Our Summary & Conclusion
Performance Summary: The HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3 performed relatively well throughout our entire batter of benchmarks. Because of its lower stock clock speeds, it obviously wasn't able to catch a the ATI Radeon X1900 XTX in any of our tests, but it was able to outpace a GeForce 7900 GTX in a handful of HL2, FarCry and F.E.A.R. tests.
We really liked the HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3. Because this card is based on the same core GPU technology as the Radeon X1900 XTX, this card has the exact same feature set as ATI's current flagship, it just doesn't perform as well as an XTX because its GPU and memory clock speeds are somewhat lower. HIS, however, has done away with ATI's stock cooler design in favor of a much quieter, more powerful model, which was a welcome change in our book. Couple the HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3's superior cooler, with its very complete accessory bundle which included two full-version games and a handful of utilities, with the fact that this card is available for about 15% to 20% less than a typical Radeon X1900 XTX at approximately $400 and you can't help but be impressed. We're giving the HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3 a 9 on Heat Meter and a rare Editor's Choice award. ATI fans looking for a high-end card, or an XT to pair with a CrossFire Edition Master card would be well served by the HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3.