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

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
 
Despite the fact that the IceQ 4 TurboX is a premium model card, HIS have kept things nice and simple by packaging the card inside a reasonable sized black cardboard box with a fairly simple blue aura style background. Taking the centre stage at the front of the box is the IceQ 4 logo along with some basic features and accessory images listed down the right-hand side.
 
HIS 4850 Box Front HIS 4850 Box Back
 
At the back of the box is an image of the card in all its glory with some magnified images detailing the various special features of the IceQ 4 series. Some of the more prominent features include: Isolated memory and PLL heatsinks, dual slot cooling design and a silent fan.
 
HIS 4850 Box Open HIS 4850 Box Contents
 
HIS 4850 Screwdriver thingy HIS 4850 Screwdriver & Light
 
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 that not only prevents the card from moving around during shipping, but also keeps it well distance from the edges of the box that could easily be damaged if dropped by a courier.
 
Everything you'd expect to find with a new graphics card is present, including:  Driver Disks, Manuals, a Crossfire Bridge, a DVI-HDMI converter, a DVI-VGA converter and a molex-PCIe adapter cable. HIS have also gone to the trouble of including a multi-function screwdriver / spirit level / torch type thingy in the box which will undoubtedly come in handy if you're trying to screw anything upright in the dark!
 
HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX Top HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX Back
 
HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX Side HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX Side
 
As graphics cards go, the HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX looks simply awesome. Using a cooler not dissimilar in appearance to the previous generation of Arctic Cooling's 'Silencer' series, a blower fan mounted at the rear of the card pushes air through copper coloured (but most likely aluminium) fins attached to a base plate. As mentioned previously, both the Memory and PLL heatsinks are isolated from the main GPU cooler which is probably a good thing considering how hot the 4800 series cores can get.
 
HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX Front HIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX Rear
 
At the front of the card you'll find the standard configuration of two DVI ports and an S-Video port bolted to the dual-slot blanking plate. However, HIS have seen fit to gold plate the connections on the DVI ports and also electroplate the blanking plate in a gunmetal black colour. This further improves the aesthetic appeal of the card, which combined with the custom blue PCB, makes it probably the best looking graphics card we've ever seen.
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07-10-2008, 17:10:14

JN
"HIS may have been sitting in the shadows for the past few years, but now they're back with a vengance. We check out their latest HD4850 IceQ 4 TurboX card."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...210029843s.jpg

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

07-10-2008, 17:33:44

D-Cyph3r
You wouldn't happen to know if the ram cooling plate is separate from the actual core part would ya Jim?

I'm thinking a couple of these and a pair of MCW60's would make for a rather tasty party.

07-10-2008, 17:44:05

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='D-Cyph3r'
You wouldn't happen to know if the ram cooling plate is separate from the actual core part would ya Jim?

I'm thinking a couple of these and a pair of MCW60's would make for a rather tasty party.
Indeed it is

I did mention it twice in the review, but we won't go there

07-10-2008, 17:47:00

Rastalovich
Being kinda hands-off from the ATI world, I think the card parallels the other 4850 card pretty well. Further, the extra cash for the cooler and the package as a whole (the screwdriver looks pretty darn handy imo , I'd advise some1 get one so I can nick it hehe). Yeah its tat, but hey it's all in the presentation. Lacks a game tho, from what I can see, to me they should all include a reference game or atleast something to play with - a string of demos, something.

Looks good to me, any audio for that hdmi ? and how much cooler does it get ?!?!

Good review, I'll promote them so I can have a screwdriver !

07-10-2008, 18:08:35

D-Cyph3r
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Indeed it is

I did mention it twice in the review, but we won't go there
Awesome.

And whoops, I have a habit of skipping straight to the numbers >.<

07-10-2008, 20:40:50

Brooksie
ATI have made a awesome card. 4850 is the card to get . The performance to the price is very good. Would of liked to seen a 4870 in the benchmarks aswell though

08-10-2008, 11:29:26

Luigi
Nice one Jim.. Did you take the cooler off at all? I found there was an abundance of TIM on mine, which went all over the Core PCB

The coolers are nice though, arctic cooling ftw!

12-10-2008, 08:49:49

CrissTM
Its a very nice card indeed. But, i have an Asus 4850 with stock cooler and goes like hell OC @ 695/1110 with temps no higher than 61C.

So, in my opinion its just a card who looks indeed v well, but i wont pay some extra cash for just that and an factory OC when i can make that my self.

Rastalovich, if they r gone put a game bundle then also the price will get higher and, where its gone be the Cost per Frame ?! And what if its gone be a game that u already have or dont like ?!

26-11-2008, 06:17:11

painejake
Hmm im SOO tempted to buy this card but i only got a 4670 a month or so ago and it means ill go into overdraft

Just have to wait till mine stands no more! (Or plays games at a crap fps)

14-12-2008, 10:20:05

Joe90k
I am buying this!!!!
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