When purchasing a new graphics card, it is important to consider the games we play and those we wish to play in the future. Acquiring a GPU for indie games, MOBAs, competitive shooters, or all triple-A titles is not the same. Mid-range graphics cards continue to sell well, but we face limitations in memory for certain games. Just as NVIDIA released a mid-range GPU with more memory, it appears that AMD will launch an RX 7600 XT with 16 GB of VRAM in early 2024.
Over time, game requirements have increased, and our PCs begin to feel the impact. If games from a few years ago ran smoothly, that does not mean current ones will. In fact, even with a high-end but slightly older PC, we will likely notice the need for more power or memory. The most notable difference is the increase in VRAM required for recent games, often exceeding the 8 GB in many mid-range graphics cards.
AMD is preparing to launch an RX 7600 XT with Navi 32 chip and 16 GB of VRAM
This lack of VRAM can result in significant drops in FPS for many titles and the annoying sensation that the game is not running smoothly. Currently, if we want a GPU with a lot of memory without spending too much money, we have to opt for AMD or certain NVIDIA graphics cards. Specifically, NVIDIA offers the 12 GB RTX 3060 and the 16 GB RTX 4060 Ti, providing more than enough memory.
AMD also offers 12 GB with the RX 6700 XT and 16 GB with the RX 7800 XT, but both are more expensive (and powerful) than NVIDIA’s options. This leaves a small gap AMD wants to fill, as they are expected to launch a new RX 7600 XT with Navi 32 and 16 GB. This GPU will not only double the memory of the RX 7600, but also deliver improved performance.
It is expected to be announced during CES 2024
It is no surprise to expect a new AMD RX 7600 XT with more memory, as we saw indications of 10 and 12 GB versions with Navi 32 in September. At that time, few details were revealed, but now we have updated specifications for this upcoming GPU. Using a slightly cut-down chip from the RX 7700 XT, the specs provided by PCGamesN seem overly optimistic. They indicate 3,840 cores (like the RX 7800 XT), which doesn’t make sense when the RX 7700 XT has fewer.
A more likely scenario is that it will have 2,560 cores and the performance difference will be similar to the previous generation. Following this, we have a maximum Boost frequency of 2,800 MHz, 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, and a 192-bit interface. This will result in a bandwidth of 576 GB/s, and it is expected to be released in January 2024. In fact, AMD might announce it during CES 2024. As for the estimated price, it should ideally be between the $269 of the RX 7600 and the $449 of the RX 7700 XT. It is likely to be closer to the RX 7600, considering the RX 7700 XT’s significant increase, so the price could be around $329.