Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:33

Radeon RX 460 – the NQNBT for gamers

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Two days ago iTWire announced the Radeon RX 470 – the next big thing (NBT) for impoverished gamers. Today we announce the Not Quite Next Best Thing (NQNBT) for gamers on the dole.

The RX 470 is an acceptable compromise – all you lose over the RX 480 is 4K gaming.

The RX 460 has less than 50% of the power of the RX 470 – 2.2 Teraflops to 4.9 (the RX 480 is 5.8). One could ask why a 2GB card starting at US$109 is needed – well, it is about $70 cheaper to start with and still produces very acceptable 1080p gaming for those in eSports titles such as League of Legends, Overwatch and DOTA 2.

“The Radeon RX 460 delivers the perfect balance of price, power, performance and package size, the four key pillars of modern GPUs,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice-president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “The Radeon RX Series is built on architecture designed for extraordinary power efficiency and is especially well suited to desktop gaming PCs targeted at mainstream price points. Radeon RX 460 users will enjoy an optimised software and hardware graphics card solution ideal for both eSports and iCafé systems.”

The card supports AMD FreeSync, DirectX 12 and Vulkan games. It should be fine for Web gamers and those who just want a better performance video card than Intel’s integrated graphics.

Features

  • 1080p Gaming in eSports titles such as League of Legends, Overwatch, and DOTA 2.
  • Image quality and reduction of “jaggies” with the Virtual Super Resolution feature.
  • Smooth gameplay using AMD Freesync technology.
  • DirectX12 and Vulkan, APIs that are powering the future of gaming.
  • Cool and Quiet Gaming – Polaris architecture 14nm FinFET process. It can turn off fans during idle and light gaming workloads.
  • PCIe Bus powered – <75 watts.
  • HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4 with HDR support.
  • Game Changing Control software.
  • Available in 2 and 4GB GDDR5 RAM.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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