Today, AMD has expanded its Radeon portfolio by launching the Radeon RX 7600 XT 16GB. As suggested by the name, this GPU doubles the VRAM of the RX 7600, while other specifications do not change. AMD touts this GPU as an entry-level 1440p option, but let’s wait for reviewers to have their say.
RX 7600 XT: 16GB of VRAM at $329
AMD last year released the Radeon RX 7600 at $269, with a sudden last-minute decrease from the original $300 MSRP. The GPU packed 8GB of memory and made use of the full-fat Navi33 GPU with 32 enabled CUs.
Today, at CES, Team Red follows up by revealing a 16GB ‘XT’ variant of the RX 7600. The RX 7600 XT is the same GPU, featuring 32 CUs, a 128-bit memory interface, 18Gbps memory, and a total bandwidth of 288GB/s. Navi32 was a possibility, although it might not have been cost-effective and power-efficient.
The key difference is the extra memory and increased power consumption from 165W to 190W. The GPU operates at a base clock of 2.47GHz and a boost clock of 2.76GHz, quite higher than the base RX 7600. Since 190W is still within the limits of an 8-pin connector (150W + 75W from PCIe), the 7600 XT features a single 8-pin power connector.
To power AI Inference and enhance local training capabilities, AMD has incorporated 64 AI Accelerators with the RX 7600 XT, again similar to the RX 7600. While the RX 7600 varied between DisplayPort 1.4a or 2.1, all RX 7600 XT models will feature DisplayPort 2.1.
To demonstrate the VRAM advantage, AMD’s benchmarks include RT, where the RX 7600 XT sees a huge leap in various titles. For example, in Forza Horizon, the FPS jumped from 67 to 94, and that’s simply because 8GB is not sufficient.
Interestingly, at 1440p, the lead decreases, but note that both tests feature different games. Where many games were below 60 FPS, the additional memory can certainly provide a nice bump above the 60 FPS threshold.
The testing methodology is a bit vague since the NVIDIA counterpart being showcased is the RTX 2060. Anyhow, users should note that this GPU is directly aimed at the RTX 4060 and may very well outpace it in a few titles.
At $29 more expensive than the RTX 4060, you get 8GB more memory but lose out on power efficiency and some raster performance, but honestly, it’s a give and take. The RX 7600 XT can be considered the spiritual successor to the RX 6700 XT, but with higher VRAM, and AI capabilities but lower raw performance.
The Radeon RX 7600 XT will cost $329 starting from the 24th of January. AMD expects models to be available from partners including ACER, ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX. We strongly advise users to wait for independent reviewers to get a clearer image.