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HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E HDMI/SLDVI-D/VGA graphics card review and testing

Most modern of active cooling systems for graphics cards use one of the two fan types: axial or turbine. The advantages of the first are simple design, efficiency and low noise. The second type can boast that emits hot air outside the computer case, without disturbing the rest of the thermal balance of system components. Models with turbine propellers are perfect for Multi-GPU, since the distance between them in the system case virtually does not effect on the volume of air flow and performance of cooling in general.

Graphics accelerator HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E HDMI/SLDVI-D/VGA has such type of cooler.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

But first of all let’s to note that for convenience we will use its abbreviated name HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock or HIS H250Q1G, which make it easy to identify the graphics accelerator in the model number of the manufacturer.

The specs:


HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E HDMI/SLDVI-D/VGA (H250Q1G)

Graphics core

AMD Radeon R7 250 (Oland XT)

Technological process, nm




Q-ty of universal shader CPUs


Supported API and technologies

DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, AMD Mantle, AMD Eyefinity, AMD App Acceleration, AMD HD3D, AMD CrossFireX (software), AMD PowerPlay, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore

Nominal/dynamic graphics core frequency, MHz

1000 / 1050

Nominal memory frequency (effective), MHz

1150 (4600)

Memory capacity, GB


Memory type


Memory bus, bit


Type of inner interface

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital – up to 4096 x 2160

Analog – up to 2048 x 1536

Screening  interfaces

1 x Dual-Link DVI-D

1 х HDMI

1 х D-Sub

Minimal capacity of power unit, W


Dimensions taken from official website (according measurements in own test lab) , mm

199 х 127 (203 x 112)


Drivers can be downloaded here: HIS or producer website GPU

Producer website

Hightech Information System Limited

Package and content

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

The graphics card is shipped in a colorful cardboard packaging made in typical “icy” sttyle. This design is intended to emphasize the outstanding characteristics of the cooling trends. On the front side of the box except the manufacturer's logo also is a message about the presence of a complete functional software for monitoring and overclocking - HIS iTurbo.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

Reverse side of the box has the description of all supported technologies and interface panel connectors. Also here are the main advantages of the standard cooling system HIS IceQ:

  • when installing two similar graphics cards in mode AMD CrossFireX there is no intersection of airflows that reduces the efficiency of both cooling systems;
  • proprietary dual-slot cooler of turbine type is designed in such way that all the hot air is expelled outside the body without heating the other components;
  • protective cover is made of reflective plastic and can be easily modded with an optional backlight.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

On the side face you can see the minimum requirements for the computer. In particular, the power supply unit must have a capacity at least 400 W for a single card, or 500 W for two similar adapters in mode AMD CrossFireX.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

Under the external decorative packaging is another black cardboard box. The graphics card is placed in a special plastic foam form. In general, this design looks reliable and can withstand strong stress during transportation.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

Supplied set of HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock includes only the most important essentials: a quick start guide, installation manual and a CD with drivers and software. This set is the best for graphics card in this price range, because it includes everything you need and practically does not increase its final cost.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

Interface Panel will allow to connect most modern monitors using Dual-Link DVI-D socket. Thanks to HDMI interface it is possible to connect TV without using additional adapters. Also here is D-Sub connector for analog monitors.

As to the maximum image output resolution, for each of the connectors it is limited by value:

  • HDMI - up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dual-Link DVI-D - up to 2560 x 1600;
  • D-Sub - up to 2048 x 1536.

Design and circuitry

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

HIS H250Q1G is made on compact blue PCB with height 112 mm. Graphics processor is equipped with a protection frame which improves comfort and safety of the device, as well as the dismantling of the cooling system.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

Module of power supply stabilization of the card is made according to three-phase scheme: two phases for the GPU and one for the memory chips. Chip Anpec APW7098 is used as controller of two phases GPU power.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock does not have connectors for additional power supply unit: 75 W is totally enough. This value it can provide a slot PCI Express 3.0 x16. Also there is no connector AMD CrossFireX, because this technology is implemented only at the program level (allows you to combine up to two graphics cards).

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

If you look at the reverse side of the PCB, here you can find several elements of the power subsystem. Also you can see that the cooling system protrudes slightly abroad PCB, thereby increasing the total length of the graphics card.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

Graphics chip AMD Oland XT made according to 28-nm process technology is a base of the product. It has 384 unified shader pipelines, 24 texture units and 8 rasterization units. Graphic processor runs at 1000 MHz in the nominal mode and dynamically accelerated to 1050 MHz depending on the load.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

The product is equipped with 1 GB of memory GDDR5 collected using 4 chips SK Hyunix H5GQ2H24AFR-T2C with capacity 256MB. They operate on effective frequency 4600 MHz. Exchange of data between memory and the GPU is realized via 128-bit bus with bandwidth 73.6 GB/s.

Cooling system

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

One of the main advantages of this card is legendary turbine cooling system HIS IceQ. As mentioned above, this cooling system protrudes beyond the printed circuit board case and increases the overall length of the graphics accelerator up to 203 mm. In any case, these dimensions are not critical and they allow you to maintain compatibility with most compact computer cases.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

The cooling system is made by ARCTIC Switzerland AG company and has a fairly simple structure. The heat is removed from the GPU by a small aluminum radiator with longitudinal ribs, creating a directional airflow. Then it moved outside the case via a plastic case due to the fan operation.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

During automatic speed control of the fan blades, rotation at the maximum load, the GPU was heated up to 56°C. The cooler rotated at a rate of 1,900 rpm, which corresponds to 55% of its maximum. Its operation can be described as below the average.

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

After the forced increase of blades rotational up to 100% (2550 rpm) the graphic processor temperature dropped up to 54°C. At the same time the noise level was "below the average".

HIS R7 250 IceQ Boost Clock (H250Q1G)

In idle mode frequency of the GPU was automatically decreased to 300 MHz. In this state the GPU temperature did not exceed 33°C, and the noise of cooling system was 1290 rpm almost indistinguishable compared to other system components.

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