Founded back in 1987, Hightech Information System Limited has always been noted for installing original cooling solutions on its graphics cards. In fact, we suspect the company was the first to introduce original coolers altogether. They are especially proud of the IceQ system which has been constantly evolving to get even more efficient and quieter. Today, we are going to check out two of its variants as implemented on four graphics cards. These IceQ variations are so different that one of them is even referred to as IceQ X2.
So, this review covers the following products from HIS: HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition, HIS 7950 IceQ X² Boost Clock and a couple of HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo X series cards.
Besides our cooling system tests, we will benchmark all of these cards including a CrossFireX tandem built out of two Radeon HD 7850s with AMD’s new Catalyst 13.1 driver. As usual, we will start out by exploring the products’ specs and key features.
Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing
* - may vary for each specific graphics card sample.