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HIS Radeon X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB (PCIe)
By Vincent Chang
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 24th October, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

It's that Cooler Again

The appearance of the HIS Radeon X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo is practically indistinguishable from any of the other Radeon cards in HIS' lineup. Thanks to the bulky IceQ II cooler, which is a common feature of all these cards and ends up taking all the limelight, only the edges of the distinctive red PCB of the card are visible. The cooler itself is actually an ATI Silencer 5 from the well known Swiss thermal cooling specialists, Arctic Cooling. So now you can go and replace the cooler on your standard Radeon X800 GTO card with this, or you can just save yourself the trouble and get it from HIS.

With the IceQ II cooler taking most of the limelight, it's almost impossible to discern what is the actual card beneath it.

A large aluminum retention bracket keeps the cooler in place, along with helping to cool the memory chips.

Besides using a third party cooler extensively for its products, HIS has tagged an overclocking profile, known as Turbo Mode, that can be enabled once you have installed the iTurbo overclocking tool in the package. This Turbo Mode boosts the default clock speeds of the core from 400 to 500MHz, which is a significant improvement and makes it more compelling for buyers. The memory speeds are also higher, though only from 980MHz DDR to 1GHz DDR, a relatively minor upgrade. This overclocked mode is also covered by HIS in its warranty so users can activate it with peace of mind. Anyway, we doubt that you will have problems with the card in Turbo Mode as with the excellent IceQ II cooler, we could push the card much further than the conservative Turbo settings in our overclocking tests. The fact that the HIS Radeon X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo uses an R480 core may also account for its above average overclocking performance, as this core is known for having more allowance.

A caution about tampering with the cooler.

This is how the IceQ II cooler works. The fan sucks in cool air, which then passes over the aluminum heatsink on its way out at the back of the card.

For the enthusiast, the IceQ II cooler has been given an ultraviolet treatment, such that it will glow in the presence of ultraviolet light. We were however more concerned with the performance of the cooler and it did not disappoint in this aspect. Temperatures were lower than the GeCube Radeon X800 GTO that we tested previously and the noise output was low as usual. The HIS card has a total of 256MB worth of Infineon 2.0ns RAM, which are all cooled by the IceQ II cooler through an aluminum faceplate.

Here, we can see the exhaust vent, along with the usual I/O connectors.

As you should know by now, the HIS Radeon X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo is a two-slot card that will take up the expansion slot adjacent to your PCIe slot. There is a rear bracket provided for the exhaust vent. Finally, the standard I/O connectors like a DVI-I connector, an analog VGA output and a mini-DIN connector are included. The bundle provided by HIS is also quite plentiful, with quite a few useful cables and accessories. The software ranges from older games like Dungeon Siege to newer titles like Flatout. The other applications are useful but are unlikely to be used everyday. The full list of items in the package is as follows:

  • DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component dongle
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Composite dongle
  • S-Video extension cable
  • Rear Bracket
  • User Manual
  • Driver CD
  • Dungeon Siege 1.1
  • CyberLink PowerDirector 3 SE Plus
  • CyberLink Power2Go 4
  • 3D Album PicturePro
  • iTurbo Overclocking Tool
  • Flatout
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