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HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 Turbo X review

HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 Turbo X - Ice Cold Baby

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Test Setup

Test Setup

Testing of the HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 Turbo X was done on both our Vista and XP systems. The specifications of the systems are as follows:-

Windows XP SP2 Test System

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz)
  • Intel D975XBX 'Bad Axe' motherboard
  • 2 x 1GB DDR2-800 Kingston HyperX memory in dual channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.7 80GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c

Windows Vista SP1 Test System

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (3.00GHz)
  • Gigabyte X38T-DQ6 motherboard
  • 2 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Aeneon memory in dual channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1

Our key comparisons here will be against its main competitor from NVIDIA, the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which we will use a passively cooled ZONE Edition from Zotac as our comparison. Additionally, we are also interested to find out how much more performance it will give over a standard HD 4850 and just how effective the IceQ 4 cooler really is. Hence the additional cards were thrown in for reference. Here's the list of cards along with their driver versions:-

  • HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 Turbo X (Catalyst 8.6)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 (Catalyst 8.6)
  • Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE! Edition (Force 177.79)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB (Forceware 175.16)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 896MB (ForceWare 177.34)
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB (Catalyst 8.6)
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB (Catalyst 8.5)

And the following benchmarks were tested using their built-in time demo or benchmarking tools:-

For Windows XP:

  • Futuremark 3DMark06 (ver 110)
  • Company of Heroes (ver 1.3)
  • F.E.A.R (ver 1.0)
  • Crysis (ver 1.1)
  • Unreal Tournament 3 (ver 1.1)

For Windows Vista:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage (ver 101)
  • Crysis (ver 1.21)