MSI introduces refreshed AMD Radeon RX 6800 / 6900 GAMING TRIO cards with higher clocks and redesigned backplates
Now that GPU supplies are slowly climbing and prices begin to drop steadily, some AIB makers like MSI are also refreshing their GPU portfolios. MSI's entire AMD-based Gaming TRIO lineup just got quietly expanded with Z TRIO and TRIO PLUS models that feature slightly higher clock speeds and redesigned backplates.
Videocardz put together a table to better represent differences between the variants, as some specs are not exactly straightforward. Generally speaking, the Z TRIO cards now offer the fastest clocks, while the TRIO PLUS are as fast as the regular TRIO, but slower than the X TRIO (with the exception of the 6900 XT TRIO PLUS model). The fastest card of the lineup is the MSI 6900 XT GAMING Z TRIO with 2245 MHz boost clock, while the 6900 XT GAMING TRIO PLUS is second with 2365 boost clock. Note that the TGP and memory clocks remain unchanged.
Design-wise, the new Z TRIO and TRIO PLUS cards come with backplates that are almost identical to the ones one the 6900 XT X TRIO models. Still, MSI has not made any changes in regards to the cooling systems that appear to cause some overheating problems to previous X TRIO models. Unfortunately the MSRPs are not displayed, since retailers are still not respecting them anyway.