Competition in the GPU market is intensifying with AMD’s recent announcement of the availability of the Radeon RX 7600, closely following NVIDIA’s showcase of the performance of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti graphics card. Priced at $269 and aimed at the 1080p gaming segment, it’s clear that the RX 7600 will directly compete with the upcoming RTX 4060. As the RTX 4060 will only be available in July and we don’t have any previous-gen Radeon cards on hand, we will use what we have on hand to gauge the performance we can expect from the RX 7600.

Specifications

GPURadeon RX 6600Radeon RX 7600
Shading Units17922048
TMUs112128
ROPs6464
Compute Units2832
Ray Accelerators2832
AI Accelerators64
Game Clock2044 MHz2250 MHz
Boost Clock2491 MHz2625 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory Size8GB8GB
Memory Bus128-Bit128-Bit
Bandwidth224 GB/s288 GB/s
Effective Memory Speed14 Gbps18 Gbps
Bus InterfacePCIe 4.0 x 8PCIe 4.0 x 16
Additional Power Connector1 x 8-pin1 x 8-pin
TBP132W165W
Recommended PSU450W550W

Unboxing

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Before delving into the performance numbers, let’s briefly highlight the design aspects. In terms of design, the RX 7600 looks impressive. For those who prefer small form factor builds, the sleek and compact design of the RX 7600 is appealing, at least that’s what I think. I’m quite a fan of this design and if I were to build another SFF system for casual 1080p gaming, this card would be a consideration.

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Based on the specifications, it has a rated total board power (TBP) of 165W and utilizes a single 8-pin PCIe connector for power. I appreciate AMD’s simple design approach and the positioning of the PCIe connector at the end of the PCB for easier cable management. Seeing how the community responds to NVIDIA’s decision to go with the 12VHPWR connector, I think AMD will probably stick to the 8-pin PCIe connector that most of us are familiar with for a bit longer.

AMD Radeon RX 7600 review 6

The display output options are the standard 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI combo you’ll find on most graphics cards nowadays.

System Specifications

As mentioned earlier, since we don’t have GPUs available for a direct comparison, we have decided to test the RX 7600 against the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, and RTX 4060 Ti to gain an idea of its performance. Here are the specifications of the test system used:

CPUIntel Core i9-12900K
MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus Z690 APEX
MemoryADATA XPG LANCER RGB DDR5@6000MHz CL30 (16GB x2)
Graphics CardAMD Radeon RX 7600
Power SupplyCooler Master M2000 Platinum
Primary StorageKingston KC3000 2TB
CPU CoolerCooler MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
ChassisCooler Master MasterFrame 700
Operating SystemWindows 11 Pro 64-bit 21H2 (Build 22000.1696)

Gaming Benchmark – Raster Performance

For the raster performance test, we have assessed the RX 7600 at three different resolutions: 1080p, 1440p, and 4K, to gain a better understanding of its capabilities.

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (4K, Highest Settings)

While reasonable frame rates are still achievable at 4K resolution, this only applies to some of the tested titles, and I would caution against pushing the card’s limits in this scenario.

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (1080P, Highest Settings)

The performance numbers improve as we scale down to 1440p, where we can observe above 60fps in the majority of the tested titles, making it playable.

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (1440P, Highest Settings)

At 1080p, we see an average frame rate of over 80fps across all the tested titles. Overall, the performance is comparable to an RTX 3060 Ti, but it still falls slightly short.

Gaming Benchmark – Ray Tracing

Next, we assess the ray tracing performance with graphics settings and ray tracing set to ultra, alongside the FSR Quality preset, to determine the card’s capabilities under these conditions.

  • Hitman 3 (4K, Highest Settings)

The results indicate that the RX 7600 is not suitable for 4K gaming with ultra settings and full ray tracing, as reducing graphics settings and using the performance FSR preset does not significantly improve the situation.

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1440P, Highest Settings)

At 1440p resolution, games are playable, but only for titles that are not particularly demanding in terms of ray tracing processing, despite being RT-enabled.

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (1080P, Highest Settings)

Better results are seen at 1080p resolution, but there are still exceptions for titles that heavily rely on RT processing, such as the infamous Cyberpunk 2077, as well as RT-enabled titles with DLSS support that put even the new Radeon cards at a disadvantage.

It’s evident that AMD still has progress to make in terms of ray tracing performance. However, with the increasing adoption of FSR 2.X by game developers, I hope to see more titles receiving this treatment, allowing Radeon cards to compete better in the predominantly NVIDIA-dominated RT titles.

Thermals & Power Draw

AMD Radeon RX 7600 Power Draw Thermals

Now, let’s discuss thermals and power draw. Compared to the RTX 3060 Ti, the RX 7600 demonstrates better power efficiency, with a peak power draw observed during testing of approximately 164W. This is around 60W lower than the RTX 3060 Ti while still delivering a reasonable performance that is not too far off.

Regarding temperatures, although AMD claims that the RX 7600 may reach up to 105°C on the junction temperature during operation, our temperature readings have not exceeded 100°C on all the relevant sensors. Based on past experiences with AMD Radeon cards, we can assume that the temperatures we are observing here still fall within safe limits. If you’re uncomfortable with these temperatures, you’ll have to look at the offers from the board partners and hopefully, will have a better cooler design to lower the temperature of these components.

Final Thoughts

The RX 7600 lives up to AMD’s claims as a GPU specifically designed for 1080p gaming with high or ultra settings, particularly in terms of raster performance. There are times when it can also deliver a reasonable performance at 1440P resolution, but this is as much as you can get from this card.

Its ray tracing performance, on the other hand, does not match up and requires compromises such as lowering graphics settings and FSR presets for reasonable and playable frame rates. The list of games that currently support FSR 2.x is growing, but even with FSR enabled, the RX 7600 struggles with most of the titles tested when pushing the graphics settings to their limits. This doesn’t mean you can’t play RT-enabled titles with the RX 7600, but compromises must be made to achieve desirable results.

So, is $299 a good price for the RX 7600? Honestly, it depends on your perspective. If you solely focus on gaming performance, the older-gen RTX 3060 Ti, available for under RM 1300, makes the RX 7600 look inferior, especially considering the cheapest model currently available is priced at RM 1599. However, if you value other features such as AV1 encoding capability, AMD Smart technology suite, AI capabilities, or creative workloads optimized for AMD Radeon GPUs, the $269 price tag can still be considered reasonable.

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