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MSI R7950 TF3 or HIS 7950 IceQ X² Boost

Poll Results: Which of these 7950s should I pick?

 
  • 63% (7)
    HIS 7950 IceQ X² Boost
  • 36% (4)
    MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3
  • 0% (0)
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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've been jonesin' for a pair of 7950s on 7970 PCBs with unlocked voltage. It looks like these two cards are the best options of the five or six available.

  • HIS has more power phases (better for overclocking?)
  • MSI has lower power draw by roughly 20W (more forgiving PSU requirements)
  • HIS looks to be about $10-20 more than MSI

I will be replacing my current single 23" 1080p monitor with a three thin-bezeled (and/or debezeled by Vega) 23" monitors or one 27" 1440p monitor by summer's end. The goal is to basically bring these to 7970 levels individually, so in crossfire they should satisfy me for at least a couple years (unless display tech really changes).

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post #2 of 13
HIS 7950 IceQ X² Boost thumb.gif

If you want to bring them to 7970 level, this would be your best bet.
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post #3 of 13
I vote for msi. I just can't get into green PCBs.
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I have the HIS and run them 1170/1600 all day with very minor voltage bump.

The MSI doesnt have dl-dvi so the choice should be clear.
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I count two mini DP, 1 HDMI, and 1 DVI on both cards. And it's the MSI with the green PCB.

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post #6 of 13
I had two 7970 IceQ X2 something or others. They both failed within 24 hours and I went with a refund the second time. They also had very low ASIC quality (65-70 iirc).

I just wanted to give you a heads up. I'm sure others have had great experiences, but I got 2 lemons in a row.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that they both coil whined like nobody's business. The fans were quiet, but I could hear the squeal of the coil whine through noise canceling headphones.
Edited by HollywoodGKS - 5/22/13 at 8:31pm
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Hm, that's good info. Thanks to two PSU's I've learned I can pick up coil whine quite easily, so I'll have to read up on whether that's common with the HIS cards.
    
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by BBEG View Post





I count two mini DP, 1 HDMI, and 1 DVI on both cards. And it's the MSI with the green PCB.

I love you guys. tongue.gif

Check again, the card on top with the letters MSI on the bracket has a dark brown PCB.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by latexyankee View Post

I have the HIS and run them 1170/1600 all day with very minor voltage bump.

The MSI doesnt have dl-dvi so the choice should be clear.

I have a MSI Twin Frozr III 7950 running at 1250 / 1600 all day stable even on Heaven for an hour. with voltage at 1.2v

Also MSI twin frozr III DOES have dl-DVI.. no clue what this guy is talking about lol... So yes.. the choice SHOULD be clear lmao...
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I have a MSI Twin Frozr III 7950 running at 1250 / 1600 all day stable even on Heaven for an hour. with voltage at 1.2v

Also MSI twin frozr III DOES have dl-DVI.. no clue what this guy is talking about lol... So yes.. the choice SHOULD be clear lmao...

Wrong again, the MSI does not have dual link dvi, it is standard. Meaning with this card you cannot play above 1080p unless you have a display port input on your monitor or want to shell out cash for an active adapter(around $100).

So for future proofing and the performance of these cards are almost meant for resolutions above 1080 (one would be fine for 1080) it would be wise to go with the HIS.

So..yes....the choice SHOULD be clear lmao...
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