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MSI Radeon HD 6950 Twin FrozR II review

The top mid-range graphics card gets the MSI treatment

Our Verdict

Fast and cool, but too expensive just for a cooler card without the extras a vanilla card offers.

For

  • Incredibly cool
  • Still quick

Against

  • Pricey
  • No dual-BIOS switch

Things are sure getting crowded out there in the graphics world, with a card hitting just about every price point. Basically no matter what spare change you've got rattling around in your pocket there's a card available for that exact number.

Down to the pennies.

But the £200 mark is currently the sweetspot between price and performance, and the AMD Radeon HD 6950 is the king of that particular roost thanks to its sterling performance and for the fact you can wave your magic BIOS flashing wand and transform it into a AMD Radeon HD 6970 gratis.

MSI's slightly overclocked version is therefore a bit of a difficult sell.

There's only so far you can take an HD 6950 in overclocking terms, limited to a mere 40MHz over the stock clock, so the impressive Twin FrozR II cooling array is slightly redundant.

And it's almost the same price as a faster Radeon HD 6970.

Because of the minute 10MHz overclock on the MSI HD 6950 Twin FrozR II compared to the 800MHz of the standard HD 6950 there is relatively no performance boost.

What the MSI card is doing though is operating 25% cooler than the stock card. That's still no help in terms of HD 6950 overclocking, but if you took the risk and flashed the card's BIOS you stand a decent chance of clocking it well over 900MHz.

DirectX 11 Tessellation performance

MSI radeon hd 6950 twin frozr ii

DirectX 11 gaming performance

MSI radeon hd 6950 twin frozr ii

MSI radeon hd 6950 twin frozr ii

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelHD 6950
HDMIYes
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 6000
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1200
Brand NameMSI
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.1 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFire
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs2
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height110 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length275 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Memory Speed5000 MHz
Product ModelR6950 Twin Frozr II
Product NameR6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 Graphic Card
Manufacturer Part NumberR6950 Twin Frozr II
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

Leading international graphics card maker MSI has always been a key player in the competitive graphics card market. Thanks to its strong R&D capabilities and outstanding product performance, MSI's products have always received high acclaim by the media and consumers throughout the world.

Thickness38 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.0