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I'm from the UK and I see MSI released a Twin Frozr III Boost Edition. Is this a good card to go for? I am simply looking for a card that has a good enough cooler that it will be quiet at stock but have a good amount of overclocking headroom. Which card should I get and where from (Heard there's a lot of free game promos flying around).
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Your best option in terms of price/performance and free games would be either theSapphire AMD Radeon HD 7950 or the Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 with Crysis 3 & Bioshock Infinite. The Sapphire has an addtl $20 MIR rebate. Either one is pretty much guaranteed to overclock to 1050. I have the Sapphire and got it up to 1075 without even touching the voltage.

EDIT: Sorry, didn't see your from the UK, so superbiiz is probably not an option for you guiltysmiley.gif Still, either of those two cards is a good choice!
Edited by 8bitG33k - 2/21/13 at 12:46pm
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I have my GB 7950 up to 1160/1700 without any voltage increase, granted it is at 1.25v stock.

But in actuality the Msi is good too
    
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I really like the look of the MSI 7950 Twin Frozr III Boost Edition but wondering what the TFIII coolers are like etc.
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Cant say anything with any certainty about the Twin Frozrs but a quick glance at a google search, I'm pretty sure they are very competent and quiet coolers. And I recall people having reported good stuff about them. On the other hand my Sapphire never breaks 61c (overclocked to 1075) and I cant hear a thing.

If the MSI 7950 you're looking at has the same new clock speeds of 900~950 as the GA and Sapphire then go for it!
Edited by 8bitG33k - 2/21/13 at 1:28pm
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The MSI I am looking at has:

GPU Clock: 880 MHz
Boost Clock: 960 MHz
Memory Clock: 1250 MHz
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Originally Posted by Mackem View Post

The MSI I am looking at has:

GPU Clock: 880 MHz
Boost Clock: 960 MHz
Memory Clock: 1250 MHz

Ok, so that's a 7950 Boost card then. Most people seem to have either Sapphire or Gigabyte, but that is likely only due to the fact that Sapphire and GA were the first ones (along with Powercolor) to jump on the new 7950 bandwagon. I think MSI came out with their 7950B edition only a very short while (days?) ago.

Hard to say anything at this point since not many people have it yet, but imo I think it's a very good choice! If you prefer the aesthetics of the MSI over GA or Sapphire, MSI should be on par with those both in terms of performance and in terms of featuring a high quality, low noise cooling solution. If you want to stick with something tried and true, go with one of the other two. I can vouch for the kickassedness and quietness of the Sapphire.
Edited by 8bitG33k - 2/21/13 at 1:55pm
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Which Sapphire is it? Can't seem to find it on a UK site. I see the Vapor-X and the Windforce 3X but can't see any others.
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Gigabyte Windforce 3x, Sapphire Dual-X or HIS IceQ perform better, I'd stick with them.

The Gigabyte is the cheapest right now:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7950-windforce-3x-5000mhz-gddr5-900mhz-1792-cores-dual-link-dvi-i-hdmi-2x-min

With ZF1 BIOS the card runs at 1.25v which should allow a nice overclock. thumb.gif
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What would you say is the order from best-worst for perfomance and best-worst for noise/temperatures?
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