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As the great graphics card shortage of 2021 continues, cards like the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X are revealing just how dire things have become. Because, if all were normal, this is a graphics card that would cost only a bit over the $479 (£419.99 about AU$620) that the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT launched at.
Instead, due to a combination of tariffs and supply issues, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X retails for $789 in the US, which is more than $300 more than the AMD version of the card. And while MSI’s version of the GPU is faster than AMD’s reference design, it in no way justifies the higher price of the card.
Out of the box, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT is at most 4% faster than the reference version of the GPU, in Metro Exodus at 1440p. That gap narrows down to just 1 fps at 4K, which is basically just equal performance. So, unless you’re going to be overclocking, there’s basically no reason to shell out the extra cash for the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT.
Unlike the beefier cards in the MSI Gaming X lineup like the RTX 3080 or RTX 3090, however, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X still just features a dual-fan cooling configuration. MSI did beef up the cooling a little bit with a much thicker heatsink, which increases the graphics card profile to 2.5 slots, up from the 2 slots of the reference RX 6700 XT. Power delivery is also a bit more robust here, with two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, rather than the 6+8-pin power connectors of AMD’s version.
Of course, that does mean that the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT will take up a significant amount of space in your PC case. The graphics card is 10.98 inches long and 5.15 inches thick, which means some folks that are trying to build a super compact PC might run into some trouble. Make sure you measure your PC case so you know whether or not this beast will fit in there.
This should lead to better overclocking potential, but it’s best to temper your expectations here. The two extra power connectors will add a little more wiggle room for GPU voltage, but it won’t be enough to make a huge difference or make that added $300 worth it.