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HIS HD 4670 512MB IceQ Turbo - HIS HD 4670 512MB IceQ Turbo

By Edward Chester



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HIS HD 4670 512MB IceQ Turbo


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HIS has been using Arctic Cooling coolers for a number of years now and largely with great success. The design is really as simple as it gets. A large fan at the back blows air across an all-aluminium heatsink and expels it out the back through the grilled expansion card plate. This does require the cooler to be double height but it ensures hot air isn't trapped inside the case like it is on the single slot cooler used on ATI's reference card.

The slow speed of the fan also keeps noise to a minimum, though the fact that it isn't variable means it's never quite silent. Not that it's louder than the stock cooler. Indeed, it's markedly quieter when under load but it would've been nice if the fan could completely shut down when the card is idle. Also, it would have been preferable for the memory chips to be covered by the heatsink as well.

That said, a quick look at the card's core temperature reveals just how effective this cooler is, with a massive 30 degrees Celsius difference between the reference and HIS card when being used for gaming and a still significant difference of 15 degrees when idling.

Of course, aside from reducing noise and keeping things cool, what a good cooler can potentially do is give you more headroom for overclocking. We initially tested this by using the overclocking facility in ATI's drivers but quickly found we could reach the maximum allowed overclock of 800MHz core and 1,000MHz memory. We then moved onto the freeware overclocking tool RivaTuner and found we could push things up to 824MHz core and 1101MHz memory. In comparison, our ATI reference card could reach 810MHz and 1101MHz, which would suggest there's little scope in pushing these chips further regardless of what cooler you use.

Outputs on the reference HD 4670 card we reviewed were rather more progressive than we're used to, consisting of two DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI. HIS, however, has chosen to stick with a more familiar configuration in the shape of two dual-link DVI outputs and a multi-format analogue output. Natively, the latter supports S-Video, while a dongle is needed for component and composite video support. Unfortunately, such a dongle is not included in the box. Likewise, the DVI ports are compatible with DVI-to-DisplayPort adapters but such a thing isn't included.


The ATI HD 4670 was already the best graphics card to get if you had around £65 to spend so by adding a top-notch third party cooler HIS has made its HD 4670 IceQ Turbo a very desirable card. It's cooler and quieter than standard cards and provides plenty of thermal headroom for overclocking. Best of all, though, is the price, which has remained at a very competitive £65.


December 11, 2008, 6:56 pm

First off: I know nothing about graphics cards!

I have a Dell Precision that has a PCI Express graphics card slot and an ATI X850XT PE graphics card. I only use it (graphically) for WoW, and it gets up to ~30fps driving two 20" DVI LCD's at 1600x1200 (one with WoW on, the other with browser windows etc).

Is this card going to perform better? Will it work at all? ;)

It'd be nice to double that frame rate on WoW so it stays in at least the high 20's at high detail in busy areas. But I can't be bothered with a top end card just for WoW, especially as I found the X850XT PE pretty disappointing for the money :(

sam 1

December 11, 2008, 8:14 pm

when the 4670 first came out, it was suggested that a passive version would soon follow. Well, its been nearly 4/5 months now, and still no truly passive version exists. Its a real shame as it obviously a great card for the money, and would be a good upgrade for a HTPC that wanted to play games...

I can't believe that the manufacturers haven't developed one yet (especially considering gigabyte developed a passive HD4850, which has a higher thermal output than the 4670). Infuriating...


December 12, 2008, 8:45 pm


It looks like the HD 4670 is right on the borderline for passive cooling for a card of its size (you'd need to make a longer card), which is why HIS has a passive HD 4650 but not the HD 4670. You never know, though.


Sounds like this may be the perfect card for you. It's hard to say quite how much faster it will be than your existing card, as we have no comparable numbers, but you should see some performance increase. Unfortunately none of us play WoW so it's not something we can easily check for you. It will certainly work, though.


December 17, 2008, 1:13 am

Hi All,

Pleased to say that your calls have been answered... http://www.hisdigital.com/u...

Should be in the UK very shortly at a competitive price :~)

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