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XFX RX 460 4GB Slim Single Review

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XFX RX 460 4GB Slim Single Conclusion:

The XFX RX 460 4GB Slim Single is a purpose built video card to fill a very specific market. One that needs a slim single slot cooler equipped video card. That being said, it also fits the bill when you just need a fully capable discrete GPU and don't want to spend an arm and a leg to get top tier performance. As a single slot solution, the cooling performance of this card's cooler is effective enough that the temperature never peaks over 70 °C. The cooler is efficient enough that even bumping the clock speeds and fan speed up when overclocked keeps the silicon under 70 °C. A pretty impressive feat for such a small, single slot cooling solution. Some of that speaks to the efficiency of the design of the card. To put that in perspective, XFX makes a version of the RX 460 that is passively cooled. Again, pretty solid for the third tier in the RX series.

Gaming performance with an RX 460 is not going to be good enough to turn up the visual quality settings to high or ultra presets. It's just not built for it. That being said, running at the medium presets the XFX RX 460 Slim Single 4GB card has enough juice under the hood to deliver playable frame rates in just about every game I tested while sticking with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 rather than stepping down to 1680 x 1050. Overclocking helps drive FPS levels a bit higher for more performance. Not really enough to get next level performance, but enough to improve the gaming experience. When it comes to overclocking the XFX RX 460 Slim Single 4GB, I was able to claw some additional performance out of the card by pusing the core clock speed to 1299MHz and the memory to 2000MHz with not a whole lot of work.

As a niche design, it has a higher price point than some of the comparably equipped RX 460 cards on the market, but not all at $139. That puts XFX and the RX 460 4GB Slim Single in a difficult price/performance position against the 2GB-equipped GTX 1050 it is compared against in this review. In just about every game, the less expensive card led the results by a substantial margin. Where the RX 460 Slim Single 4GB will shine is when you have it packed in a tight chassis and need the single slot cooler to make it fit. XFX presents a good small form factor design that maximizes the performance of the RX 460.

Pros:

  • 1920x1080 FPS
  • Cooling
  • Low noise
  • Single slot cooler
  • No additional power needed

Cons:

  • Comparative pricing
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