HIS Radeon R9-280 IceQ X2 OC review

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So the HIS IceQ X2 Turbo edition R9-280 is a 3GB version with that popular IceQ X2 cooler. It actually has twoPCI-E PEG power connectors and a dual BIOS as well.


The 280 is armed with 3GB @ 5  Gbps / 384-bit  to get you a little more leash with resolutions and image quality settings.  But let's quickly look at the packaging first shall we?


Included with all cards will be a manual and a demo and driver disc, power converters and monitor connector converters. The card has been designed to be a nice match for Full HD gaming, up-to 1080P. The reality though is that the Radeon R9 280 honestly is little more than a Radeon HD 7950 with the same GPU, a few BIOS tweaks and a new cooler mounted on top of it.


We see a blue looking card from HIS. The 4.3 billion-transistor 28nm Tahiti Pro based core is tied to a massive 3GB memory -- which is plenty by any standard for a product in this range. Being Radeon HD 7950 GHz (Tahiti Pro) based also means that the specs are fairly similar, 1792 shader processor running up-to a core frequency of 9.53 GHz. The 3 GB GDDR5 graphics memory runs on a 384-bit wide bus.

Board partners however do things slightly different, this HIS IceQ X2 Turbo edition for example is factory clocked at a 953 MHz core clock (boost). Next to that the 3GB DDR5 memory runs at 1250 MHz, which has an effective data-rate of 5000 MHz / 5 Gbps. As you can see below, the PCB is 27cm long reaching almost 30cm / 12-inches if you include the cooler top plate.


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