ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 460 is an affordable graphics card aimed at gamers, and it is not in vain that it belongs to the ROG STRIX series, as the name implies. The positioning is as follows: the lower limit of modern gaming solutions, as evidenced by the price (from 10,000 rubles). The product received an AMD Polaris 11 graphics processor, 4 GB of GDDR5 video memory and factory overclocking.
- GPU: AMD Radeon RX 460 (Polaris 11, GCN 1.3)
- Technical process: 14 nm
- Number of stream processors: 896
- Number of texture units: 56
- Number of rasterization blocks: 16
- GPU frequency: up to 1236 MHz (game mode), up to 1256 MHz (overclocking mode)
- Memory Capacity: 4 GB (GDDR5)
- Memory frequency: 7,000 MHz
- Memory capacity: 128 bits
- Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16 (physical - PCIe 3.0 x8)
- Graphics API Support: DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5
- Connectors: 1x DVI-DL, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort
- Power Consumption: 75 W
- Dimensions: 194x120x35 mm
- Price: 11 000 rubles
Packaging is standard for modern ASUS products - only a small part of the graphics and technical designations change. The overall design remains unchanged.
Options at ROG STRIX Radeon RX 460 are minimal. It is understandable, we are talking about a budget product. There are a couple of stickers, a cable tie, a driver disc and warranty papers.
It is worth noting that even in expensive graphics cards, rich equipment is becoming a rarity. This is probably good, because it’s us and we, and not Santa Claus, who pay for every extra bolt.
The video card is small - 194x120x35 mm - which allows you to install it even in the most compact cases. The upper part is covered with a plastic casing, in which live two fans with company logos.
On the reverse side, from under the casing, two nickel-plated 6 mm heat pipes protrude. In the right corner is a 6-pin auxiliary power connector. Since the power consumption of the video card is only 75 watts, an 8-pin connector is not required. In truth, you could generally limit yourself to a PCIe 3.0 slot. Recall that even PCIe 1.0 could transfer up to 75 watts to a video card. The power of modern connectors version 3.0 is estimated at several hundred watts.
Despite the modest dimensions of the video card, on the motherboard it will still block the neighboring connector, it is worth remembering this when choosing. A logo is visible on the casing, which can glow with all the colors of the rainbow (RGB).
The card has three outputs: DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. All three connectors can be activated simultaneously.
On the back there are four spring-loaded screws that hold the cooling system.
The total number of heat pipes is two, they are in direct contact with the video processor, as befits the DirectCU II cooling system. After that, they go through the entire radiator. The latter is quite large, solid, attached to the board through rubber spacers.
The circuit board is modest on the elements. In the center lives the AMD Polaris 11 graphics processor, and around it are four GDDR5 memory chips. On the left side of the board is a power subsystem consisting of four phases. This is enough, given the power consumption of the product. On the right side of the board are additional batteries and a 6-pin connector.
Four gigabytes of memory are equipped with four microchips manufactured by Micron with the marking D6A47 D9SXD. The density of one chip is 1024 MB. The effective clock frequency is 7000 MHz, the width of the memory bus is 128 bits.
Graphics Card Features
Back in 2013, AMD introduced the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, and has since been using it. Today we see the fourth generation of architecture. Unlike previous rebrandings, we have a really new product. The most important change is the technical process reduced to 14 nm. This made it possible to reduce the crystal area and at the same time reduce heat generation, as well as increase the clock frequencies.
The graphics processor operates at a frequency of 1236 MHz, and when switching to OC mode, it accelerates to 1256 MHz. At the same time, the maximum temperature that we were able to get using FurMark was 66 degrees. This means that in games you will never encounter such temperatures. All this proves that the transition to a new manufacturing process has borne fruit. With a decrease in temperature, the manufacturer may spend less on a bulky cooling system. As a result, the absence of noise, reduced energy consumption, etc.
896 stream processors are hidden under the lid, while the AMD Radeon R7 360 had at its disposal only 768 processors, i.e. 15% less. The number of transistors increased from 2.08 to 3 billion, i.e. almost one and a half times. The ROP / TMU ratio also changed its value from 16/48 to 16/56. All this, coupled with increased clock speeds, will undoubtedly positively affect the performance of the new product.
Cooling system classic ASUS DirectCU II. The main feature of the cooling system is the direct contact of the heat pipes with the GPU. Plus, on the ASUS website it is indicated that ASUS engineers use new blades in the ROG STRIX Radeon RX 460 cooling system that can reduce noise without changing the air flow. Simply put - it works quieter, but with the same efficiency.
To check the speed of the video card, we took two resolutions: 1920 × 1080 and 2560 × 1440. All picture settings were twisted to the maximum, 4x full-screen anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering were set.
In 1080p resolution, the novelty feels quite comfortable, but when you increase it to 2560p, you can forget about the smoothness of the picture. But not for such permissions the tested product was created. The fact that ASUS ROG STRIX RX 460 will allow you to comfortably play in Full HD resolution is great news, we did not ask for more.
The product was very solid in terms of quality. It can be seen that, despite the low cost and relatively low productivity, the company approached the creation of a video card with all responsibility, and applied the latest developments.
The video card does not make noise under load, works stably and has an attractive appearance and price.
- New process technology
- Low cost
May not like:
- Extremely Heavy Duty Performance
Final rating: 8 out of 10.