Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 19:54
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With the eyes of every gamer and enthusiast all over the world turned towards the brand new ultra-high-end GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics cards by NVIDIA and the upcoming high-end RX 4xx series by AMD noone seems to really focus on the lower-end models aimed towards casual everyday users who care not about equipping their systems with one of the fastest models around. This became obvious to me a couple of months ago when a friend of mine was looking to build 5 desktop computers for his office and since instead of going with onboard graphics he was looking for something slightly faster, better and with relatively low power consumption with which he (and the people in his office) could also watch movies during lunch break he asked if i had something in mind. Now as you all know "Green" cards are not popular amongst gamers and enthusiasts but that's what my friend was after so after looking around for something ideal we came across the latest Radeon R7 360 GREEN iCooler OC 2GB by our good friends over at HIS.
HIS - is an internationally acclaimed brand of graphics cards. Time and time again, HIS were compared and tested by hundreds of worldly renowned critics. The results are phenomena, HIS have proved to offer far superior, cooler, quieter, and faster graphic cards than any other leading rivals. Up to the first quarter of 2015, HIS has won over 1700 awards with AMD graphic solutions from major media worldwide. HIS is being recognized by providing performance leading and award-winning products: IceQ, IceQ X, IceQX2, IceQX2II, OC and Turbo Edition. HIS was established in 1987 with the mission to produce the highest quality PC products in the industry. Headquartered in Hong Kong, and with sales offices and distribution networks in Europe, Middle East, North and South America, Asia Pacific Regions; our worldwide customers benefits from efficient and localized services. HIS's manufacturing facility in China is managed by a team of professionals with expertise in quality control and production planning. Working with world-class clients, HIS has been consistently meeting high quality standards and fulfilled volume order in short lead-time.
Since the Radeon R7 360 GREEN iCooler OC 2GB is based on the Tobago core by AMD (renamed Bonaire core) it too features 768 stream processors, 48 TMUs (texture mapping units), 12 compute units and 16 ROPs (raster operators) and comes outfitted with 2GB of GDDR5 memory (128 Bit). It also offers complete support for DirectX v12, OpenGL v4.5, OpenCL v2.1 and Shader Model v5.0 (it also supports AMDs FreeSync technology) but unlike all the Radeon R7 360 cards out there the Radeon R7 360 GREEN iCooler OC 2GB by HIS doesn't require an extra 6-pin power connector and because of that not only does it have a TDP (thermal design power) of just 50W at load (most similar models need over twice as much) but it should also reach lower temperatures by even 10 degrees Celsius. Now of course we don't expect miracles from a Radeon R7 360 card but it will be very interesting to see just how good a graphics card powered just by the PCIe slot can be.