MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X TRIO review

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MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X TRIO 16GB

There's a new flagship in town, the MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X TRIO is just blazingly fast. As AMD refreshes its rDNA 2 graphics card portfolio with a new family of cards in 2022, this card series now comes with 18 Gbps memory and even faster clock frequencies. And paired with a power limiter tweak, this beast seems to be up to 20% faster than a 6900 XT. The year 2022 is roughly halfway and AMD now revamps its RDNA 2 graphics card portfolio with a new family of graphics cards. All are rehashed and thus reconfigured products and that means this is not a new generation of cards, but rather an incremental improvement based on the same RDNA 2 architecture. The main difference here is the usage of quicker memory. All three graphics cards include up to 18Gbps GDDR6 memory chips, up from 16Gbps on non-50 versions. Some AIBs will configure the 6650 XT at 17.5 Gbps though with OC models configured at 18 GBps.  All graphics cards also use a comparable GPU seen from their predecessor but will arrive with increased memory and boost/game clock rates. As such the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT will sit above the Radeon RX 6900 XT, and the Radeon RX 6750 XT will sit above the Radeon RX 6700 XT. of course the Radeon RX 6650 XT will sit above the Radeon RX 6600 XT. Consider this to be AMD's own 'SUPER'; however, the shader and RT count remain identical without any big advancements. The lineup is intended to provide performance enhancements ranging from 5-to-10%, and memory will play a significant role in meeting these performance objectives. Once again, the new lineup would be as follows:

  • Radeon RX 6950 XT: 5120 SPs, 16GB GDDR6 (18Gbps), 256-bit bus, 335W TBP
  • Radeon RX 6900 XT: 5120 SPs, 16GB GDDR6 (16Gbps), 256-bit bus, 300W TBP
  • Radeon RX 6750 XT: 2560 SPs, 12GB GDDR6 (18Gbps), 192-bit bus, 250 TBP
  • Radeon RX 6700 XT: 2560 SPs, 12GB GDDR6 (16Gbps), 192-bit bus, 230W TBP
  • Radeon RX 6650 XT: 2048 SPs, 8GB GDDR6 (18Gbps), 128-bit bus, 180 TBP
  • Radeon RX 6600 XT: 2048 SPs, 8GB GDDR6 (16Gbps), 128-bit bus, 160W TBP


AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series
RX 6950 XTRX 6900 XTRX 6750RX 6700 XTRX 6650 XTRX 6600 XT
GPU Navi 21 XT(XH) Navi 21 XT(XH) Navi 22 XT Navi 22 XT Navi 23 XT Navi 23 XT
Cores 5120 5120 2560 2560 2048 2048
TMUs 320 320 160 160 128 128
ROPs 128 128 64 64 64 64
Infinity Cache 128 MB 128 MB 96 MB 96 MB 32 MB 32 MB
Boost Clock 2310 MHz 2250 MHz 2600 MHz 2581 MHz 2635 MHz 2359 MHz
Memory Clock 18 Gbps 16 Gbps 18 Gbps 16 Gbps 17.5 Gbps 16 Gbps
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 576 GB/s 512 GB/s 432 GB/s 384 GB/s 280 GB/s 256 GB/s
TBP 335W 300W 250W 230W 180W 160W
MSRP 1099 USD 999 USD 549 USD 479 USD 399 USD 379 USD
Launch Date May 2022 December 2021 May 2022 March 2021 May 2022 August 2021

MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X TRIO

This week we'll have a wide selection of graphics cards from that new 6x50 series to show you. This particular review will look at the MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X TRIO. MSI will release multiple iterations of the series, the Gaming TRIO and the Gaming X TRIO. The latter of the two we tested has a quicker boost clock and TDP, which results in an increase in performance. Apart from that, the hardware and components are similar. As you can see, the TRIO series receives the same cooler as their premium devices, with the exception of a cosmetic adjustment. While the similar-looking TRIO NVIDIA cooler is entirely black, the AMD model features silver-colored insert pieces, which we find a little distracting. You may also anticipate a device with a pretty fast Turbo clock speed of 2454 MHz (2310 MHz = reference clock speed) and, of course, 16GB of graphics RAM. But yeah that's almost a 150 Mhz tweak all by itself there. The product is quite innovative in that it has a TRIO TriFrozr cooler that cools all key components, including the GPU, DRAM, and the whole VRM sector. The card is 32.4cm in length and features a 2.7-slot design. It houses three enormous 8-pin PCIe power connections; so, if you do the accumulation, you'll arrive with a board power rating of 150+150+150+75(PCIe), or 525 Watts. It includes a backplate and the appropriate amount of RGB bling. The card's I/O section features three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and one HDMI 2.1 connection. The 16GB GDDR6 memory operates at a speed of 2250 MHz (18 Gbps effective). We also need to discuss pricing; these cards should be around the 1000 USD range, but because they will be scarce for several months, we anticipate costs to dawdle around 1250 USD. True, there is little else we can say. We'll discuss this more in conclusion. As usual, we have a lot to discuss and show you; please proceed to the next page.


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