MSI has officially presented the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, RTX 4070 and RTX 4070 Ti graphics cards in the Gaming Slim and Gaming X Slim versions. The latter have a factory overclocked GPU. New products are thinner than previous Gaming Trio (X Trio) models from the same manufacturer, but still occupy three free expansion slots in the PC case. They also come with support poles.
The detailed characteristics of the presented graphics card models from MSI can be found in the following tables. Versions of MSI Gaming Slim are actually more compact than most variants of these accelerators from other NVIDIA partners. According to MSI itself, the RTX 4070 version is only 46mm thick in this version. However, that’s still 6 mm more than the reference RTX 4070 Founders Edition needs. And that 6mm complicates things by blocking the adjacent PCI-Express slot on the motherboard and likely making the MSI Gaming Slim version incompatible with some Mini-ITX cases. The RTX 4070 Ti Gaming Slim is even thicker at 51mm.
MSI’s graphics cards are 307mm long, which is 60mm longer than the reference RTX 4070 Founders Edition and 22mm longer than the RTX 4070 Ti. Again, they’re shorter than most other options from other manufacturers, but if the dimensions of the new items turned out to be larger than the reference versions, then what was the point of calling them slim cards anyway? MSI’s Slim and X-Slim variants offer moderate GPU overclocking. For example, the same RTX 4070 Ti has a GPU frequency that is 135 MHz higher than what NVIDIA has specified for this model. Does this seem like a compelling argument when a manufacturer is trying to pass off a relatively large graphics card as a thin graphics card that is thicker than the reference version? Barely.
In the future, MSI plans to release the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 models in Gaming Slim versions. They may be more compact than the reference options. The thickness of the latter is 61mm, which is just over three expansion slots.