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MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III 3GD5/OC Review

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
Transistors 4.31B 4.31B 2.8B 2.8B
Stream Processors 1,792 1,792 1,280 1,024
Compute Performance 2.87 TFLOPS 2.87 TFLOPS 2.56 TFLOPS 1.76 TFLOPS
Texture Units 112 112 80 64
Texture Fillrate 89.6 GT/s 89.6 GT/s 80 GT/s 55.0 GT/s
ROPs 32 32 32 32
Pixel Fillrate 25.6 GP/s 25.6 GP/s 32.0 GP/s 27.52 GP/s
Z/Stencil 128 128 128 128
Memory Clock 1,250mhz 1,250mhz 1,200mhz 1,200mhz
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).

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