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HIS R9 280X IceQX2 Turbo


HIS includes software (iTurbo) that allows you to overclock your card further either with the push of a button or more advanced settings. Since we usually use MSI Afterburner for overclocking we continued using it also for this card.

Best core clock 1200 MHz (14% overclock over the already o/c-ed core clock
Best memory clock 6400 MHz (7% overclock)
3DMark 2013 Firestrike Extreme 4187 (10% overclock)

Remember that there is no guarantee that all cards can overclock this far. The beauty with a factory overclocked card is that at least you know it will run at 1050 MHz without any problems. 

Temperatures and Noise

One of the features of the IceQ X2-cooler is to keep the card cool even at the most demanding games. We ran both 3Dmark 2013 Firestrike Extreme as well as Metro:Last Light and measured the temperature of the GPU with MSI Afterburner. 

   Temperature %-fan speed
Idle 29C 20 %
3DMark 2013 Firestrike Extreme 59C 30 %
Metro:Last Light 62C 32 %

What is impressive is that the fan never spins up more than around 30% even when we put the GPU under heavy load. We could not hear the fan over the rest of the system below 40% fan speed.

HIS is one of the companies that have been partner with AMD for a long time and always released new interesting cards as new GPU's are released. With the release of the new fall-GPU's from AMD we get a full spread of products and today we are testing the HIS R9 280X IceQ2 Turbo card. As the name implies this is a card that not only comes with the latest version of HIS special IceQ-cooler but also is pre-overclocked from the box.  The R9 280X uses the Tahiti GPU and is basically a HD7970 GHz edition card with a new name.…

Review Overview

Performance - 8.8
Value - 9
Quality - 9
Features - 8.5
Innovation - 7.5


The HIS R9 280X IceQ X2 Turbo is a powerfull and affordable card with a great cooler. High-end gaming has never been as affordable.

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