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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: Unigine Heaven 2.1

The Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark is a free publicly available tool that grants the power to unleash the graphics capabilities in DirectX-11 for Windows 7 or updated Vista Operating Systems. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode, emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

The distinguishing feature in the Unigine Heaven benchmark is a hardware tessellation that is a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that developers can gain a more detailed look of their games almost free of charge in terms of performance. Thanks to this procedure, the elaboration of the rendered image finally approaches the boundary of veridical visual perception: the virtual reality transcends conjured by your hand.

Although Heaven-2.1 was recently released and used for our DirectX-11 tests, the benchmark results were extremely close to those obtained with Heaven-1.0 testing. Since only DX11-compliant video cards will properly test on the Heaven benchmark, only those products that meet the requirements have been included.

  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
    • Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA)

Unigine_Heaven.jpg

Cost Analysis: Unigine Heaven (1680x1050)

  • $154.99 MSI GeForce GTX550-Ti costs $6.61 per FPS
  • $169.99 Radeon HD6850 costs $6.88 per FPS
  • $185.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $6.09 per FPS
  • $199.99 Radeon HD6870 costs $6.96 per FPS
  • $249.99 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $6.45 per FPS
  • $249.99 Radeon HD6950 costs $6.06 per FPS
  • $264.99 MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $6.03 per FPS
  • $299.99 MSI HD6950 TwinFrozr III PE/OC costs $7.12 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Unigine heaven is also quite hard on video cards, only the best video cards will be able to run it smooth at the highest settings, certain parts of this benchmark put more work on the GPU than others. With the exception of the GTX 460 and MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC results we see nearly perfect scaling in the line-up. The high overclock on the MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk certainly makes a lot of difference in our tests. In the following sections we will report our findings on power consumption and overclocking.

    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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