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Is the HiS IceQ II worth the extra $50?

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February 18, 2006 3:16:09 PM

I'm looking at the X800 GTO PCIe to go with my soon to be ordered:
AMD 3700+
2GB Corsair (512 x 4)

The HiS is $195 w/ a $50 mail in rebate.
Sapphire is $146. The rebate should make it a no brainer, but I still have to come up with the extra 50 out of pocket. I've read a bit about heat issues with the X800 with and w/o OCing. Haven't decided if I'll OC the vid yet, but I'm sure I'll at least play around with it.

Also considering the X1600 Pro 256MB in the $150 range. Same 12 pipes, but only 128 bit interface.

I haven't built a new PC in about 3 years, and haven't kept myself up to date. Any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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February 18, 2006 9:07:55 PM

DO not touch the X1600. Its a poor midranged solution compared to that X800 or a 6800GS for that matter.

As for the OC'ing. The IceQ design is quite similar to the Silencer design.
My X800pro went from stock (475/900) to 535/1125 ---or something to that effect. I cant remember the exact frequencies, but it was very close to that.
So I wouldnt hesitate personally.

Nice setup overall....but like I said, try to stay away from midranged ATI cards that are x6 or 700 and the x13, 1600.
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February 18, 2006 9:15:53 PM

I think the His X800GTO Ice Q is a great deal for that price. Nice quiet heatsink/fan and Flatout is a fun game if you like racing games. Easily worth the rebate hassle over the Sapphire IMO.
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February 18, 2006 11:00:42 PM

The HiS heatsink is made by Arctic Cooling and that's a nice cooler.
February 19, 2006 6:10:56 AM

I haven't had the chance to personally own a HIS card, but from what I've read on the web, it's a supperb card. Not just with cooling, but the overall workmanship is very good (talking in general).
February 19, 2006 7:57:54 PM

Info is much appreciated. Was kinda leading that way, amd you've made up my mind.