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AMD and NVIDIA finally bring their new generation of graphics cards under 450 euros and even 300 euros
Several months after the big high-end models, here come the entry-level Ada Lovelace and RDNA3 generations.
AMD and NVIDIA have kept their word, and as rumors have been announcing for several months now, two new graphics card references are available from all the best retailers in France and the rest of the world. On the AMD side, this is the third card based on RDNA3 architecture, and after the Radeon RX 7900XT/RX 7900XTX comes the Radeon RX 7600. NVIDIA, on the other hand, is already on its fifth iteration of the Ada Lovelace architecture. We had the GeForce RTX 4090 last October, then the RTX 4080 a few weeks later. The RTX 4070 Ti arrived at the very beginning of the year, and the RTX 4070 was released just over a month ago. Today, NVIDIA is launching the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB, and we already know that two other models will follow in July: the RTX 4060 Ti 16 GB and the RTX 4060.
The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB is available in a Founders Edition - designed and manufactured by NVIDIA - as well as in countless other models created by the American company's partners. The card features an AD106-350 GPU, a lighter version of the chips found on other models in the range. All that's left is 4,352 CUDA cores for a memory bandwidth of just 288 GB/s. This weakness is linked to the 128-bit interface bus chosen by NVIDIA for this model, a clear step backwards compared to the Ampere generation GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. To compensate, NVIDIA is counting on the presence of a 32 MB L2 cache within the GPU: this represents an eight-fold increase over the RTX 3060 Ti. NVIDIA also relies heavily on the efficiency of its DLSS3 super-sampling solution to reduce the GPU's workload. The RTX 4060 Ti is, give or take a few euros, offered at the same price as the RTX 3006 Ti (439 euros), and according to the numerous tests published on the Internet - gathered here by Videocardz - it offers around 20% higher performance, without DLSS3 activation.
For its part, AMD is even more "accessible". Its aim is not to compete directly with NVIDIA's RTX 4060 Ti, but rather to market a cheaper alternative: the Radeon RX 7600 is priced at 299 euros. It's clearly the least expensive of the new-generation graphics solutions, but this very low price obviously goes hand in hand with significantly lower performance: no need to dream. The RX 7600 is based on a Navi 33 XL GPU, which integrates just 2,048 stream processors that are more or less comparable to NVIDIA's CUDA cores. The difference with the RTX 4060 Ti is obvious, but this still represents a significant improvement on the 1,792 stream processors of the previous-generation RX 6600. GPU operating frequencies are also up, as are video memory speeds. Unfortunately, power consumption has also risen, but by less than the performance recorded by the testers whose work was compiled by Videocardz.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 7600 are not really competitors: with such a difference in price, it's more a question of two ways of looking at video games. AMD makes it possible for almost anyone to invest in a truly affordable card, while NVIDIA continues to rely on software features to deliver maximum fluidity. Other RDNA3 cards are expected from AMD over the summer, while July should see the arrival of the RTX 4060 Ti 16 GB and, above all, the RTX 4060, the least expensive GeForce RTX 4000.