Cool and Quiet: HIS Radeon 9800 Pro

Introduction, Continued

The casing of the exhaust-air channel is not flush with the backplane of the card, raising doubts about its CE-conformity. The user can choose between two fan speeds using a switch.

The software bundle consists of Cyberlink's PowerDVD XP 4.0 and PowerDirector 2.5 VE as well as the games "Zanzarrah - The Hidden Portal" (THQ) and "Ballistics" (Grin). Another CD containing six game demos completes the bundle. HIS includes a nine-page installation manual with the card. Lastly, an S-VHS cable, a composite video cable (cinch) and a DVI-VGA adapter for use with a second CRT are also part of the bundle.


This highly efficient cooling solution allows the card's use even in tight cases or in systems with bad airflow, since the warm air is funneled outside. The card also gets points for its very low noise level. However, despite the elaborate cooling system, ATi's R350 chip still manages to heat up the card; the memory chips, for example, reached 60°C. The 3D performance was on the level one can expect from a Radeon 9800 Pro based card.

With the Excalibur Radeon 9800 Pro IceQ, HIS has created a well-balanced and cool-running system, which has also earned it an editor's choice award.

Form factor, length Dual-Slot, 19cm (7.5 inch)
PCB-Color Red
3D Chip ATI R350
Memory 128 MB DDR
Memory Bus Width 256-bit
Clockrate (Core/Memory) 380 MHz / 680 MHz (DDR)
DirectX Generation 9
Connectors: AGP 8x, 1x VGA, 1x DVI, 1x TV-Out (Composite/S-VHS)
Benchmarks (1024x768-32)
Test Setup Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, 1024 MB Memory (DDR400), Windows XP SP1
AquaMark 3 Triscore 44719
UT2003 Inferno 108,94
UT2003 Inferno 4xFSAA & 8x Anisotropic 76,31
Halo - Combat Evolved 55,41
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