MSI Rolls Out R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Graphics Card with Chilly Temps

MSI Rolls Out R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Graphics Card with Chilly Temps

MSI this week announced a handful of its own brand Radeon HD 7950 graphics, including the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC, which brings more to the gaming table than just a funktastic model number. Sharing the spotlight with AMD's 7950 GPU is a custom air cooler MSI claims is up to 10 percent chillier and produces 13.7dB less noise than the reference heatsink under full load.

To achieve that level of cooling performance, the Twin Frozr III heatsink battles thermals with a dual 8cm fan design and two 8mm "Superpipe" heatpipes that whisk heat up and away from the GPU. A special fan blade design takes care of the rest by generating 20 percent more airflow than traditional fan blades, or so MSI claims.


The card itself sports an engine clockspeed of 880MHz and 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5200MHz on a 384-bit bus. Like many of MSI's products, this particular model uses "Military Class III" components, including all solid capacitors, a Hi-C capacitor to deliver more precise voltage, and a solid state choke with higher current for better overclocking ability.

No word yet on price or availability.
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I am hoping they take off about $50 for the 1.5GB version. Unless you go eyefinity or trifire, It will be worth getting the "gimped" version. I don't think these unlock which is why many still got the unlockable 2gb version of the HD 6950 instead of the locked 1gb version of the same card. If the two HD 6950s performed the same, I imagine the HD 7950s will too.

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Strange that the Twin Frozr 7950 came out first than the 7970 version, I guess they are prepping it for some hard competition from Asus and the DirectCUII 7970 which JJ said in a interview at LegitReviews stated that they will be able to hit clock speeds of 1200Mhz , thats bonkers.

The MSI coolers were my fave in the GTX 500 line, so looking forward to a head to head match from both cards(7970).

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OptimusPrimeTime:
The MSI coolers were my fave in the GTX 500 line,

Exactly!   It's a hell of a good design compared to others I've tried.

Their design is cooler and quieter than most of the others. My twin Frozr GTX560Ti card is a top notch performer and it does run nice and ~Frozr~ too!

JOliver:
I am hoping they take off about $50 for the 1.5GB version.

I'll pay the extra $50.00 to get double the memory any day. I plan to have some large screens someday and that extra memory will come in handy then.

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realneil:
I'll pay the extra $50.00 to get double the memory any day. I plan to have some large screens someday and that extra memory will come in handy then.

Damn right, that extra 1.5 will come in handy sooner or later.  

Which brings me to this question, when in Crossfire or Sli mode, no matter how many cards, games will only use one of the cards memory or frame buffer?(correct me if i'm using the wrong term)  

For example,lets take JOliver and his decision to buy a 1.5gb 7950, and hes adds a second card, in Crossfire the game would still be using a max of 1.5gb and can't tap into the second card's 1,5GB of memory, is that right?

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I can't answer for sure. Smile

But I think that's wrong. How else could two AMD cards in crossfire scale so well if they didn't use the memory from both cards?

It's well known that two Radeon cards do equal nearly ~twice~ the performance when set up properly, and using a properly coded game.

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OptimusPrimeTime:

Which brings me to this question, when in Crossfire or Sli mode, no matter how many cards, games will only use one of the cards memory or frame buffer?(correct me if i'm using the wrong term)  

For example,lets take JOliver and his decision to buy a 1.5gb 7950, and hes adds a second card, in Crossfire the game would still be using a max of 1.5gb and can't tap into the second card's 1,5GB of memory, is that right?

SLI operates in a clone mode, duplicating into the frame buffer of the second card; meaning that he'll always have 1.5GBs no matter how many cards he adds.

Crossfire operates differently from SLI and therefore has the capability to go above 1.5GBs with a second card, meaning that he'll have 3GBs of memory on his side rather then be limited to 1.5GBs.

MSI releasing the 7950 first is odd but then again PowerColor did the same thing as well. I'm guessing they're working to make their 7970 versions the best they can be or AMD has some sort of restriction when it comes to enthusiast version of the 7970; one that'll be lifted as the day comes closer. It is interesting to know what MSI is working on but if PowerColor isn't releasing their non-reference 7970's as well then something's definitely going on.

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Thanks Taylor for clearing that up for me, maybe Nvidia will certainly remove that restriction in the 600 series (or 700 series if the naming scheme rumors turn out to be true, not likely though). On the *Cooler" side of things, Sapphire and Gigabyte had some non reference 7970 at launch, but today Asus officially announced that their 7970 DirectCU II is ready and its available for purchase at any moment. So its going to be interesting how high reviewers will push it.

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It was expected from msi.A the 7950 after market coolers look pretty so far.i'll like to see a review of all the 7950 aftermarket coolers ...

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MSI's dual frozr design is AWESOME, fact.

All their cards running this build have been stellar, and they're frequently on a lower price point than EVGA's stock counterpart.

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I can't get over the name, but I do like MSI. They really lead the pack with drivers as far as I'm concerned. EVGA is a close second. I used to like Gigabyte's drivers but I feel like they got worse, though I haven't had one of their products in a while.

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Well i don't think this one will beat the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 WindForce 3 yayyyyyy clock speeds of 900 MHz core , 1250 MHz (5.00 Ghz) memory. It is priced at $490.

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