Cooling its way to victory.
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.
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.
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.