Review of MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO
After months of anticipation and a few weeks of delays, AMD’s new RDNA 2 upgrade has arrived, with the new flagship Radeon RX 6950 XT in the form of MSI’s new custom Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO graphics card in my hands. Let’s get right to work.
On the Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO, MSI isn’t altering much with its TRI FROZR 2S cooling system, but there are some tweaks under the hood with the Navi 21 KXTX GPU and quicker 16GB of GDDR6 now at 18Gbps. It’s MSI’s and AMD’s fastest RDNA 2-based Radeon GPU until RDNA 3 is released later this year.
The new Radeon RX 6950 XT is an RDNA 2 update
The Radeon RX 6950 XT is a new RDNA 2 upgrade that competes more closely with NVIDIA’s recently introduced top GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card… but falls short of the RTX 3090.
AMD won’t be able to respond to that new flagship Ampere GPU until its new RDNA 3 architecture is out, but pushing Navi 21 KXTX + greater TDP + and upping the GDDR6 clock speed helps I suppose. Review of MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO
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Let’s Talk About Costs / Price
AMD kicked out the RDNA 2 GPU update with a higher “beginning from” $1299 MSRP on the new flagship Radeon RX 6950 XT, but that was immediately revised to “starting from” $1099. This is $100 higher than the Radeon RX 6900 XT’s initial MSRP of $999.
- AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT (8GB): starting from $399
- AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT (12GB): starting from $549
- AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT (16GB): starting from $1099
The firm is fortunate in that GPU prices are dropping just as they are renewing its RDNA 2-based GPUs. Review of MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO
Updates to AMD Software
AMD’s latest Radeon GPU drivers include a slew of performance enhancements, new technologies, and other goodies. For this evaluation, I used the Adrenalin v22.10 beta drivers, but new drivers with these upgrades will be available soon.
Radeon Super Resolution from AMD (RSR)
The newest drivers include AMD’s new Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) technology, which coincides with the release of the new RDNA 2 refresh GPUs. RSR takes everything of AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSRcapabilities )’s and puts them into the driver to provide free performance boosts in tens of thousands of games. Review of MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO
RX 6950 XT Technical Specifications
The GPU on the Radeon RX 6950 XT hasn’t changed much, but we do have some faster GDDR6 memory — the same 16GB of GDDR6, but now at 18Gbps, up from 16Gbps. This improves performance over the Radeon RX 6900 XT, but it still falls short of NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.
The new Radeon RX 6950 XT outperforms the Radeon RX 6900 XT across the board, but only by a little margin… what it benefits from here is that AMD has increased the RX 6950 XT’s default TDP to 335W. On the custom MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO, we can push that up to 360-370W. Review of MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT GAMING X TRIO