Sapphire Nitro AMD RX 460 (4 GB) Review – Gaming and Video Editing

Gaming and Video Editing:  AMD launched the AMD RX 460 almost 9 months back, and the graphics card is based on Polaris Architecture. While AMD has already launched the newer version of the AMD RX 460, the AMD RX 560.

There is still a shortage of the RX 560 in some of the countries due to cryptocurrency mining. While there are some discounts available on the AMD RX 460 as well as RX 470. We tested out both the graphics cards in detail. AMD RX 560 comes with same core technologies and architecture with a little boost to memory clock and Core Clock.

Sapphire Nitro AMD RX 460 (4 GB) Review

Also when the graphics cards are released drivers are not matured enough, and after a couple of months, they get matured, so the performance also improves over time. This review will also help to know about the performance of RX 460 with the latest Drivers.

The AMD RX 460 is priced close to Rs. 9,000 for the 2 GB VRAM version and there is also a 4 GB VRAM version which trades close to Rs. 11,000 in the Indian market.

AMD RX 460 comes with GCN 4 architecture and offers around 2.2 TFlops of graphics performance. The graphics card is available from different brands like Asus and Sapphire; we tested the 4 GB GDDR5 version of the Sapphire Nitro.

Sapphire Nitro AMD RX 460 (4 GB) Variant:

Let’s have a closer look at the design of the Sapphire Nitro AMD RX 460 (4 GB).

Closer Look at AMD Radeon Nitro RX 460 

The back side of the card has the circuitry visible and is not covered by a back plate.

Sapphire Nitro AMD RX 460 (4 GB) Review

The Graphics card comes with Nitro Coolers with 90 mm fans to ensure higher airflow which in practical use keeps this card very cool and quiet. The graphics card fans come with dust repelling design and dual ball bearings for more silent operation.

In This Review we will cover the Following:

  • Gaming Performance in various AAA titles
  • Performance comparison to AMD RX 470 and more graphics cards
  • Performance in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier Pro
  • Synthetic benchmarks
  • Concluding Thoughts – Who should Buy the AMD RX 460

Key Specs For the Sapphire Nitro AMD RX 460 (4 GB). 

  • Base Clock – 1175 Mhz
  • Boost Clock – 1250
  • Architecture – GCN 4 Polaris
  • Manufacturing Process – 14 Nm
  • Stream Processors – 896 Units
  • Memory Clock Speed – 1750 Mhz
  • Memory – 4 GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bus Width – (128-bit)
  • Power Consumption – 75 Watts
  • Recommended PSU Power – 450 Watts
  • Dual Nitro Coolers
  • DX -12 Support – Yes
  • PCI Express 3.0
  • Ports – HDMI x 1
  • Dual-link DVI-D x 1
  • Price – Rs. 13,000 $ 190 (Approx)

Installation and Software –  Installation is simple, you will need to plug the card in the PCI-E 3 port in your motherboard and connect the 6 Pin Power connector to the graphics card power input. Plug the HDMI or DVI cable at the back of the graphics card.

AMD RX 460 Review - Sapphire Nitro 4 GB GDDR5

There is cool Blue Light for the fans, and at the back, there is a green light with Nitro Logo.

AMD RX 460 Review - Sapphire Nitro 4 GB GDDR5

Download and Install the AMD Crimson software and latest drivers from the AMD Website. It may ask for a restart once the software is installed. If you have not done something out of the box, then it is time to game. Else repeat.

Before we dive to the benchmarks lets, have a look at the numbers for AMD RX 470 and RX 480.

Let’s Compare the AMD RX 460 with it’s elder siblings RX 470 and RX 480.

AMD RX 460 Vs RX 470 VS RX 480
Parameters AMD RX 460 RX 470 RX 480
Stream Processors 896 2048 2304
Compute Units 14 32 36
Base Clock 1090 926 1120
Boost Clock 1200 1206 1266
Performance 2.2 TFLOPS 4.9 TFLOPS 5.8 TFLOPS
Memory Speed 1750 Mhz 1650 Mhz 1750 MHz
VRAM Size 2 or 4 GB 4 or 8 GB 4 or 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory Width 128 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit
CrossFire Yes Yes Yes
Manufacturing Process 14  Nm 14  Nm 14  Nm
GPU Power 75 Watts 120 Watts 150 Watts
Power Supply Reqd 450 Watts 500 Watts 550 Watts
Connector 6- Pin 6 Pin 6 Pin
AMD Free Sync Support Yes Yes Yes
AMD Liquid VR Yes Yes Yes
Support for DirectX 12 Yes Yes Yes

The AMD RX 460 is significantly less powerful when compared to both the AMD RX 470 and RX 480 GPU’s.

Now Let’s look at our system specs

System Specs

Most of the Gamers would not be pairing an AMD RX 460 with the Intel Core i7; it is more suitable to be paired with AMD Ryzen 1400 or with the Intel Core i3 processor. Ideally, you will pair a high-end graphics card with the Core i7. So you may experience slightly lesser FPS based on the System you are using along with the RX 460.

In this review, we tested the RX 460 on the Full HD Resolution 1920*1080 pixels. After we go through the gaming benchmarks will see if it is ideal for 1080P or 720P.

Click Next Below for Gaming Benchmarks….

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