Date: July 18th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor / Hardware Reviewer)
Product was submitted by: Hightech
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HIS ICEQ VIDEOCARD PRODUCT FEATURES
IceQ Cooling Technology
The IceQ cooling system draws cool air from inside the case and exhausts warm air outwards. This prevents the fan from recycling warm air to cool the VPU, which increases cooling performance and lower the air temperature inside the case significantly.
Blockbuster Graphics Performance for High-Definition Gaming!
The HIS X850 series advances High-Definition Gaming with blockbuster features, including SMARTSHADER™ HD, ATI's highly advanced pixel shader engine. With up to 16 parallel pixel pipelines and up to 43 billion shader operations per second, the HIS X850 series delivers the power serious gamers need. SMOOTHVISION™ HD combines advanced texture filtering with ATI's revolutionary 3Dc™ image enhancement technology to deliver brilliant image quality without comprising performance. 3Dc™ has quickly become an industry standard for supporting complex, high-definition visual effects in real time.
The solution for extreme gaming
With its sophisticated board design, the HIS X850 series is the ultimate technology for today's newest and most demanding games. Power throttling technology together with the complex fan control system vastly improves overall stability and performance. The HIS X850 series also features ATI's incredible display architecture, now with dual-DVI support. With output to HDTV capability, big screen multimedia and gaming is now larger and sharper than ever before. Users can simultaneously view on analog and digital monitors, including TV or HDTV, for the ultimate gaming, multimedia and applications multitasking experience.
HIS iTURBO Utility
HIS iTURBO easy to use interface provides a flexibility way for users to adjust the VPU clock, memory clock and fan speed, with the features of VPU temperature and fan speed monitoring.
- R481 0.13um process
- Dual integrated display controllers
- Dual integrated 10 bit per channel 400 MHz DACs
- Integrated 165MHz TMDS transmitter (DVI 1.0 / HDMI compliant and HDCP ready)
- Integrated TV Output support up to 1024x768 resolution
- YPrPb component output for HDTV display connection
- Single and dual link external TMDS transmitter support for high resolution and/or multi-monitor DVI configurations
- Compatible with ATI's THEATER™ video decode and capture devices for VIVO (Video Input / Video Output) configurations
- DirectX® 9 and OpenGL® supported
For around US$400-$475, you will receive the following.
- Composite & S-Video Cable
- Videocard Power Cable
- DVI to VGA Adapter
- Microsoft Dungeon Siege Full
- 3D Album PicturePro
- PowerDirector 3 SE Plus
- Power2Go 4
- PowerDVD 6
- HIS iTurbo Software (Overclocking Software)
The included videocard is pretty well like the other models in the enthusiast IceQ line of videocards from HIS. Other than being a great looking videocard to add to your windowed case, I will show you in the next section that this card's aesthetics are not the only thing to brag about.