Both leading developers of discrete gaming graphics – NVIDIA and AMD – will offer their new entry-level solutions almost simultaneously. Only yesterday we reviewed the capabilities of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB, and today we evaluate the performance of the new product from AMD – Radeon RX 7600 8 GB. List of sources, where you can familiarize yourself with the test results, is quite large, however, for the first review, we will use the system material from colleagues at TechPowerUp who reviewed the Radeon RX 7600 reference model.
Of course, the first thing of interest, in this case, is the performance of the video card in 1080p mode.
After summarizing all the obtained results, the average performance of the Radeon RX 7600 is close to that of the Radeon RX 6650 XT 8 GB. The video card is 17% more productive than the GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB and 11% inferior to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB. If we compare the indicators with those for the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, the latter turns out to be 25% faster than AMD’s new product. However, it is important to note here that these are not direct competitors initially. The recommended price of the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB is $399, while the Radeon RX 7600 8 GB is estimated by the developers at $269. That is, the price difference is 48%.
If we consider not relative, but quantitative indicators, then according to the results of tests in 25 games, the Radeon RX 7600 was able to offer an average of 105 frames/s in Full HD mode. In heavy projects, average values can drop to 60-70 fps.
The results of the Radeon RX 7600 in 1440p and 4K modes confirm the expectation that this is a video card specifically for Full HD. At a resolution of 2560×1440, the average performance of the Radeon RX 7600 drops to almost the level of the Radeon RX 6650 XT, and is 30% behind GeForce RTX 4060 Ti. At an average cumulative 75 fps in certain games, the graphics card fails only to average 30-50 fps.
In 4K, the situation is even worse. The performance of Radeon RX 7600 drops to that of GeForce RTX 3060, and the gap with the new GeForce RTX 4060 Ti increases to 43%. The difference in the cost of video cards compensates for such a handicap in performance, but the actual indicators are insufficient for this mode. We have 39 fps on average, with 10-20 fps in heavy projects. So, Radeon RX 7600 is a video card exclusively for Full HD.
Ray tracing is also not the strongest point of chips on RDNA 3. Unfortunately, Radeon RX 7600 almost does not improve the performance of the previous generation models (Radeon RX 6650/6600 XT). In this discipline, the novelty is 15% inferior to the GeForce RTX 3060, and the difference with the new GeForce RTX 4060 Ti is already 68%. In higher resolution modes, the relative performance of the Radeon RX 7600 is even worse, although in fact ray tracing games at 1440p/4K require significantly more powerful and expensive graphics cards.
The power consumption profile shows the excellent power efficiency of the video card in idle mode (2 W). Under gaming load, Radeon RX 7600 8GB consumes around 150-160W. The indicators are not bad, but the improvements compared to the solutions of the previous class are quite small.
If we compare the power consumption levels with those of competitors, the 152 W obtained in the tests coincides with the figure of the same GeForce RTX 4060 Ti. Of course, in such a case, the overall energy efficiency of the new NVIDIA solution is significantly higher. But here, the Radeon RX 7600 passes only models with GPUs with the Ada Lovelace architecture.
Unfortunately, the predecessor – Radeon RX 6600 8 GB – did not participate in the test. A comparison with this particular model would be more visual to demonstrate the progress. However, the available results generally give us a first idea of the capabilities of the Radeon RX 7600 8GB.
The video card received a rather attractive price tag, and the Full HD performance makes it quite possible to consider it as an option for entry-level gaming systems. A head-to-head matchup between the Radeon RX 7600 8GB and the entry-level GeForce RTX 4060 8GB, which already has an MSRP of $300 and is due out in July, will be very interesting going forward. By the way, the developers changed the price tag of the RX 7600 literally a day before the official announcement. Initially, it was about $300. Obviously, it was the RTX 4060 price announced in advance before the start of sales that forced AMD to play ahead.
We invite you to share your thoughts about the capabilities of the Radeon RX 7600 8 GB in the comments. Did it live up to expectations? Are you considering such a model as a potential purchase for your system?