When Nvidia’s Kepler lineup showed up on the graphics card scene, the enthusiasts out there knew the Radeon 7970s were woefully underclocked for the most part, and AMD disciples waited for custom PCB and cooler designs that could really push the cards’ full capabilities. That’s been achieved here with the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition, and we saw plenty of gas left in the tank for overclocking beyond what’s being offered by HIS with the increased clock speeds.
The performance here is excellent and will beat a reference GTX 680. Framerates are very good at higher resolutions and image quality settings, with the 3GB of GDDR5 providing plenty of juice for high antialiasing in games.
Framerates are only part of the equation, however, and where HIS has really put together a killer card is with the IceQ X2 heatsink. This design is stunning in terms of keeping temperatures and noise levels impressively low. It’s a massive cooler though, and will take up considerable length inside a case, so make sure you have at least 12″ of clear space behind the drive cage.
Retailing for about $400, this 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition costs the same or less than many of the competitors’ custom cards. That bodes well for your pocketbook, but chances are top value isn’t your primary consideration when looking at flagship graphics card options. That said, you get great value, excellent performance, and outstanding temperatures here with the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition, leaving consumers with a top gaming option.
HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition