XFX Rade on RX 460 Core Editi on 2GB

PC GAMER (UK) - - Hardware - xfx­force.com £110

Other bud­get cards of­fer more, but AMD’s 400 se­ries of­fer­ing will get you playable fram­er­ates in most games at 1080p and of­fers rea­son­able value. You’d be for­given for think­ing this was a far more pow­er­ful card than it is, though. XFX has em­ployed two fans to keep it cool and up top there’s a six-pin power con­nec­tor, even though the RX 460 is sup­posed to only draw the same 75W as Nvidia’s GTX 1050 cards. In fact, the ref­er­ence AMD de­sign doesn’t in­clude the ex­tra con­nec­tor.

The fans also ap­pear at first to be the com­pany’s Hard Swap type, which can eas­ily be un­clipped and re­placed. How­ever, while the fan un­clips, its cable doesn’t, so in ef­fect all you get is eas­ier ac­cess to clean the heatsink.

As for the RX 460 GPU it­self, it has less than half the stream pro­ces­sors of the RX 470 and has half the mem­ory bus width too, plus it’s only equipped with 2GB of RAM. The re­sult is it’s the slow­est card on test by far, with it fail­ing to hit 30fps in Ti­tan­fall2 and only hit­ting 33fps in TheWitcher3. It’s mostly fine for 1080p gam­ing but only if you drop to medium-to-high de­tail set­tings. All of which means that while it’s the best pure value out of the three AMD cards, in terms of bang for buck it’s miles be­hind the GTX 1050.

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