Com­po­nent Watch

Look­ing for a Radeon 460 card? Get one while the deals are hot!

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In our spe­cial, last-ever Com­po­nent Watch we’re look­ing at AMD’s lat­est line of mid-price/bud­get graph­ics cards. Don’t any­one dare say we don’t know how to go out with a bang! So, if you’re look­ing for a Radeon RX 460, this week’s Com­po­nent Watch has rounded up the best mod­els at the cheap­est prices. The dou­ble-height card is the best you can get if you’re in the mar­ket for a model that doesn’t need its own power pro­vi­sion, mak­ing it ideal for older, low-pow­ered, and other­wise ba­sic sys­tems.

Deal 1: Gi­ga­byte Radeon RX 460 RRP: £125 / Deal Price: £95 We’ll start, then, with the cheap­est RX 460 on the mar­ket right now. That’s Gi­ga­byte’s 2GB GDDR5 ver­sion, which has a base clock speed of 1090MHz, dual 90mm fans and one each of Dis­playPort, HDMI and DVI-D out­puts. At a shade over £100 it’s bound to be an im­prove­ment over your in­te­grated graph­ics, but won’t cause prob­lems with your bank ac­count. Per­fect for ca­sual gamers look­ing to take the strain off their sys­tems or re­fresh their op­tions a lit­tle. Where to get it: CCL ( bit.ly/2hN2Gy8)

Deal 2: Sap­phire Radeon RX 460 2GB RRP: £120 / Deal Price: £100 Sap­phire’s 2GB ver­sion of the RX 460 is slightly more ex­pen­sive than the Gi­ga­byte ver­sion thanks to the ad­di­tion of a WindForce cooler, with 3D ac­tive pas­sive-cool­ing fans, and a slightly over­clocked GPU that’s de­signed to be pushed even harder. If you like to tweak your hard­ware in the hope of im­prov­ing per­for­mance, it’s prob­a­bly worth the £4 ex­tra just to try and squeeze that lit­tle bit more out of it. Other than that there are no ma­jor dif­fer­ences be­tween the two; even the dis­counts go­ing around add up to the same. Where to get it: Scan ( bit.ly/2h01UxM) Deal 3: Gi­ga­byte Radeon RX 4600 4GB RRP: £150 / Deal Price: £106 Gi­ga­byte’s 4GB ver­sion of the RX 460 is ba­si­cally the same as their 2GB ver­sion, with the same in­ter­faces and cool­ers but dou­ble the amount of RAM. It’s even clocked the same speed, which is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle slower than the Sap­phire Nitro. That does mean that it’s prob­a­bly not a bet­ter buy un­less you value its slightly su­pe­rior cool­ingli ffea­tures. We’re not so sure, but at the very least it’s a de­cent al­ter­na­tive if you can’t find the 4GB Sap­phire Nitro on sale any­where. Where to get it: CCL ( bit.ly/2gKOdFf)

Deal 4: Sap­phire Radeon RX 460 Nitro 4GB RRP: £140 / Deal Price: £110 Sap­phire’s 4GB ver­sion of the RX 460 is also over­clocked, so you get 1175MHz per­for­mance for your money in ad­di­tion to the stan­dard in­ter­faces and ex­tras, in­clud­ing 4GB of GDDR5 RAM on­board. Se­ri­ous gamers won’t mind pay­ing the ex­tra for bet­ter per­for­mance, and although there isn’t a lot more to this card than the re­duced ver­sions, the ex­tra price is so neg­li­gi­ble it’s al­most worth go­ing straight to it. Where to get it: CCL (bit.ly/2gKMSyA)

Deal 5: Asus Radeon RX 460 4GB RRP: £170 / Deal Price: £160 Asus’ hard­ware is al­ways of high qual­ity, which goes to­wards ex­plain­ing the jump in price be­tween the 4GB Sap­phire and Gi­ga­byte cards and the cheap­est Asus. Its Direc­tCU II cool­ers are some of the best around, and it’s de­signed for gamers who like to show off with built-in RGB light­ing that you can con­trol. It also has ad­di­tional fan head­ers and an over­clocked GPU to make it clear that it’s aimed at any en­thu­si­as­tic gamer. Is it worth £40 more than the 2GB Sap­phire? Al­most cer­tainly – though re­mem­ber that if you’re look­ing at this end of the price range, maybe look at the next tier up be­fore you make any de­ci­sions. Where to get it: Ebuyer ( bit.ly/2bRBek5)

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