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