AMD Radeon RX 460 Review

Conclusion

AMD’s decision to target the mainstream space first looks pretty smart right about now, doesn’t it? The Radeon RX 480 is a respectable 1920x1080 card, and the RX 470 isn’t much slower. Nvidia charges quite a bit more for GeForce GTX 1060, and that’s its lowest-end Pascal-based board currently. There’s a large gap between the 470 and new RX 460, but a $110 estimated price also tells us the 460 is meant for a different segment…which our benchmarks show it dominating.

As a result of the incremental improvements made across four generations of GCN, we have to break our performance analysis into two parts: one that covers DirectX 11-based games, and another that isolates the latest wave of titles able to leverage DirectX 12 and Vulkan.

In DirectX 11 titles like GTA V, Project CARS, The Witcher 3, and WoW, AMD’s Radeon RX 460 either lands behind the R9 270 and 270X or between them. We also have BF4 numbers showing the 460 behind those older GPUs, but left them out because EA’s awful hardware-checker deactivated our account before we finished collecting data. In these titles, the RX 460 is still positioned appropriately—it’s a little slower and a little less expensive.

But across AotS, Hitman, and Doom, the RX 460 is either as fast as the R9 270X/370X and GTX 760/950 or faster. Assuming that trend continues, AMD is setting its 460 up to be a killer deal at $110. Now the company needs to make sure RX 460s are available for customers to purchase.

Both AMD and Nvidia are firing off 14/16nm GPUs at a rapid pace, and there’s plenty of backpressure from enthusiasts who were waiting for this generation’s graphics hardware to upgrade. A surge of demand is causing an issue with availability, complicating recommendations. As of this writing, Nvidia finally has GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 cards on shelves, though the 1070s and 1060s in particular sell for significantly more than the company’s original claim…

…but at least it has cards to sell. None of Newegg’s 12 RX 480 listings are in stock. And while there is one RX 470 available, it starts at $200—the same price as a 4GB RX 480. In fact, all but one RX 470 overlap the lowest RX 480 listings. Whoops!

All of that is to say we’re cautiously optimistic about Radeon RX 460 at $110. If the company can get partners to sell cards at the recommended price, like it’s doing with RX 480, then this is a clear winner for HD gaming and even 1920x1080 at relaxed quality settings, blowing previous recommendations out of the water. The Bonaire-based GPUs can’t hold a candle to it, and GeForce GTX 750 Ti is outclassed across the board, regardless of the API we look at. What’s more, as you shift from DX11- to DX12/Vulkan-based games, RX 460 matches the next-higher class of hardware, including certain GK104/GM206 and Pitcairn derivatives.

Of course, if AMD’s suggested pricing has no teeth and we start seeing these creep up $20 or $30 higher, similar to what the RX 470 is doing, it’ll run into unavoidable comparisons to cards like the GTX 950 and R7 370, which succumb to Polaris in our DX12/Vulkan tests, but are generally faster in DX11. Here’s hoping that $110 price holds, and that AMD has some volume of these cards to ship. After all, this segment is primed for a revitalization, and we see no way for Nvidia to compete down at that level, even with a GeForce GTX 1050.

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  • chaosmassive
    oh, you already such small chip
    why is that disabled CU?
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    1712875 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.
  • turkey3_scratch
    700347 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.
  • envy14tpe
    Major gap between 470 and 460. Kinda weird. I was expecting more from the 460.
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    1712875 said:
    700347 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. ;-)
  • InvalidError
    1712875 said:
    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.

    A "cut down 1060" will likely be the 1050 - gotta do something with the 1060 rejects. But when that happens, I don't expect them to be available for much under $200.

    Where prices are concerned, all of them will come down to the MSRPs or lower in a few months. As Chris said, tons of people were waiting for 14/16nm for their next GPU, so they may be on back-order for a while.
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    125865 said:
    Where prices are concerned, all of them will come down to the MSRPs or lower in a few months.
    I think it might be wise for people to sit tight until Black Friday, it's only 109 days away (and counting! Lol.) However, if a situation is urgent, it's urgent. :-)
  • turkey3_scratch
    125865 said:
    1712875 said:
    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.
    A "cut down 1060" will likely be the 1050 - gotta do something with the 1060 rejects. But when that happens, I don't expect them to be available for much under $200. Where prices are concerned, all of them will come down to the MSRPs or lower in a few months. As Chris said, tons of people were waiting for 14/16nm for their next GPU, so they may be on back-order for a while.


    I don't understand why they were waiting for 14/16nm so much. Maxwell was a larger jump in price/performance and performance/power than we have seen with Pascal so far. AMD, well, it's not a rebrand at least but their cards aren't that much more efficient. The drop to 16nm for Nvidia has not shown any more of a performance or power increase that they have not achieved on the same node size. Again, I'll refer to Maxwell which was quite great at lowering power a lot and increasing performance a lot, too.
  • Oranthal
    741589 said:
    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


    Not sold out on newegg now. They tend to say released at 9am est but there is always a lag. I had the same thought with the 480 then bought one as I looked at 8:50 am all the way until 10am.
  • Oranthal
    125865 said:
    1712875 said:
    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.
    A "cut down 1060" will likely be the 1050 - gotta do something with the 1060 rejects. But when that happens, I don't expect them to be available for much under $200. Where prices are concerned, all of them will come down to the MSRPs or lower in a few months. As Chris said, tons of people were waiting for 14/16nm for their next GPU, so they may be on back-order for a while.


    Lol Newegg has a 109.99 one right now.
  • Nima84
    So it consumes as much as 950 while being slower or on par at best and more expensive. I'm not impressed at all.
  • turkey3_scratch
    2277213 said:
    125865 said:
    1712875 said:
    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.
    A "cut down 1060" will likely be the 1050 - gotta do something with the 1060 rejects. But when that happens, I don't expect them to be available for much under $200. Where prices are concerned, all of them will come down to the MSRPs or lower in a few months. As Chris said, tons of people were waiting for 14/16nm for their next GPU, so they may be on back-order for a while.
    Lol Newegg has a 109.99 one right now.


    $120 for the XFX. What one do you see?
  • payneg1
    I was hoping to see this pitted against the 960 4GB...
  • turkey3_scratch
    Powercolor is $110. XFX has a 4GB card on Amazon for $140. It's an ITX card so I am interested. But it's too expensive.
  • Onus
    I wanted to see one WITHOUT the 6-pin PCIe cable tested. This looks like it should kick the GTX750Ti off its low-power throne, but I want to see benchmarks to be certain. As such, a $110 price isn't unreasonable if we get half-height single-slot versions; Igor gets one as soon as it appears (at a fair price).
  • turkey3_scratch
    47340 said:
    I wanted to see one WITHOUT the 6-pin PCIe cable tested. This looks like it should kick the GTX750Ti off its low-power throne, but I want to see benchmarks to be certain. As such, a $110 price isn't unreasonable if we get half-height single-slot versions; Igor gets one as soon as it appears (at a fair price).


    I don't think we're going to see any without a 6-pin PCIe cable. Furmark goes past 100W, gaming is 85W-90W. It'd have to be severely downclocked.
  • Juha_Bach
    O ffs YES thest a entry level GPU on 1080p. Real smart. Its a video card for poor people for the love of god. Who is gonna buy this for a 1080p ultra gaming? Test it on lower resolution and in more appropriate titles. People buy GPU with games in mind, not other way around. Its like that in propably 99% of cases. You see a game you want to play and when you figure you cant play in on your junk, you buy new parts to make it posible. Thats how people buy GPUs lets not fool ourselfs. So when someone buys RX 460 its gonna be to play specific game and on specific resolution and level of details. Probably 1280 x 1024 or something like that. Most of people are gonna get it for HOTS, Overwatch, Dota, LoL, WoW, etc. So when you get cards like this dont just test it on 1080p+ but test it on lower resolution with higher details and see results with simmilar cards like 270, 950, 370 and 750ti. FFS be more proffesional when doing your job. Its not a mid class or high end card. Its a entry level GPU for poor people.
  • nix27
    Should i buy rx 460 or gtx 950 75w (available for 115$) for hd gaming?
  • turkey3_scratch
    I got mine on Newegg for $120. I got the XFX 2GB version. It was a tough decision with the GTX 950 for $15 more bucks or so. Note that I specifically need a low profile card, so the $125 EVGA ACX 2.0 GTX 950 would not do. A 750Ti was only a bit cheaper and I have owned one in the past. The R7 370, about the same price. So, I got it. Should give me a satisfiable gaming experience.