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HIS Radeon X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo HIS Radeon X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo: Aiming to fill the gap between the mid and high cards, this HIS card has been subjected to our tests. Read on to see what we thought of it.
Date: May 26, 2006
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Doom 3 - Performance

Frames Per Second
Min
Max
Avg
HIS X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo
23
63
49.93
ATI X1800XL
26
63
54.29
NVIDIA 7600GT
15
63
47.01

It doesn't seem all that long ago we were saying that while Doom 3 was certainly able to give a system a run for it's money, it could also be quite forgiving on your hardware with the right settings, thanks mainly in part to the dark nature of the visuals. Today, the HIS X1800GTO has hardly been fazed at all by Doom 3, giving us some very solid frame rates at a high resolution and with high image enhancments. 4x Anti-Aliasing, 8x Anisotropic Filtering and a widescreen resolution of 1680x1050 provide an excellent game experience with this card. As expected the X1800XL does provide less drops in the framerate than the other two cards here, but the X1800GTO's numbers are close enough that you would be hard pushed to tell the difference while playing until things got very hectic on the screen.

Doom 3 - Image Quality

7600GT 4xAA/8xAF Left, X1800XL 4xAA/8xAF Middle, X1800GTO 4xAA/8xAF Right

Anti-Aliasing isn't a major factor for Doom 3, but none the less, adding some does provide a nice reduction in the jaggies you can see while playing. The image quality is fantastic for all three cards but the ever so slightly sharper image from the 7600GT would be my choice. To be honest it truely is so difficult to tell the difference between the three shots.

Quake 4 - Performance

Frames Per Second
Min
Max
Avg
HIS X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo
34
63
53.98
ATI X1800XL
35
63
58.61
NVIDIA 7600GT
32
63
50.08

Quake4 has had quite a troubled childhood, but the latest patch (1.2 at timing of writing) does a lot to clear up the majority of problems and certainly improves things as far as using it for video card testing. Our HIS X1800GTO IceQ 3 Turbo puts in a very strong showing here against the two comparison cards; an X1800XL and a 7600GT. Remember that the HIS card is overclocked out of the box and this allows it to keep ahead of the 7600GT and right on the tail of the X1800XL. Looking past the numbers, the gameplay experience is pretty similiar across all 3 cards, with the X1800XL only making a difference in the most intensive situations.

Quake 4 - Image Quality

7600GT 4xAA/4xAF Left, X1800XL 4xAA/4xAF Middle, X1800GTO 4xAA/4xAF Right

Naturally, the HIS X1800GTO and the X1800XL cards are indistinguishable from each other, and all three cards offer a fantastic picture at 1440x900 with 4x Anti-Aliasing and 4x Anisotropic filtering. Unlike Doom 3, a lot of Quake4's imagery is outside or in brightly lit areas, so the need for image enhancements and a high resolution for the best picture quality is there; the HIS X1800GTO hasn't dissapointed us.

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