AMD’s march towards to the lower end of its graphics card range continues with the arrival of the Radeon RX 460 today. It’s adorably small and rocking an appropriately tiny $109+ price tag. The RX 460 is the first card to sport a Polaris 11 GPU, but just what sort of performance are you getting for that wodge of cash?
Understandably given the $109 MSRP, the Radeon RX 460 is in a different ballpark to its more powerful brethren such as the RX 470. It has less than half the number of streaming processors, and it turn less than half the compute units compared to the full fat Polaris 10 RX 470. It’s available in 2 GB or 4 GB variants, both sat on a 128-bit memory bus clocked at 7Gbps effective.
Drawing on just 75W TDP, the Radeon RX 460 can be powered solely through the PCIe slot on a motherboard, requiring no external connector. In this sense it’s similar to Nvidia’s own GeForce GTX 750 Ti, and in many ways this is the generational leap over that particular budget conscious 2014 card. Like for the like the GTX 750 ti pulls in 1.3 TFLOPS vs 2.2 TFLOPS here on the RX 460, despite being down from 4.9 TFLOPS on the RX 470.
|Radeon RX 460||Radeon RX 470||Radeon RX 480|
|GPU||Polaris 11||Polaris 10 PRO||Polaris 10 XT|
|Process||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET|
|Base Clock||1090 MHz||926 MHz||1120 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1200 MHz0||1206 MHz||1266MHz|
|Max Compute Performance||2.2 TFLOPS||4.9 TFLOPS||5.8 TFLOPS|
|Memory||2 / 4GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||4 / 8GB GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||112 GB/s||211 GB/s||256 GB/s|
|Price||$109||$179||$199 / $229|
|Release Date||Out Now||Out Now||Out Now|
Much of the marketing surrounding the Radeon RX 460 has touted it as an ‘eSports card’, which is shorthand for saying it can play some popular older games very well indeed. It’s capable of 90+ FPS within the likes of Rocket League, CSGO, DOTA 2 and Overwatch, which I hear are some quite popular titles among PC gamers.
Radeon RX 460 4GB 1080p / Ultra Benchmarks
In terms of like for like performance, the RX 460’s nearest competitor is the GTX 950, over which the 460 holds a minor price advantage as things stand. It’s also much less of a power guzzler, and using the PCIe slot I know is a major selling point. Unlike the RX 470 above it, the RX 460 actually owns its price point also. The uncomfortably close pricing of the RX 470 and the RX 480 (just $20 splits them) means the lower-end RX 470 is practically redundant. Not so the RX 460, which holds its own at the $110 price point. At the very least, AMD has its own answer to the 750 Ti’s pricing sweet spot.