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MSI Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11 R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 880 MHz
  • 1 x DVI 1 x HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1792 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

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The MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC graphics card ships with one of the world’s most advanced and versatile GPUs - AMD Radeon HD 7950. The revolutionary 28nm GCN architecture as well as bunch of advanced technologies enables astonishing performance and breathtaking image quality. When used with MSI’s Afterburner overclocking software, the MSI Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC supports GPU overvoltage function to fully unleash the overclocking potential. The unique propeller blade on Twin Frozr III and military class III components ensure stable and reliable performance.

  • newegg MSI-exclusive Propeller Blade Technology & Twin Frozr III The MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC features the Twin Frozr III cooling design with the MSI-exclusive propeller blade technology. When compared with traditional fan blade design, it increases the air flow by 20%. And MSI advanced Twin Frozr III thermal design brings you an up to -10°C cooler and 13.7 dB quieter gaming experience than reference design.
  • newegg Afterburner With Afterburner overclocking utility, the MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.
  • newegg Military Class III Components The MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC graphics card uses the Military Class III Components such as Hi-C CAP, Solid State Choke (SSC), and all-solid capacitors to enhance the overclocking headroom under high-load conditions. Hi-C CAPs increases GPU stability and lifespan of the graphics card, while SCC has higher current for better overclocking ability.
  • newegg New GCN Architecture for DirectX 11.1 Performance AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (codename Tahiti) boasts the world's first 28nm GPU architecture which is optimized for gaming and compute. The AMD Radeon HD 7950 features 28 Compute Units, each with 64 Vector Units for 1792 Stream Processors, along with dual geometry units, dual Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE).With the 28nm GCN Architecture, the AMD Radeon HD 7850 GPU offers full support for DirectX 11.1 for fantastic gaming effect.
  • newegg Next Generation AMD Eyefinity Technology & AMD HD3D AMD Eyefinity 2.0 features all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation, brand new display configurations and an expanded and more immersive field of view. With full support for HDMI (with 4K) and DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2, the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is set to drive next generation displays at up to 4K resolution. The AMD Radeon HD 7950 is also backed by AMD’s open 3D initiative for stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D movies.
  • newegg Refined AMD PowerTune Technology & AMD ZeroCore Power Technology Designed with the most advanced power management features, the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is equipped with the intelligence to convert unused power headroom into extra performance by dynamically controlling clock speeds, allowing gamers advanced performance inside of the power envelope they specify. AMD ZeroCore Power technology found in the AMD Radeon HD 7950 enables lower idle power than any other currently available graphics card. With support for AMD CrossFire technology, AMD ZeroCore Power eliminates wasted power, as well as additional heat and noise from extra cards when you are not using them.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Warren B.
  • 4/8/2012 5:46:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs7970 performance at 7950 price

Pros: MSI reliability, TF3 cooling, my max stable overclocks were 1175/1740, VRMs stay cooler than reference design.

Cons: Price. Fan gets loud once you hit 67C. At stock speeds it stays much cooler though.

Other Thoughts: 3dMark11 P9025 @ 1175/1740.
Runs BF3 Ultra settings nicely on 1080p.
2500k @4.5

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  • INGI H.
  • 12/12/2012 11:44:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsKey Review

Pros: - Unrivaled overclocker without voltage change: 1100MHz GPU / 1500MHz Memory, rock solid. A tad faster than a stock 7970 or 670 across the board.

- 7970 PCB (higher quality VRM system and other circuitry, 8+6 pin power, this is very cool and is only found on two other aftermarket 7950 models. Max your 'Power Control Settings' in Catalyst to take advantage)

- ASIC Quality: 88.3%

- GPU max temp is around 60 C (in a case that doesn't build heat)
- VRM temps (two sensors) between 43-47

- Never heard the fans (ever)

- Drivers are maturing well, Catalyst 12.11 is excellent.

- 3 GB of VRAM... actually gets used on titles like Max Payne 3 or others with HD texture packs, or with Eyefinity.

- I'd like to point out that I felt obliged to write a review when I noticed that mainly the people with bad experiences (an unfortunate element in the manufacture of any product) or poor tech knowledge were the ones writing reviews. Gamers know what we are looking for, shop wisely, purchase, and live happily ever after (often without writing a good review)... reading some of these reviews it's like... oh so you RMA'd three cards and they all went up in flames? no.. it couldn't be YOUR rig doing that?

Cons: - Turn off MSAA on most games... it runs better on SLI or CrossFire setups (all other settings can be maxed at 1920x1080 on ANY game if the card is overclocked).

- With NGC and ZeroCore technologies, I can't heat up Cup'O'Noodles with my GPU anymore.

Other Thoughts: Relevant Info

AMD 8350 @ 4.5 ghz air/no Vcore change = I'm using AMD Vision instead of Catalyst)
MSI 890FXA-GD65 (they followed through with excellent AM3+ support on this old board, score #2 MSI)
650W Antec EarthWatts EA650

- Games tested: Crysis 1/2, Batman Arkham City, Deus Ex: HR, Dead Island, Borderlands, Dota 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Max Payne 3, PlanetSide 2, Portal 2, Sniper Elite V2, Starcraft II, Trine 2. All work perfectly on max settings minus MSAA.

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  • Tracker D.
  • 8/16/2012 10:57:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInsanely good overclocker, beats Kepler 670

Pros: -Price: $330 AR everyday price, I got mine on sale for $309 AR. MSRP of $350 beats MSRP of $430 for MSI 670 Twin Frozr.
-Cooling: Twin Frozr cooling is the best aftermarket cooling in my opinion. I prefer it over the ASUS, Gigabyte and definitely reference options.
-Performance: Benchmarks of this card don't show the true potential most of the time because stock settings aren't anywhere near the max potential of this card. At max OC's a 7950 can beat a max OC 670, especially in high resolution, 4x or 8x AA and max settings in almost every new and current game.
-OC potential: almost *40%* or better from stock speeds: On stock voltage I was able instantly overclock my card from 800/1250 reference to 1100core/1400memory speeds, with a small (~2C) increase in temperature. This is in a mid tower case with a side fan and a cpu with an Antec Kuhler 620 on it. Also has a sound card directly below the R7950 impeding airflow a bit.

Best PERFORMANCE AND VALUE vs 670, how often can you say t

Cons: -AMD's 12.6 drivers are bad (supposedly, I cannot confirm or deny). I instantly upgraded to 12.7 Beta (found through AMD website) easy install and I have had zero problems.
-I cannot think of any, honestly. I used to be an Nvidia fanboy and Nvidia certainly was the best choice last generation with 500 series vs AMD 6000 series and I think that mentality has followed to the 600vs7000, but in every instance I find the AMD card to be superior when both cards are overclocked, because AMD left so much room for overclocking they helped perpetuate the perception that Nvidia cards were better from anyone who just looks at the stock numbers or stock benchmarks, when in reality there is so much potential for the AMD cards just waiting to be tapped. It's FREE performance!

Other Thoughts: While catching this 20 dollars off on sale, it also included a 3 pack of games: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dirt Showdown and Nexuiz. Pretty decent bonus +1

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  • Ethan D.
  • 8/10/2012 12:29:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Card For the Price!

Pros: - Low aftermarket cooler priced 7950
- 7970 PCB
- 3GB Video Ram
- Aftermarket cooler makes the card cool and quiet
- Powerful card that can play any game on 1080p
- Big OC headroom (OC mine upto 1050mhz on stock voltages)
- Dual BIOS switch

Cons: - Card temperature reaches as high as 78-80c (on load - stress test) when OC. Some people say it's because of the reference PCB
- Had to install side case fan to control temperatures to mid 70c
- AMD Drivers are kinda buggy at this point

Other Thoughts: - Amazing card. Especially for the price at ~$304. For that same price, People planning to get the HD7870 should think twice and get this card instead.
- It does get warm, but Twin Frozr does its best to keep it cool, while keeping it nice and quiet
- The GTX 670 is a better card overall. However, With this card's price point and OC capabilities, this card is a clear winner in my opinion.

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  • Vincent A.
  • 3/11/2012 10:07:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome card!

Pros: Awesome cooler, low noise, low temperatures (50C in BF3), VERY low power draw (110-120w while gaming) and great performance. Overclocking is nice to.

Cons: Price is a little high

Other Thoughts: I wanted to buy a 7950 and waited for the Twin Frozr III one for MSI, well worth it. This card is awesome, but the price is a little bit high (at the time I bought it). Whatever, I wanted to spend that so, awesome graphic card!

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  • John L.
  • 4/26/2013 6:17:42 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Ideal for Trifire

Pros: At the time of my initial purchase, was one of the more reasonably priced 7950's. Performance was more than satisfactory. Handled all of my newest games at a solid 58-60 fps at their stock Ultra settings. Plus the Twin Frozr 3 just looked killer with the all-metal construction. This being my first top-tier GPU purchase it was really imposing to hold this heavy metal beast for the first time.

Cons: However despite the killer looks I was getting really nervous playing Skyrim or any other graphically intense game. The fans would kick into overdrive like they were trying to generate lift. The whole thing would whine so loudly it overpowered my 7 case fans and my aftermarket CPU cooler. After seeing temps spike into the 90 - 100 C range I knew something was up. Reading around these reviews I noticed that some others had similar issues. Finally I decided to remove the twin Frozr and see if there was anything I could diagnose before I RMA'd it. Turns out someone at MSI had a vendetta against my poor GPU and in a fit of passive-aggressive rage had tried to drown the poor thing in thermal compound. Since I didn't have any myself at the time I simply cleaned off all the thermal grease I could and re-applied a small amount carefully with an old credit card. After re-installing the heatsink and the card I booted up Skyrim. Lo-and-behold there was no whine and my temps were 40 to 30 degrees C cooler! Seriously my idle temps dropped to 45 and my load temps never spike above 65.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to list this under other although it is my biggest gripe. However I'm not sure if it's MSI's fualt or the manufacturer of my motherboard. I purchased my motherboard for it's Trifire capabilities and despite the issue with this card's cooler I went ahead and bought 2 more (and a tube of high performance thermal compound) since it was an easy fix and I really do like the performance and aesthetics of this card. This card is not a tri-fire card. I installed all 3 GPUs in their designated slots and fitted the cross-fire connectors and the GPU bracket provided with my case. When I powered on my system I almost had a heart attack. The fan from my top card was rubbing against the PCB of the card under it! Now I thought it looked a little tight (and even waved a sheet of paper between the cards to make sure) but as this was my first time setting up trifire so I just assumed I was paranoid (safe assumption) and that the manufacturers of my mobo and gpu's new what they were doing. No matter how I arrange these things I cannot get them flush of one another. Now I'm going to have to purchase a new aftermarket cooler to use all 3 cards. Maybe I should have realized that a bottom venting cooler would be a bad idea in a tri-fire environment but the fact that the coolers can not even stay flush of one another comes before any argument of cooling efficiency.

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  • John L.
  • 1/24/2013 11:57:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card at a Reasonable Price

Pros: I'm really happy with this video card. So far it's been able to take anything I throw at it and then some. The 3gb VRAM can't be beat and makes a noticeable difference in texture rendering and filtering. With RadeonPro I can max out and override everything on every game and still play at 60+ FPS. Overclocking this thing yields even more impressive results.

Cons: Like some other reviewers said the Twin Frozr III either works like a dream or seems to not work at all. My idle temps were in the 60-65 C range which alarmed me quite a bit. Playing a heavily modded Skyrim shot my temps to 98 C. After removing the cooler the reason was clear. Someone had attempted to drown my GPU in thermal grease. I carefully salvaged and cleaned up the puddle of the stuff surrounding the chip and reapplied a thin layer to the top and re-seated the cooler. Sure enough my idle temps dipped to 39 - 45 C and my full load temps were reduced significantly.

Other Thoughts: I'll give this card 4 eggs but I really had to delegate on how much the thermal grease thing made me feel. It's not a difficult fix if you know what you're doing but since it was so simple I'm shocked that a company I hold in as high a regard as MSI would ship cards in such an obviously impaired state. But, the card works magnificently now and I love how easily it overclocks now that the heat-sink works.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 10/7/2012 9:26:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome video card, stays cool and quiet

Pros: This card was replacing my old GTX 470 and it's a worth while replacement. The card is super quiet, even under heavy load. The card runs about 60 - 65 degrees under load, while my GTX 470 ran 80 degrees idle. Temps were taken from MSI Afterburner. I'm averaging about 15 - 20 FPS more with this card.

Cons: If you're connecting this card to an HDTV using HDMI, the screen looks fuzzy and, for lack of a better word crystallized, until you go into the Catalyst Control Center and specify that the monitor is an HDTV. Then, you also have to over-scan the image so that it fills the entire screen. I had this same issue with my older 4870. Not really the fault of this particular card, but probably the BIOS that's on the chipset. This is why I took off an egg.

Other Thoughts: I definitely prefer nvidia cards over ATI, because I think nvidia writes better drivers for their cards. I was really interested in the GTX 660TI and was looking at the Zotac Amp! Edition one. But when you compare the price vs performance, the 7950 is about $10 more, you get much better performance. Plus the 7950 has 384-bit memory interface instead of 192-bit on the 660TI.

For those that are interested, I'll be primarily playing Guild Wars 2 with this card. I run the game at 1920x1080 and with every setting maxed out (including Ultra settings), I average about 30FPS in Lion's Arch and around 40 - 50 while out in the world. Dungeons average about 35 - 40FPS.

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  • Adrian K.
  • 10/4/2012 6:05:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card Despite RMA

Pros: This is a fascinating product regardless of the release of the GTX 660 Ti. My original product died, and i believe this was caused by the motherboard. Once my second one arrived, I noticed that this was a great card. Games run smoothly and so far i haven't had any issues.

Getting 120 FPS+ on BF3 Ultra 160x1050
Getting 230 FPS+ on TF2 Maximum 1650x1050

-Great Card
-I can't even hear it, even under load
-Temps low
-No Driver Issues

Cons: No Cons, except for the fact that something happened to the first one.

Other Thoughts: -Buy this, don't go for the GTX 660 Ti.
This is an amazing Card

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  • Zackery S.
  • 8/22/2012 9:57:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWish i could have had more reliable card!

Pros: good performance in games

Cons: I was loving my gpu until about a month and a half after purchase when my GPU started to make a terrible whining sound in games. i did some research and found out it is called coil whine. I isolated it to my GPU and the sound it makes is just Horrid to listen to! i really hope someone from MSI reads this, i really want some help. Do not let this discourage you from buying this awesome product.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

Please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA with the following information.

1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or the back of VGA card, eg 602-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section (as detailed as possible)

Once your information and warranty coverage are verified then we can proceed with this RMA for you.
Our turn-around time is typically about one week and our system will notify you automatically at every stage of your RMA process.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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