ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 Gaming Graphics Card Review

I must say that besides AMD’s RX 480, I was quite looking forward for the RX 460 and RX 470 and I even predicted it’s performance, and does the RX 460 live up to my ideal?

ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 Gaming Graphics Card Review

Now before I begin, let’s have a look at the card itself – the ROG Strix RX 460, normally I wouldn’t expect something this impressive for a sub RM 1,000 graphics card.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 Gaming Graphics Card Review

ASUS’ signature DirectCU II cooling, 0db fan system, RGB lighting on the heatshink shroud – so many goodies on one package which is a lovely touch.

The RGB light is found only on the ROG logo that’s in between the fans, hardly worth mentionting. In fact I’d rather ASUS place a silver logo sticker and do-away with the RGB lighting and have the card retail at lower price.

Here’s the view of the I/O panel and under-side of the ROG Strix RX 460. The downside? There’s no backplate, I do wish they did have one because it’ll make the card sexier.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 Gaming Graphics Card Review

And before we head on to the numbers, here’s the GPU-Z of the card.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 Gaming Graphics Card Review

More details at the official product page.

Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAM Apacer Blade Fire 2x 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
Motherboard ASRock X99 OC Formula
Power Supply Cooler Master V850
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

Overclocking

ASUS’ GPU Tweak software allows overclocking, though I must say it’s far from being the best when it comes to overclocking. The interface is sluggish and not good to interact with but nevertheless it gets the job done.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 Gaming Graphics Card Review

As for the overclocking, the software by default comes with profile up to 4% overclock. I did a 5% overclock myself and the result was disappointing, with just a single frame gain on Unigine Heaven 4.0 which to me is a signal to STOP THERE, there’s really no reason to overclock it any much further.

In the profile, Silent mode gives 1% overclock (which I think is pointless), Gaming mode gives 2% overclock (I still think it’s pointless), and OC mode gives 4% overclock and that results in just 1 frame improvement in Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark so in the end all the overclock option is pointless so you’re better off just running it on Silent mode.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS RX 460 Gaming 24
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 28
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 31
Sapphire R7 370 24

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS RX 460 Gaming 38
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 44
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 50
Sapphire R7 370 35

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS RX 460 Gaming 40
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 36
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 43
Sapphire R7 370 46

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS RX 460 Gaming 55
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 63
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 71
Sapphire R7 370 54

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS RX 460 Gaming 14
ASUS GTX 950 Low-Powered 16
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 19
Sapphire R7 370 13

OK so based on the benchmarks, it’s obvious where the RX 460 is heading. The only time it doesn’t land in the last spot when compared to the 2 flavors of GTX 950 from the green camp, is when the game demands more VRAM.

Sure, the RX 460 comes with features like Eyefinity, PCIe gen 3 compatibility, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 with HDR support and so on but fact remains that it’s just R7 370 performance. I was predicting it to have R9 380 performance based on the great performance on RX 480 but unfortunately this is not the case.

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
ASUS RX 460 Gaming (Silent) 47 65
ASUS RX 460 Gaming (OC) 45 68

Unlike my usual test using the MAX / AUTO fan settings, the Strix RX 460 runs so cooling that I decided to test the software instead. At SILENT mode the reading is cooler on load, I believe this is simply due to the lower clock speed compared to OC mode.

The beautiful part about the ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 is that the cooling system is silent all the way even when the card is on load.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 70w.

Card ASUS GTX 950 Low-Power
Furmark Burn-in 202
Estimated Actual System Draw 70
Estimated Card Power Draw 112

The ASUS Strix RX 460 isn’t impressive in this aspect, with power draw estimated to be at 120W on load while not delivering stellar performance.

The Verdict

The ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 Gaming Graphics Card retails at about RM 890, which is quite a whopping price for a card with R7 370 performance. What’s interesting to note is that ASUS’ R7 370 retails at around RM 900 so that makes the RX 460 a better value card because you get all the new features found on the Polaris system by AMD.

Interestingly the card that challenges the RX 460 are the GTX 950 cards, of which even the ASUS GTX 950 (non-PCI-E power) that retails at about RM 800 still outpaces it.

Now about the price again, RX 460 of other brands retail at around RM 600 which is around 66% the price of the ASUS model here, so whether it’s justified to pay additional 50% to get similar performance (4GB vs 2GB).

In the end, the ASUS ROG Strix RX 460 is a great effort, one that kills off their own R7 370 by providing better features from the new architecture, great cooling and even RGB lighting where appreciation is subjective.

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