Today we have the opportunity to put the HIS 6870 IceQ under the magnifying glass. Some of you that read the front page may be scratching your heads a bit saying, ‘Didn’t Overclockers.com already do this?’. You would be right, more or less. This version, however, has HIS’s monster IceQ cooler strapped to the top of this upper mid-range card and different stock clock speeds.
Today we have a unique feature from HIS and Lucid to test out. I’m sure most of you have heard of Lucid Hydra, and it being implemented on motherboards to allow GPUs from AMD and nVidia to play nice with one another. Well, HIS decided to try putting one of Lucid’s chips on an HD6970 to allow this AMD and nVidia intermingling, and they call this feature MIX.
After getting our whistles wet with the first of two new CPU launches this year, it’s about time to at least take a look at some boards from the Intel side. Gigabyte has sent us pictures of their upcoming X79 based motherboards which are based on Socket 2011 and support the, hopefully soon to be released, Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.
Muddocktor takes a look at the Thermalright HR-02 Macho heatsink. This is a revamped version of a heatsink introduced last year, modified and with a new price point. The original HR-02 came out several months ago and was aimed at the silent computing market, because it was designed to be fan optional while still dealing with the heat of an overclocked processor. Mudd examines if Thermalright’s engineers did their job properly while meeting a lower price point…