Date: November 16th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: HIS
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around HIS's iCooler version of the HD4850. As mentioned previously, this isn't a stock reference card.
First off we start at this videocard's VPU. HIS's use of the 55nm manufactured RV770 core is complemented with a stock clock of 625Mhz core and 993Mhz DDR3 memory. This is the industry standard for most HD4850 DDR3 based videocards. Seeing this card is not being targeted as an overclocking giant, it still could hold some surprises in store for the reader.
As for the cooler, you see HIS uses their simpler aluminum iCooler cooler which is quiet during idle and load benchmarking conditions. With a large aluminum heatsink being cooled by a 92mm fan, it is quite an efficient cooler. But again, the memory not not directly cooled as well which is a shame seeing memory bandwidth is just as important as the speed of the VPU core.
The power supplied through the PCI Express slot alone will not power this videocard. You will have to use a 6 pin molex connector from your power supply or you can use the supplied adapter in the hardware kit. Just make sure you have a decent name brand power source to supply this card with good clean power. HIS recommends something over 450watts for stable gaming.
Last but not least in this section is the main connection panel. You have three choices which consist of one DVI, one analog, and an HDMI connection. There is no VIVO capabilities with this card. There is also no external exhaust for the card's warm air so make sure you have good case airflow to rid the case air of this temperature influence.