MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 3072 MB Review 23

MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 3072 MB Review

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AMD's Radeon HD 7950 was launched just a few weeks ago and received generally favourable reviews. The Radeon HD 7950 qualifies as being a high-end graphics card due to its pricing, which is comparative to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 with its current market pricing. AMD is aiming at higher energy efficiency compared to its market rival product, and a scope for aggressive cost-cutting, if competition from future NVIDIA product so dictate. In essence, HD 7950 will serve as a fulcrum for both today's high-end price-point, and tomorrow's gamer sweet-spot, again, depending on its competitive environment. This is what makes it an important model for AMD.

Today we have the first review of the MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III.

MSI's new card is based on a customized design of the AMD Radeon HD 7950. MSI has slapped their TwinFrozr III cooler on the card - a thermal design that we have seen before on other cards based on both NVIDIA and ATI.

In addition to a new cooling solution, MSI also changed some minor aspects of the PCB and increased the clock speed of the HD 7950 TwinFrozr III to 880 MHz GPU. Memory remains unchanged at the AMD default of 1250 MHz.

MSI HD 7950 TwinFrozr III Market Segment Analysis
HD 6950
GTX 570
HD 6970
GTX 580
HD 7950
MSI HD 7950
Twin Frozr III
HD 7970
HD 6990
GTX 590
Shader Units140848015365121792179220482x 15362x 512
ROPs324032483232322x 322x 48
Graphics ProcessorCaymanGF110CaymanGF110TahitiTahitiTahiti2x Cayman2x GF110
Transistors2640M3000M2640M3000M4310M4310M4310M2x 2640M2x 3000M
Memory Size2048 MB1280 MB2048 MB1536 MB3072 MB3072 MB3072 MB2x 2048 MB2x 1536 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit320 bit256 bit384 bit384 bit384 bit384 bit2x 256 bit2x 384 bit
Core Clock800 MHz732 MHz880 MHz772 MHz800 MHz880 MHz925 MHz830 MHz607 MHz
Memory Clock1250 MHz950 MHz1375 MHz1002 MHz1250 MHz1250 MHz1375 MHz1250 MHz855 MHz
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