AMD Radeon RX 460 review: An affordable graphics card with bleeding-edge tech

The AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics card is built for e-sports and low-power systems.

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Test 4: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Whereas Hitman adores Radeon GPUs, Rise of the Tomb Raider performs much better on GeForce cards. It’s also the single most drop-dead gorgeous PC game I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

We only tested the game’s DirectX 11 mode, as we haven’t had a chance to reevaluate the game’s DirectX 12 enhancements now that several patches have been released to fix its once-wonky implementation.

rx 460 rise of the tomb raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a memory-intensive game, which resulted in some sporadic heavy stuttering on the 2GB GTX 750 Ti and GTX 950 at the Very High graphics preset. The XFX RX 460 ran more smoothly with its larger 4GB memory buffer. Below that extreme preset, all three ran smoothly.

The Radeon RX 460’s lead over the GTX 750 Ti is nerfed in this Team Green-leaning game, but it still maintains a solid 12-percent lead at Medium settings. The EVGA GTX 950 opens a larger lead here, though—again, Rise of the Tomb Raider loves Nvidia. At nearly 40 fps, many people could get by playing RoTR on High settings on AMD’s new low-budget contender, especially if aided by a FreeSync monitor.

Next page: Far Cry Primal

At a Glance
  • While we heartily recommend the Radeon RX 460 in general, XFX's customized 4GB version isn't compelling at this price point.

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