MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT 16 GB, RX 6750 XT 12 GB, RX 6650 XT 8 GB Graphics Cards Review: The Refreshed Trio Emerges!

MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT 16 GB, RX 6750 XT 12 GB, RX 6650 XT 8 GB Graphics Cards Review: The Refreshed Trio Emerges!

PRODUCT INFO

MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X Trio, MSI Radeon RX 6750 XT Gaming X Trio, MSI Radeon RX 6650 XT Gaming X

May 2022

Type Graphics Cards
Price $1099 / $549 / $449

AMD showcased some impressive performance uplifts with its first outing of the RDNA 2 graphics architecture infused within the DNA of the Radeon RX 6000 series lineup. Now, more than a year since its launch, AMD has decided to refresh its entire Navi 2X portfolio of graphics cards with the latest Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT, and RX 6650 XT.

The 2nd Generation RDNA 2 architecture delivers an impressive leap in performance per watt while offering a range of new features. Now, these features and the same performance uplift are coming to higher-performance optimized variants which include the latest feature set & offer higher clocks.

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT, RX 6650 XT Graphics Cards Launched: Refreshing The RDNA 2 Lineup One Last Time!

The AMD RDNA 2 architecture for its Big Navi Radeon RX 6800/RX 6900 & mainstream Radeon RX 6700/RX 6600 series graphics cards have a lot to offer. In addition to architectural enhancements, you can expect hardware-accelerated ray tracing, smart access memory, Infinity Cache, and a lot more features on the deck which make the lineup one of the most competitive enthusiast families that AMD has ever positioned against NVIDIA.

Some of the main features of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards include:

AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition
AMD FidelityFX Technology – AMD FidelityFX technology is an open-source toolkit of visual enhancement effects for game developers available at AMD GPUOpen. It includes AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 1.0 spatial upscaling technology, which is supported in 80+ games and counting. It also includes the forthcoming AMD FSR 2.0, a cutting-edge temporal upscaling solution that boosts framerates in supported games and generates similar or better than native image quality on a wide range of graphics cards.
AMD Smart Access Memory (SAM) Technology
AMD Infinity Cache Technology – Last-level data cache integrated on the GPU die is designed to reduce latency and power consumption and can help enable higher gaming performance than traditional architectural designs.
DirectX 12 Ultimate Support – Enables games to deliver mind-blowing visuals with real-time DirectX Raytracing (DXR), Variable Rate Shading, and other advanced features, elevating games to a new level of realism.
AMD Radeon Anti-Lag – Helps decrease input-to-display response times, making games more responsive and offering a competitive edge in gameplay.
AMD Radeon Boost – AMD Radeon Boost with support for Variable Rate Shading can provide up to a 48-percent performance increase in Warframe during fast-motion gaming scenarios by dynamically reducing image resolution or by varying shading rates for different regions of a frame, increasing framerates and fluidity, and bolstering responsiveness with virtually no perceptual impact on image quality.

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT – Navi 21 KXTX Powered Flagship

The AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT will come packed with the Navi 21 KXTX GPU in its fully-enabled die config featuring 80 Compute Units or 5120 SPs. The card will also feature 16 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit bus interface. There are also 80 Ray accelerators for ray-tracing enablement on the graphics cards (one RA per Compute Unit). The graphics card will operate at a GPU clock of 2.1 GHz and a boost clock of 2310 MHz. That’s an increase of up to 4% over the RX 6900 XT reference model which clocked at 2015 and 2250 MHz, respectively. The graphics card will offer up to 23.65 TFLOPs of peak FP32 performance.

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In addition to the standard memory, the Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card will also feature 128 MB of Infinity Cache on the GPU die. The cache will help boost bandwidth for higher performance at resolutions beyond 1080p HD. The 128 MB Infinity Cache boosts the standard 512 GB/s bandwidth by 3x, delivering an effective bandwidth of up to 1.728.2 TB/s. The graphics card will feature 18 Gbps GDDR6 memory dies, delivering an effective bandwidth of 576 GB/s. The card will rock a 335W TBP (a 35W bump over the RX 6900 XT).

As for the design of the graphics card, it will ship in the same ‘Midnight Black’ flavor as the 6800 XT Limited Edition with a 2.5 slot cooler, a massive triple-fan cooled heatsink, and power provided by 2 8-pin connectors. In terms of performance, the Radeon RX 6950 XT should offer 4-5% better GPU performance than the RX 6900 XT and around 10% better performance than the RTX 3090, making it around as fast as the RTX 3090 Ti.

AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT – The Fastest Navi 22 KXT Mainstream

The AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT will be packing the Navi 22 KXT GPU and feature 40 compute units which are equal to 2560 stream processors. The graphics chip also features 40 Ray accelerators for raytracing capabilities on the RDNA 2-based GPUs. The graphics card will come clocked at 2495 MHz ‘Game’ and 2600 MHz ‘Boost’ clocks, an increase of up to 3% versus the 2424 MHz ‘Game’ & 2581 ‘Boost’ clocks of the RX 6700 XT, respectively. The gra[jocs card will offer 13.31 TFLOPs of peak FP32 performance.

The graphics card will feature a 12 GB GDDR6 memory buffer along with a 192-bit bus interface. AMD will be using 18 Gbps dies which would net a total bandwidth of 432 GB/s for the cards. The GPU additionally packs 96 MB of Infinity Cache. The effective bandwidth is rated at 1326 GB/s with the Infinity Cache, an increase of 3.06x.

The GPU will be fully Gen 4.0 compliant. As for the TBP, the card will feature a 250W (a 20W bump over the RX 6700 XT) design. This is solely due to the use of higher clock memory dies which will lead to increased power consumption. The graphics card will get a brand new triple-fan ‘Midnight black’ reference design with a dual-slot design and power provided through an 8+6 pin connector configuration. In terms of performance, the RX 6750 XT is going to be around 7% faster than the RX 6700 XT and on par with the RTX 3070 graphics card.

AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT – Navi 23 KXT Powered Budget Delight

Lastly, we have the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics card which will be powered by the Navi 23 KXT GPU, featuring 11.06 Billion transistors packed within a 237mm2 die. The Navi 23 GPU features 32 Compute Units with a total of 2048 stream processors. The card will also rock 32 MB Infinity Cache and features an 8 GB GDDR6 memory capacity running across a 128-bit wide bus interface at pin speeds of 17.5 Gbps for a total bandwidth of 280 GB/s and an effective memory bandwidth of up to 468.9 GB/s, an increase of up to 1.67x.

The core clocks will be maintained at 2410 MHz ‘Game’ and 2635 MHz ‘Boost’ for the AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT, an increase of up to 2% over the 6700 XT which clocks in at 2359 MHz ‘Game’ & 2589 MHz ‘Boost’ clocks. The graphics card will offer 10.79 TFLOPs of peak FP32 performance.

Just like the Radeon RX 6600 XT, the card will operate with a single 8-pin connector and TBP will be rated at 180W, a 20W bump over the RX 6600 XT. The graphics card will get a brand new dual-fan ‘Midnight black’ reference design with a dual-slot design and power provided through a single 8-pin connector configuration. In terms of performance, the RX 6650 XT is going to be just 2% faster than the RX 6600 XT but 23% faster than the RTX 3060.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Refresh Graphics Cards Specs:

Graphics CardAMD Radeon RX 6950 XTAMD Radeon RX 6900 XTAMD Radeon RX 6750 XTAMD Radeon RX 6700 XTAMD Radeon RX 6650 XTAMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
GPUNavi 21 KXTXNavi 21 XTXNavi 22 KXTNavi 22 XTNavi 23 KXTNavi 23 XT
Process Node7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm
Die Size520mm2520mm2336mm2336mm2237mm2237mm2
Transistors26.8 Billion26.8 Billion17.2 Billion17.2 Billion11.06 Billion11.06 Billion
Compute Units808040403232
Stream Processors512051202560256020482048
TMUs/ROPs320 / 128320 / 128160/64160/64128/64128/64
Game Clock2100 MHz2015 MHz2495 MHz2424 MHz2410 MHz2359 MHz
Boost Clock2310 MHz2250 MHz2600 MHz2581 MHz2635 MHz2589 MHz
FP32 TFLOPs23.65 TFLOPs23.04 TFLOPs13.31 TFLOPs13.21 TFLOPs10.79 TFLOPs10.6 TFLOPs
Memory Size16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache12 GB GDDR6 + 96 MB Infinity Cache12 GB GDDR6 + 96 MB Infinity Cache8 GB GDDR6 + 32 MB Infinity Cache8 GB GDDR6 + 32 MB Infinity Cache
Memory Bus256-bit256-bit192-bit192-bit128-bit128-bit
Memory Clock18 Gbps16 Gbps18 Gbps16 Gbps17.5 Gbps16 Gbps
Bandwidth576 GB/s512 GB/s432 GB/s384 GB/s280 GB/s256 GB/s
Effective Bandwidth1728.2 GB/s1664.2 GB/s1326 GB/s1278 GB/s468.9 GB/s444.9 GB/s
TBP335W300W250W230W180W160W
PCIe InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x8PCIe 4.0 x8
Price$1099 US$999 US$549 US$479 US$399 US$379 US

AMD RDNA 2 Desktop GPU ‘Radeon RX 6000’ Refresh – Pricing & Availability

There would also be a small price difference too for the new AMD Radeon RX 6000 Refresh cards. Today, the cards are being announced and reviews are available for you to check out (ours will be posted within this week). The cards will hit retail shelves on the same day.

These cards not only come in the reference ‘Midnight Black’ card flavor but also get custom treatment. Based on the existing prices, the RX 6950 XT might hit retail for $1099 US, the RX 6750 XT at $540 US, and the RX 6650 XT at $399 US. Prices of the existing models will remain unchanged.

Radeon RX 6950 XT vs RX 6900 XT – $1099 vs $999 US MSRP
Radeon RX 6750 XT vs RX 6700 XT – $549 vs $479 US MSRP
Radeon RX 6650 XT vs RX 6600 XT – $399 vs $379 US MSRP

In case you want to read our full AMD RDNA 2 GPU architecture deep dive, head over to this link.

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