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AMD Radeon RX 460 Official Specification Information

AMD is launching the AMD Radeon RX 460 today, completing its lineup of Polaris architecture GPUs in the sub-$250 product space. Here is all the press information, specifications, and pricing in regards to the AMD Radeon RX 460 in today's launch. No card was sent for review. All three Polaris GPUs are now on the table.

Introduction

On August 4th AMD let slip the remainder of its Polaris lineup beneath the Radeon RX 480 with the launch of the Radeon RX 470 and the announcement of the Radeon RX 460. We evaluated a custom retail video card from PowerColor with the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 470 video card. The Radeon RX 470 has a suggest retail price of $179, and the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 470 has a suggested price of $199. You can read the evaluation above to learn all about the Radeon RX 470 and how it fits into the lineup.

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Today, AMD has released all information and pricing on the last card in the lineup, the AMD Radeon RX 460. The AMD Radeon RX 460 will launch with a suggested pricing from AMD of $109, you read that right, $109. That $109 pricing is for the base model, expect that to be for the 2GB models. 4GB models may be higher depending on the manufacturer and customization. AMD has informed us some 4GB custom video cards from partners will be upwards of $139. Expect pricing to be between $109-$139 depending on manufacturer. While we do not have hardware for evaluation today, we can go over all the specifications with you and take a look at how the video card compares to the rest of the lineup in specifications.

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Product Positioning

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AMD is positioning the AMD Radeon RX 460 into a segment AMD calls the "E-Sports Gaming" running cool and efficient. This includes game titles like Counter Strike, DOTA 2, Rocket League, League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Grand Theft Auto V, and even Overwatch. AMD claims Radeon RX 460 will be able to pull off 90+ FPS at 1080p at "High" settings.

In the reviewer's guide AMD is comparing Radeon RX 460 performance to the AMD Radeon R7 260X which at its heart is a re-brand of the AMD Radeon HD 7790. We also note that AMD is comparing the AMD Radeon RX 460 performance to the competition with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti. These are 2013-2014 GPUs.

If we look at pricing the AMD Radeon R7 260X launched at $139 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti launched at $149. Therefore, with the AMD Radeon RX 460 launching at $109 with the 2GB version it is actually debuting $30-$40 cheaper than those video cards, yet according to AMD offering 1.2-1.3x times the performance of the Radeon R7 260X. 4GB models will most likely be closer to $139 which matches the price point of these last generation video cards. This pricing is very positive for the lower $100 price range of video cards. Today, if we look at video cards sitting around this price point of $109 we see video cards like the Radeon R7 360 and low performing GeForce GT 700 series GPUs. If the price point of $109 holds up on the Radeon RX 460 2GB it could really shake up the lower-$100 end of video cards quite a bit.

Specifications

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The Radeon RX 460 shares the same Polaris architecture and DNA of the Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470. It is based on the same 14nm FinFET process with the same 4th generation GCN architecture updates. In terms of TFLOPS the Radeon RX 460 pulls off 2.2, Radeon RX 470 is 4.9 and Radeon RX 480 is 5.8.

The AMD Radeon RX 460 uses 14 Compute Units giving it 896 stream processors, 16 ROPs and 56 texture units. The AMD Radeon RX 470 for comparison has 32 CUs, 2048 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 128 texture units. The AMD Radeon RX 460 is a pretty significant cut from the RX 470. The RX 470 for comparison wasn’t as huge of a cut down from the RX 480, but it appears AMD took a bigger leap with the difference between the Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470.

The base clock is set at 1090MHz and the boost clock is at 1200MHz. This is pretty close to the boost clock of the AMD Radeon RX 470 at 1206MHz. For all intents and purpose, the RX 460 and RX 470 should operate at the same clock speeds.

The memory has been cut down to a 128-bit memory bus versus the 256-bit bus on the RX 470. Memory consists of GDDR5 in 2 and 4GB quantities. Memory will run at 7GHz providing 112GB/sec of memory bandwidth versus 211GB/sec on the Radeon RX 470.

Thanks to these cuts however AMD is able to keep the TDP below 75W on this video card, making it a very low power video card. It also still retains DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 and HDMI 2.0. What’s more, as you can see from the pictures, the video card itself is very small in size and length. It should easily fit into a small form factor system.

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The GPU is so efficient in fact that AMD is going to put this GPU in some small form factors like this here HP Omen gaming laptop. AMD claims better performance than GeForce GTX 960M in this form factor.