MSI Announces Radeon RX 6700 XT Graphics Cards


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Recently MSI announced its latest addition to the RX 6000 Series lineup, the RX 6700 XT. Their newest offering will feature AMD’s RDNA2 architecture and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory. The complete lineup consists of three SKUs comprising the RX 6700 XT 12G, RX 6700XT Gaming X 12G, and  RX 6700 XT MECH 2X 12G OC. Pricing, core clocks, and power consumption have not been released but availability is projected for mid-march. Here’s to hoping they can meet this timeframe. Below is the press release from MSI.

MSI unveils custom Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics cards

[Taipei, Taiwan] As a leading brand in True Gaming hardware, MSI is proud to announce a new graphics card line-up based on the AMD Radeon™ RX 6700 XT GPU, uniting the latest in graphics technology, high-performance circuit board design and advanced cooling.

GROUND-BREAKING AMD RDNA™ 2 GAMING ARCHITECTURE

AMD RDNA™ 2 gaming architecture at the core of the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Series is designed to deliver the optimal combination of performance and efficiency. It features a breakthrough high-speed design and enhanced power efficiency, designed to deliver higher performance with lower power consumption, and a new cache hierarchy designed to minimize data movement, latency and power usage.

  • AMD Infinity Cache – A high-performance, last-level data cache suitable for 4K and 1440p gaming with the highest level of detail enabled. 96MB of cache on the GPU die delivers up to 2.5X higher bandwidth at the same power level as traditional architectures[i] to provide higher gaming performance.
  • AMD Smart Access Memory[ii] – Unlocks higher performance when pairing AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series graphics cards with AMD Ryzen™ 5000 or select Ryzen 3000 Series Desktop Processors and AMD 500-series motherboards. Providing AMD Ryzen processors with access to high-speed GDDR6 graphics memory can deliver a significant performance uplift.
  • DirectX® Raytracing (DXR) – Adding a high performance, fixed-function Ray Accelerator engine to each compute unit, AMD RDNA 2-based graphics cards are optimized to deliver real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism with DXR. When paired with AMD FidelityFX[iii], which enables hybrid rendering, developers can combine rasterized and ray-traced effects to ensure an optimal combination of image quality and performance.

[i] Measurements calculated by AMD engineering. Measuring 1440p gaming average AMD Infinity Cache hit rates of 60% across select top gaming titles, multiplied by theoretical peak bandwidth from the 12 64B AMD Infinity Fabric channels connecting the Cache to the Graphics Engine at boost frequency of up to 1.94 GHz. RX-624
[ii] Smart Access Memory technology enablement requires an AMD Radeon 6000 series GPU, Ryzen 5000 or 3000 series CPU (excluding Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G) and an AMD 500 series motherboard with the latest BIOS update. BIOS requires support for AGESA 1.1.0.0 or higher. Download latest BIOS from vendor website. For additional information and system requirements, see https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/smart-access-memory. GD-178.
[iii] For additional information, see https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-software-fidelityfx. GD-172

GAMING series

MSI brings the GAMING series with the iconic TWIN FROZR 8 thermal design to the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card. Compared to the previous generation, the dual fan design has been improved with TORX FAN 4.0, binding fan blade pairs together with an outer link to focus airflow into the TWIN FROZR 8 cooling system. The heatsink features advanced aerodynamic and thermodynamic technologies for efficient heat dissipation, reducing temperatures while maintaining high performance. A new design emphasizes the dazzling Mystic Light RGB infused into the card. Gamers can easily control and synchronize LED-lit components with the upgraded MSI Dragon Center software.

MECH Series

The MECH series makes its return with the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card, now enhanced with MSI’s acclaimed TORX FAN 3.0. The performance-focused MECH design maintains the essentials to accomplish any task at hand, whether it’s for play or for work. A powerful cooling system, reinforcing brushed-finish backplate and the solid industrial aesthetic make the MECH card suitable for any PC build.

MSI AFTERBURNER

MSI Afterburner is the world’s most recognized and widely used graphics card overclocking software. It gives you full control of your graphics card and enables you to monitor your system’s key metrics in real-time. Afterburner gives you a free performance boost for a smooth in-game experience thanks to higher FPS.

MSI DRAGON CENTER

MSI Dragon Center integrates all MSI software for components, desktops, laptops and peripherals into a single platform. The all-new software features Frozr-AI, which allows users to have their system fans respond dynamically? to GPU and CPU temperatures. Gaming Mode, which instantly optimizes PC hardware for the best gaming experience, including SSD, monitor and network settings. This budding new software platform will continue to improve and evolve, providing more unique functionality and benefits for MSI users.

 

AVAILABILITY

The new MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics cards are expected to be available beginning in mid-March 2021.

Specifications

Model Name Radeon RX 6700 XT GAMING X 12G Radeon RX 6700 XT MECH 2X 12G OC Radeon RX 6700 XT 12G
GPU AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
Interface PCI Express x16 Gen 4 PCI Express x16 Gen 4 PCI Express x16 Gen 4
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2560
Core Clocks TBD TBD TBD
Memory 12GB GDDR6 12GB GDDR6 12GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 16Gbps 16Gbps 16Gbps
Memory Bus 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Outputs DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI x 1 (Supports [email protected]/[email protected] and VRR as specified in HDMI 2.1) DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI x 1 (Supports [email protected]/[email protected] and VRR as specified in HDMI 2.1) DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI x 1 (Supports [email protected]/[email protected] and VRR as specified in HDMI 2.1)
Power Consumption TBD TBD TBD
Power Connectors 8pin x 2 8pin x 2 8pin x 1 / 6-pin x 1
Card Dimensions 279 x 131 x 58 mm 247 x 131 x 51 mm 267 x 110 x 40 mm
Weight (card/package) 1179 g / 1764 g 921 g / 1393 g 908 g / 1374 g

-John Nester (Blaylock)

 

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