Today we are looking at the latest graphics card from MSI which uses the excellent 3rd generation Twin Frozr cooler. MSI are supplying their R7950 card with a core clock boost and it is said to run much quieter and cooler than the AMD reference card. We will test these claims today and see how the card slots into the marketplace.
We know MSI normally release their video cards long after product launch day, but as we know from previous endeavors, they can often be worth waiting for.
We have been interested in this particular model from MSI because we already know that the HD7950 offers fantastic gaming performance at a reasonable price point. How can MSI enhance the high end experience for a potential customer?
This MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III 3GD5/OC is currently available for £339.95 inc vat from Overclockers in the UK, which means there is hardly any price premium over a reference clocked card.
|Product||MSI R7950 TF||AMD HD7950||AMD HD7870||AMD HD7850|
|Core Clock speed||880mhz||800mhz||1000mhz||860mhz|
|Compute Performance||2.87 TFLOPS||2.87 TFLOPS||2.56 TFLOPS||1.76 TFLOPS|
|Texture Fillrate||89.6 GT/s||89.6 GT/s||80 GT/s||55.0 GT/s|
|Pixel Fillrate||25.6 GP/s||25.6 GP/s||32.0 GP/s||27.52 GP/s|
|Memory Type||3GB GDDR5||3GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5|
|Memory Data Rate||5.0 Gbps||5.0 Gbps||4.8 Gbps||4.8 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||240 GB/s||240 GB/s||153.6 GB/s||153.6 GB/s|
The MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III has received a 10 percent core clock increase from 800mhz to 880mhz. GDDR5 memory speeds are identical to the reference card @ 1,250mhz (5000mhz effective).