It’s no secret that the Radeon 7970 isn’t a new graphics card. In fact, it’s the eldest of AMD’s current product lineup, one that still has life left in it, but is also looking to the not-too-distant future with the next series of cards not far off. But showing your cards right off the bat likely isn’t the smartest business move, so after initially seeing reference designs, board partners were freed to produce custom 7970 cards, complete with improved PCB and power designs, pushing high overclocks, and topped off by fancy heatsinks. And we’ve seen a few of those, with the latest one to see our test bench being the subject of today’s discourse: the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition.
No doubt you can infer from the name that this card comes with a factory overclock with speeds of at least a GHz, and the card does indeed sport the company’s redesigned custom cooler. We’ve seen this cooler before in testing, and came away suitably impressed. Hopefully we’ll see more of the same today on this 7970 GHz Edition.
Let’s find out.