GRAPHICS CARD VENDOR HIS has released its HD6970 IceQ and HD6970 IceQ Turbo video cards based on AMD's Radeon HD6970 chip.
HIS put its trademark IceQ cooler onto AMD's Radeon HD6970 reference design and the firm claims a massive 23C drop in temperatures over the reference cooler that AMD supplies to board vendors. Along with an impressive temperature reduction, HIS claims that the cooler with its wicked "Black Hole Impeller" design has "significantly reduced noise levels".
AMD recommends that its Radeon HD6970 'Cayman XT' GPU be clocked at 880MHz, which makes HIS' default clock speeds a little disappointing given the beefy cooler. HIS set the core clocks at 880MHz and 900MHz with effective memory clock speed of 5.5GHz and 5.6GHz for the HD6970 IceQ and the HD6970 IceQ Turbo respectively.
AMD's Radeon HD6970 is the firm's top-end single GPU offering, released less than a fortnight before Christmas last year. Although it can't compete at the ultra high-end with the dual-GPU Radeon HD6990 and Nvidia Geforce GTX590, it's a fairly well respected video card, that is, if you don't already have a Radeon 5xxx-series board.
HIS did not release pricing for its HD6970 IceQ cards, however most of its competitors flog their AMD Radeon HD6970 cards for between £250 and £310. µ