By: Hassan Mujtaba
We are a week away from the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 7600 8 GB GPU and more custom models have been leaked.
ASUS & ASRock Have Decided To Reuse Older RDNA 2 Coolers For The New AMD Radeon RX 7600 RDNA 3 GPUs
Although certain NVIDIA AIBs have also used last-gen coolers for their latest graphics cards such as the RTX 4090 TUF OG and RTX 4090 ROG STRIX LC, these cards are also available in the latest cooler options. Meanwhile, AMD AIBs such as ASRock and ASUS think that they can just slap in their older Radeon RX 6000 coolers on the new Radeon RX 7000 GPUs such as the Radeon RX 7600 8 GB cards.
Today’s leak from Videocardz covers at least four custom graphics cards, two from ASRock and two from ASUS. These include the ASRock Radeon RX 7600 Phantom Gaming, RX 7600 Challenger, ASUS RX 7600 ROG STRIX, and the RX 7600 Dual.
Starting with ASRock, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 8 GB custom designs come in the high-end triple-slot Phantom Gaming design which features a 2.5 slot cooler and an extended heatsink design, all for a GPU that should consume around 150W power. That’s a very over-engineered cooler for this GPU but this is the latest trend as seen with the NVIDIA RTX 4060 series. AIBs seem to think that consumers are willing to pay extra for triple-fan and bigger cards even though dual-fan or even a single-fan cooling solution should deliver the same amount of performance with a minor change in temperatures.
ASRock Radeon RX 7600 8 GB Custom Graphics Cards (Image Credits: Videocardz):
It might be possible that AIBs, both AMD and NVIDIA, want to normalize bigger coolers within the mainstream segment so that when the next-gen launches, they can simply use their higher-end coolers without putting in extra engineering effort for lower-end cards. This also means that the Mini-ITX variants become far rarer. There are more triple-fan variants of the RTX 4060 series than the Mini-ITX options.
Anyways, coming back to the custom models, the second card is the ASRock Radeon RX 7600 8 GB Challenger which features a dual-slot and dual-fan design. Both cards feature a single 8-pin power plug.
ASUS on the other hand is offering the ROG STRIX Radeon RX 7600 which is another 2.5-slot design whereas the Dual retains a standard 2-slot and dual-fan design. ASUS’s Radeon RX 7600 ROG STRIX features the same cooler as the last-gen RX 6650 XT. The Dual is also the same design as the last-gen & is quite a weird choice since the company is offering a new variant on the RTX 4060 series graphics cards.
ASUS Radeon RX 7600 8 GB Custom Graphics Cards (Image Credits: Videocardz):
Expect AMD Radeon RX 7600 8 GB graphics cards to launch on the 25th of May. The graphics card will be the first to utilize the Navi 33 GPU core on the desktop platform and is expected to have a price close to $299 US, the same as the GeForce RTX 4060 8 GB.