AMD’s Radeon RX 460 punches above its weight

If you want to PC game on a budget, AMD has your back.

After rolling out the Radeon RX 480 and 470 chips, AMD has now launched the RX 460 starting at $110. We are looking at the Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 460 OC, which is a $140 variation. It features 4GB of video memory, a small size, and a low noise profile. AMD is positioning this low-end card as its “esports” model, meaning it can handle games like Overwatch, Rocket League, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive but struggles with more visually intensive single-player experiences like The Witcher 3 and The Division.

But plenty of people want an inexpensive card that will get them high-end performance in online multiplayer games. After all, millions of people play League of Legends, Dota 2, and CS:GO. And that is who AMD is targeting with the 460, and I think this GPU is a winner for everyone in that audience.

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Plenty of power for the price

Going from a 1080 or even a 480 down to the 460 is a steep drop off, but it’s easy to accept the limits of AMD’s low-end graphics chip when you see its price. I tested the card out on the same system I tested the RX 470 and 480 on — with an Intel Core i5-4690K, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3 memory, and Z97-Pro motherboard. I ran all the tests at 1080p on Ultra with 4X MSAA.