A picture says it all and the appearance of the HIS Radeon X1800 XT 512MB OC Edition says 'reference design'. Not that there is anything wrong with that as with the exception of the ASUS EAX1800XT TOP, all the other Radeon X1800 XT cards that we have seen so far are faithful acolytes of ATI's word. It is a bit disappointing that HIS' successful IceQ coolers have not been customized for the Radeon X1800 XT but this is understandable given the constraints faced by vendors. As it is, the HIS Radeon X1800 XT 512MB OC Edition would have benefited greatly from the silent IceQ coolers but the sad reality is that ATI's whiny cooler greets us yet again.
The HIS Radeon X1800 XT 512MB OC Edition has a core clock frequency of 700MHz, 75MHz higher than the reference design. The 1.25ns DDR3 memory has also been overclocked from the standard 1500MHz DDR to 1600MHz DDR. These higher clock speeds make the HIS card the equal of the other two overclocked Radeon X1800 XT cards that we have reviewed earlier. The rest of the card is the same as any other Radeon X1800 XT, from the VIVO-enabling Rage Theatre chip to the ATI decal hiding below HIS' own decal sticker.
The typical Radeon X1800 XT 512MB requires at least 350W of power. HIS has upped this to 450W for its OC Edition of the Radeon X1800 XT 512MB, though the requirement is displayed in rather small fonts on its packaging. While we are uncertain if HIS is just playing safe by overstating the requirements, it does make sense that the higher clock speeds of the HIS card would have a greater thirst for power. Therefore, this card would not work unless you connect the included Molex power connector to your power supply.
The accessories that came with the HIS Radeon X1800 XT 512MB OC Edition are just about as complete as you will find in a retail Radeon X1800 XT. While some vendors provide only one DVI-to-VGA adaptor, HIS gives the full deal with two, though most users would probably not even notice amidst the heaps of cables. The applications included are up to date versions of useful software that we have no complaints with. The Achilles' heel of the bundle proves to be the sole game included ï¿½ Dungeon Siege. It is a best selling game no doubt but this is a game launched in 2002. One would expect HIS to have refreshed its choice of game with a newer one by now. Besides the glaring weakness of the dated Dungeon Siege, the bundle is satisfactory overall and the full list is as follows: