MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X Review 4

MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X Review

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Introduction

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We have with us the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X, a premium custom-design graphics card based on the new RX 6700 XT AMD is debuting today. With the RX 6700 XT, AMD is taking the fight to NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, which heats things up in the sub-$500 market segment. With the new RDNA2 Radeon RX 6000 series, the playing field is mostly leveled as AMD now supports real-time raytracing. AMD took everyone by surprise with its Radeon RX 6800/6900 series launch, spring-boarding the company back into the high-end segment, and the company is planning a similar move on the performance segment.



The Radeon RX 6700 XT debuts AMD's new 7 nm Navi 22 silicon that's roughly as big as the GA104, with a similar transistor-count. It packs 40 RDNA2 compute units, which makes for 2,560 stream processors running at speeds in excess of 2.40 GHz, 40 Ray Accelerators, specialized hardware that accelerate raytracing by calculating ray-intersections, 160 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. AMD has also raised the standard memory size with this generation, and the RX 6700 XT comes with 12 GB of it—a 50% increase over the RX 5700 XT. The only "gotcha" is the narrower 192-bit memory bus width. The memory clock is increased to 16 Gbps, and AMD deployed Infinity Cache, a fast on-die 96 MB cache that works to improve the overall memory system bandwidth. We get into the details on the next page.

The MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT features the company's latest MSI Performance Gaming Twin Frozr cooling solution. While this is smaller than the triple-fan Tri Frozr, it's one of the heavier cards in our lab today, with a chunky triple-slot heatsink. You also get plenty of RGB goodness. As a Gaming X SKU, MSI has given the card factory-overclocked speeds of 2.63 GHz maximum boost, compared to the 2.58 GHz reference. MSI hasn't provided any pricing information, but we expect it to end up selling for at least $750.

Our Radeon RX 6700 XT launch-day coverage includes six articles including this one. Do check them out!
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Radeon RX 6700 XT Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060$6003584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641400 MHz1800 MHz1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$7004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$700
MSRP: $480
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
MSI RX 6700 XT
Gaming X
$7502560642424 MHz2634 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$8005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$10003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$130046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$13008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RX 6900 XT$150051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$2000104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
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