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MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III Review

By on February 21, 2012
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Cooling its way to victory.

Good: Easy to overclock, extremely quiet, decently cool
Bad: Moderately expensive.
Price: AED 1,900
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Testbed

For testing the MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III the following testbed was used: Our new benchmark tests were brought into practice very recently, and debuted with the review of the HD 7750 launch. As such, I haven’t compared them to XFX and PowerColor’s HD 7950 offerings. Still, we do have stock numbers by downclocking the R7950 to reference AMD speeds. Furthermore I have also the Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition which is factory overclocked by 5% over reference Nvidia speeds.

Overclocking

For overclocking I have increased the speeds to a respectable 1031MHz on the core clock. That’s a 17% speed bump from factory pre-overclocked speeds, and a good 29% increase from reference AMD speeds. Even during overclocked speeds, the temperature climbed up to a maximum of 59°C, with the fans remaining just as quiet as during idle. I must also note that I did increase the voltage using MSI Afterburner by 18mV to keep the card stable.

Benchmark Settings

As I mentioned before, testing of the MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III is done using new benchmarks, details of this can be seen below. All tests were performed at a set resolution of 1920×1200. Drivers used for the Nvidia cards were Beta 295.51 and AMD cards were Catalyst 11.12.

3DMark 11

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

Comments
  • Kn1ghtm0d3

    Whats the price??

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      Woops, updated the price.

      • Kn1ghtm0d3

        Thanks :) Could you tell us where you buy the stuff from in Dubai? Its usually cheaper than Alain Centre.

        • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

          Al Ain Centre is usually the best bet as many shops there stock MSI products. Additionally you can look at our Where to Buy section for each product (on the top) and you’ll see many retailers there. 

          Don’t be surprised if you don’t find it right now in the market, as the card is still relatively new. 

  • Broker

    What is the lowest fan speed RPM the card can be set to in idle mode?

  • Kn1ghtm0d3

    Do you write actual UAE prices or convert them to AED from USD? Still can’t find any place in DXB with your mentioned price.

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