Date: July 12th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: HIS
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
The first thing we obviously have to talk about is this large cooler which is oddly strapped to a mainstream videocard. Why is that? Why is such a cooler need for a middle of the road videocard? Well, it is actually quite simple.
This videocard, although it is powered by a RV560 X1650XT core, it is not clocked at this chipset's usual clock rates. The stock clock rate for a RV560 is usually in the 575Mhz core and 1.38Ghz clock for the memory. Seeing this version being reviewed today is the Turbo version, the clock rate is overclocked to 630Mhz core and 1.46Ghz right out of the box. That is quite a significant increase and the extra 55Mhz core and extra 80Mhz memory clock will vault this card's performance up by a sizeable margin. Plus, HIS has taken all the guess work out of the overclocking and has hit this card's sweet spot. I tried to overclock further and all I gained was artifacts. HIS's set rates performed with no problems.
Now you can see why this card needs the bigger cooler. With this card essentially overclocked to its limits right out of the box, it needs a decent cooler to keep it cool and stable.
This videocard's heatsink is cooled by a quiet 70mm turbine fan which is temperature controlled. Under higher loads and temperatures, the fan will ramp up to increase the rate of airflow through the cooler. But even under the highest loads, the fan's noise level was never anything I could hear over the stock Intel CPU cooler.
All the heat is exhausted directly out the rear of the case and therefore will not contribute to internal temperature saturation. Any videocard puts out a lot of heat and with that thermal source being exhausted out of the case environment, your internal case temperature should drop by a noticeable margin.
Also noted in this photo is the card's dual-DVI ports and the HD dongle connection. Regardless if you have two digital or analog monitors, or one of both, you can use them on this videocard.
The four overclocked 64Meg DDR3 chips are cooled through four small attached passive heatsinks. They do the job and keep the card's memory cool, but these small heatsinks get surprisingly hot to the touch so make sure you have proper case ventilation to provide these heatsinks with the airflow needed for them to do their job.