HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX 512MB video card review
21 January 2009
Conclusion: If there are two things guaranteed to make any graphics board faster, it's the use of the word "Turbo" or the addition of an "X" or three to the product's name, which thus makes HIS' Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX a work of perfection. Joking aside, the IceQ 4 TurboX does impress on the performance front, ramping up performance nicely from the already fast reference Radeon HD 4850 to make for an even more tempting offering which can hold its own in the vast majority of...
Excerpt: As with all HIS videocards I have reviewed in the past, this product pulls through and does exactly what HIS intended it to do. HIS intended to bring a videocard that is overclocked right out of the box while providing a very stable gaming experience thanks to their attractive and very efficient cooler. To say the least, they did accomplish their goal.
Summary: Well, what a surprise ... we found the HIS ICEQ4 Radeon HD 4850 to be one of the fastest graphics card in its class. It outperforms all of the Radeon HD 4850s we've tested to date. The performance is simply astonishing. Just look at the results ... they speak for themselves. This is all thanks to an overclocked GPU core @ 685Mhz and a faster memory clock @ 2.2Ghz.
HIS have produced a graphics card that's well worth a look.
Conclusion: Even with the large copper Zalman cooler, however, we found that overclocking Sapphire's Toxic card wasn't as healthy a proposition as it was with the HIS card. Our final results of 756 MHz for the GPU and 1166 MHz for the memory couldn't match HIS. Additionally, in load testing or while overclocked, we saw temperatures creep up much higher than we saw with HIS' IceQ4 cooler, stopping just shy of 70'C.
Pros: IceQ4 Cooler, Great overclocking results, Sub-$200 card with great performance, Uses an all copper, low noise-output heatink from Zalman, Factory overclocked, Comes with good assortment of games and applications
Cons: Requires two slots to install, Runs hotter than the competition while at idle, Another dual-slot cooler, Not as great an overclocker as the HIS card
Summary: In terms of value for money, it is going to be hard to do better than the HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 Turbo. This is because at just $190 US few graphics cards can deliver the same level of performance combined with features such as improved cooling, factory overclocking, and a number of aesthetic improvements. The cheapest Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards still cost around $165 US, making them just $25 US cheaper than this HIS version.
Conclusion: The reference Radeon HD 4850 which we tested earlier offered an attractive blend of performance and price, but was undone by its rather excessive power consumption and its high heat output. Those were its major, and perhaps, only shortcomings. HIS, it seems, have caught on to that and have sought to rectify those two problems that plagued the Radeon HD 4850.
Excerpt: This test is dedicated to HIS's Radeon HD 4850 . The Radeon HD 4850 is a RV770 GPU based video card and comes with 512Mb of GDDR3 graphics memory. The RV770 is a SM4.1/DX10.1 class GPU, understand a Shader Model 4.1 and Direct3D 10.1. This graphics card is in the top-range of ATI Radeon series, just behind the HD 4870 model.
HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX 512MB PCI-E Graphics Card
7 October 2008
Conclusion: Make no mistake, the HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX is the crème de la crème of 4850 series cards. With its superb after-market cooling and fearlessly high factory overclock and nifty little touches such as a custom coloured PCB, gold-plated DVI connectors and an electroplated blanking plate, the card will look at home in even the most high-end PC despite the 4850's mid-range audience.
Pros: • IceQ 4 cooling keeps temperatures well in-check., • Custom touches such as gold-plated DVI's and Blue PCB., • Fearless overclock + a little room left to have some fun of your own., • Screwdriver / Spirit Level / Flashlighty thingymabob.
Cons: • Nothing. (Chants: bring on the HD 4870x2 IceQ 4 TurboX!!)
Conclusion: Puolen gigatavun muistin varjopuoli näkyy kaikkein raskaimmissa pelitesteissä, joissa kortin suorituskyky loppuu kesken täysin. Kevyemmissä testeissä kortti pysyy helposti gigatavun muistilla varustettujen korttien tasall ...