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Oct 20, 2011

HIS Unveils Limited Edition 6950 IceQ with Deus Ex & Dirt3 Bundle

Almost two months after Eidos officially unveiled Deus Ex: Human Revolution, HIS has announced a special version of its 6950 IceQ graphics card that comes bundled with the game as well as with the Dirt 3 rally racer.

The limited edition 6950 IceQ is available exclusively through Overclockers UK and carries a retail price of £229.99 (263 Euros or $361 US).

Outside of the special bundle, the card doesn't differ in any way from the non-limited edition counterpart as it employs the same IceQ custom cooling solution that relies on four heatpipes for drawing the heat away from the core and into an aluminum heatsink.

This covers most of the printed circuit board (PCB) of the Radeon HD 6950 and HIS claims it can deliver both improved cooling performance and reduced noise (18db lower) compared with AMD's reference cooler.

In addition to better overall performance, the IceQ cooling solution also improves the overclocking of the card.

Despite this, HIS' solution follows to the letter AMD's instructions for both the GPU and the memory frequencies as these come clocked at 800MHz and 1.25GHz (5GHz data rate), respectively.

The rest of the graphics card's configuration also doesn't differ too much from that of AMD's reference design as it comes fitted with dual DVI ports, an HDMI video output as well as a pair of mini-DP connectors.

The 6950 IceQ is of course compatible with AMD's EyeFinity technology for multi-monitor gaming and supports up to four displays.

AMD's Radeon HD 6950 is based on the Cayman Pro core and it packs 1408 streaming processors, 88 texture units, 32 ROP units and a 256-bit wide memory bus. This is usually connected to 2GB of fast GDDR5 memory, and HIS also went this route when it designed its Radeon 6950 IceQ.


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