Date: November 1st, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Hightech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's walk you through HIS's latest offering.
First off, you will be happy to know that the X800GTO is CrossFire ready and can be used in multi-GPU environments when installed in a proper capable motherboard.
As mentioned earlier, all of HIS's IceQII line of cards come installed with one huge VPU and memory cooling solution. While some manufacturers warn you against overclocking, HIS actually prepares your videocard for it. Just for your information, the cooler is actually manufactured by Arctic Cooling which are very well known in the VGA and CPU cooling industry. This installed cooler retails for over US$40 if you were to purchase it separately and attach it to any other card. With HIS's version, everything is included and installed properly.
Pushing the air through this large cooler is this silent 20dBa ~25-30cfm 70mm fan. Even in an open testbed environment, the fan was basically undetectable when at idle and when the card was at full load during benchmarking.
The fan pushes air through the 27 aluminum fins which are directly welded to a thick copper baseplate that also is attached to the memory modules. The heat is transferred to the air and then directly vented out of the case through a separate rear drill plate. This removes the videocard from being a significant contributor to your internal case temperatures.
All of HIS's IceQII line of cards are completely UV reactive and when exposed to a UV cathode or bulb will grow exceptionally bright. Who realistically could see this card in a windowed case at a lanparty and not stop to ask the owner what card this is. With no word of a lie, it glows so bright it will make you squint.