As the nice graphics card scarcity of 2021 continues, playing cards just like the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X are revealing simply how dire issues have grow to be. As a result of, if all have been regular, it is a graphics card that will value solely a bit over the $479 (£419.99 about AU$620) that the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT launched at.
As an alternative, on account of a mixture of tariffs and provide points, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X retails for $789 within the US, which is greater than $300 greater than the AMD model of the cardboard. And whereas MSI’s model of the GPU is quicker than AMD’s reference design, it by no means justifies the upper value of the cardboard.
Out of the field, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT is at most 4% quicker than the reference model of the GPU, in Metro Exodus at 1440p. That hole narrows down to simply 1 fps at 4K, which is mainly simply equal efficiency. So, until you are going to be overclocking, there’s mainly no purpose to shell out the additional money for the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT.
In contrast to the beefier playing cards within the MSI Gaming X lineup just like the RTX 3080 or RTX 3090, nevertheless, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X nonetheless simply contains a dual-fan cooling configuration. MSI did beef up the cooling slightly bit with a a lot thicker heatsink, which will increase the graphics card profile to 2.5 slots, up from the two slots of the reference RX 6700 XT. Energy supply can also be a bit extra strong right here, with two 8-pin PCIe energy connectors, quite than the 6+8-pin energy connectors of AMD’s model.
In fact, that does imply that the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT will take up a major quantity of house in your PC case. The graphics card is 10.98 inches lengthy and 5.15 inches thick, which implies some people which might be making an attempt to construct an excellent compact PC would possibly run into some bother. Ensure you measure your PC case so you recognize whether or not or not this beast will slot in there.
This could result in higher overclocking potential, nevertheless it’s finest to mood your expectations right here. The 2 additional energy connectors will add slightly extra wiggle room for GPU voltage, nevertheless it will not be sufficient to make an enormous distinction or make that added $300 value it.
Fortunately, the graphics card does look fairly superb. On the again there is a modern black steel backplate, bearing the MSI Dragon brand. Over on the aspect, the heatsink is generally uncovered, apart from an MSI-branded fin on the aspect. And, after all, there’s loads of RGB lighting, identical to each different graphics card within the MSI Gaming X lineup.
The lighting shall be discovered each on the MSI brand on the aspect of the graphics card, and on accents in between the followers on the entrance of the shroud. You possibly can management this lighting by the MSI dragon software program, too, which will even can help you tweak along with your different graphics card settings.
As for ports, you get three DisplayPort and one HDMI 2.1 port, so fairly customary fare. We do type of want that there was a USB-C port, particularly for folk who wish to make the most of the 12GB of GDDR6 reminiscence for artistic workloads like Blender and Adobe Premiere.
However that is not likely what this graphics card is for. That is primarily a GPU meant for gaming, which implies nothing issues if it may well’t ship the frames.
We’re primarily taking a look at 1440p gaming efficiency, principally as a result of that is the place this graphics card shines. There’s additionally an enormous ‘1440p’ brand on the entrance of the retail field, in order that’s the place it actually must ship.
Take a look at system specs
That is the system we used to check the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X
CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K (10-core, as much as 5.3GHz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Grasp Masterliquid 360P Silver Version
RAM: 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3,200MHz
Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero
SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Professional @ 1TB
Energy Provide: Corsair AX1000
Case: Praxis Wetbench
Fortunately, it delivers 1440p gaming efficiency in spades. The one video games that the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT did not ship higher than 60 fps at 1440p are Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 and Metro Exodus with ray tracing enabled. And, actually, these are extraordinarily exhausting to run, particularly on the settings we use for benchmarking.
For Pink Lifeless Redemption 2, we crank up each setting that is not multi-sampled anti-aliasing (MSAA). In order for you a flawless 60 fps with these settings, you are going to wish to get an RTX 3080 or the like – if you’ll find one.
And as for Metro Exodus with ray tracing, nicely, AMD graphics playing cards aren’t fairly as much as snuff for that type of workload but. And the beefier cooler and barely improved energy supply aren’t going to vary the truth that the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT is not precisely the very best ray tracing card.
You possibly can flip the tech on, however we would not advise it until you are on a 1080p panel. Most individuals are nonetheless utilizing a 1080p show, although, and at that decision the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT is an absolute beast.
In video games like Dust 5 and Murderer’s Creed Valhalla at 1080p, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT can simply hit 120 fps. It does drop a bit in Metro Exodus and Pink Lifeless Redemption 2, nevertheless it nonetheless will get framerates above 60 fps, so that you’re just about golden at that decision.
However sadly, all of it comes again to the worth. Regardless of how good this card seems to be and performs, it would not justify the large value improve, even when it isn’t solely MSI’s fault. Proper now, we’re in a state of affairs the place it is best to most likely simply purchase the primary graphics card that you simply discover in inventory, however that state of affairs will not final without end.
If and when costs get again to regular, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT will nonetheless be almost twice the worth of AMD’s model of the cardboard, and it means we merely cannot advocate it.
Purchase it if…
You need strong 1440p efficiency
The MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT is greater than able to enjoying all the newest and biggest PC video games at 1440p with max settings. In the event you bought a shiny new 1440p monitor, this graphics card shall be an excellent match.
You play esports video games at 1080p
When you have a excessive refresh 1080p gaming monitor, the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT will present 100+ fps in most video games in the marketplace at the moment, not to mention easy-to-run esports titles like Overwatch and Valorant.
Do not buy it if…
You are on a finances
The MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT is pricey. Like, actually costly. The MSRP for this model of the 6700 XT is a whopping 64% greater than the common model of the graphics card. Until it is actually the one graphics card you should buy – which is probably going on the time of writing – it isn’t value it.
You could have a extremely tiny case
Graphics playing cards at this tier are normally nice for small kind issue PCs, however MSI actually went out of its strategy to beef up the cooling answer on supply, which expands its dimension to a 2.5-slot graphics card that’s almost 11 inches lengthy.