Summary: The MSI R6950 1GB Twin Frozr III PE comes with 1GB of RAM, versus 2GB on a standard Radeon HD 6950. In all of our gameplay testing we did not miss the extra 1GB of RAM. It just didn't take away from our gameplay experience at all, running at 1080p which is the sweet spot for this video card. In fact, the higher factory overclock gave it a performance advantage over a stock 2GB Radeon HD 6950.
Summary: Today we will be looking at a 1GB Radeon HD 6950 from MSI sporting its latest cooling innovation, the Twin Frozr III. Will 1GB of VRAM constrain the Twin Frozr III, or will Triple Over-Voltage support give it enough boost to soar past a 2GB HD 6950 and GeForce GTX 570?
Conclusion: We can see that for HD 6950, there is virtually no performance difference between the 1GB and 2GB of memory until we start to enable many DirectX 11 visual settings such as DOF, tessellation, and others. We are pretty sure that the majority of the gamers out there play games at a resolution of 1920×1080, so the extra memory is not going to be as important as the GPU power.
Pros: Factory overclocked, Good overclocking potential, Dual BIOS switch with 2 fan modes, Voltage Control, Runs very cool, Slightly shorter than reference card, Eyefinity support
Cons: Loud fans under load, BIOS switching mode is not labeled, No metal backplate for PCB
Excerpt: The Radeon HD 6950 often gets overlooked, because it falls into an in-between netherworld of pricing. Typical cards cost anywhere from $240-$300, but most seem to hover around the $270 mark. This MSI overclocked card, built using the company's Twin Frozr III dual-fan cooler, sits at around $280. So high-end buyers overlook this price category and budget buyers feel like it's a little too much. In doing so, they're overlooking a speedy card.
Pros: Solid performance; improved noise level; free Dirt 3 game included
Cons: Priced a little on the high side for its class
Summary: The Radeon HD 6950 remains to be a card with mixed feelings, and I'm really talking about the actual AMD GPU here, not the card as designed by MSI. If you take a pre-overclocked R6870 like the HIS R6870 ICEQ TurboX we injected in all benchmark charts today and then compare it to reference R6950 performance, you'll not notice that the vast majority of test runs are not far off from each other performance wise.
Conclusion: Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Video Card a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar video card that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or...
Pros: Twin Frozr III cooler is excellent, 6+2 Phase Design, Very nice looks, Excellent build quality, Fan profile switch, CrossFireX Support, Overclocking neede no extra voltage, Variety of outputs: D-SUB, mini Display Port, DVI-I and HDMI
Cons: Hot air from GPU exhausted into case, High power consumption, 27cm long, could be an issue for some, Not the best value, Not much O/C headroom in Afterburner
Excerpt: Over the last couple of years, MSI has made a concerted effort to bolster their reputation as a premiere brand in the PC enthusiast space. MSI’s motherboards, graphics cards, notebooks, and virtually every other high-profile product family in their repertoire has been revamped and updated in some way to differentiate them from the competition.
Pros: Strong Performer, Cool and Quiet, Consumed Less Power Than Reference Card, Easily Overclocked
Cons: Relatively Mild Factory Overclock, Priced Too Close To The 6970
Excerpt: 31 Flares 31 Flares × MSI and ASUS have been producing some of the finest video cards this year, and today we are reviewing the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edtion card which features the latest Twin Frozr cooler with dual fans. This design utilises Propeller Blade Technology for 20% more airflow when compared against a traditional implementation.
Conclusion: Fazit Mit seiner R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC präsentiert MSI eine sehr eigenständige Umsetzung einer Radeon HD 6950 basierenden Grafikkarte. Nicht nur der aufwändige Kühler, auch die Platine und die verwendeten Bauteile weichen von AMDs Referenzdesign ab. So verwendet MSI beim Spannungswandler sechs Phasen für den Grafikprozessor und zwei weitere für den Speicher, bei AMD sind es hingegen nur vier Phasen für die GPU und eine für den Speicher.