HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX 512MB PCI-E Graphics Card

HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboXMake no mistake, the HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX is the crème de la crème of 4850 series cards. With its superb after-market cooling and fearlessly high factory overclock and nifty little touches such as a custom coloured PCB, gold-plated DVI connectors and an electroplated blanking plate, the card will look at home in even the most high-end PC despite the 4850’s mid-range audience.
As the results over the previous pages have shown, the HIS manages to pull ahead of the stock clocked Sapphire card by around ~10fps in most games at certain resolutions with even more room for improvement if you decide to further overclock the card.
Of course, being a mid-range card attention needs to be paid to its value for money. With a price tage of £135 the HIS did fall slightly behind the £17 cheaper stock-clocked Sapphire card when the results were broken down to Cost Per Frame level. However, with everything taken into consideration the TurboX IS STILL great value for money if you’re in the market for a HD 4850 with a little extra bite.
The Good
• IceQ 4 cooling keeps temperatures well in-check.
• Custom touches such as gold-plated DVI’s and Blue PCB.
• Fearless overclock + a little room left to have some fun of your own.
• Screwdriver / Spirit Level / Flashlighty thingymabob.
The Mediocre
• The higher performance of the card didn’t quite offset the extra cost in the CPF results.
The Bad
• Nothing. (Chants: bring on the HD 4870×2 IceQ 4 TurboX!!)
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