The theoretical end of AMD's Polaris desktop GPU line has just begun shipment, and that's in the form of the RX 460. Back at the pre-Computex press event, AMD informed us that the Polaris line would primarily consist of two GPUs on the Polaris architecture – Polaris 10 & 11 – and that three cards would ship on this platform.The next architecture will be Vega, in a position to potentially be the first consumer GPU to use HBM2.
The review sample received is Sapphire's RX 460 Nitro 4GB card, pre-overclocked to 1250 MHz. The RX 460, like the 470, is a “partner card,” which means that no reference model will be sold by AMD for re brand by its partners.
The Sapphire Nitro RX 460 pushes its core clock up to 1,250 MHz out of the box, a 50 MHz improvement that—in conjunction with the higher memory capacity—required Sapphire to add a 6-pin power connector to the card. Unlike some RX 460 models, you won’t be able to power this through your motherboard alone. The memory speed sticks to reference specs.
Instead, Sapphire added a Nitro logo to the back of the RX 460, which looks yellow when your PC is off, but thanks to a blue back light, pulses green while your system’s running. It’s a nifty touch, and one you don’t see often in budget graphics cards. You’ll find single DVD-D, HDMI 2.0 b, and Display Port 1.4 connections on the card’s bracket.
The SAPPHIRE RX 460 Nitro OC to give those specs a bit of a kick in the pants. Right off the bat the Nitro OC brings the base clock up to 1175 and the boost clock up to 1250 MHz for improved performance out of the gate. But those features come at a price; the Nitro OC is hovering at that 75w TDP limit and often passing it requiring the use of a 6-pin PCI-e power connector, which is fine for this card as you’ll see later on. With the addition of the 6-pin PCI-e power connector the Nitro OC is able to do what most other Polaris GPU based cards can’t, and that’s hold its boost clock for the entirety of any gaming session. This results in a higher sustained boost speed and the best possible gaming experience you can get out of the Polaris 11 GPU.
For online gamers playing most popular titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends or Overwatch SAPPHIRE Technology introduces the new inexpensive SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon RX 460 graphics card. Featuring the latest power-efficient Polaris chip and making no compromises in cooling, the new budget king of the Radeon rebellion is an affordable upgrade to latest graphics technology.
NITRO Quick Connect -
SAPPHIRE’s Quick Connect System provides a quick and easy solution. If there’s a fan issue detected, the user doesn’t need to return the entire card – SAPPHIRE’s partners will send out a replacement fan directly to the customer or the retailer. Please contact your place of purchase to request a fan replacement. SAPPHIRE’s channel partner will arrange the ideal solution for you to receive your replacement fan.
Dual-X Cooling -
SAPPHIRE's acclaimed Dual-X Cooling is powered by two massive yet silent fans and state-of-the-art radiator design. The new form of our 95mm blades mean greater airflow and superior heatsink coverage at lower noise compared to standard cooling designs.
These feature dual ball bearing fans, which have an 85% longer lifespan than sleeve bearings in our tests.
Black Diamond Chokes 4 -
Our Black Diamond Chokes are 10% cooler and 25% more power efficient than a normal choke - and these Mark 4 Chokes reduce the coil temperatures by other 15% over the Mark 3s.
These exclusive chokes will maintain gaming stability using their built-in heatsinks and help minimize coil whine.
Two-ball bearing -
Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.
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