MSI quietly refreshes Radeon RX 6800/6900 GAMING TRIO series with higher clocks, new backplates

Published: Jan 28th 2022, 11:02 GMT   Comments


MSI is introducing new versions of its GAMING TRIO lineup. 

The changes to the series are not major though. We are looking at a slightly updated design and in most cases higher clock speeds.

There is a bit to unwrap here, so we thought it might be a good idea to give you a simple chart with an overview of the current state of the GAMING TRIO lineup, including the just-released GAMING Z and GAMING PLUS models. This naming is not really straightforward to users and some GAMING PLUS models are faster than ‘GAMING X’, while others keep lower clocks.

In short, the GAMING Z cards are obviously the highest clocked Radeon models (with the RX 6800 SKU being the exception). Also, for some reason, the RX 6900XT PLUS model is actually faster than GAMING X. However, one should note that there are no changes to the memory speed or power requirements (all GAMING TRIO models have default AMD TBP).

Therefore, MSI 6900 XT GAMING Z will be the fastest MSI RDNA2 GPU thus far with a boost clock going up to 2425 MHz, which is 60 MHz higher than GAMING X. Similarly, 6800XT GAMING Z is 25 MHz faster than GAMING X.

VideoCardz.comGame ClockBoost ClockPower
AMD Radeon RX 6800
MSI GAMING TRIO1815 MHz2105 MHz250W (2x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING TRIO PLUS (NEW)1815 MHz2105 MHz250W (2x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING X TRIO1925 MHz2155 MHz250W (2x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING Z TRIO (NEW)1925 MHz2155 MHz250W (2x 8-pin)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
MSI GAMING TRIO2015 MHz2250 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING TRIO PLUS (NEW)2015 MHz2250 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING X TRIO2045 MHz2285 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING Z TRIO (NEW)2065 MHz2310 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
MSI GAMING TRIO2015 MHz2250 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING X TRIO2105 MHz2340 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING TRIO PLUS (NEW)2165 MHz2365 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)
MSI GAMING Z TRIO (NEW)2235 MHz2425 MHz300W (3x 8-pin)

When it comes to physical changes to the design, the PLUS/Z series have new backplates. It should be noted however that this new backplate design was already used by MSI for 6900 XT GAMING X.

In case you are wondering about the changes, we have these two awesome side-by-side sliders:

Radeon RX 6900XT/6800XT Series

Radeon RX 6800 Series

Source: GDM

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