MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio 8G: Extra efficient and quiet

MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio in detail

Mid-range graphics cards with Ada Lovelace GPUs are finally here. The intergenerational speed increase is relatively lower with the RTX 4060 Ti, but the power draw has dropped significantly and the overall operating characteristics are pleasing. Especially when it comes to designs similar to the MSI Gaming X Trio with a well oversized cooler. Three fans, power draw under 170W, and gaming performance well above the Radeon RX 6650 XT.

GeForce RTX 4060 Ti are built on the AD106(-350-A1) core, which has less than half the die area of the GPU in the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (Ampere). The claimed TDP (160W) is also lower compared to the Radeon RX 6650 XT (176W). Like the latter, the RTX 4060 Ti uses only eight PCIe interface lanes. While there are no performance limitations with the latest 4.0 standard, there may be some throttling on older boards with PCIe 3.0 or even PCIe 2.0 (for example, on platforms with Intel Sandy Bridge processors that are still in circulation).

Those graphics cards (RTX 4060 Ti) are, like the GTX 1060 of its time (with 3 and 6 GB), fitted with different memory sizes, with 8 GB and 16 GB of GDDR6. The Gaming X Trio (8G) variant we tested has 8 gigabytes like the RTX 3060 Ti did. Compared to the RTX 3060 (with 12GB), however, this may seem like a downgrade. But for now, we’re not going to ponder how much memory is enough and how much is not enough (that will become apparent in the eventual tests of the RTX 4060 Ti with 16 GB of VRAM), and we’re going to analyze the card we have at our disposal. Traditionally, a complete overview of the parameters can be found in the chart in the second chapter.

MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio 8G in detail

The Gaming X Trio 8G represents the pinnacle of MSI’s RTX 4060 Ti offering. This means that it is a “premium” variant, which will not have the most favorable price-performance ratio, but then again, it will not have the noisiest cooler, on which savings are made on cheaper models.

Three 95 mm diameter axial fans are used to cool the heatsink. Their profile height is 12 mm, so average, but the aerodynamic design is efficient. Firstly because of the proven shape with a more pronounced leading edge curvature, and secondly because of the larger number of blades with relatively small gaps between them. This means that there is relatively little room for the air streams to leak inefficiently through back pressure, which means that the airflow loss due to the heatsink design will not be high. In other words, these fans have a very respectable static pressure within the capabilities of the format.

An upgrade that in turn improves the acoustic properties is the joining of the blade tips in threes. Without this feature, higher vibrations would be generated at the tip of one blade, which would spread further through the graphics card (and create secondary noise) and also be the source of sharper tonal peaks. However, this stiffening eliminates unwanted blade flexibility and results in a more pleasing sound profile, as our spectral analysis demonstrates.

The PCB is short, it makes up roughly half of the total length of the graphics card, making room for a large window in the back. In these places the backplate has a proper hole through which heated air pushed by the fans from below can escape more efficiently. Despite this cutout, the structure is sturdy and does not flex. The circumferential folds of the backplate profile also contribute to the high stiffness.

From the detail of the fins of the heatsink you can notice some semi-arc protrusions, which should also contribute to higher cooling efficiency. These are already in the second generation (2.0) and MSI talks about optimizations with them with a balance between cooling and noise. This may be based on how effective the airflow guided by the finning is with respect to “hotter and cooler” spots, and also what impact these “deflectors” have on the resonant frequencies of sound that are created when the heatsink is being traversed by air.

At approximately 138mm (from the PCI slot to the cover on the opposite side), this is a fairly wide card, but the advantage here is that the power connector no longer increases the demands on the available space. In fact, there is a large cutout in the backplate, in which the power connector disappears and the overall dimensions are increased only by the thickness of the wires. The external power supply, by the way, is implemented by only one 8-pin PCIe cable.


In length, the RTX 4060 Ti is as much as 338mm, which may collide with some cases. Especially in the lower to mid price range, which suits pairing with this class of graphics cards. At 50mm tall, expect PCI Express slots on the motherboard to be blocked.


Overall, the MSI RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio 8G makes a sturdy impression – an aluminum backplate, a solid, well-fitting plastic front cover with a more luxurious finish…


… RGB LED elements are also represented. You can see all that is lighted in the photo below.

The accessories also include a horizontal bracket –- graphics card support. It both takes some load off the PCIe slot (less stress on the contacts, especially during transport, where the kinetic energy of impacts can be devastating) and keeps the card level, which will be appreciated by users who like a nice view through the transparent side panel of the computer case. The weight of the graphics card is 1160 grams.

Please note: The article continues with following chapters.

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  1. What’s the minimum non-zero RPM? I’ve heard that it’s 850-860 for Gaming X Trio and Supreme models. Have you encountered any other models that can spin below 1000 RPM?

    I find it impractical for the GPU to operate below 60 degrees Celsius, especially since NVIDIA GPUs don’t have hotspot temps much higher. Some other models enforce a 1000-1300 RPM minimum and since Navi 3 you can’t edit this value with 3rd party software for any of the manufacturers, which makes the limit a disaster for whoever wants to play a less demanding title in the evening.

    1. The minimum/starting speed of the 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio, as far as the starting limit of the default PWM control curve is concerned, is about 780 rpm. But even at lower loads and low GPU temps, when even hotspots are well below 50 °C (typically the load corresponding to 3D rendering@CUDA in Blender), the speed quickly stabilizes at around 1050 rpm.

      Looking at the logs of the quietest graphics cards we’ve tested, a similar pattern holds true. The speed already exceeds 1000 rpm in lower load (although sometimes only by lower tens of rpm), while the starting speeds start even below 600 rpm. The fans stay at these but only for one or two seconds and stabilize only at speeds easily exceeding 1000 rpm. The final speed of course also depends on the intensity of the system cooling. In PC setups with extremely high air flow or in environments with low room air temperature (significantly below 21 °C) the speed will probably be in triple digits. 🙂

      On the basis of lower starting speeds below 1000 rpm it can be seen that there is room for manual control (with user adjustment of PWM curve) in non-reference cards.

      1. So it’s a 760 RPM sustained speed that can be set as a flat line with Afterburner if I understood correctly. Not bad, not perfect either. Especially if I undervolt, possibly underclock too for less coil whine, and the fan keeps turning on and off due to low temp.

        From GPUs tested so far, do you think that the fan design and quality in MSI Suprim and Gaming Trio cards has any real competition at the low RPM? Based on some reviews, ASUS TUF comes to my mind, but they tend to have a bad coil whine and are usually poorly priced.

        1. Yes, at least at those 760–780 rpm it will be able to be set fixed. Maybe even less, as long as the start-up speed at the boundary between passive and active mode is not the lower limit of what the fans start at in PWM control.

          I really wouldn’t dare claim who has the more efficient cooler. They all try to give key details that increase efficiency at the level of fans and heatsink. Unless someone is using really shorter stiff blades (like Gigabyte does for example) without significant vibration at the tips, the blades are joint at least two together, which is probably enough to significantly reduce vibration and tonal peaks.

          For example this RTX 4060 Ti has an effective cooler, but the overall performance is spoiled by the average noise of the coils. Surely there is a design with quieter coils, which will be acoustically more pleasant even with an eventual lower effectiveness of the used cooler. A good example can be Gigabyte RTX 4090 Gaming OC 24G, which has “quiet” coils and the cooler does not have to be the most powerful at the same noise level and still the result will be perfect. Especially after manual control with speed reduction. Just Gigabyte slightly overdoes the PWM regulation (in order to reduce the number of complaints), although it seems that in this generation it is already a bit softer – RTX 4090 Gaming OC 24G is a significantly quieter graphics card with higher power draw from the fans than Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme 10G.

  2. Your blog is a much-needed guide for PC enthusiasts seeking clarity on the functionality of GPU fans. The detailed breakdown of why GPU fans are designed to spin and the potential issues users may encounter offers practical insights. This resource is a valuable addition to the toolkit of anyone looking to maximize their graphics card performance.

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