With NVIDIA focussed on the higher end of the PC gaming market, AMD it seems wants to swoop in establish a firm hold over the budget end of the spectrum. This has been clearly evident in the marketing of the Polaris series that we have seen thus far and has been bolstered by the competitive prices at which AMD have launched their Polaris cards at. The latest graphics card to join the Polaris line up is the AMD RX 460, the last of the trio of GPUs that were showcased at this year’s E3 conference.
Coming in 2 and 4 GB variants, AMD wants to target the eSports crowd with the RX 460. Promising to deliver “Console Level” performance at a fraction of the cost, AMD does have a lot to live up to. The most promising thing about the RX 460 is that the reference cards come without a power connector pin, which means that their TDP is so low that they draw power straight from the motherboard. This essentially means that you will be able to pop this GPU into almost any PC without having to invest in a PSU upgrade.
Having learnt from their pricing debacle with the RX 480, AMD is taking no chances with the 460, with the 2 GB reference variant costing Rs 11,990 and the 4 GB coming in at Rs 13,490. The availability of the cards will be staggered, with the 2GB variants hitting the shelves in the following week, with the 4GB variants arriving in early September. The prices listed are of the reference cards only, and the individual AIB’s will price their cards accordingly.
If you are an eSports enthusiast and only play games like League of Legends, DoTA 2 or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, go for the 2 GB variant. However, if you are looking to try your hand at some AAA titles and do not have the monetary muscle, the 4 GB variant of the RX 460 would be ideal. It’s a great time for PC enthusiasts who are looking to upgrade from the 750ti.