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MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 3GB Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 1:39 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: MSI

The Card




Looking at the card there's nothing too out of the ordinary to be honest with the Twin Frozr III cooler being one which we've seen in the past. Thanks to it taking up just about all of the card there's not a lot to see apart from the cooler itself. Along with the dual fans we can see the copper heatpipes coming out the bottom and the massive heatsink that sits across the top of the card.






Looking around the rest of the card you can see we've got two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors towards the back of the card while closer to the front we've got two CrossFire connectors and the dual BIOS switch that we haven't found a real good use for yet.




On the I/O side of things we also don't see anything out of the ordinary with our Dual-Link DVI connector on the right followed up with a HDMI port and two Mini DP ports on the far left.





The MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III card is overclocked out of the box and looking below you can see the core has been pushed up from a default 800MHz to 880MHz. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory on the other hand carries the default 5000MHz QDR memory clock.


Today, though, we're not going to be paying much attention to those clocks and instead we'll be heading into Afterburner to see just what kind of overclock we're able to get with the MSI offering.




Looking above you can see we ended up pushing our core up to 1185MHz which is a massive 385MHz over the default 800MHz clock. As for the 3GB of GDDR5, we pushed that up to a massive 6400MHz QDR. These are some huge numbers and should bring with it some massive performance gains.


Before we see exactly, though, the kind of performance on offer, let's look at what's going on with our testbed and the cards we'll be including today in our graphs.

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