RX 7600 vs RX 6600: Is AMD's Latest GPU a Genuine Upgrade or Just a Marketing Hype?

RX 7600 vs RX 6600: Is AMD's Latest GPU a Genuine Upgrade or Just a Marketing Hype?

RX 7600 Review Roundup Demonstrates Disappointing Performance/Price vs RX 6600 Despite RDNA 3 GPU Performing 27% Better

AMD recently launched its first budget RDNA 3 GPU, the RX 7600, with the promise of outperforming the RTX 3060. However, a review roundup conducted by 3DCenter reveals that the RX 7600 fails to deliver on its potential, showcasing poor performance/price and performance/watt ratios when compared to the last-gen Radeon RX 6600.

The RX 7600 features 32 Compute Units, 8 GB of VRAM, and a TDP of 165 W. Its performance at 1080p rasterization is on average 26.6% faster than the RX 6600 and 5.7% faster than the RX 6650 XT. Compared to the GeForce RTX 3060, the RX 7600 exhibits a 16.6% performance increase in rasterization at Full HD resolution. While this represents a decent performance improvement over its predecessor and last-gen competitors, it is not particularly remarkable.

Moving on to 1440p performance, the RX 7600 shows a significant 29% lead over the RX 6600, but only a modest 6% improvement over the RX 6650 XT. In comparison to the RTX 3060, the RX 7600 outperforms it by 13%. It is worth noting that the RX 7600 also demonstrates a performance boost in 4K gaming, with a 29% improvement over the RX 6600, a 5.3% increase over the RX 6650 XT, and a 4% uplift against the RTX 3060. It is interesting to observe that the RX 7600's performance gain remains consistent with its RDNA 2 predecessors, while the RTX 3060 has possibly seen improvements due to its higher memory bandwidth.

In terms of ray tracing performance at 1080p, the RX 7600 showcases a notable 31% advantage over the RX 6600 and a 9.3% improvement over the RX 6650 XT. However, as AMD Radeon GPUs have historically lagged behind NVIDIA GeForce cards in ray tracing workloads, it is not surprising that the RDNA 3 RX 7600 is 11% slower than the previous generation's RTX 3060 in this aspect.

When it comes to power consumption, the RX 7600 has a rated TDP of 165 W, compared to 132 W for the RX 6600 and 180 W for the RX 6650 XT. During gaming, the RX 7600 consumes around 160 W, resulting in a performance/watt benefit of approximately 3% and 15% over the RX 6600 and RX 6650 XT, respectively. In comparison to the RTX 3060, which has a gaming power consumption of 172 W, the RX 7600 offers an average of 25% more performance per watt.

Unfortunately, the RX 7600 falls short in terms of performance/price ratio compared to the RX 6600 and RX 6650 XT due to significant price reductions for the last-gen cards. It experiences a 3% regression in performance/price compared to the RX 6600, making it a less attractive option for budget-conscious gamers. However, when compared to the overpriced RTX 30 series cards, the RX 7600 does offer a 16% better performance/price ratio compared to the RTX 3060.

In summary, the RX 7600 presents a meaningful upgrade over the RX 6600 and RX 6650 XT for FHD gaming. However, it fails to provide practical performance/price and performance/watt benefits over its predecessor, which is disappointing news for budget gamers. Despite offering a 27% better performance with its RDNA 3 architecture, the RX 7600 struggles to justify its price when compared to the heavily discounted last-gen options.

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