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Monday, July 10, 2023
12GB VRAM, a "futureproof" solution to VRAM hungry games in 2023 and beyond. Decent price on sale compared to NVIDIA competition. Relatively compact 2.5 slot card that just fits in my ITX PC build at 52mm height.
Cheap loud fans under load, sounding like an airplane taking off. Backplate is plastic and has no functional purpose other than looks. A sidegrade to a 3060 TI that I moved to another PC.
I picked up this card on sale. If your case has clearance, it is better to go with the triple fan model of this card which is quieter and cooler. I was restricted with a maximum height of 52mm for my ITX case, so this card just fits without touching the side panel. This card under load does reach 78C, and the fans are quite loud. I expected more performance out of this card, as it is an overclocked 6700XT, but this performs about the same as an overclocked 3060 TI that I moved to another PC. Even though this card is best suited for 1440p (as written on box), it is also okay for 4K gaming. MSI, like ASUS, needs to collaborate with Noctua for quieter fans.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Just about matches the RTX 3070. 12 gigs of VRAM. Relatively cool (overall average temps around 65° C).
Can be loud under load. Price margins are slim between this card and the 4060Ti. Marginally better than the 6700XT.
Got this card on sale, plus a $20 rebate from MSI, as a replacement for my GTX 1660 SUPER, as the games I've been playing demand more VRAM and higher clock speeds. I had an issue with my first unit artifacting but after the magic of an RMA, I got my new unit and have subsequently put this new card through its paces. System specs for reference: CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X @ 4GHz RAM: 32GB Corsair VENGEANCE LPX DDR4 @ 2933MHz GPU: well... you know ;) This card is an absolute demon at 1440P for under $500, being about on par with an RTX 3070 (some games do dip towards RTX 3060Ti levels of performance). My FPS has been averaging upwards of 30-40fps in Microsoft Flight Simulator with Medium/High settings, and 83fps (VSync) on Forza Horizon 5 at Ultra. FSR/RSR only improves on these numbers, bringing MSFS close to 60fps and 100fps (VSync) on FH5 at the same settings. AMD's drivers allow you to set a custom fan curve within their proprietary software, with a custom curve my GPU temps have not gone over 75 degrees, and in some games the temperature hovers around 55-60. This is at the expense of noise... these fans are quite loud but not a problem with headphones. Given the current state of GPU prices, I'd recommend this card on sale 100%. Though it is important to keep in mind that the RX 6700XT is usually cheaper than this card (ironically it's more expensive here but oh well), whilst being only ~5% slower. NVIDIA's offerings in this price category mainly consist of the RTX 3060Ti (and the 4060Ti now) at around $30 more. If you're not really a fan of DLSS and NVIDIA's other extra goodies, then this card is a very solid choice. Overall, this card has performed exceptionally. Since receiving my new unit I have experienced 0 crashes/blue screens and it has been able to crush any game I've thrown at it in 1440P High/Ultra (with the exception of MSFS). Highly recommend.