Date: February 9th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: HIS
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's walk you through your potential future purchase.
To start off, the videocard connection backplate consists of a standard analog, the VIVO dongle and the DVI connections. If you want to use the videocard for dual display, you are only allowed to use two analog displays seeing that the DVI can be converted to analog through the convertor I mentioned in the earlier composition section. Although I might sound like a broken record, the proper way any new videocard should be setup is with two DVI connections PERIOD. Then all that is needed is a couple of DVI convertors thrown into the box if you want dual analog display capability. Right now you can't take advantage of two digital displays which I think is getting a little old and lazy. Give the consumer the flexibility and choice at least. Don't hinder their options right out of the box.
As I mentioned earlier, HIS's IceQ line of videocards are cooled through the largest VPU cooling solution on the market today. Although it is HIS branded, the cooler is actually made by Arctic Cooling and can be purchased for pretty well any videocard HERE.
When I say large, I mean it. With over 210 square inches of aluminum cooling area, there is no doubt that this VPU cooler will absolutely toy around with the heat output from a cool running 0.13 micron based X700 core. This kind of thermal dissipation is not for stock clock rates, but for stable overclocking. You will reach the silicon clock limits of this core before you ever will reach its' thermal limitations through overheating. Another advantage is that the warm air is directly exhausted out the back of the case and the videocard's thermal contribution to internal case temperature is drastically reduced.
The only slight disadvantage of using this cooler is that is uses up the first PCI/PCIx x1 slot on the motherboard. But everyone should know not to use this slot anyway seeing it usually shares resources with the graphics card slot and will also hinder airflow around the videocard.
The large 70mm fan is monitored and controlled via the videocard's onboard thermal monitoring. When core temperatures rise, the fan will speed up accordingly. The fan is remarkably quiet even when you are stressing the videocard and core temperatures are elevated. What the actual airflow and speed ratings of this fan are hard to find out and the specifications are closely guarded by HIS and they will not disclose anything even if you are annoying prodding with a sharp stick. But trust me, it does work. (Not the stick....)