package and Accessories

Starting with the package and accessories, the HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo comes in a fabulously designed blue and white theme that sports a refreshing monochromatic look. The front of the box has the critical information, and the most notable features identified are the PCI Express 3.0 compatibility, Turbo overclocking, and the IceQ custom heatsink.

The rear of the box continues more detailed information about some of the features and specifications.

Inside the box, HIS has included a respectable accessory package, including a single output converter, CrossFire bridge, Quick Installation Guide, and utility disk.

Also included specifically in this 7850 IceQ Turbo bundle are two audio accessories: headphones and a mobile speaker system. We’ll delve into more detail of these in a separate review shortly, but the quick comment here is these are geared to the “urban” crowd, with flashy graphics and a (questionably) badass model name, as you can see below.

It’s really quite a creative approach by HIS, and certainly an excellent value, so that’s a big bonus when considering a graphics card purchase in this price range.

Please note this audio bundle is a limited time opportunity though, available only near the Thanksgiving holiday season. However, when that’s done, this HIS card will instead come bundled with a FarCry 3 game coupon, so no matter which bundle you get that’s still a great addition.

Let’s take a closer look now at the card.

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