Nvidia’s rival AMD has also updated its technology, and its Polaris architecture more than doubles the number of stream processors in the RX 460 compared with the earlier R7 250. Microsoft’s Direct3D 12 is now supported, ready for the latest 3D games, and in our tests the RX 460 was capable of playably smooth frame rates at Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) with high-detail settings.
If 30 frames per second (fps) feels a bit choppy by today’s high standards, you can either turn down the graphics
2GB two-slot PCI-E 3.0 graphics card • 212mm • Supports DirectX 12.1, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2 • Up to five monitors • DVI-D •HDMI • VGA
options in your game or drop to 720p to get comfortably up beyond 60fps. Older games managed this even with everything turned up to the maximum, so overall this is a decent choice for everyday gamers. It significantly outperformed cards that cost under £100, so you’re getting your money’s worth. It wasn’t as fast, however, as the similarly priced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.
As with the 1050, there’s also a 4GB version of the RX 460, which is only really worth the extra 40-odd quid if you have a specific need for the extra memory. It’s worth mentioning that the next model up, the RX 470, was dramatically superior in our tests. It’s worth the money for more ambitious users, but requires a 6-pin power connector from your PC’s PSU and draws up to 120 watts. And if you start to look in this price range, you might be tempted over the barrier by an even faster RX 480 or GTX 1060.
It’s not as fast as Nvidia’s GTX 1050, but then its a few pounds cheaper, so the choice is yours; both are decent graphics cards
It’s not as fast as Nvidia's GTX 1050, but then its a few pounds cheaper, so the choice is yours; both are decent graphics cards