AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop) vs 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 480 (Desktop)AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon RX 400 Series
Radeon RX 480 2304 @ 1120 - 1266 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop) compare 2048 @ 926 - 1206 MHz256 Bit @ 6600 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 926 - 1206 MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop) 896 @ 1090 - 1200 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 480 2304 @ 1120 - 1266 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop) compare 2048 @ 926 - 1206 MHz256 Bit @ 6600 MHz
Radeon RX 470 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 926 - 1206 MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop) 896 @ 1090 - 1200 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 10 EllesmerePolaris 11 / Baffin XT
ArchitecturePolarisPolaris
Cores2304 - unified896 - unified
Core1120 - 1266 (Boost) MHz1090 - 1200 (Boost) MHz
Memory8000 MHz7000 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. 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
Introduced29.06.2016 08.08.2016
Transistors3000 Million

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
47.3 pt (53%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
4001 Points (23%)
1916 Points (11%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
3882 Points (21%)
1731 Points (9%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
383333 Points (70%)
307888 Points (56%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
27843 Points (42%)
20429 Points (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
72213 Points (37%)
34892 Points (18%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
10329 Points (34%)
5166 Points (17%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
12186 Points (28%)
5701 Points (13%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
368166 Points (49%)
368166 Points (49%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
15476 Points (40%)
8868 Points (23%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
17919 Points (31%)
8597 Points (15%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
52.3 fps (28%)
23.9 fps (13%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
132 fps (44%)
132 fps (44%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
105 fps (47%)
105 fps (47%)
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
198 fps (32%)
129 fps (21%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
59.5 fps (16%)
59.5 fps (16%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
183 fps (42%)
101 fps (23%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
52.6 fps (20%)
25.2 fps (9%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
1661 Samples/s (17%)
782 Samples/s (8%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
3468 Samples/s (24%)
1554 Samples/s (11%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
9659 (21%)
4540 (10%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
244 Watt (56%)
169 Watt (38%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
240 Watt (51%)
162 Watt (35%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop) → 100% n=27

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop) → 70% n=27

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Flight Simulator 2020

Flight Simulator 2020

2020
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 480:
69.5  fps
59%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
41.1  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
36.9  fps
48%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
17.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
26.4  fps
Valorant

Valorant

2020
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 480:
241  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon RX 480:
120  fps
Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

2020
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
148  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
104  fps
49%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
51.4   fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
65.8  fps
56%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
36.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
51.6   fps
42%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
21.5  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 480:
32.3  fps
44%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
14.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon RX 480:
17.2  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
100%
Radeon RX 480:
122  fps
57%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
69  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
69  fps
49%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
34  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
43  fps
50%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
21.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
25.3  fps
51%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
12.9  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 480:
21  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
70  fps
45%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
31.7  fps
FIFA 20

FIFA 20

2019
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
218  fps
55%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
120  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 480:
187  fps
48%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
90  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon RX 480:
113  fps
45%
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
100%
Radeon RX 480:
158  fps
53%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
83  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
55  fps
43%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
23.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
39.3  fps
41%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
16.3  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 480:
24.9  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon RX 480:
12.1  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
100%
Radeon RX 480:
204  fps
59%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
120  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
76  fps
46%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
34.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
48.4  fps
45%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
21.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 480:
34.4  fps
46%
Radeon RX 460 (Desktop):
15.8  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
Radeon RX 480:
22.8  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon RX 480:
11.5  fps
37%
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
100%
Radeon RX 480:
68 fps