Final words and conclusion
Admittedly, I like the 6750 XT refresh better than the 6650 XT one, all in all, your gain will be roughly 10% coming from reference. It is possible that the standard RX 6750 XT performs similarly to the RTX 3070 and sometimes 3070 Ti or 3080, but solely in terms of shading performance. Raytracing performance is extremely slower than that of team green products. Also, your performance benefit is is mainly to be found in the lower resolutions thanks to caching techniques applied. While the Infinity cache works well in most cases, it was designed as a workaround for a deficiency in the memory type chosen (GDDR6 versus GDDR6X). The current AMD GPUs are memory bandwidth constrained, even when using GDDR6 at 18 Gbps, but especially when using a 192-bit wide memory bus. We do question AMD's attempt to justify a starting price of 549 USD as well.
Performance spread reference
We've been fairly busy over the last week or so, with eight Radeon RX 6x50 XT reviews lined up, technically more as we're still waiting on a Gigabyte sample as well. Thus, the variances are not enormous from top to bottom; have a look:
The outcome above is arbitrary in that it varies by a single percent here and there, less so in fillrate-constrained cases and more so in GPU-constrained ones. However, when compared to the fastest AIB cards, you're looking at 3 to 4% differentials (depending on game and resolution). Mind you, AMD did not supply reference samples, thus you're looking at AIB results.
Cooling & acoustic
MSI features a well-designed cooling system. Expect a game load temperature of up to 65 degrees Celsius, depending on the internal airflow of your chassis. While the device remains rather silent acoustically, it reaches a 34 DBa level with this TRIO model, owing mostly to the measured ~300W power design. It is, nevertheless, sufficiently quiet. Our FLIR imagery demonstrates that the card is barely losing heat. In general, we are rather content with what we witness.
Heat output and energy consumption are closely related to each other, as (graphics) processors and heat can be perceived as a 1:1 state; 250 Watts in energy consumption approaches close to 250 Watts in heat as output. This is the basis of TDP. AMD is listing the card at 250W, which is okay at best for a graphics card in the year 2022. We measure numbers slightly above the XT's advertised values; we measure the entire power consumption of the card to close in at ~285 Watt, that's total board power not TGP (fans and RGB can easily utilize 10~15 Watts).
Coil squeal hardly was present on the 6750 XT, just as it is on any other card these days, albeit to a smaller extent than usual. Is it a bothersome annoyance? It is, without a doubt, at a volume that is difficult no concern. This type of noise would be muffled in a closed chassis and fade into the background. With an open chassis, on the other hand, you may hear coil whine/squeal. In some way or another, all graphics cards do this, especially when running at higher frame rates; this can be perceived.
AMD has done a great job with NAVI22. However, the price of an entry-level to mainstream graphics card has risen to $549. Too pricy? Yes, we agree. The cards sit close to RTX 3060 Ti and 3070 performance, but only in shading performance. Raw Raytracing performance lags behind the competitors.
The RX 6750 XT enjoys having more memory bandwidth available to it. You can add it manually and get up to 18.5; however, results will vary depending on the board, brand, and even card due to cooling (GDDR6/GPU/VRM) and other factors. We could get this AMD Navi GPU to run at a very respectable 2950 MHz with a little GPU tweaking. And that's without any anomalies or crashes of any kind. The dynamic clock frequency is now hovering in the ~2900 MHz range, depending on the load, game/app, and board assigned power. Even so, that's quite a feat. As is always the case, all of your tweaking and increased energy consumption will only provide you with a maximum of ~5% improvement in performance (depending on your results and model graphics card). It must successfully complete four-game runs (in four different games) in 2560x1440 resolution in order to be considered stable enough to be listed here.
The Radeon RX 6750 XT's foundation architecture is sound, MSI enhanced it with a more sophisticated PCB design, component choices, and a beefier triple-fan cooler. This formula is effective, delivering a result that is maybe 3–4% quicker over the reference, depending on the display resolution and game. You'll have a device with excellent performance in the WQHD range at very acceptable temperatures and lovely acoustic levels. Aesthetically, the card is nice, albeit a little bulky for its product range. However, we believe MSI should abandon the silver-colored parts on the cooling shroud. As previously said, this is an excellent Full HD and Quad HD card with Ultra HD capabilities. Raytracing performance on this generation RDNA2 card is adequate at best and allows for some experimentation with it. AMD is lacking in DLSS capabilities but does give your RSR. All of this might be forgiven if the product were reasonably priced, which it is not. We believe the card as tested will retail for around 550~600 USD, and although we can suggest the card for gaming at 2560x1440, we have a hard time justifying the confusing price tag. It's a lovely product build though, proper quality with all the right boxes being ticked. If you're coming from a Series 5000 card, it might be a nice upgrade, but we can't dismiss the fact that Radeon series 7000 slowly is becoming visible on the horizon as well.
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