Review: ASUS TUF Radeon RX 7600 XT Gaming OC 16GB

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The graphics card comes equipped with 32 Compute Units and boasts 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, running at 18 Gbps. This model aims for a boost frequency close to 2.8 GHz. It requires a pair of 8-pin power connectors to meet its energy needs adequately. The cooler has four 6mm heat pipes in the following lengths: 299mm, 290.6mm, 452.3mm, and 323.9mm. The entire heatsink assembly, including copper cold plate, heatsink fins. This card includes the latest AV1 hardware encoding and decoding, catering to content creators and streamers, aligning with the Radeon RX 7000 Series and similar Nvidia offerings.


The graphics card stands out for its relatively light and compact design, weighing approximately 1170 grams and measuring around 30 centimeters in length. It adopts a dual-slot configuration for broad compatibility with various systems. The design features an open backplate on both sides, maintaining the brand's recognizable aesthetic from recent years, while the vented backplate enhances airflow.


Despite the comprehensive heatsink coverage over the PCB, the backplate lacks openings, limiting heat dissipation from the final fan. The card, weighing about 1.3kg, is equipped with three DisplayPorts (DP 2.1) and one full-sized HDMI port (v2.1).


In terms of aesthetics, the card's design is subtle, with white,red and dark hues, and it foregoes active LED lighting. Manually adjusting the fan settings through the AMD Adrenalin Software will override the BIOS settings. To revert to the factory BIOS fan profile after using a manual profile, you may need to perform a complete driver wipe and use Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) tool.


The card retains compatibility with standard 8-pin power connectors and has a power provision capacity of up to 375W, considering the contribution from the PCIe x16 slot. AMD lists the Total Board Power at up-to 190W, which is marginally higher than the 8GB models. Power consumption in real-world gaming appears to align with these specifications, varying with the game's demands.


The model incorporates modest RGB lighting, accentuating the TUF logo in the top right corner, adding a subtle aesthetic touch. It is constructed with a durable aluminum backplate and a metal plate to prevent bending, contributing to its structural integrity.


The cooling system is efficiently designed, allowing ASUS to achieve optimal frequencies without sacrificing thermal performance. The card's design has evolved from a three-slot to a slightly less bulky 2.9-slot form factor, reflecting a focus on efficient space usage and cooling efficiency.


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