If you have not yet purchased a helmet virtual reality and are willing to settle for less than 4K resolution, then it makes little sense to spend on a video card a few tens of thousands of rubles. In recent weeks, NVIDIA and AMD just introduced their new products for the mass market in Pascal and Polaris architectures. The chips work fast and efficiently. In our editorial staff we have already visited different models of GeForce, but the graphics card AMD we did not get round. The new test and review is dedicated to the video card ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC.
The top cards like AMD Radeon RX 480, not to mention the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 provide more than enough performance for current games in 4K resolution, or HTC Vive points or Oculus Rift virtual reality. But not all gamers have sufficient budget for such a card. Especially since the mid-range graphics card is quite capable of dealing with popular games, providing a decent picture quality and a good level of performance. Here can be mentioned the same “DOTA 2”, “Counter-Strike”, “Overwatch” and “Rocket League”. In addition, not every gamer has a monitor with 4K resolution, the majority are still content with 1080p panels. For this class of price and performance AMD recently introduced a graphics card Radeon RX 460, which is equipped with 2 or 4 GB of video memory, and prices start from 8 th. Rubles. Manufacturers like PowerColor, Sapphire, or the ASUS, presented their options for alternative cooling systems, factory overclocked and enhanced power system. One such model is just arrived in our test lab – ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC.
Graphics card ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC is based on a new GPU Polaris 11, which AMD introduced relatively recently. He is a “junior” version of GPU Polaris 10, friend, VGA Radeon RX 480 and RX 470. Instead of 36 units Compute Units chip on the graphics card Radeon RX 460 is equipped with all the CU 14, each provides 64 stream processors. In total for the mass market graphics card provides 896 stream processors, 56 texture units and 16 raster operations pipelines (ROP). AMD configuration memory provides two versions: 2 or 4 GB of GDDR5, in each case it is connected by a 128-bit interface. Thanks to a clock frequency of 1.750 MHz memory card Radeon RX 460 provides throughput of 112 GB / s, computing capacity is 2,2 TFLOPs. AMD put the base frequency 1.090 MHz mode Boost frequency is increased to 1.200 MHz, but for the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC increased the threshold to 1.256 MHz. Memory clock speed left unchanged. AMD indicates power consumption of 75 watts, but the graphics card Radeon RX 460 from ASUS is equipped with an additional 6-pin PCI Express power. Power consumption 75 watts is much smaller than AMD points for their “older” models – up to 180 watts.
Due to the higher frequency Boost graphics card ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC provides a theoretically better performance. At the AMD reference card pixel fill rate is 19.2 MB / s, the ASUS graphics cards – 20.1 MB / s. The texture fill rate increased from 62.4 MT / s to about 70.4 MT / s. The memory frequency has not changed, so we get the old capacity of 112 GB / s.
At the time of the market Radeon RX 480 and the RX 470 the Radeon range of cards was very poor. Even traditional partners AMD just announced a video card, and in retail they appeared for many days later. With 11 Polaris chip and graphics card Radeon RX 460 is different. The market is “younger” video card available from almost all AMD partners and in large quantities. There is a video card ASUS Radeon RX 460 Dual OC. But, unlike the tested Strix model, it is equipped with twice less memory, as well as cut down the cooler. However, the Dual OC graphics card, and is cheaper for ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC you will have to pay 160 euros.
Staffing card ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC runs at Boost 1.236 MHz. OC mode with a frequency of 1.256 MHz can be activated only with the proprietary utility GPU Tweak-II. Interestingly, the GPU-Z is displayed a higher clock frequency in the OC mode, although the graphics card under load before it was dispersed. Another advantage is the model ASUS proprietary cooling system. ASUS chose a dual-slot cooler with two thick copper heatpipes, aluminum fins and numerous two large axial fans. Visually reminiscent of the cooler “senior” the GeForce graphics card, as ASUS has chosen a unified design strategy. At the “youngest” of Radeon has even illumination Aura, although RGB-diodes illuminated only a small ROG logo on the end of the video card.
The clock frequency in the OC mode, the GPU is 1.256 MHz, the memory runs at 1.750 MHz, load the video card worked at frequencies stated. In comparison with the reference model we received acceleration about 5%.
The cooling system is good at his job, depending on the game, the GPU temperature ranged from 60 to 64 ° C. Before we move on to the tests ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 the OC, let me give the technical specifications of the cooler, PCB, etc.
PCB length is 180 mm, so that ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC is just in the middle between the previously tested video cards Gigabyte and Sapphire. However, the cooler is exposed beyond the PCB, the length of 200 mm is still slightly exceeds the Gigabyte Radeon RX 460. As with almost all other modern graphics cards, ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC idle off the fan while the temperature remains below certain level. As a result, the graphics card works passively and silently.
In Europe, for the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC asking 160 euros, in Russia – 14 thousand rubles.. What is still more expensive than the cheapest models Radeon RX 460, which can be purchased from 8 th. Rubles. Let’s see if itself justify such a high price.
Let us turn to the study of the appearance of the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC:
All its modern graphics cards ASUS uses a single design. So, ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC we have black plastic cooler, thick copper heatpipes and two axial fans – like “older” the GeForce video cards, which we have tested in recent weeks.
Not without backlight Aura. At the end of the video card is present ROG logo, which you can highlight any hints from RGB palette. Choose a shade can be proprietary utility ASUS. However, the cooler is still not as powerful as that of the same ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 OC. Cooler graphics card Radeon RX 460 to be content with two copper heatpipes, aluminum fins numerous and two 75-mm fans.
PCB length is slightly more than 180 mm, but the dual-slot cooler exhibiting even a little further, as a result of the length of ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC is more than 200 mm. However, Sapphire model in the last test, all were of equal length.
The cooler DirectCU II exhibited about two centimeters. At the back of the video card has a jack for connecting an additional chassis fan. Its rotational speed will depend on GPU temperature.
On the upper half of a dual-slot covers can be seen large ventilation holes, the lower half is occupied by video outputs HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI.
To submit to the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC provides additional power PCI Express 6-pin connector. AMD specifies the maximum power consumption of the graphics card on the “junior” GPU Polaris 75W, the ASUS model of factory overclocking, it can be a little higher.
Package delivery ASUS slightly richer than other manufacturers. Besides the usual driver CD and Quick guide the buyer will receive a few puffs and cable stickers to personalize the cooler. Not without codes for the game World of Warships.
We continue the study of the graphics card.
PCB ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC seems relatively free. Around GPU arranged phase power system, as well as memory chips GDDR5 total volume of 4 GB. Subsystem video card power shut down a small aluminum heatsink.
Four memory chips on the front side of the video card have a capacity of 512 MB each, they are connected by a 128-bit interface.
With the end of the video there are two connectors to connect 75 mm axial fans, as well as RGB backlight. You can also see and jack for connecting an additional chassis fan.
According to the width of the cooler takes up two slots, it is equipped with two copper heatpipes 6 mm in diameter, which are in direct contact with the GPU. The cooler uses two 75mm axial fan, staying in the sleep mode, like all modern video cards.
Like other modern graphics cards under Windows desktop both fans ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC stopped, the card works passively and silently.
Under load, the GPU, memory chips and power subsystem has to be cooled is already active, but the two fan DirectCU II run very quietly. We received a total noise level of 37.5 dB (A). Two video cards Gigabyte and Sapphire theoretically work with less noise, but in practice to distinguish between the three models is hardly possible – the results are too close.
Fans at idle does not work, so the graphics processor generates more heat than models with an active cooler. We got a temperature of 42 ° C, although no reason for concern here. When heated to a temperature of GPU 60 ° C, the two 75-mm fans start to operate.
Under load GPU Polaris 11 was heated to 64 ° C, which can be called the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC graphics card coldest. Only GeForce GTX 950 from NVIDIA showed even lower level of temperature. Two competing models Radeon RX 460 from Gigabyte and Sapphire heated a little harder.
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC – one of the most cost-effective graphics card. In idle mode, our test system consumes only 126.4 watts from the power outlet.
Under load, power consumption was just above 210 watts. All other cards showed a higher level.
If you connect a second monitor to the video card ASUS power consumption has not changed significantly. The increase amounted to slightly less than one watt.
If you play in the resolution no higher than Full-HD, prefer not very demanding games and do not plan to buy a virtual reality helmet, then it makes little sense to buy a graphics card in a few thousand. Just for such users and AMD recently introduced its video card Radeon RX 460. Prices start from 8 th. Rubles in Russian or 130 euros in Europe, although we recommend that you pay and take the model with 4 GB of memory. In this case, you will be better protected in the future, do not have to worry about the performance hit in games demanding memory. Tested today ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC just offers 4 GB of graphics memory. The video card will easily cope with the popular multiplayer games at 1080p. If a little to reduce the level of detail that can be quite comfortable to play in demanding games that we use for testing.
Through overclocking the video card is almost always surpassed the previously tested Gigabyte model and Sapphire, although a significant difference, we would not be called. Depending on the test, the GeForce GTX 950 is almost always remained behind, the results were sometimes dangerously close to the GeForce GTX 960. And for the price of 14 thousand rubles or 160 euro is quite decent performance. The cooling system is also convinced us. The video card is idle runs silently under the load ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 460 OC also proved to be one of the quietest cards in our test lab. The temperature was also quite low.