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Sniper Elite V2 Benchmark

The two top-end Radeons are ahead of the GeForce in Sniper Elite V2, yet they are all rather slow, especially with enabled antialiasing. CrossFireX being 100% efficient, the two HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo X cards easily beat their opponents.

Sleeping Dogs

This test shows us the same picture as the previous one:

F1 2012

CrossFireX doesn’t work in F1 2011. The tandem is even slower than the single card. Otherwise, there are no surprises in this test.

Borderlands 2

It is the second and last time in this test session when the CrossFireX technology fails to work properly. The GeForce wins expectedly here.

Hitman: Absolution

The CrossFireX tandem shows its worth again in Hitman: Absolution. The Radeons are generally superior to the GeForce series here.

Here is a table with the full test results:

Let’s discuss performance summary diagrams now.

Summary Diagrams

The first pair of diagrams helps you compare the HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition and the ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP, the latter serving as a baseline.

As we can see, the graphics cards are in fact equal in Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 and do not differ much in 3DMark 2011. The winner depends on the graphics quality settings in Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai and F1 2012. Then, the GeForce GTX 680 wins in Borderlands 2 whereas the Radeon HD 7970 is ahead in Metro 2033: The Last Refuge, Sniper Elite V2, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution.

The second pair of our summary diagrams shows you the efficiency of the CrossFireX technology with two HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo X graphics cards:

If you’ve glanced through the individual tests, you won’t find any surprises in the diagrams. CrossFireX doesn’t work in F1 2012 and Borderlands 2 and also has low efficiency in Crysis 2 with enabled antialiasing. On the other hand, this technology doubles the speed in such games as Battlefield 3, Sniper Elite V2, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution.

Conclusion

The three graphics cards from HIS we’ve covered in this review are interesting products in their respective categories. Each of them features an enhanced power system with high-quality durable components and an original high-performance cooler. The HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition, HIS 7950 IceQ X² Boost Clock and HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo X are also a little faster than the respective reference solutions due to pre-overclocked GPUs. Added to that are the reliable and informative packaging and the exclusive utility iTurbo. The graphics cards can please you with their looks, too. Although they are usually hidden from view inside the computer case, it is a real pleasure to just hold such a stylish product in your hands.

That said, we still cannot call them absolutely perfect, even though they are competitively priced. Our main concern is the rather high level of noise of the original IceQ coolers. Although quieter than the reference Radeon HD 7970 cooler, we wish it were a little better. HIS engineers should optimize the correlation between fan speed and temperature as the noise could be lowered easily at the expense of a few extra degrees of GPU temperature. Moreover, the HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo X has rattling fans which might be replaced with better ones. And to make these products really perfect, we wish they came with a few useful bonuses such as were included with earlier products from HIS.

 
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