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MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3DG5/OC Review: Budget Tahiti or GTX 670 Pretender?

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: MSI

Results: Skyrim

This is the latest benchmark added to my testing suite, and much needed. While LOTRO was a DirectX 11 based title, it really was showing its age. Though Skyrim is officially a DirectX 9 title, it is far more stressful than LOTRO ever was. Settings are put at Ultra, 16X AF, and 8X AA with FXAA enabled and all distances maxed out. The optional high resolution textures are used. A manual run-through of Whiterun was captured by FRAPS. VSYNC is disabled through the ini file.

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Those results are interesting. And not in a really good way. It is tough to make heads or tails of these results, and only at 2560x1600 do we see things somewhat shake out as expected. Somewhat. In this particular case the 7870 is slightly ahead of the 7950. All settings are the same and the cards were tested on the same system. I guess Skyrim has enough peculiarities still that it is not as reproducible as we had hoped?

 

June 6, 2012 | 02:39 PM - Posted by Arb1 (not verified)

399$ also buy ya a gtx670. Title says 670 but in the benchmark graph's list a 580.

June 6, 2012 | 04:06 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

In the "Test Setup" section I explained what cards I used in this review. So far I have no GTX 670 or 680 boards in residence for comparison purposes.

June 6, 2012 | 07:16 PM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

Interesting Josh doesn't have an SSD in his rig

June 6, 2012 | 08:12 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

heh, yeah Allyn needs to hook him up :P

Probably because of all the games he has to keep installed on there

June 7, 2012 | 06:53 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Yeah, that would really only affect loading times, which I don't test when doing a vid card review. But Allyn is always welcome to throw me some SSDs whenever he feels like it!

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