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AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop) vs AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)

AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)

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The AMD Radeon RX 470 is a mainstream graphics card for desktop PCs. It was announced in August 2016 and is based on the Polaris 10 chip, just like its bigger sibling Radeon RX 480. The GPU does, however, only use 2048 shader units (32 CUs, 128 TMUs) from 2304 (36 CUs, 144 TMUs). The clocks at 926 - 1206 MHz for the core as well as 1650 MHz for 4 or 8 GB GDDR5-VRAM (256-bit interface) are a bit lower as well. 

As a result of the reduced hardware equipment, the RX 470 is about 10 percent slower than the RX 480 and just manages the performance level of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970. Modern games from 2016 can usually be played in the Full-HD resolution and the highest settings. 

The TDP of the Radeon RX 470 is specified with 120 Watts by AMD, so a single 6-pin power connector is sufficient.

AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)

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The AMD Radeon RX 460 is an entry-level gaming graphics card for desktop PCs. It was announced it August 2016 and is based on the smaller Polaris 11 chip (123 mm²), which is manufactured in a 14 nm FinFET process. The GPUs RX 470 and RX 480 on the other hand are based on the bigger Polaris 10 chip (232 mm²). The RX 460 uses 14 out of 16 Compute Units, all 16 ROPs, 56 TMUs, four 32-bit memory controller and 1 MB L2-cache. AMD specifies the clock with 1080 (base) up to 1200 MHz (Boost), but custom cards can have slightly higher clocks (like our test card from XFX at 1220 MHz). Contrary to Polaris 10, Polaris 11 supports Power Gating between the individual Compute Units. This will result in a lower consumption with partial workloads in particular. 

Depending on the memory equipment (2 or 4 GB GDDR5), the gaming performance of the RX 460 can differ quite a bit. Memory intensive games like Doom, Black Ops 3 or Mirror's Edge clearly suffer from just 2 GB. The 4 GB model is slightly faster than the mobile GeForce GTX 965M (refresh) as well as the desktop MSI Radeon R7 370 in our tests. This means the card is best suited for modern games in Full-HD at high details. The RX 460 is particularly convincing in DirectX 12 and Vulkan games.

Polaris 11 is up to date in terms of features. It supports DirectX 12, Vulkan, DisplayPort 1.3 HBR (1.4 Ready), HDMI 2.0, FreeSync, HDR, and H.265 de- and encoding. 

Thanks to the 14 nm FinFET process, the power consumption was significantly reduced compared to a similarly fast R7 370. The RX 460 is also much more frugal compared to the RX 470 and 480 and only needs a bit more power than the expensive GTX 1070 Founders Edition while idling. It is also much more frugal than the old R7 370 and roughly on par with the Maxwell chips (GTX 950 - 960) under load.

AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon RX 400 Series
Radeon RX 480 compare 2304 @ 1.12 - 1.27 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop) 2048 @ 0.93 - 1.21 GHz256 Bit @ 6600 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 0.93 - 1.21 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop) 896 @ 1.09 - 1.2 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 480 compare 2304 @ 1.12 - 1.27 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop) 2048 @ 0.93 - 1.21 GHz256 Bit @ 6600 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 0.93 - 1.21 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop) 896 @ 1.09 - 1.2 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 10 ProPolaris 11 / Baffin XT
ArchitecturePolarisPolaris
Pipelines2048 - unified896 - unified
Core Speed926 - 1206 (Boost) MHz1090 - 1200 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed6600 MHz7000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory8192 MB4096 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12DirectX 12
technology14 nm14 nm
FeaturesDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0b, AMD FreeSyncDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0, AMD FreeSync
Date of Announcement04.08.2016 08.08.2016
Transistors3000 Million

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
3756 Points (20%)
1916 Points (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
3624 Points (18%)
1731 Points (9%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
380689 Points (59%)
307888 Points (48%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 16841     avg: 21727     median: 21727 (29%)     max: 26613 Points
20429 Points (27%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 66398     avg: 68475     median: 68475 (34%)     max: 70552 Points
34892 Points (17%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 8931     avg: 9507     median: 9507 (24%)     max: 10083 Points
5166 Points (13%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 11869     avg: 11885     median: 11884.5 (23%)     max: 11900 Points
5701 Points (11%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 12328     avg: 13832     median: 13831.5 (33%)     max: 15335 Points
8868 Points (21%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 17511     avg: 17625     median: 17624.5 (29%)     max: 17738 Points
8597 Points (14%)
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
min: 47.2     avg: 47.3     median: 47.3 (23%)     max: 47.4 fps
23.9 fps (12%)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
412 fps (3%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
129 fps (14%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
101 fps (0%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
25.2 fps (1%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
1440 Samples/s (15%)
782 Samples/s (8%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
3020 Samples/s (10%)
1554 Samples/s (5%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
9044 (19%)
4540 (10%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
313 Watt (57%)
169 Watt (31%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
250 Watt (42%)
162 Watt (27%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop) → 100% n=13

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop) → 57% n=13

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
41.1  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
17.8  fps
F1 2020

F1 2020

2020
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
144  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
138  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
113  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
73.8  fps
49%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
36.4  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
53.4  fps
47%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
25.3  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
13.1  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
148  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
51.4   fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
36.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
21.5  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
14.2  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
89.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
43.6  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
37  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
30.1  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
69  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
34  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
21.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
12.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
31.7  fps
FIFA 20

FIFA 20

2019
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
120  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
90  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
51  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
90  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
37.6  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
23  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
17.4  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
11.7  fps
Control

Control

2019
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
83  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
23.8  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
16.3  fps
F1 2019

F1 2019

2019
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
144  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
65  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
56.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
31.2  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
23.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
213  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
209  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
133  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
120  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
34.7  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
21.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
15.8  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
4.2  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
129 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
45.3 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
34.1 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
25.5 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
62 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
76  fps
69%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
52.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
47.6  fps
61%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
29.1 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
35.9  fps
Anthem

Anthem

2019
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
70  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
40.3  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
33.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
30.4  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
113  fps
71%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
80  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
74  fps
55%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
41  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
68  fps
56%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
38  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
63  fps
56%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
35  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
46  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop):
24  fps
50%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
12  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
57.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
29.1  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
18.9