HIS H165XTQT256 GDD-R
- Good performance, a quiet runner
- Cooler takes up a second expansion slot
The ATI Radeon X1650XT GPU in this HIS card is on steroids and will provide good performance for most current games. It's a good stop-gap solution if you need a new mid-range graphics card, but don't have the patience to wait until DirectX 10-capable ones are released.
Price$ 279.00 (AUD)
If you are looking to upgrade to a powerful mid-range graphics card, this HIS board is worthy of your attention. It's based on an ATI Radeon X1650XT graphics processing unit (GPU) and it has 256MB GDDR3 memory. This GPU supports DirectX 9, but not DirectX 10, and will run Windows Vista's Aero interface very smoothly.
This isn't a standard card, however, as HIS has increased the core processing clock to 630MHz and the memory clock to 1.46GHz. As such, this card carries HIS' Turbo tag. The standard clock speed for an ATI Radeon X1650XT GPU is 575MHz, while the standard memory speed for an X1650XT is 1.38GHz. As you can see, the numbers have been pushed up noticeably, and with the help of the GPU's 24 pixel shaders and 8 vertex shaders, this card has quite a bit of oomph.
In our tests we found it could sustain smooth frame rates at a resolution of 1280x1024 and it will also play some games smoothly at a resolution of 1600x1200. In-game benchmarks produced good results. The card notched a frame rate of 69 in Quake 4 at a resolution of 1280x1024 and it managed to hit 55 frames per second (fps) when the resolution was set to 1600x1200.
In FEAR, we tested the card at a resolution of 1280x960, where the card scored 38fps, and at 1600x1200, where the card scored 25fps. While the frame rate of 38 in FEAR is playable, it isn't ideal. The score of 25 at 1600x1200 indicates that the card will struggle to play some of the latest games at high resolutions. However, if you're monitor is limited to a resolution of 1280x1024, such as a 17in or 19in LCD monitor, then this card should allow you to play most of your games comfortably at that resolution.
If you want to turn on anti aliasing (AA), you'll notice a significant drop in frame rate. In Quake 4, at 1280x1024 and with 4x AA enabled, the card recorded a score of 45fps, which is definitely playable. In FEAR, at a resolution of 1280x960 and with 4 x AA enabled, the card scored 23fps, which unfortunately, isn't a number that will provide smooth gameplay.
Physically, this card will occupy two expansion slots in your PC, due to its hefty IceQ cooling solution, but it's no longer than a normal X1650XT-based card, nor does it require an extra power connector. The IceQ cooling device is comprised of a large, slow-moving, fan, which pushes air through an exhaust outside the rear of the system. In our tests, this cooler proved to be very quiet and if the card is installed in a system with a standard CPU fan, it will go unnoticed. It's certainly one of the quietest actively cooled graphics cards that we've tested.
On the rear of the card are two DVI ports as well as a TV-Out port. Cables for component and S-Video output are provided, as is an S-Video to composite adapter. This card is also CrossFire-capable. Overall, this is a good card that performs well and won't make too much noise while doing so.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 Mazda MX-5 (2016) review: Absolute driving purity
- 3 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- Apple recalls AC wall plug adapters
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Intel's Skylake vPro chips will support Windows 7 after all
- Kogan forced to pay $32,400 penalty by ACCC
- Android Auto coming to 40 car models this year
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCOracle Applications Projects Functional ConsultantSA
- FTJunior Project Manager | Permanent role in Canberra | NV1/2 clearedACT
- CCICT Infrastructure Specialist - (Network Engineer)ACT
- FTSecurity ArchitectWA
- FTProject Coordinator - My Learning Space (Oracle iLearning)NSW
- FTUX Front-End DeveloperWA
- CCLabour Stream LeadVIC
- CCSharePoint AdministratorACT
- FTJava Web Development OpportunityVIC
- CCSenior Business Analyst, Online Gaming SystemsNSW
- CCProject ManagerSA
- CCIT Hadoop DevelopersQLD
- CCIBM ESB Developer (Junior to mid level role)NSW
- CCDigital ProducerNSW
- CCOpen_5pm 5th February_Program ArchitectACT
- CCSenior Business Analyst - IT SecurityNSW
- FT.NET DeveloperVIC
- CCSenior Systems Analyst (Biomedical)SA
- FTTechnical Support Engineer, International SoftwareNSW
- CCService EngineerVIC
- FTInfrastructure Specialist - VMwareNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst AGILENSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- CCTest ManagerQLD
- FTSystems Engineer / Administrator - Managed ServicesNSW