The Radeon HD 6950 is part of AMD’s high-end Cayman line-up. Powered by the Cayman PRO chip which features an upgraded tessellation unit, render back-ends, and a new VLIW4 core design, the Radeon HD 6950 has also 22 SIMD engines giving it a grand total of 1408 stream processing units. In other words, this is one of the most powerful GPUs AMD has ever built - second only to the Cayman XT chip seen on the Radeon HD 6970. The Radeon HD 6950 has been out in the market for some time already and customized editions of the card are slowly beginning to populate the market.
The MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition is the latest customized Radeon HD 6950 card to hit the market and it comes packed with lots of high-end goodies for enthusiasts. First and foremost, the card is fitted with MSI’s latest Twin Frozr III cooler. On the outset, the cooler looks similar to the previous generation one, but the fans have been revised with what MSI calls “Propeller Blades”, which MSI claims enlarge the angle of airflow airflow and improves air circulation by 20%.
That aside, the card also comes with the usual suite of second generation Military Class II components such as Hi-C CAPs, solid capacitors and super ferrite chokes. These components are there to ensure stable power delivery, reduce buzz noise under load, and improve efficiency and longevity of the card. That aside, the card also has a 6 + 2 phase PWM power design, which delivers up to a staggering 240A of current - up from a reference card’s 175A. Strangely however, MSI has decided to leave out the all-important voltage check points on this cards, which means you'll have to use software utilities to discern what voltage the card is running at. Nevertheless, all these aforementioned components work together to improve the overclocking potential of the card.
Speaking of overclocking, the card also comes factory overclocked at 850MHz at the core and 5200MHz DDR at the memory - a bump of 50MHz at the core and 200MHz DDR at the memory. These increases are decent but a bit on the conservative side. Nevertheless, it should allow the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition to perform appreciably better than a bone stock Radeon HD 6950.
The MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition is certainly brimming with interesting high-end features and we can’t wait to find out how it will perform. But first, a quick look at the card itself.