Last week, two tech giants; Nvidia and AMD launched one of their most affordable graphics cards. Yup! I’m talking about the RTX 4060 Ti and AMD RX 7600.
These releases have put all the gamers in a dilemma and I’m assuming you also fell prey to it. Are you wondering if the Nvidia card is worth the extra 130$? Well, I’ve got the answer to it!
I put both of these GPUs through a series of benchmark tests to help you decide which one to go for and here’s how the two GPUs compare;
First, let’s take a look at some of the important features before the battle begins!
|Specifications||RTX 4060 Ti||AMD RX 7600|
|GPU||AD106-350||Navi 33 XL|
|GPU process||TSMC 5 nm||TSMC 6 nm|
|Architecture||Ada Lovelace||RDNA 3|
|Base Clock speed||2.3 GHz||1.67 GHz|
|Boost clock speed||2.54 GHz||2.25 GHz|
|VRAM||8/16 GB GDRR6||8 GB GDRR6|
|Memory bandwidth||224 GB/s||175 GB/s|
Comparing the specifications of these two GPUs isn’t as simple as it seems. It’s like comparing Apple with Samsung.
For instance, due to the architectural difference, it’s really hard to put Nvidia’s CUDA cores against AMD’s CUs (compute units). We do know that the RTX 4060 Ti features 4352 CUDA cores and AMD RX 7600 sports 32 CUs (2048 steam processors). CUDA cores don’t work the same as CUs so we can’t say that RTX 4060 Ti has double the computational power of RX 7600.
Coming down to the similarities between the two. Well, both cards have 8 GB of VRAM which might trouble you with some heavy games in the future. Both share the same narrow bus width of 128-bit and have the same TBP (total board power) or TGP (total graphics power) of 165 watts. But the RTX 4060 Ti takes the lead in both bases and boosts clock speeds, hitting 2.3/2.54 GHz in contrast to 1.67/2.25 GHz of RX 7600.
Now you’re familiar with all the differences in specs, but you can’t draw the whole picture with just specs now. Can you? So I carried out a series of tests on both GPUs to see how much is the performance gap. Now I know which one’s the winner but I want you to see the results yourself first. Have a glimpse!
Let’s kick off with some of the synthetic test results.
|Graphics card||Time spy test|
|RTX 4060 Ti||13,862|
|AMD RX 7600||11,426|
|RTX 3060 Ti||11,888|
In the 3DMark Time Spy test, the Radeon’s 7600 scored just below the last-gen RTX 3060 Ti and slightly better than the RX 6600 XT. With 13,862 points, the RTX 4060 Ti enjoyed a great lead as compared to RX 7600, with only 11,426 points.
|Graphics card||Port Royal score|
|RTX 4060 Ti||8132|
|AMD RX 7600||5507|
|RX 6600 XT||4627|
When we move on to the ray tracing test; the Port Royal Score. Things start to get even worse! We all know that AMD has never performed well in the ray-tracing games, right? Well, the same was the case here! AMD lost badly to Nvidia with only 5507 points against 8132 points. However, we can’t ignore that RX 7600 outperformed all of its predecessors in this test.
Now it was time to put these GPUs to the real test. I tried dozens of games at 1080p resolutions including Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Horizon Zero Dawn, Forza Horizon 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and many others. Across all the games the average score of RX 7600 was 66.3 FPS which was quite low compared to the 99.3 FPS of RTX 4060 Ti.
To be honest, I was expecting a performance gap but not this much! I mean, a 40% performance drop for 130$ doesn’t make sense at this resolution.
|GPU||Average FPS at 1080p|
|RTX 4060 Ti||99.2|
|AMD RX 7600||66.3|
The story wasn’t much different at 1440p. As I presumed, the RX 7600 choked at 1440p and struggled to manage an average frame rate of 43.1. Whereas the 400$ RTX 4060 Ti shined at 1440p ultra settings, rocking a score of 65 FPS. RX 7600 was about 50% slower than the 4060 Ti. But that doesn’t mean it’s completely useless at 1440p gaming, you can work with it if you know how to pick the right game.
For instance, in Forza Horizon 5, RX 7600 was quite impressive. It managed to hit a roomy 97 FPS against Nvidia’s 119.8 FPS. While in other games like Red Dead Redemption and Cyberpunk 2077, it choked out at 63.7 and 53.8 respectively. We can’t deny the performance lead of the RTX 4060 Ti in all of the tests but the budget-friendly RX 7600 keeps up well enough at 1440p if you’re willing to compromise. Plus don’t forget you’ll be saving 130$!
|GPU||Average FPS at 1440p|
|RTX 4060 Ti||65|
|AMD RX 7600||43.1|
Unless your PC is equipped with a high graphics card, I wouldn’t suggest you go for 4K gaming. And clearly, both of these cards are not powerful enough to handle 4K gaming. But curiosity got the best of me and I needed to test it out.
Nvidia landed victorious in this test too but neither card handled it quite well. But I don’t blame the cards. As they were never designed for 4K gaming.
|GPU||Average FPS at 4K|
|RTX 4060 Ti||40.1|
|AMD RX 7600||27.8|
The ray tracing benchmarks were also dominated by the RTX 4060 Ti. Just like the 1440p, a few games were playable with the RX 7600 when I enabled the ray tracing feature. So if you’re looking for a GPU that can handle the pressure of ray tracing then RTX 4060 Ti would be the way to go.
Is RTX 4060 Ti worth the extra 130$?
You know what, I would’ve answered this question as a reflex if the 16 GB version of RTX 4060 Ti was out but that ain’t happening for the next two months. And it’s going to be 100$ more.
But still, if I wanted a 1080p video card that can work great with the ray tracing feature, I would place my money on the RTX 4060 Ti. I know RX 7600 is 130$ cheaper but if you can stretch your budget a bit then I’d recommend you do it. But it’d be best if you could wait till July for the 16 GB version to launch. I think it’d offer way more value for the extra 100$.
A little tight on budget? Want a decent 1080 GPU? RX 7600 would be your perfect match.
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