HIS IceQ X HD 6850 Review

By on April 19, 2011
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Runs cool, performs hot.

Good: High overclocking headroom, IceQ X heatsink keeps it very quiet and cool, Pleasant heatsink design
Bad: Nothing really
Price: AED 699
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

HIS cards are known for two things: cool heatsink designs and exceptionally brilliant cooling from said heatsinks. Of course, they also sell standard, i.e. reference design cards as well, but their IceQ cards are the ones to look out for. Today, I’ll be looking at their IceQ X HD 6850 and see if it lives up to its heritage.

This is the non-turbo version of the IceQ X HD 6850, and as such it comes with reference AMD stock speeds of 775MHz and 4000MHz on the Core and Memory clocked speeds respectively. The Turbo model costs $10 more and comes with factory speeds of 820/1100MHz speeds. As we’ll see later on, this non-turbo version is easily capable of achieving those speeds, and more.

The HIS IceQ X HD 6850 is a very striking card at first sight. The card has a cool teal colored opaque plastic heatsink cover with a 92mm fan in the middle. The heatsink itself has huge coils spread out throughout the surface of the card, but it’s only in direct contact with the GPU itself, not the memory modules. Four really fat heat pipes help dissipate the heat to the outer edges of the HD 6850. Like the regular HD 6850, this HIS IceQ X version requires a minimum of 500W of PSU with a single 6-pin power cable.

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