The Power Edition series is one that we don't hear a lot about from MSI, but it's a really good series for those hoping to get a bit more than the norm when it comes to overclocking. It's kind of a less hardcore version of the Lightning Series, but designed for higher end cards than we would normally see in the HAWK series.
The Power Edition cards tend to sit at that in-between spot where you want something more than a mid-range card, but don't want to go crazy and buy the highest end model. So with all that said, today we're looking at the HD 6950 2GB from MSI.
As mentioned, it's a part of the Power Edition series and this particular one carries with it the Twin Frozr III cooler and an out of the box overclock. We're going to be ignoring the latter a bit today and instead see what we can do with our own overclock when we fire up MSI Afterburner. Before we get into that, though, let's look at the package that MSI are offering us today before taking a closer look at the card, its default specifications and what we managed to get from it.
Once that's done, we'll get into the fun stuff and see just what kind of performance we're able to get out of this HD 6950 2GB Twin Frozr III Power Edition from MSI.
The packaging for the HD 6950 Power Edition looks pretty good; you can see that the Twin Frozr III and Power Edition are highlighted well and you can see it's of course the OC Edition. Inside there's nothing too out of the ordinary going on; some paperwork, driver CD, Molex to 6-Pin convertors, DVI to VGA, Crossfire bridge and a mini DP to DisplayPort adapter.