HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo
Posted on: 04/03/2012 09:28 AM
Today we are checking out the HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo, which has been designed to get the most out of AMDís 7870 GPU. The card boasts an upgraded cooling solution along with a little factory overclocking for extra performance. Despite these improvements HIS has been able to competitively price this new graphics card...
The Radeon HD 7870 is becoming a popular choice among gamers as it provides a better price vs. performance ratio when compared to other 7000 series cards. When compared to its bigger brother, the Radeon HD 7950, it is just 8% slower on average yet it also costs a little over 20% less.
Meanwhile, the HD 7870 is also 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 570 and 10% faster than the Radeon HD 6970, and at launch all three cards shared the same $349 price tag. This forced Nvidia to reduce the price of the GeForce GTX 570 for the first time and now most cards can be had for $309.
Although we first looked at the Radeon HD 7870 at the start of March, this was only a paper launch as graphics cards featuring this new GPU were not set to become available until the 19th. It was that date that we tested our first production version which was designed by Gigabyte.
The Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC was an impressive card featuring a re-designed PCB, upgraded cooler and factory overclocking. Like todayís review item the Gigabyte card also hit the MSRP right on target, making it an extremely attractive option.
There are now plenty of Radeon HD 7870 graphics cards to choose from and very few are based on the AMD reference design. As unique as the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC was, the HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo is just as unique and we are keen to see how it performs. But before we do letís take a closer look...
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