AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB Graphics Card Review

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Power Consumption

XFX Radeon RX 460 Power Connector

For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 4 at 3840×2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter.

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Power Consumption Results: With the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB video card installed in the system we topped out at 230 Watts when running BF4 at 4K resolutions and used 99 W at idle. Not bad performance numbers and these are tied for the lowest load numbers that we have seen on this test system. 

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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.

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