Heat and noise reductions are HIS’ stated goals, and the company has a good start towards them with class-leading energy consumption. Sapphire’s higher power use appears unwarranted, though it could be specific to this sample.
Gigabyte’s triple-fan cooler leads in heat reduction, though it’s shortly followed by HIS’ single-fan card. The IceQ X’s lead over its twin-fan rivals is quite remarkable.
A large change in temperature between HIS’ full-speed and default temperatures is reflected by its noise production. Users looking for a quiet solution will do well to lead the HIS IceQ X at its default settings, while overclockers can get superior cooling from the same card at less attractive noise levels.
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- Gigabyte GV-R695OC-1GD
- HIS IceQ X HD 6950 1 GB
- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1GD5 Power Edition/OC
- Sapphire HD 6950 1 GB GDDR5 PCIE
- XFX HD-695X-ZDFC
- Test Setup And Benchmarks
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- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: H.A.W.X. 2
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: Lost Planet 2
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark 11
- Average Performance Analysis
- Power, Heat, And Noise
- Efficiency And Performance Value
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