MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Review

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Before we talk about the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III, we want to show you its predecessor, the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II, to demonstrate the “Twin Frozr” evolution if you will.

  
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Top, R6950 Twin Frozr II Bottom - Click to Enlarge

The MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II has a number of similar features and is overclocked from the factory as well, but the GPU and memory frequency increases are very minor; 810MHz for the GPU and 1250MHz for the memory, an increase of only 10MHz for the GPU versus reference designs, but with the same memory clock. The MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II, however, sports a custom PCB with a dual-fan cooler.

  
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Top, R6950 Twin Frozr II Bottom - Click to Enlarge

As you can see in a side-by-side comparison, the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II and III are somewhat similar, but the cooler and PCB on the latter have once again been revamped. The coolers on both cards sport high-density heatsinks, with dual cooling fans, and think heatpipes that from the cooler’s base up through the heatsink fins. We should also point out that the cooler’s base is made of pure copper and the entire assembly is nickel-plated. The design of the Twin Frozr III’s heatsink though has been refined with quieter fans, a different heatsink layout, and fan shroud. The sum-total of these changes results in a quieter, more efficient cooler that ends up doing a much better job than AMD’s reference design—more on that later though.

  
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III and Accessory Bundle - Click to Enlarge

Other features of the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III include a 6+2 phase PWM design that’s not only more efficient and offers more stable, cleaner output, but it’s capable of outputting up to 37% more current than the 4+1 PWM on reference designs.

Bundled with the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III are a quick installation guide and user’s manual, a CrossFire bridge connector, dual peripheral to PCI Express 6-pin power adapters (the card requires two 6-pin feeds), a mini-DP to DVI dongle, a DVI to VGA adapter, and of course a driver / utility CD. Also available for the card is a copy of MSI’s Afterburner performing tuning and monitoring tool, which is available for download right from MSI’s website.

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I like the review! I tested the 6970 2GB and was pretty nice, but I'll stick to the 460 1GB SLI.

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DeltaSquad49:
but I'll stick to the 460 1GB SLI.

That's not a Bad Idea at all..I'm seeing the GTX 460 prices dip into the $160 -170 range, so two of those would make an excellent choice and deal right now.

Now, to talk about this review, The Frozr III is an excellent cooler and an improvement over the predecessor, but a lot of the test still favors the 560, which would be my choice .

But I'm in anticipation.. for the NDA to expire so that Marco can "Release the Antilles"..I mean "The Kraken"..

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lol... Marco you must have networking on your mind

"memory clock has been increased from the reference design’s 1,250MHz to (5Gbps effective) to 1,300MHz (5.2Gbps effective). "

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Umm... hes correct Acarzt.... start googing.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100225150456AANwZZS

 

Essentially, according to that post... there are 4 clock cycles with ddr5 ram.... 1250Mhz X 4 = 5Gbps. Hopefully that helps!

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@acarzt - That's actaully correct.

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Woah, we posted within seconds.

Annd

yet the GPU temp never went above 63’C (that's close to 20'C lower than the stock reference card we tested at launch)

DANG! 20 degrees cooler??? 20? wow thats a lot!!

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I have to say, the Twin Frozr III does not disappoint. A shame that nobody has found a way to overclock the 6950's/6970's even further, we should be able to overclock our cards past 900MHz damnit!

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@Taylor - You can OC past 900 if you mod the BIOS.

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That definatly a nice card ! I always want the best but my wallet always wait wait wait but I do want to get a new build going I,ve just got a new motherboard the Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H looking forward to putting together a new rig and see how the board performs but It will take me a little time starting with the CPU its time for me to jump up to something at the top so Im going to get the Phenom II X6 BE 1100! After that just going to do a little at a time, its got onboard video but I want a Radeon series 6900.This would be a good choice I think soon as the price drops! Good reveiw!

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I get the math.. that wasn't what I was questioning :-P

How do you make the jump from Megahertz to Gigabits per second?

If you're talking about memory bandwidth, that's not even correct as 5.2Gbps does not take into account the bus width.

When talking about clock speeds, it is always referenced in Hertz, not Bits. When talking bandwidth, it would be represented in Bits.

It should read 5.2Ghz Effective.

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