Gigabyte HD 7950 WindForce & MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: April 18, 2012
Product Name: HD 7950 Windforce 3X / Twin Frozr III
Part Number: GV-R795WF3-3GD / R7950 TWIN FROZRIII OC
Warranty: 3 Years (GB and MSI)
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MSI's HD 7950 Twin Frozr III OC

The overall look of MSIís HD 7950 Twin Frozr III OC is no different from any of their other cards that sport this same heatsink design. However, the shroud does overhang the PCBís edge by about ľĒ making MSIís version slightly longer than a reference card but it is still short enough to fit within any ATX case currently on the market. There are supposedly upgraded components hiding under the heatsinks as is usual for any card boasting MSIís ďMilitary ClassĒ specification.

As we have said in the past, MSI has put a lot of time and effort into designing their custom heatsinks and the Twin Frozr III edition is no different. It uses a pair of 80mm fans that project above the shroud for better airflow. These blow down onto a central aluminum fin array thatís fed by five large heatpipes which are grouped above a copper contact plate. In addition, the VRM components and GDDR5 memory ICs are cooled by an independent heatsink. A layout like this isnít uncommon in the GPU cooling industry but as you will see in our temperature testing section, somehow MSI has done it better than most.

I/O connectors arenít any different from the reference design with a pair of 6-pin power inputs alongside the usual DVI + HDMI + 2X mini DisplayPort ports. A custom backplate with MSIís logo has been added for good measure but we doubt this will have any great effect upon airflow. Unlike some of AMDís other board partners, MSI has decided to keep the Dual Bios functionality on this version of the HD 7950.

Other than the slightly upgraded components on the PCBís upper side, the cardís underside doesnít really show us anything interesting since it sticks to the reference layout with very little deviation.

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