Introduction

This is the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 3GB review. The HIS 7970 IceQ X2 3GB GHz Edition is one of the latest super high end graphics cards to recently hit the market, and we have one right here to review for you. HIS have had the IceQ product range out for a long while now, with almost every card showing a clear improvement in GPU cooling over other brands, and the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 is no different, as it shows a very strong temperature stability, and we all know what low temperatures mean... increased overclocking potential. HIS say that the GPU is 17 degrees cooler than the reference cooler. Let’s just mention the overclocking ability this card achieved, its overclock was incredibly high and even though original hopes for the overclocking were high, we never expected the results it reached at a stable level, and the incredible raise in frame rates made the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 scream... “worth the money”.

Specification

 

Model Name

HIS 7970 IceQ X² 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI/2xMini DP

Chipset

Radeon HD 7970 PCIe Series

ASIC

RadeonTM HD 7970 GPU

Manu. Process (Micron)

28nm

Memory Size (MB)

3072

Memory Type

GDDR5

Engine CLK (MHz)

925MHz

Memory CLK (Gbps)

5.5Gbps

Memory Interface (bit)

384

Power Supply Requirement

500 Watt or greater power

Max. Resolution

4096x2160 per display (DisplayPort 1.2)
2560x1600 per display (Dual-link DVI)
2048x1536 per display (VGA)

Bus Interface

PCI Express x16

Mini Display Port

Yes

HDMI

Yes

DVI

Dual-link DVI-I

VGA

No

HD 7970 System Requirement

  • PCI Express ® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot with 2 slots space available on the motherboard
  • 500W (or greater) power supply with one 150W 8-pin PCI Express power connector and one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products
  • Minimum 1GB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive, a keyboard, a mouse, and a display
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive

 

Features

  • Cooler
    With IceQ X², the card is up to 17 °C cooler than the reference cooler.
  • iTurbo
    iTurbo is your software assistant to control your graphics card to be quiet, cool and experiece overclocking by simply pressing the iTurbo Button!
    • CrossFireX & Dual Bios!
      The card's dual bios allow maximizing performances! Armed with 2x Crossfire Connectors, the card is ready for multiplied performance.
    • OC Equipment
      OC material is ready for Overclocking to the limit! HIS cards utilize Dynamic Phase Control PWM IC to save power for better use. Along with digital power design, 2 ounces Copper Layer, HIS cards make the best out of power, allowing users to clock speeds to the full potential!
    • PCI-e 3.0 Support
      Armed with the latest PCI-e 3.0 bus design maximizes performance by delivering double bandwidth per lane of PCI-e 2.x.
      • Resolution can even reach 4096x2160 with HDMI® that are good for TV up to 80"!