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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 23 May 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC
Closer Look: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Details
Features and Specifications
VGA Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.2 has been optimized for DX11 enabled GPUs and has a number of enhancements to not only improve performance with DX11 enabled GPUs, but also greatly improve the visual experience while taking to the skies. The game uses a hardware terrain tessellation method that allows a high number of detailed triangles to be rendered entirely on the GPU when near the terrain in question. This allows for a very low memory footprint and relies on the GPU power alone to expand the low resolution data to highly realistic detail.

The Tom Clancy's HAWX2 benchmark uses normal game content in the same conditions a player will find in the game, and allows users to evaluate the enhanced visuals that DirectX-11 tessellation adds into the game. The Tom Clancy's HAWX2 benchmark is built from exactly the same source code that's included with the retail version of the game. HAWX2's tessellation scheme uses a metric based on the length in pixels of the triangle edges. This value is currently set to 6 pixels per triangle edge, which provides an average triangle size of 18 pixels.

The end result is perhaps the best tessellation implementation seen in a game yet, providing a dramatic improvement in image quality over the non-tessellated case, and running at playable frame rates across a wide range of graphics hardware.

  • Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Benchmark 1.0.4
    • Extreme Settings: (Maximum Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, DX11 Terrain Tessellation)

HAWX_2.jpg

Cost Analysis: HAWX 2 (1680x1050)

  • $154.99 MSI GeForce GTX550-Ti costs $2.03 per FPS
  • $169.99 Radeon HD6850 costs $2.29 per FPS
  • $185.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $2.16 per FPS
  • $199.99 Radeon HD6870 costs $2.59 per FPS
  • $249.99 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $2.27 per FPS
  • $249.99 Radeon HD6950 costs $3.01 per FPS
  • $264.99 MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $2.13 per FPS
  • $299.99 MSI HD6950 TwinFrozr III PE/OC costs $3.48 per FPS
  • Test Summary: HAWX 2 is a strange game in that you need to look very close to see the difference in quality settings, the main difference is in the terrain but this is easily overlooked as you are busy fighting with the controls just to fly in a straight line. The GTX 560Ti pummels on all of the video cards in this line up, beating them in both FPS performance and price per FPS, but all of the other cards also deliver excellent frame rates. The landscapes are beautifully rendered making the game scenery pleasurable, now I just need to master the controls.

    Graphics Card GeForce
    GTX550-Ti (OC)
    Radeon
    HD6850
    GeForce
    GTX460 (OC)
    Radeon
    HD6870
    GeForce
    GTX 560Ti
    Radeon
    HD6950
    MSI GeForce
    GTX 560Ti Hawk
    MSI Radeon
    HD6950 TF III
    GPU Cores 192 960 336 1120 384 1408 384 1408
    Core Clock (MHz) 950 775 715 900 822 800 950 850
    Shader Clock (MHz) 1900 N/A 1430 N/A 1645 N/A 1900 N/A
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1075 1000 900 1050 1002 1250 1050 1300
    Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit



     

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    # "Not the quietest?"ehume 2011-05-24 17:45
    I would be interested to know what the quietest video card is, on a model to model basis. For example, what is the quietest 560 running full out? The quietest 6870? Etc.

    A lot of us are making quiet machines. The noisiest parts are our gpu's. And I'm not ready to go fanless yet.
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    # RE: "Not the quietest?"Pinakio 2011-05-24 22:57
    May be this is what you're looking for-XFX HD 6870 Black (##anandtech.com/show/4137/amds-gtx-560-ti-counteroffensive-radeon-hd-6950-1gb-xfxs-radeon-hd-6870-black-edition/6). This one seems to have excellent acoustic properties.
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    # Silent 6850Austin Downing 2011-05-24 18:27
    Ehume you may want to look at the passively cooled Powercolor 6850.

    ##hexus.net/content/item.php?item=30486
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    # Re:MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC Video CardPinakio 2011-05-24 23:24
    AMD should take some notes from Nvidia's page. HD6950 has so much potential (leaving alone the unlocking/flashing to 6970), yet board partners can't tweak it to their heart's content without cannibalizing the sell of HD6970 - a real shame! Look at those custom clocked 560-ti cards, it's hard to find a reference one now days. Similarly every non-reference 6950 2GB should come out with at least 900Mhz at the gpu core.

    *You guys @BMR seem to be on a roll with these hot video card reviews, keep it that way:)
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    # RE: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OCMike Cannon 2011-05-24 23:32
    I'm waiting for Aussie prices to drop, but it might help if I knew whether AMD and Nvidia, both, are equal in heat, power use and decibels, to each other for performance output.
    We can Google and find info, but usually the tests are from different testers on different machines, rendering the tests irrelevant.
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