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HIS Radeon R9 280X IceQ X2 Video Card Review

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HIS Radeon R9 280X IceQ X2 Overview

Selling online for $319.99 (NewEgg / Amazon), the HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 3GB video card is ~$20 higher than most other R9 280X video cards.

Designed to compete with the NVIDIA GTX 770 video card, the R9 280X is actually priced to compete with the NVIDIA GTX 760 video card. A big selling point if you ask me.

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HIS spared nothing in this design and they have made an absolute monster of a video card. Measuring 31.1cm long and 15cm tall you need a high end PC case just to house this beast. Weight will be an issue but thankfully HIS have taken this into consideration and have built  support into the cooler design.

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From the side view we can see three of the five heatpipes, the other two are on the underside. At the thickest point the HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 3GB video card is 4.2cm thick. HIS have chosen length over girth in the cooler design to maintain a 2-slot thickness. This model requires two 8-pin power connectors from your PSU.

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The HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 3GB video card features 2x mini display ports, a full size HDMI port and a Dual Link DVI-I connector.

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A quick look at the rear of the HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 3GB video card shows that the size is not merely relative to the cooler. The PCB is absolutely massive too. The 9-phase power design of this top end model creates a trade off between power and size.

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The IceQ X2 cooler is an open air design that will inevitably exhaust warm air inside your PC case. There are vents on the backplate to take some of this air outside of your case but you will need to rely on you PC case cooling system to disperse ~95% of the hot air generated.

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With the IceQ X2 cooler removed from the HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 3GB video card we see an integrated component/mosfet/memory cooler that also doubles as a PCB support plate. With a decent fan pointed in its direction there is nothing stopping you from fitting a universal GPU water block to this card.

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The HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 3GB video card features specially designrd fans that increase airflow without increasing noise. These 89mm fans are rated with a life span of up to 50,000 hours.


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