MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X TRIO review

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The Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT, 6900 XT, and 6950 XT all include 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, the latter one now operates at 18 Gbps (effective data rate).. The cooling system is built around a large cooler that houses three fans. The cards all include HDMI 2.1 connections and the most recent DisplayPort generation. This card will retain three 8-pin headers; configuration is determined by AIC/AIB selections since partner cards are allowed to utilize whatever they consider appropriate. The card features a sleek housing concealing the beefy cooler. While the design incorporates certain luxury elements, such as the TRI FROZR cooler series, the fans are an upgraded TORX FAN v4.0 design. It weighs almost 2 kg, which is quite a bit. Regardless, you can utilize a strong VGA mount (included). Having said that, we test a card's out-of-the-box setup in performance mode. Naturally, we'll include thermals and acoustics in our experiments for both modes.


The retail package for the MSI RX 6950 XT Gaming X Trio has a picture of the card on the front, the model name, a couple of features (4K UHD compatibility, 16 GB VRAM, PCIe 4.0), and the MSI Dragon, indicating that this is from the Gaming lineup.

GPU AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Interface PCI Express Gen 4 PCI Express Gen 4
Stream Processors 5120 (80 Compute Units) 5120 (80 Compute Units)
Core Clock Boost : Up to 2340MHz Boost: Up to 2454 
Memory Speed 16 Gbps 18 Gbps
Memory 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit
Output DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) HDMI x 1
(Supports 4K@120Hz as specified in HDMI 2.1)
DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) HDMI x 1
(Supports 4K@120Hz as specified in HDMI 2.1)
HDCP Support Y Y
Power consumption 300W 335 / 350W
Power connectors 8-pin x 3 8-pin x 3
Recommended PSU 850 W 850 W
Card Dimension(mm) 324x 141x 55 mm 324x 141x 55 mm
Weight (Card / Package) 1576g / 2381g 1576g / 2381g
DirectX Version Support 12 API 12 API
OpenGL Version Support 4.6 4.6
Maximum Displays 4 4
VR Ready Y Y
Digital Maximum Resolution 7680 x 4320 7680 x 4320



MSI's current RDNA2 card portfolio includes the basic reference version, Gaming Trio, and Gaming X Trio. I'd anticipate a SUPRIM version and possibly lower-priced "Mech" variants in the future as well.



The Tri Frozr 2 heatsink and three Torx 4.0 fans are used in our MSI RX 6950 XT Gaming X Trio. The fans employ ball bearings to reduce noise and have a longer lifespan. The new fan blades come in pairs, two tied together by a linked outer ring, which MSI claims concentrates airflow into the heatsink. The RX 6950 XT GXT also has Zero Frozr technology, which keeps the fans turned off until cooling is required, making it quiet at low temperatures.



MSI has also installed additional heatsinks behind the cooler for the power supply system, which generates a lot of heat while under stress. These are passive heatsinks that use the airflow rather than making direct contact with the cooler. In our testing, the RX 6950 XT Gaming X Trio reached 75°C under load at stock speeds while remaining silent.


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