MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Reviewccokeman -
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Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Crysis Warhead with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 10-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will be a 20-minute cooldown with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running the overclocked idle and load testing.
- Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
- Crysis Warhead 1920x1200 8x AA
- 10-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Lower = Better
When you look at the results delivered by the R6950 Twin Frozr III, they speak for themselves with load temperatures at the lower end of the scale under load during the stock testing. When the fan speed is bumped up to 100% for the overclocked testing, the heat pipe-based Twin Frozr III cooling solution really delivers. With the core overvolted to almost 1.3 volts, the temperature stayed right at 57 degrees Celsius under a sustained load. Of course you will need a case that has great air management to remove the heat from the case, but if you do, this is the kind of cooling that can be expected. The Propeller Blade fans are audible, but no where near as loud as a reference cooling solution. Needless to say, this is a much needed improvement and is just one more reason to look toward MSI for a non-reference video card.