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XFX Radeon RX 460 Double Dissipation Review

We take the XFX Radeon RX 460 Double Dissipation and use it to play some of our favorite GPU-intensive games and find out how much of an upgrade this $149 video card provides compared to last generation GPUs in this price range. What will upgrading net you in terms of a performance upgrade in the sub-$200 category? We find out.

Introduction

On August 8th AMD finally announced the specifications for its AMD Radeon RX 460 GPU priced at $109 for the base model. There will of course be two versions from add-in-board partners, the base model (2GB) and a more expensive 4GB model with custom cooling and overclocking in mind. You can read all about the announcement in our article where we detailed all the specifications and our thoughts on the AMD Radeon RX 460 GPU.

In today’s short, brief, and to the point evaluation we are going to take a look at a custom retail card based on the AMD Radeon RX 460. The point of this evaluation today is to specifically look at the upgrade advantage moving to the latest generation AMD Radeon RX 460 compared to the previous generation from AMD and NVIDIA that this video card is replacing.

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We are going to compare this to the last generation equivalents, AMD Radeon RX 260X and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti. The AMD Radeon R7 260X launched at a price point of $139 (which is hard to find for sale today at any major retailer), sitting perfectly where the 4GB model of the AMD Radeon RX 460 sits today. Radeon R7 260X is based on 2nd Generation GCN Bonaire architecture. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti also launched just slightly higher at $149 (sells today from $95 to $125). GeForce GTX 750 Ti is of course based on the Maxwell architecture. These two video cards are the video cards AMD directly compares performance with these new cards and sees these as an upgrade path in its reviewers guide.

Therefore, the focus of our evaluation today is to see what AMD’s latest 4th Generation GCN architecture in the Radeon RX 460 brings to this low price point. How much better is performance today compared to the previous generation in this price segment is what we are going to find out.

XFX Radeon RX 460 Double Dissipation

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Today we have a custom retail XFX Radeon RX 460 Double Dissipation video card to evaluate. This is the model "P4DFG5." Current pricing for this video card is $149.99. This means it competes perfectly with the launch pricing on Radeon R7 260X and GeForce GTX 750 Ti. This video card is the perfect replacement in pricing.

As a quick reminder, the boost clock is 1200MHz and memory runs at 7GHz on the 2 and 4GB version of AMD Radeon RX 460. The XFX Radeon RX 460 Double Dissipation however has a slight overclock at 1220MHz on the GPU and runs at the default 7GHz memory clock speed. Therefore, a slight 20MHz boost is what this video card has to offer out-of-the-box. This video card has 4GB of GDDR5 on board.

The XFX Radeon RX 460 Double Dissipation uses XFX’s GHOST 4.0 thermal dissipation technology. There are two 90mm silent fans on board. These fans do shut off when not running games. There is a 6-pin power connector on this video card. There is a DisplayPort, an HDMI port as well as a Dual-Link DVI port. Considering the price of the video card and the fact it may be installed in older computers, or cheaper computers, or small form factor computers with legacy DVI ports this is a smart decision. The video card measures 9.37 x 4.76 x 1.57 (LxWxH).