Unboxing and testing the latest flagship, the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition graphics card, with 1080p resolution

After a quiet period of five months, AMD has finally launched the Radeon RX 7600, the third graphics card that implements the RDNA 3 architecture. Instead of opting for 2K resolution, this card specifically targets the popular 1080p resolution market. The ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition features a TSMC 6nm process Navi 33 core, 8GB of GDDR6 128-bit graphic card memory, 1x HDMI 2.1a, and 3x DP 1.4a ports, allowing for up to four screen outputs simultaneously. Its dual 28cm fans and five heat pipes ensure excellent cooling performance and compact case compatibility.

Specifications for the ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition:

  • Graphics Core: AMD Radeon RX 7600
  • PCI Express: PCIe 4.0 x8
  • GPU Clock: 2355 MHz, Boosts up to 2755 MHz
  • Stream Processor: 2048
  • CU Computing Units: 32
  • AI Acceleration Units: 64
  • Ray Tracing Units: 32
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR6
  • Memory Clock: 18 Gbps
  • Memory Interface: 128-bit
  • Dimensions: 281 x 135 x 59 mm
  • Slot Requirement: 2.9 Slot
  • Power Connector: 1x PCIe 8-Pin
  • Recommended Power Supply: 550W
  • Display Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1a, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
  • Maximum Multi-Screen Output: 4

ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition graphics card out of the box

Following the top-tier Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT models, AMD has updated its RDNA 3 architecture line with a third graphics card after a gap of five months. Although it supports DisplayPort 2.1 and the AV1 hardware codec function, the ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition, which was unboxed today, continues with three DP 1.4a ports.

The RX 7600 employs the Navi 33 GPU core, furnished with 2048 stream cores and 32 computing units. The graphics card memory spec is 8GB GDDR6 128-bit. The RDNA 3 architecture is developed through a modular chipset design, where the GCD and MCD are combined by an MCM approach. This package configuration aims to achieve optimal space and cost efficiency.

The RDNA 3 architecture is equipped with an AI acceleration unit and a second-generation ray-tracing acceleration unit. This results in a 2.7-fold enhancement in AI performance and a 50% uplift in ray-tracing performance per CU. Meanwhile, the second-generation AMD Infinity Cache can deliver nearly a 2.7x bandwidth improvement. The AMD Radeon RX 7600 comes with a graphics card memory transmission bandwidth of 476.9 GB/s this time around.

ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition graphics card case.
Highlights of product features.

ASUS’s product strategy for the AMD Radeon RX 7000 series seems somewhat unusual this time. The flagship models, Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT, aren’t included in the ROG Strix series. Instead, only TUF GAMING and AMD reference cards are available for purchase. However, the mainstream RX 7600 uses the ROG Strix series cooling module and follows the design of the previous generation ROG STRIX RX6650XT O8G GAMING without any new updates.

The ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition incorporates a dual-fan cooling module, more than capable of handling AMD’s stated 165W TBP. The card’s dimensions are 281 x 135 x 59 mm, making its 28 cm length a good fit for smaller cases. The cooling module includes two axial fans, each with a 10cm diameter, and five heat pipes.

The graphics card’s fans are equipped with a 0dB fan smart stop feature. This means when the card’s temperature drops below 55°C, either in standby mode or under light usage, the two 10cm axial fans will stop spinning, providing users with the quietest possible experience when the system is not under heavy load.

28cm long ROG Strix dual fan cooling module.
Two Ø10cm diameter axial fans with double ball bearings.

While the ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition’s length is limited to 28cm, it has a thickness of 59mm, requiring 2.9 slots for installation. While this doesn’t take up much motherboard space horizontally, it might be an issue in cases that natively support vertical GPU installation. Especially in mid-tower cases, users might need to consider whether the graphics card will be too close to the glass side panel when installed vertically, which could potentially result in insufficient air intake space.

AMD Radeon RX 7000 series graphics cards stick with the traditional PCIe power interface. Therefore, when upgrading to the RX 7600, gamers won’t need to buy a power supply that natively supports 12VHPWR cables. This allows them to use their existing power supply, saving both money and the effort involved in re-wiring.

2.9 slot occupied space.
The graphics card is powered by the PCIe single 8-Pin slot.

The graphics card comes with a metal reinforcement backplate, enhancing the PCB’s physical strength and aesthetics. The backplate of the graphics card features the embossed ROG Eye of Faith and has ventilation holes, allowing waste heat to be effectively dispelled upwards along the airflow, thus improving heat dissipation performance.

Near the bezel of the graphics card, there’s a dual BIOS physical switch. By default, it’s set to P Mode, or performance mode, out of the factory. To the right, you can enable Q Mode, a quieter mode with lower fan speeds. For the purposes of graphics card testing, the P Mode, or performance mode, was used.

Display card metal back plate.

The graphics card comes with three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1a output interface, supporting up to four screens and 8K resolution (7680 x 4320) image output simultaneously. The card’s connector gold fingers and screen interface dustproof protective cover come pre-installed from the factory, preventing scratches or oxidation during use.

Provide golden finger and dustproof protective cover for four screen ports.
3x DP 1.4a, 1x HDMI 2.1a, 2.9 slot mounting thickness, 304 stainless steel double slot bezel.

Moving on, let’s delve into this dual-fan compact card! The ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition employs five nickel-plated heat pipes and a mirror vapor chamber to manage the heat generated by the Navi 33 graphics card core. Given the Navi 33’s TBP is rated at 165W, the use of five heat pipes might seem a bit overkill.

Display card disassembly.
The card employs a nickel-plated five-heat pipe and mirror vapor chamber system for effective heat management. In addition, thermal pads are used to dissipate heat from the graphics card memory chips and power supply.
TSMC 6nm is used to make AMD Nvai 33 graphics card core and four SK Hynix memory chips.

The lighting effect of the graphics card is primarily concentrated in the rear half of the card’s tail. This positioning offers the best visual impact when the graphics card is mounted directly onto the motherboard. There are no additional RGB LEDs or light boards set up on the front or back of the graphics card. However, players can customize the lighting effects and colors through ASUS’s proprietary Armory Crate software.

Display of ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition lighting effects.
Shows only ROG Collector Card and Velcro cable ties available in card box assembly.

GPU Tweak III graphics card has three modes that are easy to switch

ASUS’s proprietary GPU Tweak III software comes with inbuilt graphics card information monitoring and overclocking features. The software offers three quick-switch modes: preset, overclocking, and silent. Of course, players also have the option to manually adjust parameters within the software for overclocking purposes. In addition to the built-in graphics card monitoring function, users can use the ROG version of GPU-Z to review the card’s specifications.

GPU Tweak III provides three built-in operation modes.
The overclocking mode will increase the frequency to 2880 Mhz.
Monitoring function OSD setting.
Hardware information monitoring.
ROG version GPU-Z.

Display card professional creation and rendering test

For professional testing, a range of software including Indigo Bench, Blender Benchmark, SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1, Superposition 2017, UL Procyon benchmark, Geekbench 6, and more are utilized. These professional testing tools span various fields, including rendering and video clip conversion, among others. The built-in benchmark tests of these various professional software suites provide an extensive range of reference data.

The test platform utilizes an Intel i9 13900K processor with 360mm integrated water cooling. Memory testing was carried out using T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 6200 MT/s 16GBx2 dual-channel memory on the ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition, the focus of this unboxing and test.

Prior to testing, XMP 3.0 and Resizable Bar were enabled in the BIOS, and the graphics card overclocking mode was enabled in the ASUS GPU Tweak III software. The tests used the AMD driver.

Test Platform

  • Processor: Intel Core i9 13900K
  • Radiator: LIAN LI Galahad 360
  • Water Cooling Fan: LIAN LI UNI FAN P28
  • Motherboard: BIOSTAR Z790 VALKYRIE
  • Memory: T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 6200 MT/s 16GBx2
  • Display Card: ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Professional Edition 21H2
  • System Disk: Corsair MP600 PRO LPX 1TB PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Power Supply: FSP Hydro G PRO ATX3.0 (PCIe5.0) 850W
  • Graphics Driver: AMD 23.10. 01.16

The specification information of the RX 7600 graphics card, as shown in GPU-Z, indicates the TSMC 6nm process Navi 33 core with 2048 stream cores. However, currently, GPU-Z and most software are unable to correctly identify the RX 7600. The card’s memory specification is 8192 MB GDDR6 (Hynix) 256 bit, and the GPU preset clock frequency is 2356 Mhz / Boost 2754 Mhz.


Indigo Bench, a free benchmarking software that utilizes the Indigo 4 rendering engine, is used in this testing process. It uses the OpenCL architecture, supporting NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel graphics cards and processors for rendering performance testing. Two samples – a bedroom and a sports car – are rendered during the test. The rendering performance is measured in ‘Samples per Second’, where a higher score indicates better performance. In this test, the scores achieved were 8.198/21.377 (M samples/s).

Indigo Bench.

Blender Benchmark Launcher 3.5.0, a free benchmarking software offered by the 3D graphics software Blender, is utilized in this testing process. During the benchmark, users have the option to test either the CPU or GPU. The benchmark runs through three distinct scenarios: ‘monster’, ‘junkshop’, and ‘classroom.’

Blender benchmark launcher 3.5.0.

SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1, which includes various professional 3D graphics and rendering software, is also used in this testing process. This benchmarking software uses OpenGL and DirectX APIs to simulate 3D graphics performance tests. This time, the test was performed at a resolution of 3840×2160 (4K quality) and involved several different tasks including 3ds Max, CATIA, Creo, Energy, Maya, medical, snx, and SolidWorks.

SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1.

Superposition 2017, a benchmarking tool that operates on the UNIGINE 2 engine, is used in this evaluation. The UNIGINE engine is widely utilized in the creation of simulators, cross-platform games, virtual reality, and 3D construction software. This engine supports graphics APIs such as OpenGL 4, Vulkan, and DirectX 12. The benchmarks test the graphics API option using DirectX and assess image quality at both 4K and 8K. In the 4K test, the score was 7839 points with an average frames-per-second (FPS) rate of 58.64. In the 8K test, the score was 2984 points with an average FPS rate of 22.32.

Superposition 2017 Benchmark, DirectX, 3840 x 2160 4K.
Superposition 2017 Benchmark, DirectX, 7680 x 4320 8K.

UL Procyon employs the Photo Editing Benchmark for performance testing, specifically leveraging Adobe software installed in the system.

The Photo Editing Benchmark initiates by importing a Digital Negative (DNG) into Adobe Lightroom Classic for the first part of the test, which includes cropping, stretching, and modifying the DNG image. The second part involves using Adobe Photoshop to apply effects across multiple layers, and editing and exporting the image. This two-part process allows for the assessment of the image retouching score and batch processing score.

UL Procyon Photo Editing Benchmark photo editing score of 10175.

Geekbench 6 features built-in CPU and GPU benchmark tests. Its GPU Compute Benchmark test is used to assess the professional capabilities of graphics cards in areas such as image processing, rendering, machine learning (ML), and other specialized scenarios.

During testing, it employs deep learning workloads, background blur, face detection, image editing, level detection, edge detection, Gaussian blur, image synthesis, feature matching, stereo matching, and physics samples, among many other tests, to obtain an overall score. For the GPU API, users can opt for either OpenCL or Vulkan for testing.

Geekbench 6 GPU Compute Benchmark OpenCL scored 83159 points.
Score of 91739 on Geekbench 6 GPU Compute Benchmark Vulkan.

3DMark running score test

The following tests employ the current 3DMark software, which is a popular choice for benchmarking graphics card performance in gaming scenarios. All tests were conducted using AMD driver version XMP 3.0 and Resizable Bar were both enabled, and the GPU Tweak III was set to overclocking mode, allowing the graphics card to perform the tests at a higher frequency.

3DMark Fire Strike, which utilizes the DirectX11 GPU API, consists of two tests: a physics test and a combined CPU and GPU test. These tests assess gaming performance under three different resolutions: 1080p, 1440p (Extreme), and 2160p (Ultra).

With a 1080p resolution, the graphics card achieved a total score of 29453 and a graphics score of 31872. At the more demanding 1440p (Extreme) resolution, the card managed a total score of 14850 and a graphics score of 14879. When put to the test under 4K 2160p (Ultra) conditions, the card achieved a total score of 7622 and a graphics score of 7320.

DirectX11 Fire Strike.
DirectX11 Fire Strike Extreme.
DirectX11 Fire Strike Ultra.

3DMark Time Spy is a game-centric benchmark that utilizes the DirectX 12 GPU API. It offers performance tests for 1440p (2K) and 2160p (4K) resolutions through its Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme tests, respectively.

In the 1440p (2K) Time Spy test, the graphics card achieved a total score of 12054 and a graphics score of 11083. Meanwhile, in the more demanding 2160p (4K) Time Spy Extreme test, it achieved a total score of 5800 and a graphics score of 5266. These results provide a good representation of the card’s gaming performance at different resolutions.

DirectX 12 Time Spy.
DirectX 12 Time Spy Extreme.

3DMark’s Port Royal test is designed to evaluate the performance of graphics cards in real-time ray tracing using DirectX 12 DXR API. This test is particularly relevant for gamers looking to take advantage of games that incorporate real-time ray tracing features.

The ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition graphics card has achieved a score of 5648 in the Port Royal test. This score gives us an indication of how well the graphics card can handle real-time ray tracing, which is becoming an increasingly common feature in modern games. It’s important to note that the performance in actual games can vary depending on the specific implementation of ray tracing and the overall demands of the game.

Port Royal.

3DMark’s Speed Way is a benchmark designed to assess a graphics card’s performance under DirectX 12 Ultimate API, which includes the latest features like DirectX Raytracing 1.1 (real-time ray tracing), global illumination, ray tracing reflections, and Mesh Shaders.

Your ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition graphics card scored 1944 points in the Speed Way benchmark. This score gives us valuable insight into the card’s ability to handle games that leverage the DirectX 12 Ultimate features, including ray tracing. However, as always, real-world performance in games can vary due to many factors such as game optimization, specific game settings, and other system components.

Speed ​​Way.

The 3DMark AMD FSR feature test is designed to showcase the performance difference with AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) technology on and off. As you mentioned, it runs the Speed Way benchmark twice, first with FSR off (using traditional Temporal Anti-Aliasing, or TAA), and then with FSR on, at a selected image quality setting.

FSR is a spatial upscaling technique, designed to increase the performance of games by rendering them at a lower resolution and then upscaling to the target resolution, with minimal loss in image quality. There are four quality modes for FSR – Quality, Balanced, Performance, and Ultra Performance, each offering a different balance of image quality and performance.

It’s worth noting that the AMD FSR feature test is compatible with a wide range of graphics cards, not just those from AMD, as it doesn’t rely on specific hardware features such as ray tracing. This makes it a good test for seeing how much of a performance boost you could expect from enabling FSR in your games.

Please proceed with the FSR feature test and share the results. It would be interesting to see how much of a performance boost the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition can achieve with FSR enabled at the Quality setting and at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

AMD FSR function test 1920 x 1080 resolution, after enabling FSR 2.2, the performance increased by 64.3%, with an average of 90.77 FPS.
AMD FSR function test 2560 x 1440 resolution, after enabling FSR 2.2, the performance increased by 74.1%, with an average of 59.35 FPS.

Three FPS-type e-sports games are tested

It’s great that you’re including real-world gaming tests in your evaluation of the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition. Testing the graphics card’s performance in actual games provides a clear idea of how it will perform in everyday use.

“Overwatch 2”, “Rainbow Six: Siege”, and “Apex Legends” are all popular games with different graphic demands, making them good choices for testing. “Overwatch 2” and “Rainbow Six: Siege” are both competitive first-person shooter (FPS) games where a high frame rate can significantly improve the gameplay experience. “Apex Legends” is a battle royale game that also benefits from high frame rates, especially in high-action scenarios.

Since you mentioned that Apex Legends is limited to 144fps by default, it would be helpful to also note the quality settings used in these games during your testing. Many gamers will be interested to know if they can maintain high frame rates on the maximum graphical settings or if they’ll need to reduce the quality for smoother gameplay.

Please share the results of these game tests, including the average, minimum, and maximum FPS, as well as any observed visual quality or gameplay issues. This information will be very useful to potential buyers of the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition.

Nine AAA masterpiece game tests

The focus of the game test is on AAA games that prioritize the screen performance and plot story experience. The author selected nine 3A masterpieces, including “Hogwarts Legacy,” “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Watch Dogs: Legion,” “Far Cry 6,” “God of War,” “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Horizon Zero Dawn,” and “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” for testing.

Considering that most players value visually stunning graphics over high frame rates when playing AAA games, the author opted for the “highest” texture and special effects settings within the games during the test. Additionally, the AMD FSR technology, which is supported by almost all nine games, was set to the quality mode to improve frame rates while maintaining optimal visual performance. The frame rate measurements were collected using software to record average (AVG) and 1% Low FPS.

When running the nine games at 1080p resolution with maximum texture quality, an average of 113 frames was achieved, meeting the desired 60 frames per second performance for all games. At 1440p resolution, except for “Watch Dogs: Legion” due to insufficient VRAM capacity, all other eight games managed to reach a stable 60 frames per second.

Five ray tracing game tests

The second-generation ray tracing technology found in AMD RX 7000 series graphics cards offers enhanced performance compared to the previous generation. To evaluate this capability, five DXR (DirectX Raytracing) games were selected for testing: “Hogwarts Legacy,” “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Watch Dogs: Legion,” and “Far Cry 6.” During the tests, the special effects and ray tracing settings were set to the “Highest” option, while AMD FSR was set to the quality/quality mode.

In the ray tracing game test, regardless of whether the resolution was set to 1080p or 1440p, only “Hogwarts Legacy” and “Far Cry 6” were able to maintain an average frame rate above 60fps. The other three games suffered from poor performance due to insufficient VRAM capacity, resulting in unfavorable results.

Display card temperature and power consumption test

To evaluate the temperature and power consumption of the graphics card, the tests were conducted on an open test platform at an indoor temperature of 25°C. The author utilized “Cyberpunk 2077,” Time Spy, and Furmark for actual measurements. The data collection process involved using HWiFO64 to record the highest GPU temperature, GPU memory junction temperature, and GPU power consumption.

Please note that when using software monitoring to measure GPU power consumption, there may be a deviation of around 1% to 3% in the data. This discrepancy should be considered for reference purposes only.



The ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition graphics card is positioned for 1080p resolution gaming and is capable of meeting the high refresh rate requirement of 144fps in both 1080p and 1440p resolution FPS esports games. When ray tracing is enabled, the card achieves an average of 113 fps in 1080p and 94.6 fps in 1440p across nine AAA masterpiece games. However, with ray tracing turned on, the average frame rates drop to 53 fps in 1080p and 41 fps in 1440p.

While games like “Watch Dogs: Legion,” “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” and “Cyberpunk 2077” with fully enabled special effects can maintain a stable 60 frames at both 1080p and 1440p resolutions, the ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition struggles to perform smoothly when real-time ray tracing is activated due to its specifications. As a result, this card is most suitable for use at 1080p resolution without ray tracing.

During gameplay and extreme stress testing, the graphics card’s power consumption remains around 200W at most. The ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition incorporates a cooling solution with dual 10cm fans and five heat pipes, effectively keeping the card’s temperature below 60°C, ensuring cool operation.

The original price of the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 7600 OC Edition is NT$10,990. However, players generally expect the price range for 1080p gaming cards to be around NT$6,000 to NT$8,000. The market’s response and feedback will determine whether players are willing to pay the higher price of NT$10,990. If players are seeking a compact card for installation in smaller cases and primarily aim to play AAA masterpieces or FPS games at 1080p or 1440p resolutions, this flagship-level card may serve as a valuable reference.

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