AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB Analysis: Not Just for eSports


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The Radeon RX 460 was marketed by AMD as an ideal GPU for MOBA or online games like DOTA 2. Here at Back2Gaming, we like to do things differently. Instead of reviewing this GPU using games like DOTA 2, we would test it on games which are more demanding. No, we are not going to test it on the latest games at 1080p using maximum settings then conclude it’s a bad GPU for today’s games. Like what we did in our review of GTX 950, we will test RX 460 on the latest games at 1080p using tweaked image quality settings and aim for an average frame rate above 30 FPS.

We would like to thank AMD for lending us an MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB OC

How We Tested

The PC we used for testing is shown below.

CPU Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.0 GHz
Graphics Card

ASUS Strix GTX 950 2GB OC

MSI RX 460 2GB OC

Motherboard Gigabyte Z97-D3H
Memory G. Skill 4GBx4 DDR3 1,600 MHz
Case Antec 300
GPU Driver

Crimson 16.9.1

Operating System Windows 10 64-bit

The game settings we used for testing is shown below.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Rise of the Tomb Raider The Witcher 3
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Field of View: 100 Anti-aliasing: FXAA Frame Rate: Unlimited
MSAA: Off Texture Quality: Medium Nvidia HairWorks: Off
Texture Quality:
High
Anisotropic Filter:
16x
Number of Background Characters:
Ultra
Texture Filtering:
16x Anisotropic
Shadow Quality:
Medium
Shadow Quality:
Medium
Shadow Quality: Medium Sun Soft Shadows: On Terrain Quality: Ultra
Ambient Occlusion: On Depth of Field: On Water Quality: Ultra
Contact Hardening Shadows: Off Level of Detail:
Very High
Grass Density:
Ultra
Parallax Occlusion Mapping: High Dynamic Foliage:
Medium
Texture Quality:
Ultra
Depth of Field: On Ambient Occlusion: On Foliage Visibility Range: High
Level of Detail: Medium Pure Hair: On Detail Level: Ultra
Volumetric Lighting:
Off
Specular Reflection Quality: High Motion Blur:
Off
Screenspace Reflections: On Vignette Blur: Off Blur: Off
Temporal Anti-Aliasing: On Motion Blur: Off Anti-aliasing: On
Motion Blur: Off Bloom: On Bloom: On
Sharpen: On Tessellation: On Sharpening: High
Bloom: On Screen Space Reflections: On Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Cloth Physics: On Lens Flares: On Depth of Field: On
Subsurface Scattering: On Screen Effects: On Chromatic Aberration: Off
Chromatic Aberration: Off Film Grain: Off Vignetting: On
Tessellation: On Light Shafts: On

Test Results

The Witcher 3 is one of the great-looking games released in 2015 and is suited for benchmarking today’s GPU’s. Of the 3 games we tested, this one is the most forgiving because we were able to set a lot of settings to Ultra and still be able to play the game. RX 460 is 14 % slower than GTX 950 in this game.

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Despite being initially released as an exclusive game for XBox One, Rise of the Tomb Raider on the PC has impressive visuals. Even with the tweaked settings we used, the game still looks beautiful. RX 460 was again slower than GTX 950 but the gap has increased to 18%. In this game, the performance difference between the 2 GPU’s is noticeable even without a frame rate counter.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is another great-looking game which was just released last August 24, 2016. We did a performance review which you can read here. Like in Rise of the Tomb Raider, we had to turn down a lot of settings to make the game playable on the RX 460 and GTX 950. The most interesting part here is RX 460 has an almost identical performance compared with GTX 950.

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b2g-gtx-950-2gb-vs-rx-460-2gb-dxmd-msConclusion

As of September 17, 2016, the Radeon RX 460 2GB can be had for as low as PhP 5,600 ($ 117). In all of the games we tested, RX 460 delivered an acceptable performance at 1080p. We had to turn down a lot of settings to make the game playable but it is not that bad considering the price of the card. Also, the settings we used are still conservative. If you are willing to use lower settings or if you have a monitor with a native resolution of 1600 x 900 or lower, you can expect to have a much smoother gaming experience with the latest games. Another good thing about the Radeon RX 460 is it does not require a 6-pin PCI-E power cable. It’s good news for those using pre-built desktop PC’s like the Acer Aspire TC-601 or those with old PC’s equipped with a PSU that does not have a 6-pin PCI-E power cable.

The AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB offers a great value for the money and it makes the GeForce GTX 750 Ti obsolete.

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