Date: November 16th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Hightech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The 128megs of onboard DDR3 is split into four 32meg modules which thankfully have a good set of heatsinks installed. I love HIS's attention to detail here. There are so many videocards on the market that have cooling on the vcpu, but yet there is none on the memory modules. If you don't think these modules run hot, run a benchmark and press your finger on the module's exposed surface. See just how long you can hold your finger there. Now overclock the memory and see how you lose your ability to hold it there for anything more than a second or so. With this model, as you can see above, all modules have a healthy passive heatsink installed.
Seeing the card has a little steeper power requirements thanks to the large cooler, HIS installed a power connection to attach to your power supply in order for the card to get the extra power needed. The connection is exactly the same as your floppy drive power.
The videocard connections are quite standard. You have the analog, video out and you digital DVI connection. If you want a dual monitor setup, you are stuck with dual analog.
To help push this videocard to its maximum, I installed my favorite ATI overclocking utility called ATITool which was created by TechPowerup and can be downloaded HERE. For this review I used the 0.24 beta 8 version available in their forums which has full radeon support including temperature monitoring. It is a great utility for simple and effective overclocking without any confusion. It even has a built in utility to find the highest core and memory overclock settings without artifacts. I used this feature and it worked absolutely flawlessly. Just hit the find maximum memory button and allow it to hunt for the highest memory overclock and after that has been found, find the maximum core with the memory overclock in place. It has its' own test rendering video that will come up and if there is an artifact, it will lower the clock until no more artifacts are found. After it is found, save the overclock and you are set.
Let's see how it made out:
Here are the results:
Stock Clock Rates: 400Mhz Core / 350Mhz (700Mhz DDR) Memory
Overclocked Clock Rates: 488Mhz Core / 544.5Mhz (1089Mhz DDR) Memory
Differences: 88Mhz Core / 194.5Mhz (389MHz DDR ) Memory
The core and memory overclock were both substantial and both will positively affect any gaming or benchmarking. Overclocking results will be included in the benchmarking section for your reference.