AMD’s $269 Radeon RX 7600 GPU targets the 1080p ‘sweet spot’

AMD has unveiled the Radeon RX 7600, a $269 entry-level graphics card powered by the company’s RDNA 3 architecture. Announced Wednesday, the RX 7600 is designed to hit 60fps while playing games at 1080p, offering an affordable GPU option for gamers not looking for 4K performance.

This is the first desktop GPU in the Radeon RX 7000 range priced under $300 – not only is it cheaper than the $329 RX 6600 at launch, but video cardz reports, and Acutely.infos own Tom Warren confirms that AMD dropped the price at the last minute from a $299 figure originally shared with press and influencers. Those updated prices are probably no coincidence, as AMD unveiled the Radeon RX 7600 just days after Nvidia announced the $299 RTX 4060, which is similarly positioned for the 1080p market, along with the $399 4060Ti.

Available starting tomorrow, May 25, the RX 7600 features 32 compute units, 8 GB of GDDR6 RAM, a base clock of 2.25 GHz, a boosted clock of 2.66 GHz and draws 165 W of power. That’s remarkably close to the RX 6600 XT and significantly cheaper than its $379 launch price.

AMD presents the RX 7600 as an upgrade for older GPUs such as Nvidia’s GTX 1060.
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In its press materials, AMD compares the RX 7600 to the older RX 6600 GPU, emphasizing the higher memory speed (18 Gbps versus the RX 6600’s 14 Gbps) and number of cores (2048 versus 1792). The RX 7600 can also support DisplayPort 2.1, but AMD says its board partners will be responsible for incorporating this into their own designs.

This isn’t a GPU for gamers who need an ultra-powerful system – it’s for people who want to build their first gaming PC, less demanding games like Fortniteor replace aging GPUs like the GTX 1650 (which still accounts for more than 6 percent of all graphics cards in Steam’s hardware survey) with support for new features, even if it doesn’t push a higher pixel count.

None of these games are particularly demanding, but their players are the ideal target for entry-level GPUs like the RX 7600.
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AMD promises that the RX 7600 can reach 76 fps Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and run at 62 fps The Last of Us Part I at 1080p with both games’ settings set to high. On average, AMD claims the RX 7600 should be about 29 percent faster than the RX 6600 when running games at 1080p at maximum settings. We even got a nod to its AI capabilities, with AMD promising that the RX 7600 can run Stable Diffusion workloads up to 1.63 times faster than the RX 6600.

AMD’s lower price point for the RX 7600 may give it a favor over Nvidia’s RTX 4060, though both cards only come with 8GB of VRAM. As modern games become increasingly demanding and push the limits of GPU memory, some PC gamers are beginning to question the value of 8GB graphics cards. It would have been nice to see the VRAM increase to 12GB for longevity, but it’s hard to be picky when a brand new GPU is this cheap.

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