HIS Radeon HD 7970 IceQ X2 Graphics Card Review

Product: HIS Radeon HD 7970 IceQ X2
Company: HIS
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: January 16th, 2013

Test Rig

Test Platform

We tested this card in both single and triple display configurations. In single display configuration we are using an ASUS VG which is capable of 1920x1080 at 120Hz, so that's our performance goal for frame rate and vsync. Our Eyefinity monitors, Dell P2210H, are each restricted to 1920x1080 at 60Hz so our Eyefinity testings aims for 3240x1920 at 60Hz - we're using portrait configuration as the 1.77:1 ratio is closest to common single displays (and very close to Ultra HDTV's 1.78:1 (even if it is ~2MP less resolution). As 4K resolution TVs and monitors as demoed at CES 2013 begin shipping we'll see performance at Eyefinity resolutions become a talking point.

Component Specification
Mainboard Crosshair V Formula
Chipset 990FX + SB950
Processor AMD FX-8350
Discrete Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
Memory 4x4GB AMD Radeon Performance Ed.
Speed DDR3-1866 10-11-10-27
Audio Realtek ALC892
PSU Corsair TX850
Case HAF 932
OS Drive Samsung 830 128GB
Storage Drive Seagate 7200.12 1TB
Heatsink/Fan FX Liquid Cooler w/Noctua Fans
Display ASUS VG-236H 24" [120Hz]
  3xDell P2210H 22" in Portrait [60Hz]
Operating System Windows 8 64-bit Pro
Driver Catalyst 12.11b11 CAP2


We also ran our two cards in CrossfireX, to get some ideas of how dual GPUs can affect smoothness as well as game performance scaling.

GHz Edition Crossfire