AMD Radeon RX 460 Video Cards Start At $109Last 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. 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. 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|
|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|
|Number of Fans||1x||2x||1x||2x|
|Hard Swap Fan||No||No||No||No|
|Power||1x 6-pin||1x 6-pin||1x 6-pin||1x 6-pin|
Test SystemBefore we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we've always done out testing 'hot' since the site started back more than a decade ago. Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.1 for Radeon RX 470/460 and Crimson 16.7.3 For All Others
- NVIDIA GeForce 368.81 for GTX 1080/1070/1060/960 and GeForce 362.00 For All Others
Intel X79/LGA2011 PlatformThe Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements. Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
|The Intel X79 Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4960X|
ASUS P9X79-E WS
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
|Solid-State Drive||OCZ Vertex 460 240GB|
|Cooling||Intel TS13X (Asetek)|
|Power Supply||Corsair AX860i|
|Operating System||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Monitor||ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K|
Battlefield 4Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011's Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4's single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China's current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States. This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark with these settings on the Shanghai level. All tests were done with the DirectX 11 API. Benchmark Results: At the popular 1080p gaming resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB video card was able to average 39 FPS, which is about 5 FPS slower than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X OC from years ago. We were expecting to see a bit higher performance as you can pick up a used Radeon R9 270 graphics card off of eBay for $50-$80 all day long. Benchmark Results: When scaling the resolution up to 2k (2160×1440), the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB graphics card came in at 24.6 FPS and dropped down into the teens at the lows. This is not a card that is designed for beyond 1080P gaming on graphics intensive game titles like this. Benchmark Results: This is not a 4K gaming graphics card, but since we take out power measurement using BF4 at 4K we might as well run FRAPS and show you what it got. Here we see the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB graphics card averaged 12.3 FPS. Clearly not a 4K gaming card and thankfully it was never said to be. Since this isn't a 2K or 4K gaming graphics card we will just be looking at 1080P performance in the remainder of the tests.
Fallout 4Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3. The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015. Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can't be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth. Benchmark Results: In Fallout 4, at 1080p resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB was just about 1FPS faster than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270 and averaged 40 FPS. To get this game over 60 FPS on average you'll need to tone back the image quality settings.
Grand Theft Auto VGrand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015. Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos. It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements. In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with no MSAA with 16x AF and high image quality settings as we didn't want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted both the minimum and maximum values as those results are garbage due to major inconsistencies. 1080P Benchmark Results: The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB graphics card came in at 41.2 FPS using the GTA V built-in benchmark, so for good 1080P gaming on this card you should disable 2x MSAA that we had enabled for testing.
Tom Clancy's The DivisionTom Clancy's The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced during Ubisoft's E3 2013 press conference, and was released worldwide on March 8th, 2016. The Division is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpoxpandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply "The Division", is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division's operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer. The Division uses Ubisoft's new proprietary engine known as Snowdrop, which is made for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Snowdrop was created in-house, at Massive, in response to a specific requirement: to do things better, not bigger. The engine focuses on dynamic global illumination, stunning procedural destruction and a great amount of detail and visual effects. The developers wanted a powerful engine that works intelligently and not by brute force only. We ran The Division with the image quality settings set at Ultra and VSYNC was disabled. We tried to FRAPS to benchmark with these settings, but found it was pretty much impossible due to the night and day cycle always changing when you enter the game and the spot where you load in the open world is slightly different. Unable to get consistent results we resorted to used the games built-in benchmark. 1080P Benchmark Results: The Division is pretty tough on graphics card and the AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB could only average 27.8 FPS versus with our tough image quality settings. This testing showed that the Radeon RX 460 was 12% faster than the AMD Radeon R9 270 video card. Out testing also showed that it was 25% slower than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB retail card and about 47% slower than the Radeon RX 470 4GB retail card that we tested.
3DMark Fire Strike3Dmark Fire Strike Benchmark Results - For high performance gaming PCs Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX 11 hardware.
Fire Strike Benchmark Results:
Benchmark Results: The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB graphics card scored 5,2213 points on 3DMark Fire Strike. The AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB came in at 9,713 points, so there is a big performance jump between the RX 460 and RX 470 series.Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark Results:
Benchmark Results: In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB scored 2,510 points versus the 4,769 scored by the XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition.
Ashes of the Singularity - DX12Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the future where descendants of humans (called Post- Humans) and a powerful artificial intelligence (called the Substrate) fight a war for control of a resource known as Turinium. Players will engage in massive-scale land/air battles by commanding entire armies of their own design. Each game takes place on one area of a planet, with each player starting with a home base (known as a Nexus) and a single construction unit. We ran the integrated Ashes of the Singularity benchmark utility in DX12 mode with the 'High' Image Quality Profile and disabled VSync. 1080P Benchmark Results: The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB averaged about 29 FPS in Ashes of the Singularity using the DX12 API.
3DMark Time Spy - DX123DMark Time Spy just recently came out and it is the latest and greatest DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers. With DirectX 12 on Windows 10, game developers can significantly improve the multi-thread scaling and hardware utilization of their titles to draw more objects, textures and effects for your viewing enjoyment. 3DMark Fire Strike is a great high-end DirectX 11 benchmark test, but doesn't really show off what new graphics cards can do on a DirectX 12 game title that will have much more going on while you are playing. We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results: In this DX12 benchmark we see the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB came in with a score of 1,925 points and is a good deal slower than the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB. With Async Compute disabled you can how AMD graphics cards benefit more than the NVIDIA cards from this new DX12 feature. The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB saw over a 9% performance gain from Async Compute.
Temperature & Noise TestingThe gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers. XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation Idle and Load Temps: When it comes to temperatures the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation graphics card ran at 38C at idle on our our open air test bench and the fans were spinning at 500 RPM. The screen shot above is from a cold boot to show that the Double Dissipation fans were spinning even though the temperature of the card was just 26C! While gaming the card topped out at its target temperature of 65C and the fans were spinning at roughly 2,000 RPM. Not bad temperatures!
We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with 'A' frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation is supposed to be a 0dB graphics card, but the fans never stopped running on ours. The XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation topped out at 41.9dB, which is pretty good! ** The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X reference card that we are using was the original model with a loud water pump that whines. AMD changed the pump design before the cards hit the retail market, but wasn't willing to replace ours. We expect retail cards to perform quieter for this and hopefully AMD will send us a replacement card for proper noise testing. **
Power ConsumptionFor 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 3840x2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter. 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.
XFX Radeon RX 460 Graphics Card OverclockingThe XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipationgraphics card is already factory overclocked, but that didn't stop us from overclocking the card even further. To do overclocking on the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Black Edition graphics card we used AMD WattMan that comes with the Crimson 16.8.1 drivers. We managed to get a 10% overclock on the GPU and we maxed out the memory slider at 1800MHz, which is just a 50MHz increase. Going from 1750MHz to 1800MHz on the memory isn't that big of an increase, but it is better than nothing. We also raised raised the power target to 50% and increased the temperature target from 65C to 70C. This overclock meant that we were running at up to 1344 MHz at times on the core clock when fully reaching the new boot clock and the 4GB of GDDR5 memory was running at 1800 MHz (7200 MHz effective). Stock the card was running at 1220MHz, so this is a big increase on the core clock. We weren't expecting to be able to reach a 10% overclock on the core clock as this is the most headroom we've gotten yet on a Polaris GPU! You can see the settings we used to reach this overclock in the slide above. XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Black Edition Stock: XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Black Edition Overclocked (+124MHz/+50MHz): By overclocking the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Black Edition graphics card we were able to take the score of 5,221 points on 3DMark Fire Strike and raised it up to 5,520. This is a 299 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 5.7 percent. Not bad considering AMD WattMan limited the memory overclocking to just 50MHz and we know that the memory is holding back performance a bit. Let's wrap this review up!
Final Thoughts and ConclusionsThe XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation graphics card performed about how we expected it to as it basically has half the performance of the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB reference card. This isn't a card that you can crank everything up on, but it does offer respectable performance with the latest DX12 features for a solid price point. We were also ecstatic that it overclocked so well. We were able to overclock the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB video card by 10% on the core clock and got more than a 5% performance boost when gaming due to that healthy overclock. With the XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation priced at $149.99 that puts it just $50 less than the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB reference card that is priced at $199. Having over twice as much performance for 33% more or $50 more is an easy choice for a gamer that really cares about performance. AMD Radeon RX Series Suggested Retail Pricing:
- AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB - $109
- AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB - $179
- AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB - $199
- AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB - $249
- XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB - $119.99
- XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB Double Dissipation - $129.99
- XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB - $139.99
- XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB Double Dissipation - $149.99
- XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB - $199.99
- XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Triple X - $209.99
- XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition - $219.99
- XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB - $269.99
- XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB Black Edition - $314.99