HIS Radeon X800 GT IceQ II Review

The Radeon X800 GT from HIS

The reviewed model is called IceQ II, which is the name of the big (and silent) fan used on this model. It is interesting to note that HIS created this fan and sooner its concept was copied by Sapphire. You can see Radeon X800 GT from this manufacturer on Figures 1 and 2.

HIS Radeon X800 GTFigure 1: HIS Radeon X800 GT IceQ II.

HIS Radeon X800 GTFigure 2: HIS Radeon X800 GT IceQ II, back view.

The fan works pulling hot air produced by the video card to the outside of the computer. This exhaust mechanism makes the video card “fat”, as you can see in Figure 3.

HIS Radeon X800 GTFigure 3: Exhaust mechanism from HIS Radeon X800 GT IceQ II.

We disassembled the video card heatsink to take a look, see Figure 4. Contrary to the Radeon X800 GT model from PowerColor we reviewed, in this model from HIS the heatsink touches the memory chips, cooling them down.

HIS Radeon X800 GTFigure 4: Video card with its heatsink detached.

HIS Radeon X800 GTFigure 5: The heatsink touches the memory chips.

This video card uses 2 ns GDDR3 memory chips from Samsung which can run up to 1 GHz, according to the manufacturer. Since this video card accesses the memory at 985.50 MHz, there is very little room for memory overclocking inside the memory’s specifications. But of course you can try overclock it over its specs.

This video card has one VGA connector and one DVI connector, allowing you to use two video monitors on your PC. The board comes with one DVI-to-VGA adapter, so you can transform this DVI output into standard VGA.

In Figure 6, you can see all cables and adapters that come with this video card.

HIS Radeon X800 GTFigure 6: Cables and adapters that come with Radeon X800 GT IceQ II from HIS.

This video card comes with two complete games, Flat Out and Dungeon Siege, and several demo games: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Half-Life 2, Act of War: Direct Action, Tribes: Vengeance Single Player and Axis & Allies.

Before going to our benchmarking results, let’s recap this video card main features.

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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