We're focusing on two cards from HIS, a company we're very familiar with, having seen many of their products in the past couple of generations in AMD cards. HIS typically produces cards with custom coolers and aggressive factory overclocks, and these two are no different. The R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 and R9 270X iCooler IceQ X2 Turbo have excessively long names, but more to the point: they are sleek, come with impressive overclocks, and look to offer good gaming value. Let's take a closer look at these cards to find out how they measure up.
Adding a second card to boost gaming performance certainly has its positives, but a few potential downsides can exist. Does it make sense to add a second HIS card or upgrade to a 7970 instead? Let's find out as we look at the HIS iPower IceQ Turbo in single card and CrossFire configurations.
The HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo comes with a custom cooler cooler and a factory overclock that reaches over 1GHz. It also qualifies for an AMD promotional offer that tosses in a free copy of Bioshock Infinite worth $60 into the package. That sounds like an excellent deal, even if the performance isn't terribly groundshaking as a more budget-oriented card. But as an added bonus, we're also looking at a pair of these in a CrossFire configuration.
INTRODUCTION We’ve seen many Radeon 7000 series graphics cards over the better part of this year, from flagship 7970 to entry 7750 models, and for the most part we’ve been impressed. The commonality amongst these reviews has been they’re all single card setups, with a few exceptions, and we often field questions about whether a CrossFire setup makes sense for a particular card. Adding a second card to boost gaming performance certainly has its positives, but a few potential downsides can exist. But the real question is whether the added expenditure actually makes sense in terms of performance vs value. For example, does it make sense to sell that Radeon 7850 and upgrade to a 7970, or should you add a second 7850 instead? Good question, indeed. Today we’re looking at just such a situation, as we put two HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo cards in CrossFire, along with a single card setup, to see what exactly to expect. We hope to answer that question, and see if two of these cards make better sense than going up to a single 7970. There are other considerations, such as driver optimizations, game profiles, heat output, and so forth, but many of those variables are dependent upon what your gaming and computer situation tends to be, and what your preferences might tilt toward. Instead, we’ll focus simply on the numbers today, in order to find out the raw horsepower and value for your hard earned money. Let’s take a closer look at these HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo ...
The 7750 IceQ X Turbo is the latest value-oriented card in the HIS lineup, and it sports some great styling and an aggressive factory oveclock out of the box. Retailing for about $120, this card is rather affordable, and while we don't expect it to be a gaming powerhouse, it could prove very enticing to gamers on a modest budget. Let’s take a closer look at the HIS 7750 IceQ X Turbo and see how it fares.
This latest card from HIS sports the company's redesigned IceQ X2 custom cooler. We've seen it once before in testing, and if history is any indication, we expect big things from this card, as HIS typically produces some extremely cool-running Radeon cards. The 7950 IceQ X2 also comes with a factory overclock and improved power design for those who want to overclock even further. It's certainly a massive card, but will that translate into better performance? Let's find out. Click through for more.