HIS Radeon R9 290X IceQ X2 Turbo Spotted, Coming Soon

A British webshop, Overclockers UK, has listed the HIS Radeon R9 290X IceQ X2 Turbo graphics card. This graphics card is a custom Radeon R9 290X solution, and as such features a non-reference cooler.

The Unit's PCB appears to be blue, though it remains unclear whether the PCB, beyond the color, is of a custom design. The IceQ X2 cooler on the unit carries two 89 mm fans, along with a pair of eight heat pipes parallel to another three 6 mm heat pipes.

There was no clear word on the card's clock speeds, but if the increase in clocks is the same as that of other custom solutions, then it's reasonable to expect about a 40 MHz bump over the reference 1000 MHz clock speed.

The card is not available for direct purchase yet, but rather for preorder. It'll become yours sometime in January if you preorder for £499.99.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • ShadyHamster
    What is it with manufacturers insisting on using blue pcb's it doesn't match anything.
    Black pcb's please.
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  • xroe
    12239666 said:
    What is it with manufacturers insisting on using blue pcb's it doesn't match anything.
    Black pcb's please.

    I don't know about any manufacturers other then Sapphire and HIS using blue pbc's and the reason they use them is the color blue is similar to the shade most common in sapphires and blue goes with HIS's theme of ice and general coldness.
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  • Amdlova
    I prefer white pcb than black our blue. black can acomulate amount of heat...
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  • robax91
    The performance will probably be good, however cream on blue is awful.
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  • eklipz330
    Why does the color matter so much? It's a PC, you use it to do awesome things. If you pick a color over performance, you are a console peasant at heart
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  • thundervore
    I completely agree about the PCB color. It was one of the deciding factors when I brought my 660TI. I was going to go Gigabyte to match my Gigabyte Z77 board but having a black motherboard PCB then a blue GPU PCB put the color scheme off.

    Still waiting for manufactures to provide black PCI brackets instead of the standard Silver too. So far NZXT and Orico are the only OEMs I know that provide them with their PCI products.
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  • redgarl
    I was waiting for their work. I bought two HIS 6850 3 years ago and I never regretted it. Can't wait to see how they tame this beast.
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  • redgarl
    Lol... color... please...

    By the way, black don't attract heat, but sun light which result in more heat since black absorb the whole spectrum.
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  • jimmysmitty
    12240614 said:
    Why does the color matter so much? It's a PC, you use it to do awesome things. If you pick a color over performance, you are a console peasant at heart

    Some people want their PC to be a certain theme or color. I wont do white anything as I feel that's the old PC style and it reminds me of the white that went beige.

    I get it though, if you spend $500+ on a GPU you want it to appeal in looks to you.

    I recently did something I normally don't. I bought a $300 dollar motherboard, the Maximus VI Formula. One was the superior components but second was that I don't like the new gold theme Asus has (preferred the old blue) but am ok with red.

    Plus I felt like spoiling myself for once with a high end mobo.

    So I plan to replaced my HD7970 Vapor-X with a R9 290/290X from Asus to match my new red/black theme. It will look nice to me which is what matters the most.
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  • Devoteicon
    To me, the ugliest part is the price.
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