HIS Radeon HD 7850 IceQ Turbo 2GB Review

Posted December 30, 2012 by Sam Chen in Reviews
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A Closer Look at the HIS Radeon HD 7850 IceQ Turbo 2GB

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Here’s a look at the packaging for the Radeon HD7850 IceQ Turbo 2GB. It’s quite plain and very similar to pretty much every other HIS package we’ve seen in the past.

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Bundled in the package is a driver disk, some documentation, HIS Power UP label, iTurbo overclocking utility disk, a CrossFire Bridge, and a DVI to VGA adapter.

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Taking the card out of the box, it’s pretty instantly obvious that HIS went all out on this card despite the fact that it’s only a mid-range product. The first thing we notice here is that the IceQ Turbo cooler is massive. Coming in at about 11.69 inches, the IceQ Turbo cooler far exceeds the length of the PCB. The single turbine fan on the end of the cooler draws air from deep inside the case and blows it out the back, which is good news for people looking to build a CrossFire setup as it’s able to draw cool air from inside the case rather than hot air coming out the back of another graphics card.

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With the HD 7850 IceQ Turbo, we get a couple features HIS calls “iPower”. First, the PCB is custom designed, which means HIS is able to deviate from the reference AMD HD 7850 board design by adding a number of different features to improve power delivery to the GPU.

As we can see above, the HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo requires two 6-pin power connectors rather than one, which is typically offered through the reference design. Of course that’s not the only change under the hood. In addition to this, HIS increased the number of PWM phases to 8 from 7, they’ve increased the thickness of the copper layer to 2 Oz rather than a 1 Oz, and they’ve also replaced the standard mosfets with more powerful Dr. Mos mosfets. This helps allow for additional and more stable power delivery to allow for better overclocks.

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The card uses the PCI-E 3.0 interface, just like all other cards in the Southern Islands line up.

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Unsurprisingly, the HD7850 IceQ Turbo will eat up two expansions slots. The back panel includes a DVI port, a HDMI port, and two Mini-Display 1.2 Ports.

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We love a good cooling solution as much as polar bears love seals, so we were absolutely delighted to see four heat pipes (2x6mm and 2x8mm) on the IceQ Turbo Cooler. To make sure the GPU gets enough love from each of the heatpies, HIS also used an extra-large 11.5 x 94 mm heatbase to maximize heat distribution.

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We are not fond of blue PCBs (or anything other than black), but we’ll forgive HIS since blue matches the theme of the card. Compared to the reference PCB of the 7850, the one on the IceQ is slightly lengthened. This leaves more space between components and makes the layout appear more organised. Due to the sheer size of the cooling solution, HIS has also thoughtfully included a graphics card brace to prevent the PCB from bending.


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