It is easy to say the Excalibur IceQ II X800 pro picked up the ball right where the IceQ 9800pro started to show its slight weaknesses at higher resolution and quality settings. If you are in the market for a top of the line X800 pro videocard and you have the extra money in your pocket to burn, it is hard to point you in any other direction. The IceQ II is extremely fast, exceptionally quiet and lets not forget the overclocking ability thanks to the HUGE iTurbo VPU heatsink.
There isn't a whole lot to say in the negative territory other than maybe the price is a little hard to swallow and the lack of the manual fan control that I loved on the previous version. One lingering hindrance to this card's overall success is the poor availability. Luckily, Newegg has jumped onboard as a Hightech reseller in recent months and lets hope that some of their competition follows suit. It's such a shame that more people cannot enjoy Hightech's products.
One of the most popular questions I answered after the previous review was "I WANT ONE! WHERE CAN I BUY IT!"
Skrevet af Lasse den 28. Jul 2004.
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