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I've put my new 7950 in today and I'm very impressed with it after one gaming session so I want to share my views and opinions about it for people who might be debating what card to get or whatever.

I moved from a EVGA nVidia GTX 570 to a MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III for a start.

The 570 is still a very nice card, so they say, but after running this 7950 for 5 minutes the 570 feels like 7800GT...

I've only conducted one test on this card at the moment, and that's with stock settings. I haven't even had chance to OC it yet and I'm already blown away.

I opened up Skyrim with HD texture pack with everything to the max. The lot. Opened up fraps and it never drops below the 60fps cap you have with fraps so I don't know what fps I am actually getting. The graphics card is absolutely silent - the only noise coming from my computer are my case fans. I had a look in Afterburner, the card was running at about 38 degrees, maxed out on skyrim with hd textures over 60+ fps. My 570 ran at 38 degrees IDLE. Even though, the 7950 seemed like it was only idle at maximum settings on skyrim, unbelievable. You couldn't even feel the fans moving if you put your hand under the card.

As I said, I haven't overclocked the card yet, I hear you can hit 7970/680 clocks on the 7950 and its fast enough as it is.
This is a very powerful card, I'm never going back to nVidia. The 570 is still a great card but its not in the same league as my new 7950.
The cooler on this thing is amazing.

If you're looking at getting a 7970, don't waste the extra money. Get the MSI Twin Frozr 7950, its an insane card. So insane, I felt I had to express my opinions of it after 30 minutes on Skyrim.

Buy this card!
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Does yours have the 7970 pcb and where did you purchase from?
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I'm not sure. I'll have to look into it.
And I bought it from scan.

I've tested the card again, been playing Far Cry 3 on flat out maximum, recording with fraps at about 30fps whilst recording, temp no higher than 52 degrees, fans only at 45. Get about 50 fps without recording. Very playable frames for FC3.
I've slightly OC'd to 950 clock on stock voltage but obviously at only 50 degrees there's still a lot of room for more clock.
I've heard of 7950's at 1200+ clock.
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buy another one and the sexiness will be unlock....Have you tried 13.2 drivers?
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Well I only got the card today so I'm running the latest drivers.
I'm just trying to get the best OC without temps above 70 with out changing voltage since I'm running on a Corsair CX600 at the minute.
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Not the same card but I am super happy with my 7870. Was a large step up from my 5770 that lasted me a good four years. I think AMD did a great job on the 7 Series of cards. The GCN arch was a nice performance increase from 5 and 6 series cards.
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I'm not sure. I'll have to look into it.
And I bought it from scan.

I've tested the card again, been playing Far Cry 3 on flat out maximum, recording with fraps at about 30fps whilst recording, temp no higher than 52 degrees, fans only at 45. Get about 50 fps without recording. Very playable frames for FC3.
I've slightly OC'd to 950 clock on stock voltage but obviously at only 50 degrees there's still a lot of room for more clock.
I've heard of 7950's at 1200+ clock.

amazing temps. if you have a 8 pin + 6 pin power then you have the HD 7970 PCB version. congrats. also your cx600 has 46a on +12v rail. so you have enough power for overclocking. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
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Nice review man I got a MSi R7870 Hawk slightly overclocked, I know what its like MSI CARDS FOREVER!! very quiet very cool.
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I know you're impressed, but a GTX 570 is basically similar to a HD7850 1GB wink.gif
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amazing temps. if you have a 8 pin + 6 pin power then you have the HD 7970 PCB version. congrats. also your cx600 has 46a on +12v rail. so you have enough power for overclocking. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

I have the dual 6 pin - I bought that one on purpose cause my 570 used them so the cables were easier. Wish I got the 7970 board now though lol.
Thanks for the info on the power supply by the way!
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