AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT review: double the memory and higher clocks, still Navi 33

RX 6700 XT still provides stiff competition at the same price.

AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT Sapphire Pulse card photos and unboxing
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Tom's Hardware Verdict

The AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT provides plenty of memory capacity, but that only improves performance in select workloads like AI, and the price increase ultimately pushes the card into competition with a higher tier of hardware. It's a good fit if you really need the VRAM, though it's mostly a sidestep from the pervious generation RX 6700 XT.


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    Plenty of VRAM for AI and future games

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    Higher clocks than the vanilla 7600

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    AI hardware, AV1, AFMF


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    Less efficient than the competition

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    Trails previous gen RX 6700 XT

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    Games that need 16GB need more raw compute

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The AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT marks the third new graphics card launched in the past two weeks, following the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super and RTX 4070 Ti Super. It competes in an entirely different category, with a starting price of $329 that's only a bit more than half the cost of the 4070 Super. Using the same Navi 33 RDNA 3 architecture as the RX 7600, AMD increased the power limits and core clocks and doubled the VRAM capacity, similar to what Nvidia did with the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB. Will it become one of the best graphics cards? Let's find out.

Here's the full rundown of the specifications for the mainstream current generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs, plus the previous generation RX 6700 XT. We're not sure if Navi 22 remains in production, as it's technically two and a half years old now and has been superseded by the RX 7700 XT. But it's basically available at the same price as the 7600 XT, and that can be a bit of a problem as we'll see in the benchmarks.

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AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT Specifications vs. Competing GPUs
Graphics CardRX 7600 XTRX 7600RX 6700 XTRX 7700 XTRX 7800 XTRTX 4060RTX 4060 TiRTX 4060 Ti 16GBRTX 4070RTX 4070 Super
ArchitectureNavi 33Navi 33Navi 22Navi 32Navi 32AD107AD106AD106AD104AD104
Transistors (Billion)13.313.317.228.1 + 3x 2.0528.1 + 4x 2.0518.922.922.93232
Die size (mm^2)204204336200 + 113200 + 150158.7187.8187.8294.5294.5
SMs / CUs / Xe-Cores32324054602434344656
GPU Cores (Shaders)2048204825603456384030724352435258887168
Tensor / AI Cores6464N/A10812096136136184224
Ray Tracing Cores32324054602434344656
Boost Clock (MHz)2755265525812544243024602535253524752475
VRAM Speed (Gbps)1818161819.51718182121
VRAM (GB)16812121688161212
VRAM Bus Width128128192192256128128128192192
L2 / Infinity Cache32329648642432323648
Render Output Units64646496964848486480
Texture Mapping Units12812816021624096136136184224
TFLOPS FP32 (Boost)22.621.713.235.237.315.
TFLOPS FP16 (FP8)45.243.426.470.474.6121 (242)177 (353)177 (353)233 (466)284 (568)
Bandwidth (GB/s)288288384432624272288288504504
TBP (watts)190165230245263115160160200220
Launch DateJan 2024May 2023Mar 2021Sep 2023Sep 2023Jul 2023May 2023Jul 2023Apr 2023Jan 2024
Launch Price$329$269$479$449$499$299$399$499$599$599
Online Price$330$270$330$440$500$295$385$440$535$600

The RX 7600 XT officially launches today, January 24, 2024. There's no reason to expect these cards to sell out, given the ready availability of pretty much every mainstream GPU over the past year. With a price of $329, AMD is asking for $60 more than the base model RX 7600 to get a modest bump in clocks and power limits plus double the GDDR6 memory. It's going to be more of a niche product, in our view, though it if happens to scratch your particular itch it could be a great choice.

The core specs are the same as the RX 7600, as both it and the RX 7600 XT use a fully enabled Navi 33 GPU. AMD couldn't magically add more compute units to the die, and opting for Navi 32 would have entailed a much more expensive design overall. That means tweaking TBP (Total Board Power) and boosting the clocks along with doubling the amount of VRAM per channel was about the only real option.

The RX 7600 XT has a boost clock of 2755 MHz, 100 MHz higher than the RX 7600. AMD also lists a "Game Clock" that's supposed to be a better representation of actual performance, though in most of our testing we've found it's mostly just a more conservative estimate of the clocks you'll see in the real world. (We'll have more details on page six if you're interested.) Anyway, the Game Clock for the 7600 XT is 2470 MHz versus 2250 MHz on the vanilla 7600, so potentially there's a bigger difference in performance than our above table might suggest.

Overall, the peak theoretical compute for the 7600 XT is 22.6 teraflops FP32, which is only 4% higher than the 7600's peak compute. But the 7600 XT also has a 190W power limit that's 15% higher than the 165W on the 7600, so real-world performance could track more closely with the difference in TBP.

One thing AMD didn't do was to increase the VRAM speed. Both the 7600 and 7600 XT use 18 Gbps GDDR6 memory. It would have been nice to get 20 Gbps memory to provide more bandwidth, at least in theory — perhaps the benefit wouldn't have justified the added cost. And that's really the crux of the situation: Does the performance of the 7600 XT with its 16GB of VRAM justify the increase in price? That's going to depend on what you do with the card.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

AMD's previous generation RX 6700 XT is still hanging around (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

Before we move away from the specs, let's also quickly talk about the RX 6700 XT. Architectural differences mean it doesn't have AV1 support, or the AI accelerator in RDNA 3, but it does offer 40 CUs and similar core clocks. In practice, for gaming we've found that RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 CUs remain relatively comparable, which means the 6700 XT could still be the faster card (spoiler alert!). Also, it has less total VRAM than the 7600 XT but gets to 12GB via a 192-bit interface, which means higher total bandwidth.

Considering you can find the RX 6700 XT for $329 right now, that puts it in direct competition with the newcomer. This is a problem AMD has been facing with most of the RX 7000-series GPUs, with only the RX 7900 XT and XTX offering new levels of performance. Everything else basically ends up as a sideways movement on price —at least, street price — and performance compared to the RX 6000-series, but with some new features to potentially sweeten the pot.

We'll see some back and forth between the 7600 XT and 6700 XT in our tests, depending on the sort of workload. Games will likely favor the older GPU, but AI in particular should work better on the newer card. But the RX 6700 XT definitely feels like it's entering the realm of "while supplies last" — many of the 6000-series GPUs are now going out of stock (finally).

Sapphire Radeon RX 7600 XT Pulse

AMD isn't providing a reference card for the RX 7600 XT, leaving it up to its add-in board (AIB) partners. We received the Sapphire RX 7600 XT Pulse for our review, which is a reference-clocked card at least, and it will start at the $329 MSRP. Overclocked cards will naturally exist, at higher price points, though at this end of the GPU spectrum there's not that much wiggle room. As soon as you're looking at spending $50 more for a custom factory overclocked card, you could potentially move up to the next GPU tier instead.

The Sapphire Pulse measures 250x129x45 mm, so it's just slightly wider than a dual-slot card and you should plan on it occupying three slots. It weighs 797g, making it a relative featherweight compared to many of the bulkier GPUs we've seen lately. It has dual 95mm fans, using Sapphire's "Angular Velocity Fan Blade" that includes an integrated rim to improve static pressure, and these should be more than sufficient to handle the cooling needs of the GPU.

Sapphire includes dual 8-pin power connectors on the Pulse, which is probably just to make things simpler. These days, nearly all PSUs support 8-pin connections, usually via adjustable 6+2-pin connectors, so why not just skip the 6-pin connector? Technically, even a single 8-pin should be more than sufficient for the 190W TBP (Sapphire actually lists 192W), but giving a bit of extra headroom isn't a bad idea and ensures the card won't need to try and pull too much power through the PCIe slot.

Like other graphics card companies, Sapphire offers multiple tiers of hardware. The Pulse line represents the entry level and as such comes with fewer extras. There's no RGB lighting, for example, and no dual-BIOS switch. We rarely make use of the latter on cards that provide it, and for many the lack of RGB will actually be a positive aspect — not everyone wants a PC that lights up the room. If you do want an RGB card, you'll want to look at Sapphire's higher tier Pure and Nitro offerings, which usually include a factory overclock as well.

Sapphire opted for a slightly non-traditional route on the display outputs on the Pulse, providing two each of DP2.1 54Gbps and HDMI 2.1 48Gbps ports. As many users will only connect one or two monitors, we like this arrangement since you can use two of the same port type. (Sometimes, monitors behave a bit differently with HDMI versus DisplayPort connections.)

Other than the card itself, there's nothing else to speak of in the packaging. It's a smaller box with less wasted space but still plenty of padding, giving you only what you need and none of the extra clutter. The card is also light enough that sag shouldn't be a serious concern, though we do always appreciate having a small support stand with the size of modern graphics cards.

AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT Test Setup

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Our current graphics card testbed has been in use for over a year now, and so far we haven't seen any pressing need to upgrade. The Core i9-13900K is still holding its own, and while the i9-14900K or Ryzen 9 7950X3D can improve performance slightly, at higher resolutions and settings we're still almost entirely GPU limited — though perhaps not when the future RTX 50-series and RX 8000-series arrive. We also conduct professional and AI benchmarks on our Core i9-12900K PC, which is also used for our GPU benchmarks hierarchy.

We're using preview drivers from AMD for the RX 7600 XT, version to be precise. These drivers only support the 7600 XT, so other AMD GPUs were tested with the 23.12.1 drivers. For Nvidia, we used preview 551.15 and 546.42 drivers from the 4070 Ti Super and 4070 Super launches, while for Intel we tested with a preview 5186 driver that should be publicly available shortly.

We did notice some discrepancies in our data for the recent GPU launches, whether from driver, OS, or game updates isn't quite clear. As such we've been feverishly retesting as many of the cards on the latest drivers as possible. We've retested, at a minimum: Borderlands 3, Far Cry 6, Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The three 'bonus' games were also tested on every GPU using the latest drivers.

AMD and Nvidia often like to talk about the upgrade potential of new GPUs, often comparing new parts with older offerings. We've added the RTX 3060 and RTX 2060 to our charts and comparisons for this review, along with the Arc A770 16GB. All of these are or were priced around the $300–$350 range.

Our current test suite consists of 15 games. Of these, nine support DirectX Raytracing (DXR), but we only enable the DXR features in six games. The remaining nine games are tested in pure rasterization mode. We also have three newer 'bonus' titles that aren't in the main charts, two of which use DXR and one of which is a rasterization game. While many games in our test suite support upscaling, we're mostly skipping that due to time constraints, though we do enable FSR2/3 or DLSS Quality mode upscaling in two of the bonus games.

We test at 1080p (medium and ultra), 1440p ultra, and 4K ultra for most of our reviews — ultra being the highest supported preset if there is one, and in some cases maxing out all the other settings for good measure (except for MSAA or super sampling). The RX 7600 XT mostly targets 1080p, and perhaps 1440p, so the 4K results are included mostly for curiosity's sake.

Our PC is hooked up to a Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 32, one of the best gaming monitors around, allowing us to fully experience the higher frame rates that might be available. G-Sync and FreeSync were enabled, as appropriate. As we're not testing with esports games, most of our performance results are nowhere near the 240 Hz limit, or even the 144 Hz limit of our secondary test PC.

We've installed Windows 11 22H2 and used InControl to lock our test PC to that major release for the foreseeable future (though critical security updates still get installed monthly — and one of those probably caused the drop in performance that necessitated retesting a third of the games in our suite).

Our test PC includes Nvidia's PCAT v2 (Power Capture and Analysis Tool) hardware, which means we can grab real power use, GPU clocks, and more during all of our gaming benchmarks. We'll cover those results on our page on power use.

Finally, because GPUs aren't purely for gaming these days, we've run some professional content creation application tests, and we also ran some Stable Diffusion benchmarks to see how AI workloads scale on the various GPUs.

Jarred Walton

Jarred Walton is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on everything GPU. He has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.

  • Amdlova
    Just buy a rx 6700xt same price way better...
    With some undervolt will have same TBP.
  • Roland Of Gilead
    AMD's version of the 4060ti! :rolleyes: Disappointing it comes behind even the Arc770.
  • evdjj3j
    I'm not sure why anyone would chose this over a 4060.
  • Gururu
    Thank you been waiting on this review. Certainly helps with the decision paralysis.
  • btmedic04
    This would have been a much more compelling product had it used a further cut down Navi 32 with 3x mcds, 12gb of vram and a $350ish price point. Disappointing
  • King_V
    Roland Of Gilead said:
    AMD's version of the 4060ti! :rolleyes: Disappointing it comes behind even the Arc770.
    Well, AMD's version of the 4060ti 16GB, I would say... although, to be fair, it does give SOME performance benefit over the 7600 non-XT. The 4060 Ti 16GB gave just about nothing over the 4060 Ti 8GB (for gaming purposes, an edge case or two notwithstanding)
  • JarredWaltonGPU
    btmedic04 said:
    This would have been a much more compelling product had it used a further cut down Navi 32 with 3x mcds, 12gb of vram and a $350ish price point. Disappointing
    I do wonder if AMD may eventually try doing an RX 7700 non-XT with those specs, but realistically I think the total cost of 3xMCD plus the Navi 32 GCD means making such a card and selling it at $350 is a losing proposition.
  • btmedic04
    JarredWaltonGPU said:
    I do wonder if AMD may eventually try doing an RX 7700 non-XT with those specs, but realistically I think the total cost of 3xMCD plus the Navi 32 GCD means making such a card and selling it at $350 is a losing proposition.
    Yeah, it's more than likely too expensive to hit a $350 price point and still have any kind of profit margin. One can still dream at least lol.
  • Roland Of Gilead
    King_V said:
    Well, AMD's version of the 4060ti 16GB, I would say... although, to be fair, it does give SOME performance benefit over the 7600 non-XT. The 4060 Ti 16GB gave just about nothing over the 4060 Ti 8GB (for gaming purposes, an edge case or two notwithstanding)
  • usertests
    +$60 is not a huge premium over the 7600 for the extra memory, but the 7600 is overpriced in the first place.

    It's not much slower than the 6700 XT, but the 6700 XT is clearly better and 12 GB VRAM is fine. If you want the 7600 XT to play with AI, good luck.

    Get it down to $270-280, what the 6700 10 GB used to cost, and it looks more interesting. Although 6700 XT was as low as $295-300 (new) in Nov-Dec. Something tells me they will run out before they return to that price point.