AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB Graphics Card Review

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AMD Radeon RX 460 Video Cards Start At $109

Last week the AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB graphics card debuted at $179 to help bring AMD’s new Polaris GPU technology down to lower price points. The AMD Radeon RX 480 video card runs $199 for the 4GB model and $249 for the 8GB model, so it was good to see what AMD had to offer mainstream gamers. If $179 is still too much to justify spending on a graphics card for your system we have great news for you. AMD is releasing the Radeon RX 460 today and pricing starts at just $109 for 2GB models. The AMD Radeon RX 460 is aimed at entry-level gaming market: those that who want titles popular eSports titles like Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Rocket League and GTAV with high image quality settings on a 1080P display. The AMD Radeon RX 460 would also be appealing to the HTPC crowd as a $109 graphics card with HDMI 2.0b should be of interest to those looking for a living room PC that will be connected to a 4K UHD TV for general use.

AMD Radeon RX 460 Specs

The AMD Radeon RX 460 is the first card to use the new Polaris 11 GPU that features the code name Baffin. The Radeon RX 480 and RX 470 cards use the larger, more powerful Polaris 10 GPU. The Polair 11 GPU used on the Radeon RX 460 has 896 stream processors clocked at 1090MHz base and 1200MHz boost, 56 texture units and 16 ROPs. With these specs you are looking at half ROPS and less than half of the shaders of an Radeon RX 480. AMD Radeon RX 460 models will be available with both 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 memory that runs on a 128-bit bus at speeds of at least 7Gbps (7.000MHz) as 112 GB/s of memory bandwidth. This card is rated at 2.2 TFLOPS of compute performance, which isn’t bad considering that the RX 460 has a TDP rating of under 75 Watts! This means that the 6-pin PCIe power connector is only needed for extreme power uses or those that want to overclock.  Notice that these are minimums and that is because there is no actual reference design. AMD is letting all their board partners release custom boards for the RX 460 launch and is just giving guidance on minimum clock speeds and suggested retail pricing.

XFX RX 460 Video Cards

Today we’ll be looking at an XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation graphics card, but it just happens to be one of there are four different RX 460 models available from XFX. Luckily it is pretty easy to pick one out as you have the single and dual fan versions available that have either 2GB or 4GB of memory. All four models are factory overclocked up to 1220MHz on the core boost clock and have 7000MHz memory on them.


Radeon RX 460
Radeon RX 460
Radeon RX 460
Radeon RX 460
Model Single Fan Edition Double Dissipation Single Fan Edition Double Dissipation
Part Number RX-460P2SFG5 RX-460P2DFG5 RX-460P4DFG5 RX-460P4DFG5
GPU boost clock 1220 MHz 1220 MHz 1220 MHz 1220 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Memory clock 7000 MHz 7000 MHz 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Memory interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Number of Fans 1x 2x 1x 2x
Length 6.75″ 9.37″ 6.75″ 9.37″
Hard Swap Fan No No No No
Power 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin
Warranty 3-years 3-years 3-years 3-years
Price $119.99 $129.99  $139.99  $149.99

All four models are factory overclocked up to 1220MHz on the core boost clock and have 7000MHz memory on them, so when picking out a model you just need to know how much memory you want and how many fans. XFX is charging $10 more for the Double Dissipation (dual fan) models and $20 more to double the size of the frame buffer.

xfx-rx460-4gb-box

The model that we’ll be looking at today is the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation model that $149.99. The card comes in a nice looking retail packaging that lists some of the key high-level features on the front and talks about the Zero dB 90mm Double Dissipation cooling fans on the back.

XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Graphics Card

The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation graphics card measures in at 9.37″ x 4.76″ x 1.57″ (L x W x H), so at just under 9.5-inches in length it should fit in the majority of desktop PCs.

XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Graphics Card

The red ringed cooling fans are held in by two clips and easily pop out, but they are your standard wired fan models and not the Hard Swap interchangeable fans found on the XFX Radeon RX 470 series.

XFX Radeon RX 460 Power Connector

XFX recommends a 400W or greater power supply with a 6-pin PCIe power connector for your gaming system with this <75W TDP video card model. Note that the 6-pin PCIe power connector on this board is rear facing.

XFX Radeon RX 460 Video Card Back

The XFX Radeon RX 460 does not come with a full coverage black metal back plate and that the fan shroud extends past the PCB of the card. The black PCB on the XFX Radeon RX 460 Double Dissipation is just 6.75″ in length.

XFX Radeon RX 460 Video Outputs

XFX went with one DisplayPort 1.4 output, one HDMI 2.0b and a Dual-Link DVI-D connector when it comes to video outputs. The HDMI 2.0 port does support 4K (up to 4096×2160) @ 60Hz! XFX does not include any DVI to VGA adapters in the accessory bundle with this card, but they do include a dual 4-pin Molex to 6-pin PCIe Power connector should you need one. . We aren’t going to bother showing you the box or retail bundle as you just get a installation guide and a driver disc (who really loads drivers from a CD-ROM these days anyway?).

Now that we have the basics out of the way we can take a look at the test system and get to the benchmarks!

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  • Freda Butterchops

    I am the butterchopper.
    Herdy Gerdy.

  • Lancer210

    Why when I search GTX Reviews, does http://mddietreview.com/nutrisystem/ show up?? WTH is happening lol I’ve been looking into the GTX 980, obviously a different price point but I’ve read nothing but positive reviews. Really can’t beat the 1050ti for the price imo

  • Coach

    I have a Sapphire RX 480 Nitro OC (the 1342ghz version) and love it. So, looking for a new card for my kids’ computers. I grabbed a Powercolor RX 460 2gb OC @1212 (not much really) but it was 89 bucks on newegg with a $15 rebate on top of that, so it was a great deal. On DX12 it keeps up or is better than my old MSI Gaming HD 7870 which is factory OC’d @ 1050ghz. Timespy results: RX460=1968, HD7870-1878. DX11, the 7870 tends to win, but not by much. I played Titanfall 2 with the RX 460 (just swapped it with my 480 and left the insane settings) and it played with just 2 little stutters and THAT game moves fast! So, I think preferably I’d set it at VERY HIGH settings and rock! The card can game. It will crush e-sports games and it can play most current titles at one setting down from the top. The OC’d 4gb editions would play even better. If you are on a BUDGET, this card is really not that bad. BTW, it is WAY more efficient than my 7870 with it’s 2 6pin connectors versus no connectors <75w. For reference: my RX 480 Nitro scores 4319 on Timespy.

    • Coach

      FYI, my CPU is an i7-4790K and the tests above were at stock settings.

    • Coach

      The RX460 paired with our i5-3570k (stock) scores 1901 Timespy. That is the computer it will be paired with for some time.

  • &^$*&^(*&^%^$*&^

    This card is trash got one and 30 minutes later it overheated and reset my computer in the middle of mythic dungeons on wow i’ll go back to my sorry little 1 gig video card. and just so you know I got the rx 460 double fan total garbage

  • luke

    What a great little GPU. I have purchased one for my niece so she can max out Sims 4.
    Thanks AMD for making great, affordable GPU’s.
    Its nice to know you have so much experience with games hardware like XBOX One and PS4. Its very reassuring, especially considering the bad experience I had with my current Nvidia card.

  • Coach

    So, I’m in the market to replace my MSI HD 7870 2gb(factory oc’ed). The availability of AMD and Nvidia cards is annoyingly limited right now, so I’m waiting. However, I’m very eager. If you’re like me you want to know how much better your investment will be. Well, my 7870 (with i7-4790k cpu) generally scores close or a bit better than the RX460, but a 470 or 480 would be my aim. Here are my results and it is hard to get exact comparisons across tests, especially since Nate uses a 4960x but these articles are a great help in my decision making with the comparisons provided. My oc’d 7870 can still compete with a 270/370 (tweaked pitcairn) so I keep that in mind. TimeSpy=1910 (gpu=1726) & Firestrike=6097 w the cpu oc’d or locked in @4.4. I need to reinstall FRAPS one of these days, but BF4 on ultra is playable but under 60 imo. I set it on high for campaign and med for online mp play to ensure I am not lagging. Other games are similar. My decision boils down to the RX 480 or GTX 1060 (comparable) but the 480 is generally cheaper and if everything is the same, I’d lean red. My other dilemma is whether to just bite the bullet and spend more than I want to on a 1070, about $150-$200 more to be more future-proof, as a RX 480 would play everything I do now just fine. 🙂

    • ChaosParadox

      If you play on 1080p get the 470 non-reference if you want to save money, it will max all but 2 games in 1080p. If you want to play it safe go for the 1060 or 480 non-reference.

      If you game in 1440p go for the fury x when it goes on sale (it’s been popping down to $350 a couple times a week.) And if it’s not on sale, grab a 1070.

      • Coach

        Well, I have an ultrawide monitor that supports 2560×1080. The benchmarks default to 1920×1080 if I recall however. I game in this mode, yet I can also split the screen into multiple monitors as well. I just think that the price is so close between 470 and 480, I’d definitely be willing to spend $20 to get the extra stream processors, etc. I’m almost sure on my choice of a non-ref 480 but they just are not available. The only one I saw in stock, very briefly, was a PowerColor model w/ standard clocks and only 4gb. I don’t think they make bad cards, just run of the mill and sometimes even “under”clocked and I’ll pass on a 4gig model. I’ve had success with MSI, Gigabyte, (and EVGA-Nvidia) brand-wise.

  • J Mareeswaran

    So it consumes as much power as a GTX 950 for same price & lesser performance? I think people who are not in a hurry should wait for GTX1050/1050ti or price of RX470 to drop to $150

    • Nathan Kirsch

      yeah, Polaris 10 is a much more powerful GPU and the RX 470/RX 480 are where it is at. The AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB reference card for $199 was a great deal. I sure hope they come back in stock. As I noted in the conclusion the cheapest XFX Radeon RX 470 costs more than the Radeon RX 480 4GB reference card!

      • Coach

        That’s why I’m not even considering the 470. However, I wonder if any 480 partner cards (not ref) will ever become available again. Maybe I could get one 4 years from now used on Ebay. ;(

        • cptheartless

          however, you can over clock it to match the 480 performance. so it it the best bang for the buck

    • ChaosParadox

      Where did you see the 950 in the benchmarks? They show the 960, which is still a $180 card last i checked (which at that point get a 470). The 950 is weaker than the 270, which is shown in this benchmark underneath the 460. Guys for $120 the 460 is a solid budget card. And yes while the 1050 may beat it, we won’t know until release when we get some real benchmarks.

      • J Mareeswaran

        The 950 is available for $130 now and beats RX460 in all directX11 games and has the same power consumption. I checked all the reviews on various sites. The techspot review doesnt mince any words.

      • Firestorm.x92

        GTX 950 easily puts %10-%15 performance advantage over RX460. Your statement is not making any sense

        • Jeremy R

          Think again check the DX12 performance at least some of maxwell had some Async tech this just has nothing

        • Firestorm.x92

          DX12 performance? Even though there is not even ten solid AAA titles could make it in the market yet?

    • Michael Klumper

      Lol.
      Hows that price drop on a RX 470 going for you?

      • J Mareeswaran

        Those who wait shall rule the world.

        • Mark Slater

          That doesn’t even make sense.
          A RX 470 is literally twice the price that it was last year at this time.
          Some world leader you’ll be…

        • J Mareeswaran

          Come back after one more year.

  • mdlo898

    I love League of Legends, but I think this is probably the funniest YouTube video I’ve ever seen it’s a League of Legends Infomercial lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnDxO62FMA8 25