Today is the day for AMDs long rumored partial refresh of their GPU lineup. They have introduced the RX 6650 XT, RX 66750 XT, and the RX 6950 XT. This allows them to bump up their high end and bolster their competition in the mid-range. This also means loads of options in aftermarket cards. So to start off our coverage today I’m going to check out the RX 6650 XT Gaming X from MSI to check out how the new 6650 XT performs and to check out MSI’s Gaming X. Let’s put it through our test suite and see how it does!

Product Name: MSI RX 6650 XT Gaming X

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes Compton

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What’s the refresh all about?

Similar to the Ryzen CPU refresh that just recently happened, the Radeon refresh is taking a look at the current lineup making just a few changes. AMD is launching three cards today, the RX 6650 XT, the RX 6750 XT, and the RX6950 XT. They fill in a few gaps but it isn’t across the entire lineup. The RX 6650 XT which is what we are looking at in this review here soon sits between the 6600 XT and the 6700 XT. I’m surprised that it isn’t just the RX 6700 but the 6X50 fits with the rest of the refresh. The RX 6750 sits above the 6700 XT and below the RX 6800 and then of course the flagship RX 6900 XT now has a big brother with the RX 6950 XT.

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AMD also put together a nice table showing their entire lineup with the new cards. With the three new cards, only one card from the lineup has gone away. They no longer have the RX 6600 XT, it is now the RX 6600 < RX 6650 XT < RX 6700 XT. The 6650 XT has a starting price of $399, the 6750 XT starts at 549, and the 6950 XT starts at 1099.

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So what has changed with the new cards? Well, all three GPUs are based on the same GPU die as the previous model which you can see in the specifications I have below. The die size and transistor count for the 6600 XT and the 6650 XT are the same, same with the 6700 XT and the 6750 XT and the 6900 XT and the 6950 XT. Compute units are the same as well as stream processors. It is the clock speeds that have changed. The 6650 XT is running at 2410 MHz vs the 2359 MHz of the 6600 XT for game clock and up to 2635 MHz vs 2589 MHz. The 6750 XT is at 2495 MHz for its game clock whereas the 6700 XT is 2424 MHz and up to 2600 MHz for the boost clock for the 66750 XT vs 2581 MHz on the 6700 XT. Same with the 6950 XT which now runs at 2100 MHz game clock vs 2015 MHz on the 6900 XT and up to 2310 MHz for the boost clock on the 6950 XT vs 2250 MHz on the 6900 XT. This does change some of the performance numbers in the specs but Infinity Cache and memory are also the same. The extra clock speed does mean that the new cards have a higher board power. The 6650 XT runs at 180W vs 160W on the 6600 XT, the 67850 XT is 250W vs 230W on the 6700 XT, and the 6950 XT is 335W vs 300W on the 6900 XT.

Specifications

RX 6600 XT

RX 6650 XT

RX 6700 XT

RX 6750 XT

RX 6900 XT

RX 6950 XT

Architecture

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

Manufacturing Process

7nm

7nm

7nm

7nm

7nm

7nm

Transistor Count

11.1 Billion

11.1 Billion

17.2 Billion

17.2 Billion

26.8 Billion

26.8 Billion

Die Size

237 mm²

237 mm²

335 mm²

335 mm²

520 mm²

520 mm²

Compute Units

32

32

40

40

80

80

Ray Accelerators

32

32

40

40

80

80

Stream Processors

2048

2048

2560

2560

5120

5120

Game GPU Clock

2359 MHz

2410 MHz

2424 MHz

2495 MHz

2015 MHz

2100 MHz

Boost GPU Clock

Up to 2589 MHz

Up to 2635 MHz

Up to 2581 MHz

Up to 2600 MHz

Up to 2250 MHz

Up to 2310 MHz

Peak Single Precision Performance

Up to 10.6 TFLOPs

Up to 10.79 TFLOPS

Up to 13.21 TFLOPs

Up to 13.31 TFLOPS

Up to 23.04 TFLOPs

Up to 23.65 TFLOPS

Peak Half Precision Performance

21.21 TFLOPs

Up to 21.59 TFLOPS

Up to 26.43 TFLOPs

Up to 26.62 TFLOPS

Up to 46.08 TFLOPs

Up to 47.31 TFLOPS

Peak Texture Fill-Rate

Up to 331.4 GT/s

Up to 337.3 GT/s

Up to 413.00 GT/s

Up to 416.0 GT/s

Up to 720.00 GT/s

Up to 739.2 GT/s

ROPs

64

64

64

64

128

128

Peak Pixel Fill-Rate

Up to 165.7 GP/s

Up to 168.6 GP/s

Up to 165.20 GP/s

Up to 166.4 GP/s

Up to 288.00 GP/s

Up to 295.7 GP/s

AMD Infinity Cache

32 MB

32 MB

96 MB

96 MB

128. MB

128. MB

Memory

8GB GDDR6

8GB GDDR6

12GB GDDR6

12GB GDDR6

16GB GDDR6

16GB GDDR6

Memory Interface

128-bit

128-bit

192-bit

192-bit

256-bit

256-bit

PCIe Interface

PCIe 4.0 x8

PCIe 4.0 x8

PCIe 4.0 x16

PCIe 4.0 x16

PCIe 4.0 x16

PCIe 4.0 x16

Board Power

160W

180W

230W

250W

300W

335W

 

Before getting into testing I did also run GPUz to double-check that our clock speeds match up with the specifications. For the MSI 6650 XT Gaming X, it has an overclock. The stock 6650 XT boost clock was up to 2635 MHz but our card is running at 2694 MHz with the default clock at 2523 MHz vs 2410 MHz for stock. GPUz also helps document the driver I tested on which was the driver provided to press for the launch and our BIOS revision as well for future reference.

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