MSI releases RX 6800 XT and 6900 XT Gaming Z cards with boosted clocks
We’re over a year away from the launch of AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT, and the graphics cards are still selling well above MSRP. You can attribute this to the ongoing worldwide chip shortage, which is forcing players to pay up to twice the MSRP of third-party sellers to get their hands on the cards. While it’s hard to get the existing RX 6800 XT/6900 XT SKUs, MSI has some refreshed versions that might make it to our list of best graphics cards.
First up is the refreshed Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming Z Trio 16G, where MSI replaced the X with a Z. It sees its gaming clock jump from 2045 MHz to 2065 MHz, a mere 20 MHz increase. Likewise, the maximum boost clock climbs to 2310 MHz, from 2285 MHz. These slight clock increases mean that MSI hasn’t changed the card’s TDP, which is still 300 watts.
Next we have the Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Z Trio 16G. This card gets an even bigger performance boost, with the game clock dropping from 2105 MHz to 2235 MHz. MSI has also increased the boost clock from 2340 MHz to 2425 MHz, making it one of the fastest cards in the Radeon RX 6900 XT realm. Like its RX 6800 XT Gaming Z counterpart, the RX 6900 XT Gaming Z holds the line with a TDP of 300 watts.
While previous Gaming X graphics cards featured a graphene-reinforced backplate, the new Gaming Z offerings use a stronger aluminum counterpart. You’ll still find a Tri Frozr 2 cooling system with three Torx 4.0 fans, precision-machined mid-pipes, and the ability to shut down the fans when the GPU is not under load, which greatly helps reduce acoustics. And for RGB fanatics, Mystic Light support is naturally available.
All other specs remain the same, including 4,608 stream processors (5,120 for the Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming Z), 16GB of 16Gbps GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, three 8-pin power connectors, three DisplayPort 1.3 ports and one HDMI 2.1 socket.
At this time, there is no pricing or availability information for the new Gaming Z cards. However, regardless of the MSRP of these cards, we imagine that actual retail prices will continue to be heavily inflated in a foreseeable future.