by Rob Williams on June 29, 2011 in Graphics & Displays
On the lookout for a higher-end graphics card, but value both temperatures and acoustics? MSI, with its Radeon HD 6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition (*phew*) may have just what you’re looking for. In our tests, it often settled right beside more expensive offerings, and where acoustics and temperatures are concerned, it can’t be beat.
It’s not that often that faithful PC gamers get a proper racing game for their platform of choice, but Dirt 2 is one of those. While it is a “console port”, there’s virtually nothing in the game that will make that point stand out. The game as a whole takes good advantage of our PC’s hardware, and it’s as challenging as it is good-looking.
Manual Run-through: The race we chose to use in Dirt 2 is the first one available in the game, as it’s easily accessible and features a lot of GPU-pounding effects that the game has become known for, such as realistic dust and water effects, a large on-looking crowd of people and fine details on and off the track. Each run-through lasts the entire two laps, which comes out to about 2.5 minutes.
Here’s a super-strong start for MSI here, with its HD 6950 pushing past the HD 6970 at 1680 and 1080p, only to be surpassed by a mere 1 FPS at 2560. With the performance as strong as it is compared to the HD 6970, it’s clear that AMD has had some nice driver optimizations put in place since we last benchmarked the HD 6970 (10.12).