HIS 7950 IceQ Turbo
In terms of performance, the HIS 7950 is the second-fastest model in the AMD lineup. And while we saw this card handily beats Nvidia’s GTX 580 overall, there is no new competitor from Nvidia’s Kepler lineup against the 7950, at least not yet. Until we see a GTX 670 or 660 launch, AMD essentially owns this market segment, and will ride that wave for the near future.
Beyond framerates, it’s important to consider the temperature results here. Suffice it to say that the HIS IceQ design is impressive, producing excellent result with the load temperatures. Power consumption also follows a similar trend, as the 7950 is an improvement upon the previous generation, and the new manufacturing process is part of the reason. AMD has really made a big improvement on this front with thew new generation cards; gone are the days of power hungry cards that could heat a room.
So that leaves us with price and value. The HIS 7950 is priced around $400, feeling some downward pressure in the wake of the Radeon 7970 against the GTX 680. That’s good news for consumers, but this HIS card also costs a more than a few competing 7950 models that are also overclocked and have custom heatsinks as well. So the overall value is rather good in terms of performance, but a price premium puts a bit of a dampener on this HIS 7950 IceQ.
With more Kepler launches on the horizon, the success of the 7950 remains to be seen, but for now it’s a great gaming card, and the HIS 7950 Ice Q Turbo is a great option.