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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

DX10: 3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 graphics card performance. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage is the latest addition the 3DMark benchmark series built by FutureMark corporation. Although 3DMark Vantage requires NVIDIA PhysX to be installed for program operation, only the CPU/Physics test relies on this technology.

3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. Benchmark Reviews uses the two GPU-specific tests for grading video card performance: Jane Nash and New Calico. These tests isolate graphical performance, and remove processor dependence from the benchmark results.

  • 3DMark Vantage v1.02
    • Extreme Settings: (Extreme Quality, 8x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, 1:2 Scale)

3DMark Vantage GPU Test: Jane Nash

Of the two GPU tests 3DMark Vantage offers, the Jane Nash performance benchmark is slightly less demanding. In a short video scene the special agent escapes a secret lair by water, nearly losing her shirt in the process. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. By maximizing the processing levels of this test, the scene creates the highest level of graphical demand possible and sorts the strong from the weak.

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Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1680x1050)

  • $154.99 MSI GeForce GTX550-Ti costs $7.73 per FPS
  • $169.99 Radeon HD6850 costs $7.07 per FPS
  • $185.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $6.90 per FPS
  • $199.99 Radeon HD6870 costs $6.61 per FPS
  • $249.99 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $7.21per FPS
  • $249.99 Radeon HD6950 costs $6.63 per FPS
  • $264.99 MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $6.70 per FPS
  • $299.99 MSI HD6950 TwinFrozr III PE/OC costs $7.50 per FPS
  • Test Summary: For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man... all of the results scale appropriately, as one would expect when looking at the stats of the video card line-up. However, due to different aspects that go into game making processes, you will see very varied results throughout this performance analysis. The MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC tops the charts but increases cost over the stock HD6950 by $0.87 per FPS, and comes second from bottom value wise.

    3DMark Vantage GPU Test: New Calico

    New Calico is the second GPU test in the 3DMark Vantage test suite. Of the two GPU tests, New Calico is the most demanding. In a short video scene featuring a galactic battleground, there is a massive display of busy objects across the screen. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. Using the highest graphics processing level available allows our test products to separate themselves and stand out (if possible).

    New_Calico.jpg

    Cost Analysis: New Calico (1680x1050)

  • $154.99 MSI GeForce GTX550-Ti costs $8.72 per FPS
  • $169.99 Radeon HD6850 costs $9.43 per FPS
  • $185.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $7.96 per FPS
  • $199.99 Radeon HD6870 costs $8.90 per FPS
  • $249.99 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $8.46 per FPS
  • $249.99 Radeon HD6950 costs $9.09 per FPS
  • $264.99 MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $7.74 per FPS
  • $299.99 MSI HD6950 TwinFrozr III PE/OC costs $10.33 per FPS
  • Test Summary: The tables have turned in the New Calico Vantage test, here the results show that the FERMI architecture is the more advanced. The performance gap is minimal across the board though, with the MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk beating the MSI 6950 TF3 PE/OC card by 3~5 FPS. Once again the Hawk shows that it offers great value when we analyse the cost per FPS results.

    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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