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“Best entry-level graphics card”: Test reports for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT published

AMD today started selling the mid-range Radeon RX 7600 XT graphics card, and foreign trade press published reviews of the new product. And while reviewers were mostly negative about the regular Radeon RX 7600, many people liked the new product, especially because of the large video memory: “16GB of VRAM changes things” And “Lots of VRAM for AI and future games

    Radeon RX 7600 XT from ASUS, XFX and Sapphire

Radeon RX 7600 XT from ASUS, XFX and Sapphire. Image source: Computer Base

The Radeon RX 7600 XT is powered by the same 6nm Navi 33 GPU with RDNA 3 architecture as the Radeon RX 7600. The chip contains 2048 stream processors, 64 AI engines, 32 ray tracing accelerators, 128 Texture processors and 64 grid blocks. The Radeon RX 7600 XT graphics processor received higher clock speeds than the chip in the Radeon RX 7600: the game frequency was increased from 2250 to 2470 MHz and the boost frequency was increased from 2660 to 2760 MHz.

    Sapphire Radeon RX 7600 XT Pulse board.  Image source: TechPowerUp

Sapphire Radeon RX 7600 XT Pulse board. Image source: TechPowerUp

A more noticeable change that reviewers focus on is twice the amount of video memory in the Radeon RX 7600 XT compared to the Radeon RX 7600. At the same time, the memory speed and bus width have not changed and are 18 Gbps and 128, respectively Bit. The bandwidth also remained unchanged – 288 GB/s. Larger memory and higher frequencies led to an increase in power consumption to 190 W.

Tom’s Hardware received the Sapphire Radeon RX 7600 XT Pulse graphics card for testing. According to test results, the Radeon RX 7600 XT graphics card is on average faster than Intel Arc 770 and GeForce RTX 3060, but cannot keep up with Radeon RX 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 4060 in games with 1080p resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels) and with maximum Graphics settings and, if possible, with maximum ray tracing settings.

If you don’t take games with ray tracing into account, AMD’s new product is faster than the GeForce RTX 4060, but still lags behind the Radeon RX 6700 XT. And if you look at the ray tracing tests separately, it is clear that the Radeon RX 7600 XT loses to the GeForce RTX 3060 and Intel Arc 770.

The Radeon RX 7600 XT also proved to be quite capable of handling games with 1440p resolution and maximum graphics settings – here the card benefits from large video memory. If you activate ray tracing to the maximum, the new product will no longer be able to deliver playable FPS in most games. The new graphics card turns out to be almost completely unsuitable for 4K, except that you can achieve an average of just over 32 FPS without ray tracing.

As Tom’s Hardware noted, additional memory was useful in only three of the 18 games from the test set: Forza Horizon 5, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Total War: Warhammer 3. In all of them, the new product showed at least a 20 percent advantage Comparison with the RX 7600. However, reviewers point out that the Radeon RX 7600 XT offers good headroom for future games that place increasingly higher demands on video memory. This reviewer also notes that the new product performs well in work tasks such as 3D rendering and in AI algorithm work, such as Stable Diffusion.

The ComputerBase resource, which tested the The new product is capable of providing more than 60 FPS in many modern games at 1080p resolution and maximum graphics quality settings, but without ray tracing. At the same time, there are many games in which the Radeon RX 7600 XT produces lower frame rates, but does not drop below 40 FPS on average.

The performance of the Radeon RX 7600 XT is on average 9% higher than that of the Radeon RX 7600. And this is very impressive, because the new product uses the same GPU, the frequency of which is only 2-3% higher. That is, the main increase is achieved precisely by the increased amount of video memory. However, 8 GB is not always enough, but 16 GB is good. Computer Base notes that the Radeon RX 7600 XT is capable of giving worthy competition to the GeForce RTX 4060, which implies the 8 GB version of the latter. The latter doesn’t save ray tracing either, because 8 GB isn’t enough here.

The Radeon RX 7600 XT turned out to be more power hungry than the Radeon RX 7600, but was less noisy and not only hotter, although this is most likely due to non-standard coolers. On the Sapphire Radeon RX 7600 XT Pulse, the average GPU temperature in games was 66.9°C, compared to more than 73°C on the reference RX 7600. The noise level under load was just 38 dBA. The average gaming consumption was 190 W (at 1080p), which is slightly higher than the consumption of the significantly more powerful GeForce RTX 4070 with 183 W and also significantly higher than the 154 W of its sister Radeon RX 7600.

Reviewers agreed that the Radeon RX 7600 XT is a good entry-level gaming graphics card. True, it was criticized for its slightly inflated price – in the USA the recommended price is $329. “However, if AMD and its partners can bring the price of the 7600 XT down to $300 or less, it will become significantly more attractive“Noted Tom’s Hardware. Perhaps a more attractive choice right now is the Radeon RX 6700 XT, which is available in the US for $350.”Despite all the shortcomings, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT is currently the best entry-level graphics card in the price range under 400 euros“, – summarized in Computer Base.

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