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AMD Radeon RX 460 Review

Project CARS, StarCraft 2, Witcher 3 & Warcraft

Project CARS – DX11

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Performance in Project CARS appears worryingly low, even when we dial in the game’s Medium quality settings. Due to the nature of this simulator, though, 30 FPS is, in our opinion, playable.

CARS is a DirectX 11-based title, so the elements of AMD’s architecture exploited in DirectX 12 and Vulkan don’t help here (mainly the asynchronous compute engines and hardware/workgroup/wavefront schedulers). As a result, Nvidia’s Maxwell design regains a lot of ground.

Beyond that, first-gen GCN-based cards with more Stream processors and higher clock rates post higher frame rates than RX 460 in CARS. If you look back to the previous page, that’s not always the case. There, RX 460 is often able to beat cards from AMD’s own line-up that should be faster based on their fundamental building blocks. Hawaii was the first GPU with eight ACEs, and AMD kept that configuration through R9 285 and Fury/Fury X. Fourth-gen GCN uses the same command processing logic to great effect in newer titles.

StarCraft II – DX9

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Many e-sports titles are benchmarked through a replay system, and StarCraft II is no exception. We loaded the 2016 WCS Circuit match between Polt and Snute, then took 100 seconds of readings from the 3:00 mark using Polt’s point of view.

Averages in the 100+ FPS range are not uncommon in these titles, which are developed with a wide range of hardware in mind. Even using StarCraft’s Ultra quality preset, the RX 460 offers almost 170 FPS. That puts it 28% above the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and an almost inexplicable 61% ahead of AMD’s own Radeon HD 7790.

The Witcher 3 – DX11

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AMD’s Radeon RX 460 lands between the R9 270 and 270X in The Witcher 3, putting it 22% above the HD 7790 and 27% higher than GeForce GTX 750 Ti.

Separately, it’s interesting to note that the Radeon RX 470 is 100% faster than the RX 460. We aren’t used to seeing such large gaps between neighboring products in AMD’s line-up.

World of Warcraft – DX11

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The 2GB cards seem predisposed to frame time spikes in World of Warcraft, though not necessarily at the same time. AMD’s new Radeon RX 460 doesn’t have the same issue. Though its average frame rate lands at the lower end of our chart, its performance appears more consistent.

With the Legion expansion dropping in a few weeks, upgrading an older 2GB card to an RX 460 could be good for a nice speed-up at 1920x1080.


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  • chaosmassive
    oh, you already such small chip
    why is that disabled CU?
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  • gdmaclew
    Just curious as to why you are showing a link to Newegg for the AMD FX-8370 at $169.99? The actual price for that CPU at Newegg has been $189.99 for the past week.

    Edit: Should have thanked the authors for their excellent review first. Well done.
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Thanks for the review Chris and Igor, I've been waiting for this one! Nicely structured, logical, easy to follow. :-)

    I agree with your conclusion: I've been looking for a replacement for my 6670 1GB DDR3 that I picked up in 2012 for $65 and this looks good. I was, however, expecting to see a MSRP of between $85 and $100.

    Thanks again,
    Andrew
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  • CaptainTom
    CURB STOMP!

    Very relieved this performed better than those leaked benchmarks. So it is indeed a 70w 7870 for $110.

    The are already sold out btw lol
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  • turkey3_scratch
    The only one available is a Sapphire RX 460 and it is $170 on Amazon (it's also on Newegg but is sold out). So the RX 460 is being priced what the RX 470 was supposed to be. And the RX 470 is being priced what the RX 480 was supposed to be.

    Am I the only one having trouble figuring out where this sits performance-wise? It seems to be all over the place from game to game. CaptainTom, not sold out yet, 12 in stock https://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-NITRO-Graphics-11257-02-20G/dp/B01J1M4HDS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1470662745&sr=8-2&keywords=rx+460

    Also, these Asus coolers suck. I'm definitely not going to be recommending any Asus card this generation.
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  • rush21hit
    This is it. For an entry-level and low powered $100 card at this caliber nVidia can't touch this. This is the winning chip.

    If there will ever be cutdown 1060 with 3B as planned, knowing nVidia, it won't even come near this price.
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    18404296 said:
    Am I the only one having trouble figuring out where this site performance-wise?
    I think that there's one very big thing that the RX 460 has in it's favour over it's older brethren: the new APIs.
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  • turkey3_scratch
    18404342 said:
    This is it. For an entry-level and low powered $100 card at this caliber nVidia can't touch this. This is the winning chip.

    If there will ever be cutdown 1060 with 3B as planned, knowing nVidia, it won't even come near this price.

    The 1060 is whoppingly better. Why would it ever come to this price? Pinch me also if you honestly see an RX 460 for $110.
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  • envy14tpe
    Major gap between 470 and 460. Kinda weird. I was expecting more from the 460.
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    18404369 said:
    18404342 said:
    This is it. For an entry-level and low powered $100 card at this caliber nVidia can't touch this. This is the winning chip.

    If there will ever be cutdown 1060 with 3B as planned, knowing nVidia, it won't even come near this price.

    The 1060 is whoppingly better. Why would it ever come to this price? Pinch me also if you honestly see an RX 460 for $110.
    I think rush21hit was talking about the rumoured 3GB 1060 which was supposed to be "severely cut down," to put it mildly, not the real, actual 1060 which is in a whole different class. One can almost buy 3x 460s for 1x 1060.

    Having said that... Let's just wait for the 1050 and 1040 to drop before we declare an absolute winner in this price segment, shall we? But right now, you are correct rush21hit, Nvidia has nothing to compete in this price range. I look forward to seeing the changed Best Graphics Cards for the Money article. ;-)
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