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HIS HD6970 IceQ Turbo

Fast but quiet gaming GFX card

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Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 27.06.2011
Manufacturer: HIS
Product Group: Graphics cards
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Power Consumption & Noise

 

HIS HD6970 IceQ Turbo - Fast but quiet gaming GFX card
 

The HD 6-series graphic card have been performing excellently in the power consumption tests, and while the HD 6970 tops the graph, the result is practically identical with the HD 5870 and the GTX 560 Ti. And considering the huge difference in performance between these three, the results are still good. The difference to the HD 6950 is 26 W under load, or 8,5%, and considering the HD 6950 was between 10-20% faster in the tests, it actually offers even higher energy efficiency than the HD 6950.

Again looking at the Crossfire-setups they also draw the most power. Anyway the difference in the loaded power consumption is just 16,7%, so in most games the HD 6870 crossfire setup is actually even more energy efficient than the HD 6970. Crossfire and SLI-setups have gone a long way already and offer really nice scaling, but there are still plenty of reasons to stick to just a single card and GPU, and with the current single cards offering playable frame rates in all games this is a viable choice even for the enthusiasts.

During the testing the fan speed of the IceQ cooler varied between 1000 and 1800 RPM, making it one of the most quiet performance graphic cards we've tested. The looks of that cooler may not please everyone, but it definitely gets the job done.



Conclusion


PROS 
  • Performance
  • Quiet

    CONS 
  • Takes 3 card slots
  • Award
    Gold Award!


    The HD 6970 is the current the second fastest card in AMD's range of desktop graphics, just behind the massive HD 6990 and also easily the fastest single card we've reviewed so far. Looking past the performance it's pretty much like any other AMD card, it offers plenty of connectivity and good energy efficiency. The HIS IceQ version also packs an absolutely massive cooler that was enough to keep the card quiet even under load. The cooler actually brings us to the only downside of the card, possible compatibility problems. The cooler actually means the card requires three expansion slots, and in narrow cases the large fan may also cause some problems. Other than that, it's an excellent card.


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