HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGP Review

HIS Radeon X1600 Pro IceQ AGP

Radeon X1600 Pro is a PCI Express chip. So to connect it to AGP bus it is necessary a bridge chip, shown in Figure 4.

HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGPFigure 4: Bridge chip used on HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGP.

 The main advantage of HIS IceQ models is the design of their cooler, which blows hot air produced by the video card out the computer case – and later copied by Sapphire. Also, it is sensitive to UV light, so it will grow if you have an UV lamp inside your case. This cooler is entirely made of aluminum and it is actually made by Arctic Cooling (http://www.arctic.ac).

HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGPFigure 5: IceQ cooler detached from the video card.

HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGPFigure 6: Video card without its cooler.

On Figure 7 you can take a closer look at ATI’s Radeon X1600 Pro chip.

HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGPFigure 7: Radeon X1600 Pro graphics chip.

The heatsink used on this video card doesn’t touch the memory chips.

Talking about memory, this video card uses eight GDDR2 256-Mbit 2.5 ns chips from Hynix (HY5PS561621AFP-25), making its 256 MB video memory (256 Mbits x 8 = 256 MB). These chips can run up to 800 MHz. Since this video card accesses the memory very close to 800 MHz there is no room for memory overclocking inside the memory’s specifications. But of course you can try overclock it over its specs.

HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGPFigure 8: 2.5 ns GDDR2 memory chip used by HIS Radeon X1600 Pro AGP.

This board also comes with one S-Video cable, one Composite Video to S-Video adapter, one Component Video adapter and one DVI-to-VGA adapter.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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