Gaming laptops with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4050 and AMD’s Radeon RX 7600S cost similar amounts of money, but which GPU is best?
I’ve compared both graphics options in 22 games at 1080p and 1440p resolutions to find out!
22 Game Benchmark
In a 22 game average they’re both equivalent at 1080p, while the RX 7600S was just 4% faster at 1440p.
This difference may be due to the VRAM capacity. The RX 7600S has 8GB of VRAM, while the RTX 4050 has 6GB. More VRAM is useful at higher resolutions, and will be useful in future demanding games.
On the other hand, the RTX 4050 gives you the option to use Nvidia’s DLSS 3 Frame Generation, which will allow supported games to feel smoother by inserting AI generated frames into the gameplay.
Results vary depending on the specific game, you can see how both GPUs compare in each individual game here.
It’s also worth noting that both laptops had different CPUs, which will affect performance to some degree. The ASUS TUF A16 with the 7600S had a Ryzen 7 7735HS, while the XMG Focus 16 with the RTX 4050 had an i9-13900HX. The 13900HX is a top-end chip that’s a generation newer, so with all things equal in terms of CPUs, it would not surprise me if the 7600S gets a slightly bigger lead.
Which Laptop GPU is Best?
Ultimately, it’s difficult to go too wrong with either. It comes down to whether you prefer the extra VRAM with AMD, or Frame Generation with NVIDIA. Given the VRAM will help in all games while Frame Generation is only in a few games at the moment, the 7600S may be the better choice, but both are good options at the $700-$750 budget gaming laptop price point.
The RX 7600S is most commonly found in the ASUS TUF A16 gaming laptop, which is on sale for $750 USD at the moment.
Good RTX 4050 laptops include Acer’s Nitro 5, on sale for $700 USD, or Lenovo’s LOQ 15, also for $700.