Gigabyte announced the new Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC edition graphics cards based on the latest Polaris 11 GPU with two memory variants of 4 gigabyte and 2 gigabyte models. Powered directly from the PCI Express slot, the RX 460 graphics cards don’t require auxiliary power. They boast of overclocking performance up to 1212MHz.
The Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 Windforce 2X fits right in with the rest of the year’s Gigabyte GPU lineup. The card features a black plastic shroud with orange accents on the front. The cooler includes a dual 80mm semi-passive fans, which spin only when the GPU is under heavy load. Unlike some of the more expensive graphics cards, Gigabyte opted to leave out the RGB illumination for the RX 480 WindForce OC. It doesn’t include a fan stop light, either.
The fans are regulated as they remain turned off during lighter gaming, offering a interruption-free, completely silent experience to eSports gamers whose focus and concentration are vital to their victory.
In terms of memory, the card has a 1 megabyte internal L2 cache. As for the external GDDR5, there will be two designs: one 2 gigabyte and one 4 gigabyte. In both instances this will be clocked at 1.75GHz (7Gbps effective), netting us a total memory bandwidth of 112 gigabyte/sec over the 128-bit interface. This is only the raw bandwidth – Polaris benefits from the AMD’s latest delta colour compression algorithms, allowing this card to make better use of the available bandwidth than previous generation products. 2 gigabyte of memory feels like a bit of squeeze these days, even at 1080p, but it is likely enough to cope with the low demands of esports titles.