To evaluate the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition, we’ll be using our X58 setup with the following specifications:
Since the basic performance of the Radeon HD 6950 SKU has been established in our original Radeon HD 6900 series article and we've also furthered that with a Radeon HD 6900 CrossFire performance article, we've decided to cutback on the number of tests for this card rather than running the usual suite of benchmarking tests.
Since the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition is touted for its overclocking ability, we’ll be following what we did in our MSI R6870 Hawk review, and present results of the card running in its highest overclocking state so see just how much more performance you can squeeze out of it. We managed a pretty decent overclock of 960MHz at the core and 5200MHz DDR for the memory.
Apart from raw performance, we are also interested to see just how effective the third-generation Twin Frozr III cooler is.
The list of cards tested and their driver versions used:
The list of benchmarks used are as follows: