HIS 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB PCIe Graphics CardPackaging & Card Appearance
While it seems to be a growing trend for manufacturers' to package their graphics cards inside boxes that barely fit through your front door, HIS have thankfully kept the outer box of the 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo at a reasonable size which will undoubtedly make it easier (and maybe even cheaper?) to ship. The primary colours of the packaging are black and blue, with the IceQ 4+ logo taking centre stage and several general specification stickers aligned to the right.
Turning the box over reveals a windowed cutout that serves the purpose of showing off the IceQ 4+ cooler beneath. Several circular images surround this area, pointing out features such as the dual heatpipes; isolated heatsinks for the Memory and GPU; dual slot cooling; gold plated connectors, a larger surface area for improved cooling and finally a durable and UV reactive fan.
Opening the white cardboard inner-box, we can see that HIS have gone to the trouble of placing the graphics card inside a moulded plastic shell. This not only prevents the card from moving around during shipping, but also keeps it well distanced from the edges of the box which often take the brunt of any mishandling by couriers.
The accessories package is fairly basic and contains everything to get you up and running. As shown in the image above, you get a DVI to HDMI converter, a DVI to VGA converter, a Molex to PCI-E cable, a Crossfire bridge and a driver disk. Unfortunately there are no signs of any value added goodies such as the spirit level/screwdriver/torch thingy that HIS included in their 4850 IceQ 4+ Turbo package.
Going in for a closer look at the memory modules, we can see that HIS have stuck with the Qimonda GDDR5 "IDGV51-05A1F1C-40X" IC's used in the reference design. Produced in week 40 of 2008, these IC's are designed to run at a speed of 3600MHz. However, as we already know, HIS have pushed the chips a further 400MHz to give us a nice round 4000MHz effective memory speed.