AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT with XFX, Sapphire and PowerColor
Usually with AMD Radeon cards when they release an XT version it comes with some extra hardware. A bit like the Ti Nvidia cards. When we saw the specifications for the RX 7600 XT we were a bit disappointed. We love the idea of doubling the GDDR6. More memory is always good, particularly as you click up through the resolutions. The 8GB RX 7600 always felt a little short, so to get 16GB on this XT is a real bonus. Additionally we like grabbing some more clock speed. Anything to gain performance has to be applauded, particularly at this end of the market where an extra 50 MHz can have a profound effect on your frame rate. We’d have liked a few extra Compute Units or Stream Processors though. Maybe we’re greedy.
Certainly if you look at our benchmark graphs you can see that the extra GDDR6 and additional clock speed brings a nice boost when compared to the RX 7600. There is no doubt that the RX 7600 XT is a better card, particularly if you run at 1440. Not every game is Cyberpunk after all. If you like a Grand Strategy title or the Sims or similar then extra resolution is useful. Of the three cards we have today the Sapphire and PowerColor are very close in performance. The XFX cooler lets the card really stretch its legs and gains 140 MHz average on the other two. If you’ve got the case room then that would be the card for raw performance. However, if you’re tight for space then both the Pulse and Hellhound are as good as we’d expect a PowerColor or Sapphire card to be. Both are famous extollers of the Radeon’s virtues.
AMD Fluid Motion Frames
The other new thing, although new to all current AMD Radeon cards, is their release of the AMD Fluid Motion Frames. Their own, driver based, version of DLSS. Clearly it’s in its infancy. The results we saw were very blurry and poor. Yes you’re gaining massive performance. But you’ll always gain performance if you compromise image quality this much. We’re sure in time things will improve. Maybe on a more powerful card where you’re using it at higher resolutions the blurry effect will be lessened. However, these low to midrange cards are where that technology is most useful. Maybe in a few months it’ll be where it needs to be. We understand DLSS scales down resolution and then samples back up too, it’s just refined enough that you barely notice. Here in AFMF form, you definitely notice. It’s a start though. FreeSync took a little while to become as brilliant as it is.
The AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT is the regular RX 7600, but with twice the video memory and a healthy clock speed boost, making it an attractive card for those on a budget. It wins our OC3D Value For Money Award. If you’ve got the space we’d recommend the XFX, but all of them are good.
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