XFX RX 460 Double Dissipation Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅10-11-16
Conclusion

AMDs new lineup of RX graphics cards has supplied the entry level and mid-range market with some interesting solutions. While the RX 480 and GTX 1060 have remained significant rivals, the RX 460 and GTX 1050 are the two competing graphics cards at the low-end.

As is quite clearly the case on the subsequent pages, the RX 460 does indeed lag behind the GTX 1050 in some gaming titles but it also manages to gain a victory here and there too. The important thing to bear in mind is that this XFX RX 460 DD Edition features an overclock, while the ZOTAC GTX 1050 MINI is a stock/reference design. Couple this with the fact the RX 460 is slightly more expensive and it becomes a difficult option to go with.

Some of the strong features that the XFX RX 460 DD edition does arrive with are the detachable cooling fans which is a novel idea because after prolonged periods of time dust build up can become a problem on the fans and heatsink, and this allows you to easily get in and get things sparkly again. We also like the fact this cards fans cease to spin if the system is idle or performing low-level tasks this certainly helps to keep the noise down.


While XFXs cooler is an effective solution we have to question the size this heatsink and cooling fans add to the overall dimensions of the graphics card. Especially when adding in an extra fan is probably unnecessary a larger, single fan would serve the purpose just as well. Having the extra fan adds in additional noise and for an entry level graphics card, often the benefit of choosing a product which is at the low-end means a smaller footprint which can fit into a smaller chassis.

The XFX RX 460 Double Dissipation arrives with a price-tag of 125.99, which is the same realm as the GTX 1050 we tested next to this AMD graphics card. At this cost, wed have expected a heavier factory overclock to remain more competitive, which would in turn rival the NVIDIA cards performance figures. One thing we are pleased to see if that XFX do offer an extended warranty of 3-years!

XFXs RX 460 Double Dissipation is an attractive looking card which can handle 1080p gaming. Though the cooler is a good performer, the size and dual-fan is somewhat overkill on this entry level solution.

Pros
+ Good styling
+ Detachable fans
+ Low-noise during idle periods
+ Good cooler
+ Reasonable 1080p performance
+ DirectX 12 ready
+ 3-year warranty

Cons
- Should be cheaper to remain competitive
- No backplate
- Unnecessarily large
- Two fans not needed

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