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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

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Features

Power Edition Architecture

  • 6+2 Phase Power Design
    • Higher Current to GPU Power
    • Higher Overclocking Capability
    • Better stability in peak load
  • Triple Over-Voltage Function
    • Support voltage adjustment of GPU, memory & VDDCI
    • Unleash GPU performance totally
  • MSI Afterburner overclocking utility
    • Supports advanced fan speed control
    • Supports burn-in stability test
  • MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Features

  • MSI Exclusive P/S Switch Function
    • Two fan speed profiles - Performance / Silence
    • Performance Mode provides best cooling demand; Silent Mode balances noise and GPU Temperature
  • Military Class ll Component
    • Hi-C CAP for GPU provides more precise voltage
    • SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) has higher current for better overclocking ability
    • All Solid CAPs have longer lifespan
  • Propeller Blade Technology
    • MSI's exclusive innovation design
    • 20% more airflow
    • Cool down more components on the PCB
    • 11? cooler and 13.9dB quieter than reference HD 6950
  • Accessories
    • Driver CD
    • Manual
    • Installation Guide
    • DVI to D-Sub Dongle
    • 2 x 6-Pin Power Cable

    MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Specifications

    Marketing Name R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC
    Bus Standard PCI Express x16 2.1
    GPU AMD Radeon HD 6950
    Codename Cayman
    Stream Processors 1404 units
    Core Clock 850MHz
    Memory Clock 5200MHz
    Memory Size 2048 MB GDDR5
    Memory Bus 256 bits
    Bandwidth 179.2 GB/s
    TDP < 225 W
    Output Mini DisplayPort*2 / HDMI / SL DVI-D / DL DVI-I
    Card Dimensions 270 x 116 x 39mm
    Form Factor ATX
    Max Resolution 4 x 1920*1200
    DirectX 11
    OpenGL 4.0
    CrossfireX Y
    Eyefinity Y
    AVIVO HD Y
    PowerPlay Y
    HDCP Support Y

    Source: MSI Computer Corp.



     

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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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