AMD Radeon RX 7600: a major gift for gamers on a budget

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The AMD Radeon RX 7600 is easy the champion budget-friendly midrange paper to beryllium released since the RTX 3060, with fantastic 1080p show and adjacent immoderate passable 1440p chops (within reason). It inactive lags down Nvidia's midrange RTX 3060 connected ray tracing, but lone conscionable barely, and for the price, you truly can't miss with this card.


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    Fantastic price

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    Outstanding 1080p performance

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    Decent capable 1440p performance


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    Only 8GB VRAM

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    Ray tracing and FSR lag down Nvidia's past gen

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AMD Radeon RX 7600: Two infinitesimal review

The AMD Radeon RX 7600 is astir apt the champion 1080p graphics paper you tin bargain close now, and successful each honesty, it should beryllium the past of its kind.

Team Red has been a spot gun-shy of precocious with its graphics paper offerings, with the past graphics paper we saw being the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT. While that was a large card, it launched astir fractional a twelvemonth ago, and we haven't heard overmuch from AMD since. 

Meanwhile, its rival has released a dependable watercourse of cards, and astatine this rate, it's astir done its main GPU stack astatine this point, truthful it's absorbing that AMD chose to merchandise a precise budget-friendly midrange paper alternatively than spell down the database of higher-end offerings the mode Nvidia has.

In a way, it's a precise astute strategy (and 1 I really recommended backmost successful February), and with the Radeon RX 7600 going connected merchantability connected May 25, 2023, for conscionable $269 (about £215/AU$405), AMD manages to marque it to marketplace with its all-important midrange offering astatine slightest a afloat period up of Nvidia's competing RTX 4060 portion besides managing to undercut its rival connected price.

In presumption of performance, the RX 7600 is simply a large betterment implicit the AMD Radeon RX 6600 it replaces, portion besides mostly outperforming the competing Intel Arc A750. It does autumn abbreviated of the RTX 3060 overall, but not by much, and a batch of that is comparative to ray tracing performance, which isn't great connected either paper to statesman with, truthful this vantage looks bigger than it truly is successful practice.

If determination is 1 sound against the RX 7600, it's its powerfulness draw, which is pulling down 165W TGP, which is much than the 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti and astir 33W much than the RX 6600, truthful this is decidedly the incorrect absorption for AMD to beryllium going in, powerfulness wise.

AMD besides has to measurement up its crippled erstwhile it comes to FSR. Nvidia's astir caller launch, the RTX 4060 Ti, was a reasonably disappointing paper erstwhile it came to its baseline performance, but determination was nary denying that DLSS 3, particularly with Frame Generation, is simply a immense value-add for Team Green. And portion DLSS 3 is lone disposable connected astir 50-ish games, FSR 2 is mostly much disposable with astir 120 games featuring FSR 2, but DLSS 2.0 is disposable successful much than 200 games, truthful AMD has immoderate catching up to do.

When it yet does, the RX 7600 volition beryllium an adjacent amended bargain for midrange gamers, and portion it's a bittersweet authorities of affairs that $269 is astir arsenic "budget" arsenic we tin anticipation to spot for a while, it's a substantially amended worth than conscionable astir immoderate paper connected the marketplace close now.

That mightiness alteration erstwhile the RTX 4060 lands, but fixed that the show of the baseline show of the RTX 4060 is expected to beryllium astir 20% amended than that of the RTX 3060, I expect that it volition autumn successful beauteous adjacent to wherever the RX 7600 presently is, lone with a much costly MSRP and nary Founders Edition to support third-party partners honorable successful presumption of price. 

So unless the RTX 4060 pulls a rabbit retired of a hat, I inactive expect the AMD Radeon RX 7600 to clasp the borderline implicit its rival connected value, which astatine this terms constituent is truly the lone happening that truly matters. As it stands, it is the best inexpensive graphics card you tin bargain close now, and I expect that volition stay the lawsuit for the remainder of this generation.

AMD Radeon RX 7600: Price & availability

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  • How overmuch is it? MSRP listed astatine $269 (about £215/AU$405)
  • When is it out? It goes connected merchantability May 25, 2023
  • Where tin you get it? You tin bargain it in the US, UK, and Australia

The AMD Radeon RX 7600 goes connected merchantability connected May 25, 2023, with an MSRP of $269, (about £215/AU$405), making it the cheapest paper of this procreation to launch. Not lone that, it's a important terms driblet from the Radeon RX 6600, which launched astatine $329 (about £265/AU$495), truthful you're getting a overmuch amended graphics paper for astir 20% less. This is much similar it! 

Ostensibly, the rival to the RX 7600 is the RTX 4060, but since that paper has yet to launch, we tin lone truly comparison it to the last-gen midrange offerings from Nvidia and Intel.

The Nvidia RTX 4060 erstwhile it launches volition merchantability for $299 (about £240/AU$450), which is 9% cheaper than the RTX 3060's authoritative MSRP of $329. The RX 7600 has a cheaper MSRP than either of those, but I expect that the RTX 3060 particularly volition spot immoderate dense discounting arsenic a effect of some the RTX 4060 and the RX 7600, truthful the worth proposition of the RX 7600 mightiness displacement depending connected what SKU you're looking at.

The RX 7600 does travel successful somewhat much costly than the Intel Arc A750, and portion you mightiness bash a double-take astatine the notation of Intel, the Arc A750 tin springiness the RX 7600 a tally for its wealth astatine times, truthful you decidedly can't constitute it disconnected completely.

AMD Radeon RX 7600: Features and chipset

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  • More ray tracing cores and caller AI cores
  • Higher TGP

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AMD Radeon RX 7600
Process NodeTSMC 6nm
Transistor Count13.3 billion
Boost ClockUp to 2,625MHz
Memory Bus128-bit
L2 Cache32MB
Memory Speed2,250MHz (18 Gbps effective)
Memory Bandwidth288.0 GB/s
Shader units2,048
Ray Accelerators32
AI Accelerators64
Connector1 x 8-pin
Outputs1 x HDMI 2.1a, 3 x DisplayPort 2.1

With the determination to RDNA 3, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 starts disconnected connected a 6nm TSMC process implicit the RX 6600's 7nm, which gives the RX 7600 a astir 20% leap successful the fig of transistors it has to enactment with (13.3 cardinal to 11.1 billion). And adjacent though the existent GPU dice connected the RX 7600 is astir 14% smaller than that of the RX 6600, it manages to battalion successful 4 further compute units for a full of 32 compared to the RX 6600's 28.

This is besides a much mature architecture, truthful the 2,048 watercourse processors (a astir 14% summation implicit the RX 6600), are much performant, and the second-generation ray accelerators are a immense betterment implicit the first-gen RAs successful the RX 6600.

The RX 7600 besides has faster clocks than the RX 6600, with a boost timepiece betterment of astir 6%, but the large betterment comes with the representation timepiece speed, which is 2,250MHz for the RX 7600 and 1,750MHz for the RX 6600. This means a astir 30% boost to representation speed, truthful adjacent though the RX 7600 is inactive rocking the aforesaid 8GB GDDR6 VRAM connected a 128-bit autobus arsenic the RX 6600, it has an 18 Gbps effectual representation velocity compared to 14 Gbps for the RX 6600.

There is besides the summation of 64 AI accelerators for the RX 7600, which the RX 6600 simply didn't have. This means that things similar Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) volition tally amended than it did connected the RX 6600, and it volition alteration precocious AI workloads similar generative AI contented creation.

All this does travel astatine the outgo of powerfulness though, arsenic the RX 7600 has a 25% higher TGP than the RX 6600. This isn't good, and fixed however Nvidia's cards are typically getting amended show with little powerfulness gen-on-gen, this is decidedly the incorrect absorption for AMD to beryllium going in. It inactive keeps the paper "reasonable" erstwhile it comes to your PSU, and AMD recommends a 550W PSU for the RX 7600 astatine a minimum, but this inactive manages to support things nether 600W overall.

AMD Radeon RX 7600: design

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The AMD notation paper for the Radeon RX 7600 is simply a compact dual-fan fig that volition acceptable successful conscionable astir immoderate case. This is simply a dual-slot card, but it's conscionable implicit 8 inches agelong and a small implicit 4 inches tall, truthful it's large for mini-tower builds, and with conscionable a azygous 8-pin powerfulness connector, you won't person immoderate issues with cablegram absorption here.

In presumption of outputs, we get 3 DisplayPort 2.1 ports, with a azygous HDMI 2.1a port, though nary USB-C output. Honestly, having the DisplayPort 2.1 output is nice, but truly unnecessary. With conscionable 8GB VRAM, determination is nary beingness wherever this paper tin output 8K video that doesn't default to a dilatory series of inactive images, truthful it's a nice-to-have that you are astir guaranteed to ne'er use. Far beryllium it for maine to beryllium a buzzkill, though, truthful if you privation to propulsion this paper astatine 8K, bash fto maine cognize however that turns out.

As for the deficiency of USB-C, this truly isn't a originative card, truthful this isn't thing that you should interest astir unless you person 1 of the best USB-C monitors and thing else. Even then, I urge looking further up the stack (like the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT), since USB-C monitors are astir universally for originative pros and this paper isn't going to chopped it for the benignant of enactment you'll request to bash with it.

In presumption of its existent aesthetics, similar the 2 RDNA 3 cards earlier it, the RX 7600 eschews immoderate RGB and features a matte achromatic plan with immoderate subtle accent touches similar the reddish stripes connected the fins of the vigor descend which would beryllium disposable successful a case. Overall, it's a cool-looking card, particularly for those not looking to person excessive RGB lighting up everything successful their case.

AMD Radeon RX 7600: Performance

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  • Best-in-class 1080p rasterization performance
  • Much improved ray tracing performance
  • Can negociate immoderate decent 1440p performance, particularly without ray tracing

Given the missteps Nvidia has been making lately, AMD has a existent changeable of taking immoderate marketplace stock if it tin connection compelling show for gamers. Fortunately for Team Red, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 manages to propulsion disconnected rather a coup erstwhile it comes to gaming performance.

Test strategy specs

This is the strategy we utilized to trial the AMD Radeon RX 7600:

CPU: Intel Core i9-13900K
CPU Cooler: Cougar Poseidon GT 360 AIO
RAM: 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5-6600MHz
Motherboard: MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk Wifi
SSD: Samsung 990 Pro 2TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Power Supply: Corsair AX1000
Case: Praxis Wetbench

For the astir part, the RTX 4060 is the RX 7600's main competition, but with the Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti conscionable being released, it's the earthy examination astatine the moment. Is this needfully fair? No, it's not, and the RX 7600 does suffer retired to the RTX 4060 Ti connected conscionable astir each measure, but it truly doesn't suffer that badly.

In rasterized workloads astatine 1080p, the RX 7600 is lone astir 12% slower than the RTX 4060 Ti, and lone astir 13% slower astatine 1440p. This changes drastically arsenic soon arsenic you commencement factoring successful ray tracing and upscaling, but it's thing I decidedly wasn't expecting. Against the RTX 3060 Ti, the RX 7600 fares better, obviously, and mostly it outperforms the RTX 3060 successful rasterization workloads.

In presumption of its predecessor, the RX 7600 is the benignant of gen-on-gen betterment I was truly expecting to spot from the RTX 4060 Ti and didn't get. The RX 7600's rasterization show is great, but its improved ray accelerators truly outshine what the RX 6600 is susceptible of, and truly makes ray tracing astatine this terms constituent accessible to the midrange.

Synthetic Benchmarks

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Header Cell - Column 0 AMD Radeon RX 7600AMD Radeon RX 6600Nvidia RTX 3060
Port Royal5,5094,1355,156
Time Spy10,8198,3168,777
Firestrike Extreme14,78011,07010,609
Time Spy Extreme5,1473,7884,100
Firestrike Ultra7,2515,4245,094
Wildlife Extreme18,92814,86617,410
Wildlife Extreme Unlimited19,11914,90017,330
PassMark 3D22,00820,08420,786
Average 1080p Performance78,57568,11265,470
Average 1440p Performance8,2686,2456,681
Average 4K performance12,6119,74410,983
Average Performance23,87920,02420,216

In synthetic benchmarks, the RX 7600 roundly beats its predecessor, arsenic good arsenic the RTX 3060. Against the paper it's replacing, the RX 7600 outperforms the RX 6600 by astir 19%, portion the RX 7600 beats the RTX 3060 by astir 18% overall.

Digging into the results a spot further though, we tin spot immoderate of the biggest gains travel successful ray-traced workloads similar Port Royal, wherever the RX 7600 saw a 33% betterment implicit the erstwhile gen.

The lone benchmark wherever the RX 7600 comes up a spot abbreviated is successful the Speedway benchmark, which is simply a 1440p, ray tracing benchmark. Here, the RTX 3060 conscionable hardly edges retired the RX 7600 by conscionable 219 points, which is adjacent capable to beryllium a spot of a wash.

Gaming Benchmarks

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1080p, Highest, Max Ray Tracing & UpscalingHeader Cell - Column 0 AMD Radeon RX 7600AMD Radeon RX 6600Nvidia RTX 3060
Metro: Exodus433437
F1 2022168147147
Total War: Warhammer III825872
Cyberpunk 2077876470

As you tin see, erstwhile it comes to wide rasterization show astatine 1080p, the RX 7600 is the hands-down winner, lone falling to the RTX 3060 successful Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and lone past by the barest of margins. Everywhere else, you tin expect astir 15-20% amended show retired of the RX 7600 overall.

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1080p, Highest, Max Ray TracingHeader Cell - Column 0 AMD Radeon RX 7600AMD Radeon RX 6600Nvidia RTX 3060
Metro: Exodus272027
F1 2022715265
Cyberpunk 20778830

Things instrumentality a bit of a crook erstwhile it comes to ray tracing performance, but the results present are a spot deceptive for a mates of reasons. First, Cyberpunk 2077 is Nvidia's large showcase game, and that crippled is precise good optimized for Nvidia cards, truthful the ray tracing show for the RTX 3060 is substantially amended than for either AMD card. However, instrumentality Cyberpunk 2077 retired of the mix, and the RX 7600 really outperforms the RTX 3060 successful ray tracing performance. 

It's not each bully for AMD though, since the minimum fps for the RX 7600 successful some Returnal and Cyberpunk 2077 is successful the azygous digits, and it's not conscionable for a little moment, but reasonably regular dips into slideshow territory, particularly astir volumetric fog with applied lighting effects.

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1080p, Highest, Max Ray Tracing, UpscalingHeader Cell - Column 0 AMD Radeon RX 7600AMD Radeon RX 6600Nvidia RTX 3060
Cyberpunk 2077 (Quality)191848
Cyberpunk 2077 (Ultra Performance)493990
Returnal (Quality)765373
Returnal (Ultra Performance)987295

It's a akin communicative erstwhile you use upscaling to either Cyberpunk 2077 oregon Returnal, where the RTX 3060's DLSS 2.0 is simply amended optimized for the former, and the AMD RX 7600 struggles connected the minimum fps connected the latter, truthful adjacent though the mean fps connected Returnal looks similar it's northbound of 60 fps, you'll dip arsenic debased arsenic 6 fps connected the Quality FSR preset oregon 15 fps connected the Ultra Performance preset, and spot me, it's noticeable. 

Of course, crook ray tracing disconnected and you astir apt won't person this issue, but that volition beryllium a bid of settings compromises you volition person to determine for yourself. Overall though, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 manages to execute good supra wherever you would expect from this procreation astatine this terms point. If you're looking for an outstanding and reasonably inexpensive 1080p graphics card, you can't spell incorrect with this one.

Should you bargain the AMD Radeon RX 7600?

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ValuePhenomenally priced. No notes.5 / 5
Features & chipsetWith amended architecture, much cores, faster clocks, and adjacent faster memory, this should get the RX 7600 afloat marks, but I person to instrumentality thing disconnected for the 8GB VRAM and the higher TGP.4 / 5
DesignIf you're looking for RGB, you won't find it here, but you'll get a sleek, solidly built paper that volition acceptable conscionable astir anywhere.5 / 5
PerformanceThis is damn adjacent the cleanable 1080p card, and if you don't attraction astir ray tracing, this paper is simply a dream. Some noticeable hiccups with its high-end ocular show (FSR and ray tracing) ding this paper conscionable a small though.4.5 / 5
TotalOverall, determination is precise small to not similar astir this card. It volition chew done 1080p gaming with easiness and adjacent fto you get into immoderate 1440p content, each for a fantastic price. What's not to emotion (besides the higher powerfulness draw)?4.625 / 5

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Also consider

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If my AMD Radeon RX 7600 reappraisal has you considering different options, here's 2 different graphics cards to consider.

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AMD Radeon RX 7600Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 TiAMD Radeon RX 6650 XT
Price (US/UK/AU)$269 (about £215/AU$405)$399 (about £320/AU$600)$399 (about £320/AU$600)
Process NodeTSMC 6nmSamsung 8nmTSMC 7nm
Boost ClockUp to 2,625MHzUp to 1,665MHz2,635MHz
Memory Bus128-bit256-bit128-bit
Memory Speed18 Gbps14 Gbps17.5 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth288.0 GB/s448.0 GB/s280.3 GB/s
Shader units2,0484,8642,048
RT Cores323832
AI/Tensor cores641520

How we trial graphics cards

I walk respective days with the RX 7600 moving benchmarks, playing games, and mostly measuring its show against competing cards.

I paid peculiar attraction to its 1080p performance, since this is the main people assemblage for this card, portion besides stretching into 1440p gaming arsenic well.

Having covered and tested galore graphics cards successful my career, I cognize however a graphics paper should execute astatine this level and what you should beryllium spending for this level of performance. 

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John (He/Him) is the Components Editor present astatine TechRadar and helium is besides a programmer, gamer, activist, and Brooklyn College alum presently surviving successful Brooklyn, NY. 

Named by the CTA arsenic a CES 2020 Media Trailblazer for his subject and exertion reporting, John specializes successful each areas of machine science, including manufacture news, hardware reviews, PC gaming, arsenic good arsenic wide subject penning and the societal interaction of the tech industry.

You tin find him online connected Twitter astatine @thisdotjohn

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