The AMD RX 7600 may not be on your radar as a GPU to get, but it's a surprisingly capable graphics card for full-HD gaming. It can also do 1440p gaming, but don't expect to go above 120fps. But ray tracing is viable if you're comfortable with frame rates around 60fps depending on the game.
- AMD RDNA 3
- 8-pin power connector
- 2,048 stream processors, 8GB GDDR6 and 18Gbps memory speed
- 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 2.1
Similar to last year's RX 6650 XT, the RX 7600 doesn't need the most powerful PSU to function. A 550W power supply is more than enough. And it uses a standard 8-pin connector, so you don't have to worry about upgrading that part of your PC as well. This card comes with three DisplayPort 2.1 and one HDMI 2.1 port. It will take up two slots inside your PC.
I tested the AMD RX 7600 on our Aftershock-powered PC, and came away impressed with the performance. In Cyberpunk 2077 with AMD FSR 2.1 turned on, the RX 7600 was able to hit 88.56fps in Ultra, with 122.31fps on Medium. However, if you want to turn on ray tracing (RT), then it's really only playable on the Low RT setting with around 60fps unless you're comfortable at 35fps on Medium. It's the same with Marvel's Spider-Man. Without RT, you get up to 134.5fps on Very High, but that drops to 30-ish fps with RT on Very High. You'll probably be able to get a playable frame rate once you tweak your settings around. You can get around 88.3fps on 1440p without RT.
On Returnal, the benchmarks showed around 62fps on the Epic setting with ray tracing set to High. If you want more frame rates, then the Medium setting with RT off will give you more than 120fps. You can also get around 108fps on Medium on 1440p. That's actually pretty decent. Power draw is also decent, at around 18W on idle, and up to 166W. Temperatures are also manageable at 46 degrees Celsius on idle, and 85 degrees Celsius on load.
Honestly, if ray tracing isn't a big deal to you, this card actually delivers pretty solid performance for 1080p gaming. You can also use it for 1440p, though it won't perform as good. With only 8GB of video RAM, it's honestly more than enough for 1080p gaming for the vast majority of games. You may have to lower your game settings if you're planning to use this for 1440p. At prices of around S$400, this is a pretty affordable card to at least tide you through this year and the next (or more), especially if you're still using a three- or four-year old card. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG.
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