How AMD is making PC gaming more accessible with the RX 7600 XT and Ryzen 8000G

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It’s been an eventful CES 2024 for AMD with Team Red announcing the RX 7600 XT mainstream graphics card alongside a series of Zen 4 APUs with some decent gaming performance potential. VideoGamer interviewed Donny Woligroski, Senior Processor Technical Marketing Manager at AMD, about the new advancements being made to lower the barrier of entry for PC gaming in 2024.

For as much as we love bleeding edge gaming PCs running the best graphics cards and best CPUs that money can buy, there’s no getting around the fact that the top end hardware is a serious investment. While AMD does offer a leading GPU in the form of the excellent RX 7900 XTX, at $999, it’s not going to be the card that the masses can enjoy. With the RX 7600 XT release date set for January 24 and at a price point of just $329, high-end 1080p and strong 1440p becomes a reality at a far lower asking price.

“It astonishes me to see how fast it is” says Woligroski of the RX 7600 XT, “I’ve got the RX 7900 XTX at home and I really don’t see much of a difference. You’d really need a 4K monitor to see that extra performance, but in 1440p some of games look so smooth and that’s exciting”.

The RX 7600 XT is armed with 16GB GDDR6 memory which is a deliberate decision made by AMD to enable gamers to be able to use Ultra HD textures without hitting a VRAM bottleneck. “Every year games get more demanding, and now we’re able to crank up the details in 1080p and even 1440p with this card and it’s all incredibly smooth”. With the new RX 7600 XT, you’ll be able to enjoy these two more mainstream resolutions without compromise at a sub-$350 price point which is certainly to be commended.

Woligroski also spoke about the advantages of the casual gamer with the Ryzen 8000G APUs, too. “It’s a starting point, and it’s never going to replace dedicated graphics, but it’s a cost thing”. Until sophisticated APUs hit the mainstream, your only option would be to invest in a low-end dedicated GPU but the narrative appears to be changing with the advancements made with RDNA 3 architecture: “This changes the game for someone just getting into gaming or someone who just can’t afford it. You could build a PC with this chip and then a year later buy a RX 7600 XT and have a full gaming experience”.

These upcoming chipsets are unlikely to rival even the best value graphics cards but you can expect playable framerates of 60fps in 1080p without the need for a dedicated GPU. If you’re someone that’s felt alienated by the price of getting into PC gaming then the RX 7600 XT GPU or a Ryzen 8000G GPU may be what you’ve been waiting for. We’ll be bringing you more on both as the release dates creep closer.

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