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MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB TwinFrozr Overclocked Video Card Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We check out the Twin Frozr based HD 7870 from MSI and see how it overclocks and performs today.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 8:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: MSI

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

Since we overclocked the MSI HD 7870 2GB Twin Frozr the main thing we want to look at today is what kind of performance we're getting out of this card verse the reference one which of course comes in at the reference 1000 / 4800MHz QDR clock speeds.

 

Of course outside of just the reference cards we've also got a number of other cards included today.

 

We've got the older HD 6950 and new HD 7770, HD 7850, HD 7950 and HD 7970.

 

We've also got a couple of cards from NVIDIA today that include the GTX 560 Ti, GTX 570 and GTX 580 to help round off our line up.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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