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MSI HD 7950 TwinfrozrIII vs Sapphire HD 7950 Dual-X Boost

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I am going to be buying a 7950 pretty soon, and I am trying to choose between this card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

Or this card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667

I've been reading the msi tfiii are shipped with a 7970 pcb which makes it seem like a good choice, I haven't heard as much about this specific sapphire model though.

Which do you think would be the best to get in terms of quality/over clocking ability the msi or sapphire?

Thanks.
post #2 of 26
personally, I would pay the extra 20 bucks and go with the MSI. But I hate Sapphire cards... so I am a little biased. Twin Frozor is an excellent "stock" cooler as well.
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post #3 of 26
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I was leaning more towards the msi, the twin frozr coolers definitely have a good reputation. The price isn't an issue for me as it's only $20. If the msi does have a 7970 pcb is seems like the obvious choice. The
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I can tell you from experience as well. MSI has excellent RMA as well. They have never treated me wrong.
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I think I will most likely be getting the msi then. Thanks thumb.gif
post #6 of 26
get the sapphire HD 7950 boost (first of your choices). the sapphire dual x cooler is better than the msi twin frozr. also msi has too many cards which come with poor TIM (thermal interface material) application from the factory. it comes with too much TIM which affects heat transfer. many users have had to clean it and reapply the TIM. also the sapphire has very good user reviews.
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How well does the sapphire over clock though compared to the msi without the 7970 pcb?
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How well does the sapphire over clock though compared to the msi without the 7970 pcb?

the sapphire card has a higher stock voltage (1.2 - 1.25v) as its the boost edition with 925 mhz boost clocks. easily overclocks to 1.1 - 1.15 Ghz at stock voltage. aim for 1.15 Ghz as its a good balance of clock speeds, voltage, power, temps and fan noise. the HD 7970 PCB does not guarantee a better overclock. its the silicon lottery.
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I was just under the impression that the msi had a better cooler too due to the twin frozr. Do you know of any thing that compares them? I haven't found anything comparing the coolers from searching.
post #10 of 26
change your thread title to MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr vs Sapphire HD 7950 Boost with Dual X cooler. run a poll. here are a few reviews of Sapphire HD 7950 OC using the same dual x cooler

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1862/13/
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/sapphire-radeon-hd-7950-oc_3.html#sect0
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/51112-sapphire-hd-7950-dual-fan-oc-review-12.html

good luck with whatever you choose. thumb.gif
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