The RX 460: $100 surprise

When I think of gaming graphics, 128 bit doesn’t normally come to mind. s a matter of fact I’d be quite surprised if most newer games would even start with a 128 bit card. Well, I was quite surprised.
I’m not saying it’s a TitanX killer, or even a 1050ti Killer. It’s not going to play most newer games at anything over 1080p and it’s not going to need anything more than a 60Hz monitor unless you plan on two in crossfire.
What it will do is play some of the newer titles at 1080p over 30fps, and if you back off on textures it will do much better than that.
I had this card to play with for a day. It was purchased by the teenage son of a friend for his retail store bought, so called gaming computer that featured a R7 240. I don’t know what kind of games the geek squad had in mind to play on that garbage, maybe solitaire? Anyway he managed to break one of the fans while “looking at it” and had never had a case open before, so the job of repair and installation came to me. Being it was in my hands, I figured I might as well test it out.
Here are some results in comparison to higher end cards in 5 games. By the way, if you zoom in on the above photo, this card is PCI-e 8x, not 16. I don’t know if this is true with all RX 460’s, but it is with the Nitro. I was a little bit surprised how close it was to my R9 380 in a couple games, as that is a 256bit 4GB card with 1792 shaders which is twice as many as the RX 460. The fact that Rise of the Tomb Raider even opened, let alone it played it at very high preset with the textures dropped back to high like has to been done with any card that has less than 8GB Vram. It was not laying down blistering frame rates, but it stayed above normal console frame rates of 30FPs. A amazing thing about this card is it’s low 75 watt TDP, which I measured with my kill-a-watt as 85watt on this particular Nitro. The R7 240, which is the recommended crossfire card for a A8 APU, uses the same power but is more than 4 times slower. The R7 240 is so bad in fact that my stock A8 7600 APU smokes it. When used in crossfire with the A8, the performance gain is minimal being many games don’t work well in crossfire. It’s $60 price makes it a poor choice when the RX 460 can be had for $40 more and is 4+ X faster, making it a excellent choice for a budget gamer.

Update 8/29/17: I recently flashed this card to a RX 560 Which opened up the shaders from 896 to 1024. WARNING! I don’t recommend doing this unless you have experience doing this kind of mod. This is a single bios card and it is very possible you will brick it. It also voids your warranty and the performance increase is only a couple fps. The only real benefit I have seen is the decreased power consumption while watching videos.

2 thoughts on “The RX 460: $100 surprise

  • April 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Interesting that you could anything playable with a 128 bus. Nice little budget card. Did you have time to do a Vulcan/dx comparison?

    • April 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      No, I haven’t, but I plan on updating that post

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