It might have taken until mid-2023, but both AMD and NVIDIA have finally rounded out their current-gen GPU ranges with some affordable options. Enter the AMD Radeon RX 7600 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti.
Sure, there’s the RTX 4060 now on the table, too, but comparing the 7600 vs 4060 Ti makes for an interesting match-up because here we get to compare a true current-gen budget card (the RX 7600) to a more expensive but more capable ‘budget’ card (the RTX 4060 Ti).
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This comparison is apt for many gamers: do we save $130, or opt for something that has an easier time handling 1440p? Both GPUs are great for 1080p gaming, and 1440p is where the real conflict comes into play. Plus, there’s the NVIDIA GPU’s DLSS 3 capabilities and the looming specter of AMD FSR 3 to consider.
In this guide, we’ve given you the low-down on the RX 7600 and RTX 4060 Ti, comparing specs and real-world performance, and coming to some conclusions about which of the two budget graphics cards might be best for you.
What is the AMD Radeon RX 7600?
The AMD Radeon RX 7600 launched in May 2023, and is based on AMD’s RDNA 3 GPU architecture.
It’s the cheapest current-gen graphics card on the market and competes most closely with the RTX 4060 and previous-gen RX 6650 XT and RTX 3060. The 4060 Ti performs better, but the 7600 is a fair bit cheaper, and both cards are on the lower end of AMD and NVIDIA current-gen GPU ranges.
The RX 7600 is targeted at 1080p gaming, because it can average well over 60fps on Ultra settings in almost any game at this resolution. It struggles a little more at 1440p, but can handle less demanding titles at this resolution, too.
What is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti?
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti also launched in May 2023, and it’s based on NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace GPU architecture.
It’s the second-cheapest graphics card of NVIDIA’s 40-series GPU generation, just after the RTX 4060, making it the third-cheapest current-gen GPU if we include both AMD and NVIDIA cards. The 4060 Ti hovers between the ‘budget’ and ‘midrange’ marks—it’s not quite a midrange RTX 4070, but it’s way better than most sub-$400 options.
Just like the RX 7600, the RTX 4060 Ti is targeted at 1080p gaming, but this time more so for high refresh rate gamers. It can handle most games on max settings with a high refresh rate 1080p monitor. It can also handle 60fps at 1440p easily in most games on max settings.
NVIDIA vs AMD Features
|RX 7600||RTX 4060 Ti|
|Upscaling||FSR 2 (FSR 3 upcoming)||DLSS 3|
|Variable Refresh Rate||GSync Compatible, FreeSync||GSync, GSync Compatible, FreeSync|
|Input Lag Reduction||Anti-Lag||NULL, Reflex|
There’s reason to opt for the 7600 or 4060 Ti instead of a previous-gen GPU. Both graphics cards offer new technologies, such as improved AI and ray tracing hardware, and AV1 hardware encoding capabilities.
Primarily, these generational improvements for both Green Team and Red Team GPUs mean one thing: better power efficiency. There are previous-gen GPUs that perform better than both GPUs, but not without consuming more power—and possibly costing a little more, too.
This being said, when it comes to brand-specific features, the RX 7600 and 4060 Ti aren’t equal. Perhaps most importantly, the 4060 Ti supports DLSS 3, while the 7600 only supports FSR 2. DLSS upscaling looks a little better than FSR upscaling, and DLSS 3 allows for frame interpolation while FSR does not.
But FSR 3 should (if rumors are to be believed) release sometime this year and bring AMD’s answer to DLSS 3 frame generation. At which point, the 7600 might be on even footing with the 4060 Ti in this department—we’ll have to wait and see.
The NVIDIA GPU also currently offers a wider range of options for both VRR (Adaptive Sync) and input lag reduction tech.
AMD cards like the 7600 can’t use the VRR of GSync monitors, though they can use the VRR of GSync Compatible and FreeSync ones, which tend perform about as well as GSync ones, these days. AMD cards also can’t use NVIDIA Reflex, which is the best-performing input lag reduction technology, although it’s only present in some games.
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RX 7600 vs 4060 Ti: Price Comparison
|RX 7600||RTX 4060 Ti|
|Cheapest retail prices||$265-$289||$389-$439|
At MSRP, the NVIDIA RTX 4060 Ti costs $130 (48%) more than the AMD RX 7600. In other words, the 4060 Ti costs about 1.5x as much as the 7600.
These prices also bear true in reality, with the cheapest options for both video cards costing about the same as their recommended pricing. Both GPUs have options slightly cheaper than their respective MSRPs, too.
The obvious alternative to the RX 7600 and RTX 4060 Ti is the RTX 4060. The 4060 retails for about $299—$100 less than the 4060 Ti and only $30 more than the 7600. Its raw performance (rasterization) is about the same as the RX 7600, but it benefits from DLSS 3 and better ray tracing performance.
The closest competitors to the 4060 Ti and 7600, though, are found in the previous GPU generation.
First, there’s the RX 6700 XT. The 6700 XT costs about $70 less than the 4060 Ti and about $60 more than the 7600 but competes with the 4060 Ti in performance and, therefore, beats the 7600 in performance. It also has more VRAM than both cards. However, it’s less power efficient than both and lacks the 4060 Ti’s DLSS capabilities.
Second, there’s the RX 6650 XT. This GPU costs about $239—$30 less than the 7600 and $160 less than the 4060 Ti—and performs only a sliver worse than the 7600 across all resolutions. In other words, just considering raw rasterization performance, it’s $30 cheaper for essentially the same framerate outcomes. For budget builds, this GPU might be a great shout.
The RTX 3060 Ti is an option, too. It retails for about $319—right between the 7600 and 4060 Ti—and its performance sits between the two, too, but a little closer to the 4060 Ti than the 7600, especially at 1440p and 4K. It also benefits from DLSS capabilities—though only DLSS 2, so no frame generation.
If you’re keen for Team Green, you might consider the RTX 3060. The 3060 retails for about $269, costing roughly the same as the 7600. It performs about the same as the RX 7600, too, but loses out ever so slightly at 1440p and 4K. As with the 3060 Ti, it also benefits from DLSS 2 capabilities. But the 7600 should benefit from FSR 3 when it’s released, while the 3060 and 3060 Ti will be stuck with DLSS 2 and no frame interpolation.
If you’re considering the 7600 and 4060 Ti, it probably makes little sense to opt for the 3060 or 3060 Ti, though. If you’re spending $319 on a 3060 Ti, you might as well spend another $80 and get something DLSS 3-capable with better RT performance: a 4060 Ti. Or get 4060 Ti-level performance for less cost with an RX 6700 XT.
And if you’re considering cheaper previous-gen alternatives like the 3060, unless you’re sure you want DLSS 2 capabilities, it probably makes sense to save some more money and opt for an RX 6650 XT. Previous-gen AMD cards are still, arguably, the budget GPU kings.
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Graphics Card Specs
|RX 7600||RTX 4060 Ti|
|Architecture||RDNA 3||Ada Lovelace|
|CUDA Cores / Stream Processors||2,048||4,352|
|Tensor Cores / AI Accelerators||64||136|
|RT Cores / Ray Accelerators||32||34|
|Stream Multiprocessors / Compute Units||32||34|
|Memory||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
|Clock speed (base/boost)||1.72GHz / 2.65GHz||2.31GHz / 2.54GHz|
|Power connector (reference)||1x 8-pin||1x 16-pin or 1x 8-pin (depending on manufacturer)|
We can’t glean too much from specs alone when comparing NVIDIA vs AMD GPUs. GPU architectures are too different for core counts and boost clock speeds to translate directly to performance differentials.
However, there are a couple of specifications of note.
First, given that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti is a more powerful (and more expensive) GPU, it’s impressive that it has a TDP 5W lower than the AMD Radeon RX 7600.
Second, and unfortunately for the more expensive 4060 Ti, both GPUs share the same memory configuration: 8GB of GDDR6 memory rated at 18GT/s with a bandwidth of 288GB/s thanks to a 128-bit memory bus. 8GB is acceptable for a budget card, but when you’re pushing $400, it’s a little underwhelming.
|RX 7600||RTX 4060 Ti|
|Height||40mm (dual slot)||40mm (dual slot)|
The reference 7600 is shorter than the reference 4060 Ti by about 40mm (1.5 inches), but the 4060 Ti is a little slimmer, and both take up two expansion slots on the motherboard. Both GPUs should fit in most modern mid-sized PC cases.
Power Draw and Thermal Performance
40-series and 7000-series graphics cards are more power efficient than 30-series and 6000-series graphics cards, and we can really see this with the 7600 and 4060 Ti. A 160W TDP is particularly impressive for the 4060 Ti.
This is good news for people looking to keep energy costs down, but it’s also good news for those who don’t have a powerful PSU. Both NVIDIA and AMD recommend just a 550W power supply for the power consumption of these respective GPUs.
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Thermally, things are once again in the 4060 Ti’s favor. Online tests show that the reference 4060 Ti tends to stay significantly cooler than the reference 7600 while gaming. If you’re not opting for a reference (MBA or FE) model, however, mileage will vary. Some AIB 7600 cards, such as the Gigabyte Radeon RX 7600 Gaming OC, for example, maintain very low temperatures.
4060 Ti vs 7600: Gaming Performance
Below, we’ve presented charts comparing the gaming performance of the RTX 4060 Ti vs RX 7600 across 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions.
The framerates presented were averaged from several online reviews and comparisons, such as those from TomsHardware, TechSpot, and TechPowerUp. We’ve also presented average GPU performance differences as percentages, and these are worked out in a way that should reduce any skewing of the results from any unusually high game framerates.
Framerates averaged from multiple online benchmarks.
On average, the RTX 4060 Ti performs about 26% better than the RX 7600 at 1080p.
Even though both cards are targeted primarily at 1080p gaming, there’s a significant performance difference between the two GPUs at this resolution. However, the 4060 Ti’s 26% lead doesn’t match its (practically) 50% extra cost. And an RX 7600 will be more than enough for most gamers using a 1080p monitor.
At this resolution, both GPUs should average well above 60fps even in demanding modern titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 on max settings. In somewhat less demanding modern titles like Far Cry 6, both GPUs should average over 100fps, but the 4060 Ti should average above 144fps, making it a better buy for high refresh rate gamers.
If you’re looking to play competitive games on ultra-high refresh rates (240Hz, for example), whether the 7600 will be enough depends on the game in question and how high you want to crank your settings. By and large, though, both GPUs should handle most competitive shooters (take Valorant or Overwatch 2, for example) with ease, allowing for ultra-high refresh rate gaming even when graphics settings are maxed out.
Framerates averaged from multiple online benchmarks.
On average, the RTX 4060 Ti performs about 29% better than the RX 7600 at 1440p.
The RTX 4060 Ti is clearly a better card for 1440p gaming than the RX 7600. While 129% of the 7600’s performance doesn’t quite match the 150% price tag, those 29% extra frames are more impactful at 1440p than they are at 1080p, especially in more demanding titles.
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At this resolution, where framerates can hover around 60fps, framerate differences can make or break a gameplay experience. Graphically intensive games like The Last of Us Part I will probably tank the RX 7600 well below 60fps, while the 4060 Ti should remain closer to 60.
And for those of you on a 120Hz or 144Hz monitor, the 4060 Ti will provide a much better gameplay experience in many modern games on max settings. The 4060 Ti should, for example, average about 100fps in Far Cry 6 at this resolution, while the 7600 will get closer to 80fps.
Also, remember we’re only talking about framerate averages, here. Most games will have scenes or areas that tank framerates lower than this average, so the extra wiggle-room the 4060 Ti provides will be useful, even for gaming on a 60Hz monitor.
Framerates averaged from multiple online benchmarks.
On average, the RTX 4060 Ti performs about 27% better than the RX 7600 at 4K.
Neither the RX 7600 nor the RTX 4060 Ti are great cards for 4K gaming, unless you’re playing older games or ones that aren’t too graphically demanding.
That being said, the RTX 4060 Ti should allow for smoother gameplay in many more titles than the RX 7600.
If you’re planning on gaming at 4K resolution even a little, a 4060 Ti is a much better option than a 7600. Sure, in modern games on high or ultra settings it might only mean the difference between, say, 35fps and 42fps, but those extra few frames can make all the difference between unbearably choppy and ‘just about smooth enough’ gameplay.
We should also note that some well-optimized modern games (DOOM Eternal) for example, should see both GPUs churning out over 60fps, even with settings on high. In such games, a 4060 Ti even becomes an option for 4K 120Hz gaming, averaging over 100fps while the RX 7600 trails behind closer to 80fps.
Neither GPU is a great option for modern 4K gaming, but if your budget can’t stretch to a higher-end graphics card, the 4060 Ti should be well worth its extra $130 for gaming on a 4K monitor. This is especially true if we throw DLSS 3 upscaling and frame generation into the mix.
Ray Tracing and Upscaling
Score taken from TechPowerUp’s testing (1440p chart).
Based on TechPowerUp’s testing, the RTX 4060 Ti does ray tracing about 77% better than the RX 7600 at 1440p.
Just like with non-ray traced gaming at 4K, it makes much more sense to opt for an RTX 4060 Ti if you’re planning on enabling ray tracing.
The RX 7600 takes a significant performance hit when RT is enabled, so much so that, even at 1080p, with the 7600, already-demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 will see their framerates tank to sub-30fps when ray tracing is enabled.
However, not all games are so bad. The 7600 should run Far Cry 6 with ray tracing enabled, for example, just shy of 60fps even at 1440p. But the 4060 Ti should keep these games well above 60fps, making it a better choice for 60Hz or 75Hz 1440p monitors if you plan on enabling ray tracing.
The 4060 Ti also has the benefit of DLSS 3 frame generation in those games that support it. The AMD card has FSR 2 upscaling, but this can’t match the wizardry of the NVIDIA card’s frame interpolation capabilities.
DLSS 3 can more than double framerates in some games, turning the 4060 Ti into a great GPU for pairing with a high refresh rate 1440p monitor. It might even make 4K gaming enjoyable with the 4060 Ti. The 7600 simply can’t compete on this front—not until FSR 3 launches, at least, but perhaps not even then.
Game Performance Summary
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti performs about 26% better than the AMD Radeon RX 7600 at 1080p, about 29% better at 1440p, and about 27% better at 4K.
For 1080p, the 7600 will be more than enough for most gamers, staying above 60fps in most demanding titles, and above 100fps in less demanding titles on max settings. The 4060 Ti will guarantee above 60fps even in ultra-demanding titles, though.
For 1440p, both GPUs should run most modern games at above 60fps. The 4060 Ti will push above 100fps in these titles, though, while the 7600 will lag behind, making the 4060 Ti a better shout for high refresh rate gaming.
For 4K, the 4060 Ti is a much better choice—the 7600 is barely a viable option for gaming at this resolution, unless you’ll only be playing less demanding or older games. The 4060 Ti isn’t great at 4K either, though, as it still can’t average 60fps in some modern titles on high or max settings.
More Performance Comparisons
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- RTX 4060 Ti vs RTX 4070
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Verdict: Is the RX 7600 or RTX 4060 Ti Better on a Budget?
The RTX 4060 Ti gives roughly 1.3x the performance of the 7600 for 1.5x the cost. Whether this disproportionate extra cost is worth it depends on how you’ll use it.
If you’ll be gaming at 1440p at 120Hz or 144Hz, for example, the 4060 Ti quickly becomes worth its higher price tag. In fact, it’s the best budget-conscious current-gen GPU for high refresh rate 1440p gaming, especially when we factor in DLSS 3.
For 1080p, however, the 7600 should be enough for most gamers. Only those looking to play demanding titles on max settings at high refresh rates, or slightly less demanding titles at an ultra-high refresh rate, should find it lacking.
For 4K gaming, neither GPU is fantastic, but the 4060 Ti can handle more games at 4K in a pinch. And, once again, when DLSS 3 is enabled, with a 4060 Ti some modern games should even play pretty smoothly and be enjoyable at 4K. The same can’t be said for the 7600, which currently lacks any frame generation tech support.
The 4060 Ti seems to be worth its extra cost compared to the 7600, then, if you’re gaming at 1440p or 4K. It’s probably overkill for 1080p unless you have a monitor with a very high refresh rate, though.
But if the 4060 Ti is overkill for 1080p compared to the 7600, that doesn’t mean the 7600 is the best 1080p option altogether. As we have seen, there are plenty of potentially better value GPUs for budget 1080p gaming, such as the RX 6650 XT. Because of such great value previous-gen GPUs, the 7600 is stuck between a rock and a hard place, and it’s hard to recommend it to the average PC gamer.