The two graphics cards represent amazing value for mainstream gamers
We reported yesterday that Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is planning to release Radeon RX-460 on July 28 and RX-470 on August 4. It has now been confirmed through PR slides that RX-470 in on point for launch but RX-460 will launch four days later on August 8. (via Videocardz)
The leaked slides have also given us the complete specifications of both Radeon GPUs. Like the RX-480, its younger sibling is also based on the Polaris 10 chip but a cut-down version. Stream processors are down from 2304 to 2048 and Compute Units from 36 to 32. Texture Units and ROPs have remained the same at 128 and 32, respectively. The RX-470 has a memory bandwidth of 211 GB/s over a 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface. The total computational performance lands in an impressive 4.9 TeraFLOPs.
AMD is targeting a sweet spot for 1080p gaming with the RX-470. The performance numbers, according to one of the slides show RX-470 handling games like Battlefield 4, DOOM, HITMAN, Fallout 4 and Total War: WARHAMMER at Ultra settings with more than 60 frames-per-second. This is quite literally the best bang for the buck gamers can get, perhaps even more than the RX-480. The MSRP of $149 is a very attractive feature of the GPU. One slide from a previous AMD presentation showed the RX-470 can handle high profile games at 70+FPS, but the new one takes it a bit further by showing that it can actually keep up with Ultra settings while delivering that smooth 60FPS experience.
While the RX-470 is aimed at mainstream gaming with enough power to tackle every game at 1080p with respectable settings, Polaris 11 based RX-460 is much more power efficient and meant to serve as an entry level solution for gamers or as AMD puts it “Cool and Efficient E-Sports Gaming.”
RX-460 has 14 Compute Units, 896 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Units and 14 ROPs. It has a memory bandwidth of 112 GB/s on a 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface. The GPU can achieve 2.2 TeraFLOPs in performance. The reference version of the graphics card is so power friendly that it does not require an external power connector. The GPU draws just about 75W. Polaris 11 will also make its way to powering gaming laptops, although we may see an under-clocked version of the GPU in notebooks due to power limitations.
E-Sports gaming is where AMD wants RX-460 to excel. In games like DOTA 2, Counter Strike Global Offense and Overwatch, the graphics card actually delivers above 100FPS. The quality settings used during the benchmark have not been listed. AMD is referring to the stats as “HD Gaming” so we are assumingly seeing 1080p results.