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HIS Radeon X1900XT IceQ3

Manufacturer: Hightech Information System
Supplied by:
Hightech Information System
Street Price: $440.00

by Dean Barker  (6/22/2006)


The big guns right now from ATi are the Radeon X1900XT and X1900XTX.  These cards are the red teamís response team greenís GeForce 7900 GTX series.  Bringing a full 512 megabytes of memory and a 512-bit Ring Bus Controller to the take every advantage possible; ATiís latest Radeon packs horsepower to spare.  Hightech Information Systems (HIS) has released their version of the Radeon X1900XT with their quite famous IceQ Cooler now in its third incarnation.  The IceQ3 Cooler allows this speed demon Radeon to run cooler and just as importantly, quieter than the competition giving it a significant edge.  Today, thanks to the good people at Hightech Information System, we have the HIS Radeon X1900XT IceQ3 Dual DVI card on the bench. 

As we mentioned just a second ago, a lot of technology has found its way into this card and makes it operate cleaner and faster.  It does this from better engineering as well as raw horsepower.  Rather than get into each and every new technical advancement of the new Radeon, we are going to keep things simple.  If you are looking for details on the specific advanced technologies found on the Radeon X1900XT, the Guru of 3D has an excellent piece written on it in exhausting detail.  For our part, letís see what you get for your dollar and what it can do for you.


  • Graphics Engine: ATi Radeon X1900 XT (R580 Core)

  • Interface: PCI-Express

  • Engine Clock: 621MHz

  • Memory Clock: 1440MHz DDR

  • Memory Type/Size: GDDR3/512MB

  • Memory Bus: 512-bit Ring Bus Controller

  • Memory Interface: 256-bit

  • Pixel Shaders: 48

  • Vertex Shades: 8

  • Max Resolution: 2560x1600

  • VGA Output: Yes with adapter

  • TV-Out: HDTV/S-Video/Composite Out

  • VIVO: Yes (Advanced Video In Video Out)

  • DVI: two ports

  • Crossfire support: Yes

What you get

The HIS crew gets a nice round of applause from us for its consistently nice bundle.  While the game bundle included does not exactly have cutting edge games, the cable bundle makes up for that and then some.  Included with the HIS Radeon X1900XT IceQ3 card we find an S-Video cable, Composite cable, VIVO adapter, HDTV Component adapter, two VGA to DVI adapters, a 6-pin PCI-E to 4-pin Molex power adapter, a full copy of the game Flatout, Cyberlinkís PowerDVD 6, HISís Platinum Pack (Dungeon Siege, 3D Album PicturePro, PowerDirector 3 SE Plus, Power2Go 4) and a driver/utility CD.  The cable bundle canít be underestimated as of those cables will cost you upwards of $10 at an electronics shop.


Pg 1 - Introduction
Pg 2 - The Card
Pg 3 - Performance: BF2
Pg 4 - Performance: HL2 / Q4 / NFS:MW
Pg 5 - Overclocking / Image Quality / Conclusion


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