AMD has launched the Radeon RX 7600, an entry-level graphics card that utilizes the company’s RDNA 3 architecture. The RX 7600 is designed to run games at 1080p, offering a cheaper option for gamers who aren’t looking for 4K performance. This is the first desktop GPU in the Radeon RX 7000 lineup to cost less than $300, making it a more affordable alternative to the $329 RX 6600 at launch.
Features and Performance
The RX 7600 will be available from May 25th, 2022, and features 32 compute units, 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, a 2.25GHz base clock, a 2.66GHz boosted clock, and draws 165W of power. The card is comparable to the RX 6600 XT, which was launched at a higher price point of $379. AMD compares the RX 7600 to the RX 6600 GPU, highlighting its higher memory speed (18Gbps versus the RX 6600’s 14Gbps) and core counts (2048 versus 1792). The RX 7600 can also support DisplayPort 2.1, but AMD says that its board partners will be responsible for including this within their own designs.
The RX 7600 is not a GPU for gamers who need an ultra-powerful system. It’s for those looking to build their first gaming PC, run less-demanding games like Fortnite, or replace aging GPUs like the GTX 1650 with support for new features, even if it’s not pushing a higher pixel count. AMD is promising the RX 7600 can hit 76fps running Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and 62fps running The Last of Us Part I at 1080p with the settings of both games set to high. On average, AMD is claiming that the RX 7600 should be around 29 percent faster than the RX 6600 when running games at 1080p at max settings. AMD also highlighted its AI capabilities, with the RX 7600 able to run Stable Diffusion workloads up to 1.63 times faster than the RX 6600.
Comparison with Nvidia RTX 4060
AMD’s lower price point for the RX 7600 may make it more appealing than Nvidia’s RTX 4060, which was announced just days before the RX 7600’s release. Both cards are equipped with 8GB of VRAM, which some PC gamers have begun to question as modern games become increasingly demanding and push the limits of GPU memory. While it would have been nice to see the VRAM bumped up to 12GB for longevity, it’s hard to complain about such an affordable brand-new GPU.
The Radeon RX 7600 is a great option for gamers looking for an entry-level graphics card that can run games at 1080p without breaking the bank. While it may not be as powerful as higher-end GPUs, it offers an affordable alternative to the more expensive options on the market. With its AI capabilities and support for new features, the RX 7600 is a great choice for those looking to build their first gaming PC or upgrade their existing GPU.